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‘The Northman’ Conquers Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ The Northman 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 June 11.

The film, based on the Viking legends that inspired Hamlet, tells the story of a deposed Viking prince who returns from hiding to seek revenge against his uncle for murdering his father. It earned $34 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous two weeks, Warner’s The Batman, dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about 83% as many copies in its third week as Northman did in its first.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s 1986 film Top Gun, continuing its resurgence on home video with the theatrical release of its sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Rounding out the top five were a pair of Sony Pictures’ releases. No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was the video game adaptation Uncharted. No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart was Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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The only other new release in the top 10 was Paramount’s The Contractor, starring Chris Pine as a former soldier who takes a job with a private defense firm in order to pay debts.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 63% of total Northman sales (20% 4K, 43% BD) and 50% for Contractor (9% 4K, 41% BD).

New Steelbook releases of Oscar Best Picture Winners Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray pushed them back up the charts. Lawrence was No. 11 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart, with 99.1% of its total unit sales coming from the 4K edition. Kwai was No. 40 overall and No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart, which 96.8% of its tally from the new 4K release. The 4K versions were previously only available through a boxed set released a couple years ago.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 12 had Contractor at No. 1 and Northman at No. 2.

Uncharted dropped to No. 3, followed by the Universal-distributed MGM comedy Dog at No. 4, and The Batman at No. 5.

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