‘Trolls World Tour’ Leads Disc Sales for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour led the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 18. It was the second consecutive week in the top spot for the DreamWorks Animation sequel.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has hovered near the top of the charts since its May 19 disc release due to a dearth of major new releases in the pipeline, climbed back to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and maintained the No. 3 spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller was the Criterion Collection’s new Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits boxed set, a compilation of five of the martial arts superstar’s most notable movies: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and Game of Death. The set, which was released only on Blu-ray, ranked No. 13 overall.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were a number of older titles: Warner’s 2018 Clint Eastwood crime drama The Mule at No. 3, Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 4, and Universal’s Jaws at No. 5.

The Blu-ray disc chart had Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 4 (No. 15 overall) and Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at No. 5 (No. 22 overall).

The semi-annual Barnes & Noble Criterion sale helped push many of the boutique distributor’s Blu-rays into the Top 25 Blu-ray Disc rankings. In addition to the Bruce Lee set, Criterion’s Blu-ray of the 1985 Russian war drama Come and See landed at No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, followed at No. 12 by Criterion’s new Blu-ray of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds. The recent Criterion version of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel hit No. 22, while last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire was No. 24, and the recent special edition of 1963’s The Great Escape was No. 25.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 19 also saw Trolls World Tour in the top spot for a second week. Redbox’s Becky moved up a spot to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s The Invisible Man remake at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature at No. 4, and Paramount’s Body Cam, new to disc, debuting at No. 5.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tops June Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for June 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The result is unsurprising considering the video game adaptation topped the weekly disc sales charts for six consecutive weeks following its May 19 physical media release, including every week in June. Sonic had been the No. 2 seller in May.

June’s No. 2 seller was Universal’s The Invisible Man remake, which had been No. 9 the month before after its May 26 disc release.

Disney’s Onward, another May 19 disc release, rose to No. 3 in June after debuting at No. 4 in May.

The top seller in May, Warner’s Birds of Prey, slipped to No. 4 in June.

June’s No. 5 disc seller was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a March disc release that had been No. 8 in May.

The only newcomers on the monthly chart were a pair of classic movies celebrating anniversary re-releases.

Paramount’s Top Gun from 1986 grabbed No. 7 after the film was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in late May in anticipation of the upcoming theatrical sequel, which had been slated for June but was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

No. 8 was 1975’s Jaws, which Universal re-released in early June on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to mark the film’s 45th anniversary.

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The year’s top 10 titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

The only blip on the yearly top 10 after June was that Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life moved up a spot to No. 6, pushing Lionsgate’s Midway to No. 7.

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According to NPD, the June 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  2. The Invisible Man (2020) (Universal)
  3. Onward (Disney)
  4. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner)
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  6. The Call of the Wild (Fox)
  7. Top Gun (Paramount)
  8. Jaws (Universal)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  10. 1917 (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through June 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Dominates Weekly Disc Sales

After weeks without a major new DVD or Blu-ray release, the conditions were ripe for Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour to dominate the national home video sales charts.

Indeed, the DreamWorks Animation sequel easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 11.

In addition, a combo pack of both “Trolls” movies was No. 2 on both charts.

In fact, with the 2016 Trolls movie on the charts at No. 35, “Trolls” discs accounted for 71% of unit sales among the entire top 50.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has spent six of the past seven weeks as the top-selling disc.

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Paramount’s Top Gun was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, and No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 overall disc seller was Warner’s The Mule.

The previous week’s top overall seller, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature, slipped to No. 6 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was No. 23 on the overall chart.

The only other new release of note to crack the charts was a catalog title: the Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray edition of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds debuted at No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 61% of Trolls World Tour unit sales, with the 4K Ultra HD version comprising 6% of the total.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 12 also had Trolls World Tour in the top spot, pushing Force of Nature to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Redbox’s Becky dropping a pot to No. 3, Universal’s The Invisible Man holding at No. 4, and Universal’s The Hunt down two spots to No. 5.

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‘Force of Nature’ Tops Overall Disc Sales; ‘Sonic’ Remains Top Blu-ray

Sonic the Hedgehog‘s six-week reign atop the disc sales chart has come to an end. For the week ended July 4, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

Paramount’s Sonic slipped to No. 2 for the week, selling 79% as many copies as the newcomer. However, Sonic did manage to remain at No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second consecutive week, its sixth time atop the HD rankings in the seven weeks since its disc release.

Force of Nature, a thriller with Mel Gibson about a heist during a hurricane in Puerto Rico, was No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, with 39% of its total unit sales coming from the HD format.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 5, Force of Nature also was No. 1. No. 2 was the thriller Becky, a Quiver Entertainment release with exclusive early disc-rental availability through Redbox.

