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'Star Wars' fever fuels Blu-ray Disc sales of older films in franchise

The Christian family drama “War Room,” distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, scored big in the post-Christmas sales period, topping the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales Chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray unit sales, the week ended Jan. 3.

“War Room” had debuted a week earlier at No. 2 behind the strength of its faith-based audience and a healthy $67.8 million domestic box office (against a budget of $3 million).

Another Sony Pictures release, newcomer “The Perfect Guy,” introduced itself at No. 2 on the overall chart, selling 81% as many copies as “War Room.”

Universal Pictures’ “Minions,” which had been the top title the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3 overall, followed at No. 4 by the home video debut of “Hitman: Agent 47,” an actioner from 20th Century Fox.

Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart told a different story, however. Fueled by the success that drove “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to become the all-time top earner at U.S. theaters, Fox’s boxed set of “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” earned the top spot on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, followed by “Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy.” The six-film “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” was the No. 5 Blu-ray Disc.

As with the overall chart, “Minions” was No. 3 and “Hitman: Agent 47” was No. 4.

With just 21% of its copies sold being the Blu-ray version, “War Room” landed at No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

“Perfect Guy” debuted as the No. 10 Blu-ray, with 23% of its copies sold in the high-def format.

“Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” was No. 5 on the overall sales chart. Two other newcomers also landed in the top 10 overall: Broad Green’s “A Walk in the Woods” and Image Entertainment’s “Western Bone Tomahawk.”
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” took the top spot for the third straight week. Warner’s “Pan” moved up two spots to No. 2, while Universal’s “Trainwreck” held at No. 3. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” dropped to No. 4 and “War Room” held onto the No. 5 position.

John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media Magazine.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 1/3/16:
1. War Room
2. The Perfect Guy (New)
3. Minions
4. Hitman: Agent 47 (New)
5. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
6. A Walk in the Woods (New)
7. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
8. Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy
9. Bone Tomahawk (New)
10. Mission: Impossible ‹ Rogue Nation
11. Ant-Man
12. Pan
13. Ted 2
14. Inside Out
15. Jurassic World
16. Star Wars: The Complete Saga
17. Fantastic Four (2015)
18. Trainwreck
19. Furious 7
20. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 1/3/16:

1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
2. Pan
3. Trainwreck
4. Ant-Man
5. War Room
6. Vacation (2015)
7. Jurassic World
8. Max
9. Inside Out
10. San Andreas

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

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