‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Storms Home-Video Sales Charts

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Theatrical hit outsells nearest rival by nearly 10-1 margin

Warner’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” easily topped the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, debuting at No. 1 on both Nielsen’s overall disc and dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales charts the week ending Sept. 6.

The theatrical blockbuster, the fourth film in the post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” franchise that began in 1979, has Tom Hardy taking over from Mel Gibson as the title character and day-saving hero. With fellow headliner Charlize Theron, the film generated a domestic box office gross of more than $153 million.

“Fury Road” bumped Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: Season 5” down to No. 3, while DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, popped back up to No. 2 after falling from No. 1 to No. 3 the prior week.

Nothing could match “Fury Road’s” sales prowess, however, as the title outsold second-ranked “Home” by a margin of nearly 10 to 1. Of the film’s total unit sales, 56% came from Blu-ray Disc.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were “PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!,” a budget-priced kidvid, which debuted at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ “Aloha,” which slipped to No. 5 after bowing at No. 2 the previous week.

On Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Fury Road” in the top spot was followed “Home” at No. 2 and the “Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection” at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five are two collections: the “Mad Max Anthology” from Warner and “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” from 20th Century Fox.

On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, there isn’t much of a change at the top: “Home,” “Aloha” and Warner’s “Hot Pursuit” once again occupy the top three spots on the chart.
Warner’s “Get Hard” moved back up to No. 4, ceding its No. 5 spot to 20th Century Fox’s “True Story,” which just came off a month-long holdback from Redbox.

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week of 9/6/15:

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (new)
2. Home
3. The Walking Dead: Season 5
4. PAW Patrol: Meet Everest (new)
5. Aloha
6. Texas Rising (new)
7. Descendants
8. Insurgent
9. Castle: The Complete Seventh Season
10. Hot Pursuit
11. LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom!
12. Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection
13. The Longest Ride
14. Mad Max Anthology (new)
15. The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season (new)
16. Big Game
17. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
18. Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 1 (new)
19. Kingsman: The Secret Service
20. Despicable Me 2

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 9/6/15:

1. Home
2. Aloha
3. Hot Pursuit
4. Get Hard
5. True Story
6. Insurgent
7. Lila & Eve
8. The Longest Ride
9. Good Kill (new)
10. The D Train (new)

For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.

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  1. Michael says:

    Yep Buy the Blu-Ray. Not only is it an excellent film the 3D is amazing to. So 3D Blu for me. And John Huston is so right

  2. John Huston says:

    Buy the Blu-ray. If you leave movies to “streaming” services, they become subject to the changing winds of morality, meaning, they can be pulled or edited at a moment’s notice. Think about it.

    • Alan Smithee says:

      Plus if you buy it from Amazon Instant Video, they’ll break into the end credits with a pop-up menu whether you want to see the credits or not!

  3. Jedi77 says:

    Buy that Blu-Ray people, we need Warner to greenlight a sequel fast.
    Miller ain’t gettin’ any younger…

    • The sequel is already green-lit. It’s titled Mad Max: The Wasteland. So far, Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron are confirmed to return. George Miller is set to return to write/direct.

      • Derek says:

        The movie is NOT green-lit yet, and Theron will NOT be returning when it inevitably does get green lit (she was written out of “The Wasteland” in the most recent draft.). I suspect that the original plan was for Furiosa to return in the next Mad Max movie as the villain (there were several hints to this effect in interviews included in the “Art of Fury Road” book – that she became corrupted by her power.). Now that her character is so popular, I think they’ve probably changed their minds, and they are now talking about offering her a spin-off movie of her own.

      • David says:

        I think the info about Theron is false. I believe there was an article out there about how Theron didn’t even know a sequel was being made. It makes sense though, her story is done, it’s been told. There is no need for her character to come back.

      • I was under the impression that Theron had enough after one film. Has she officially recanted?

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