Universal’s The Hunt, which had been the top rental the previous three weeks, slid to No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s The Invisible Man at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life at No. 5.

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‘Sonic’ Tops Disc Sales for Sixth Week; ‘Top Gun’ Flies to No. 2

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog spent its sixth consecutive week atop the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended June 27. The video game adaptation also returned to No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The six weeks is the longest a title has topped overall disc sales since Frozen spent eight straight weeks at No. 1 in 2014.

The week’s No. 2 disc seller was Paramount’s Top Gun. The 1986 action movie was recently re-released by the studio on 4K Ultra HD disc, though the UHD version accounted for just 7% of the title’s sales. With 26% of its total sales coming from Blu-ray Disc, Top Gun was No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart. A sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is slated to hit theaters later this year.

No. 3 on the overall sales list and No. 2 on the Blu-ray list was Disney’s Onward.

Universal’s 1917 held steady at No. 4 overall and climbed a spot to No. 3 on the Blu-ray list.

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The No. 5 overall selling disc was Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man, which was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which came in at No. 7 on the overall sales chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Netflix’s first season of “Stranger Things,” which is available exclusively at Target. Copies of the season have been heavily discounted of late, with Target clearing them out at $3 each, which likely explains the recent spike in sales for the title.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 28, Universal’s The Hunt was the top title for the third consecutive week.

Universal’s The Invisible Man held steady at No. 2, with Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot moving up a spot to No. 3.

Rounding out the top five were Sony’s Bad Boys for Life at No. 4, and Sonic the Hedgehog at No. 5.

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‘Sonic’ Tops Disc Sales for Fifth Week; ‘Birds of Prey’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

With the slate of major new DVD and Blu-ray releases coming to a near standstill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog is running past the competition.

The video game adaptation spent its fifth consecutive week atop the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended June 20.

Sonic‘s four-week run atop the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart came to an end, however, as it fell to No. 3 for the week. Warner’s Birds of Prey jumped back into the top spot there, up two spots from a week earlier.

Birds of Prey also moved up to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, selling about 96% as many copies as Sonic during the week.

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Climbing five spots to No. 3 overall was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was the No. 2 Blu-ray seller.

The top newcomer was Warner’s Impractical Jokers: The Movie, at No. 17 overall. Blu-ray accounted for 48% of its total sales.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 21, Universal’s The Hunt was the top title for the second consecutive week.

Universal’s The Invisible Man held steady at No. 2, with Impractical Jokers debuting at No. 3.

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Fourth Week for ‘Sonic’ As Top-Selling Disc; ‘Gone With the Wind’ Reaches No. 2

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog took the No. 1 spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended June 13.

It’s the video game adaptation’s fourth-consecutive turn atop the charts, the first title to achieve a month at No. 1 since Sony Pictures’ Venom at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019.

But the big surprise of the week was the surge experienced by 1939’s Gone With the Wind, distributed on disc by Warner Bros. The Oscar-winning classic, which has been the subject of criticisms for its handling of racially sensitive subject matter — slavery during the Civil War — and was very publicly removed from the HBO Max streaming service, which promised to return it with disclaimers and companion videos to provide some historical context for the film.

The publicity surrounding the film, however, seems to be fueling a newly formed adage of the modern collector — namely to own your favorite films and TV shows on physical media and watch them whenever you want, lest you become subjected to the whims of a digital retailer or streaming service that can pull them down at any time.

Gone With the Wind climbed to No. 2 on the overall disc charts for the week, and almost hit the top spot, selling 98% as many copies on disc as Sonic. With 34% of its sales coming from the Blu-ray Disc format, Gone With the Wind was No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Many of the disc sales no doubt came from Walmart, which re-released catalog editions of the movie with a new slipcover — which promptly sold out at most stores once the HBO Max news hit. Most of the title’s listings at Amazon are not from the online store directly but from third-party resellers not likely to be tracked by the VideoScan service.

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The week’s top newcomer was Universal’s The Hunt, the controversial political allegory about wealthy left-wing elites hunting right-wingers for sport. It debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, selling 90% as many copies as Sonic, and was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart, with 51% of its sales coming from the HD format.

The Hunt earned $5.8 million during a theatrical run shortened by the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.

Holding the No. 4 spot on the overall disc chart and climbing to No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Birds of Prey in its fifth week on shelves.

The No. 5 overall title and No. 4 Blu-ray was Disney’s Onward.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 14, The Hunt debuted at No. 1. Universal’s The Invisible Man remake, which topped the rental chart the previous two weeks, slid to No. 2.

Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild was No. 3, followed by Birds of Prey at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life at No. 5.

