'Star Wars' fever still rampant on Blu-ray Disc sales chart
“Sicario,” a crime drama centered around the Mexican drug war and starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, coming off a theatrical run that earned $46.9 million domestically.
Universal’s “The Visit,” from director M. Night Shyamalan, debuted at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, about two kids visiting their grandparents and discovering a dark secret about them, earned more than $65 million in U.S. theaters.
The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ faith-based “War Room,” dropped to No. 3 overall, with No. 4 going to new release “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser,” a direct-to-video sequel, also from Sony Pictures, to the 2001 David Spade comedy.
Universal Pictures’ “Minions” rounded out the top five.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, “Star Wars” mania continued with “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” and “The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy,” both from 20th Century Fox, finishing the week at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, down a notch from the prior week.
“Minions” also came in at No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“Sicario” generated 52% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc. The film is one of four that are included in Lionsgate’s initial batch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, due to arrive in stores on March 1 to coincide with the release of the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player, from Samsung.
“The Visit” generated 38% of its week-one sales from Blu-ray Disc, to just 20% for the “Joe Dirt” sequel.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Sicario” also debuted at No. 1. “Minions” came off its 28-day holdback from Redbox video rental kiosks to move up to No. 2, with Sony Pictures’ “The Perfect Guy” and “The Walk” bowing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Transporter Refueled” came off its month-long holdback from Redbox and shot up to No. 5.
Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 1/10/15:
1. Sicario (New)
2. The Visit (new)
3. War Room
4. Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (new)
6. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
7. The Perfect Guy
8. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
9. Hitman: Agent 47
10. A Walk in the Woods
11. The Walk (new)
13. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
14. Inside Out
15. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
16. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (new)
17. Jurassic World
18. Ted 2
19. Bone Tomahawk
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 1/10/15:
1. Sicario (new)
3. The Perfect Guy (new)
4. The Walk (new)
5. The Transporter Refueled
8. The Heist
9. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.