Walt Disney Studios’ “The Jungle Book,” which first broke on the big screen nearly half a century ago, was the top-selling home video title the week ending Feb. 16.
The 1967 animated classic, the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
“The Jungle Book” has never before been available on Blu-ray Disc. Not surprisingly, 58% of total unit sales came from the high-definition Blu-ray version, Nielsen research shows.
Two other new releases vaulted into the No. 2 and No. 3 positions their first week in stores. Summit Entertainment’s “Ender’s Game,” distributed by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 2 on both sales charts, while Universal Studios’ “The Best Man Holiday” bowed at No. 3.
“Ender’s Game” is a sci-fi actioner starring Harrison Ford that earned $61.7 million in U.S. theaters. The film, Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel, wasn’t quite the box office smash some had expected, but its theatrical performance was strong enough – and its disc debut, high enough – that the franchise will more than likely live on in some fashion.
“The Best Man Holiday,” a Christmas comedy written and directed by Malcolm D and aimed at urban audiences, posted a $70.5 million domestic gross.
“Ender’s Game” generated 52% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, as opposed to just 27% for “The Best Man Holiday.”
Summit’s “Escape Plan,” No. 1 on First Alert last week, dropped to No. 6 its second week in stores, behind
Sony Pictures’ “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (which held steady at No. 4) and 20th Century Fox’s “Free Birds” (No. 5, down from No. 3 the previous week).
The prior week’s top-selling Blu-ray Disc, Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” fell to No. 7 its third week in stores. The raunchy comedy, with Johnny Knoxville, had debuted at No. 2.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, “Ender’s Game” debuted at No. 2, losing out the No. 1 spot to Universal Studios’ “Riddick,” which had just come off its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox.
“Escape Plan,” No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 3, followed at No. 4 by “Bad Grandpa” (down from No. 2) and Sony Pictures’ “Last Vegas” at No. 5 (down from No. 3).
Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.
Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 2/16/2014:
1 Jungle Book
2 Ender’s Game
3 Best Man Holiday
4 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
5 Free Birds
6 Escape Plan
8 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
9 Despicable Me 2
10 All Is Lost
11 Sherlock: Season Three
12 Captain Phillips
13 Grace Unplugged
14 Last Vegas
15 Lee Daniels’ The Butler
16 Baggage Claim
17 About Time
18 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
19 Justice League: War
20 Fast & Furious 6