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‘Birds of Prey’ Tops May Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Warner’s Birds of Prey was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for May 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest DC Comics adaptation stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and arrived on disc May 12.

The No. 2 seller in May was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, the long-awaited video game adaptation that arrived on disc May 19.

Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot came in at No. 3 for the month. Based on the Valiant Comics character, the film arrived on disc May 5.

Disney’s under-the-radar disc release of Pixar’s Onward came in at No. 4. The animated film was made available through electronic sellthrough in late March and on the Disney+ streaming service in early April after its theatrical run was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. The disc, which Disney did not promote much at all, arrived May 19.

May’s No. 5 disc seller was Lionsgate’s faith-based drama I Still Believe, a May 5 DVD and Blu-ray release.

Other newcomers on the monthly chart included the May 12 disc of Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild at No. 6, and Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man at No. 9 following its May 26 disc release.

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The year’s top six sellers remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life entered the yearly chart at No. 7. Universal’s 1917 rose a spot to No. 8, while Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap dropped two spots to No. 9. Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate similarly dropped two spots, to No. 10.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out was displaced from the yearly top 10.

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According to NPD, the May 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  3. Bloodshot (Sony Pictures)
  4. Onward (Disney)
  5. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  6. The Call of the Wild (Fox)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  9. The Invisible Man (2020) (Universal)
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through May 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

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‘Jaws’ Swims Back Onto Disc Sales Chart at No. 7; ‘Sonic’ Spends Third Week at No. 1

Universal Pictures’ 45th anniversary re-release of director Steven Spielberg’s Jaws managed to hit at just the right time to make an impact on the disc sales charts.

Driven by the film’s debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Jaws grabbed the No. 7 spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended June 6. That’s the 1975 film’s highest placement on the chart since it hit No. 4 in the summer of 2012 (another time it was re-released on disc).

The classic blockbuster about a shark that terrorizes an island vacation resort during a busy summer reached No. 6 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Blu-ray formats accounted for 72% of the film’s unit sales for the week. The 4K Ultra HD edition, which was released June 2, comprised 67% of the film’s total sales.

The top five titles on the overall sales chart were unchanged from the previous week.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog was No. 1 on both charts for a third consecutive week. Universal’s The Invisible Man was No. 2 on both charts, followed by Disney’s Onward at No. 3 and Warner’s Birds of Prey at No. 4.

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The No. 5 overall title was Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild, which was No. 7 on the Blu-ray Chart. Warner’s Justice League Dark: Apokolips War was the No. 5 Blu-ray seller for the week.

The top newcomer aside from the new edition of Jaws was Warner Bros.’ release of HBO’s Watchmen limited series, which was No. 22 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 7, Invisible Man took the top spot for a second week, with Call of the Wild repeating at No. 2.

Birds of Prey rose a spot to No. 3, switching places with No. 4 Bloodshot, from Sony Pictures. Sonic climbed a spot to No. 5.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Outruns Debuting ‘Invisible Man’ on Disc Sales Charts

Sonic the Hedgehog remained the top Blu-ray/DVD seller in America for a second consecutive week despite the disc debut of the critically acclaimed remake of The Invisible Man the week ended May 30.

Paramount’s Sonic, based on the video game, had debuted in the top spot a week earlier on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Coming in a close No. 2 on both charts, Universal’s Invisible Man sold 90% as many copies as Sonic. The film, which turns the classic horror tale of a man who can’t be seen into a modern psychological thriller, earned $65 million from a domestic box office run that was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading Universal to release the film early via VOD (the digital equivalent of a rental).

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for just 51% of first-week Invisible Man sales, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 11% of its total.

Down a spot from the previous week, at No. 3, was Disney’s Onward in its second week on disc. The latest Pixar film also had a shortened theatrical run and premiered on the Disney+ streaming service about a month after debuting in theaters.

Warner’s Birds of Prey in its third week on disc was the No. 4 seller on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 overall seller was Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild, also in its third week.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller (No. 6 overall) was Warner’s direct-to-video ‘R’-rated animated superhero movie Justice League Dark: Apokolips War in its second week.

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Invisible Man was the only new release to crack the weekly top 50. With a number of potential theatrical releases from the past two months having been rescheduled due to the pandemic, retailers are likely to see a dearth of major new disc releases for the time being, with the most notable upcoming titles being a handful of TV or catalog special editions.

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On the Media Play News disc rental chart for the week ended May 31, Invisible Man took the No. 1 spot.

Call of the Wild held onto the No. 2 spot, while Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot rose a spot to No. 3, swapping places with Birds of Prey, which dropped to No. 4.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s The Way Back, dropped to No. 5.

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