January 3, 2022
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage easily topped 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 Dec. 18.
The film, based on the character from Marvel’s Spider-Man comics, an alien symbiote who possesses a photographer named Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), earned $212.5 million at the domestic box office. The sequel to 2018’s Venom finds Eddie and Venom battling a death row killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes possessed by a symbiote named Carnage.
A collection of both “Venom” movies landed at No. 13 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 68% of total Venom: Let There Be Carnage sales, with 22% from the 4K Ultra HD edition and 46% from the regular Blu-ray. The breakdown on the 2-movie set, which was not released with a 4K variant, was 66% Blu-ray, 34% DVD.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage sold nearly six times as many copies as the week’s No. 2 title, Universal Pictures’ live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 21 years ago, starring Jim Carrey as the title curmudgeon. The catalog film no doubt got a boost in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday, it had only 7% of its total sales come from Blu-ray Disc so it did not crack the top 25 of that chart.
Similarly, Universal’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Dr. Seuss character, landed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.
Another holiday season favorite, Warner’s Elf, the Will Ferrell comedy from 2003, was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.
The top seller the previous two weeks, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, slipped to No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.
The No. 3 Blu-ray seller (No. 16 on the overall chart) was Warner’s James Gunn-directed comic book adaptation The Suicide Squad, which may be getting a bit of a boost of late as a heavily marketed spinoff series, “The Peacemaker” starring John Cena, debuts on HBO Max Jan. 13.
The No. 4 Blu-ray Disc seller, No. 9 on the overall chart, was Disney’s Jungle Cruise.
The only other newcomer on either chart was director Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, a historical drama that earned $10.9 million at the domestic box office. Released by Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, it was No. 10 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 22 on the overall disc sales chart.
The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 19 had Venom: Let There Be Carnage at No. 1, with the newly released Lionsgate-released actioner Dangerous at No. 2.
Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho slipped a spot to No. 3, while the previous week’s top rental, Shang-Chi, fell to No. 4. Rounding out the top five was the Universal Pictures thriller Copshop, down two spots from a week before.
Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 12-18-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 12-19-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 12-18-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 12-18-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 12-18-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 12-20-21