Strong Debut on Disc Chart for ‘Batman Vs. Robin’

But 'Hobbit' Sequel Is Again Top-Selling Disc

Warner’s direct-to-video “Batman Vs. Robin” was the best-selling newcomer the week ending April 19, bowing at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

But in overall disc sales, the animated “DC Universe Original Movie” was trumped by another Warner title, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which regained the top spot on Nielsen’s First Alert chart after spending two weeks at No. 2.

“Interstellar,” the Paramount sci-fi epic that occupied the No. 1 spot for the last two weeks, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart: Walt Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” repeating at No. 4, and 20th Century Fox’s “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” a horror sequel that bowed at No. 5.

The original “The Woman in Black” came out in 2012 and driven by favorable reviews as well as Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe in the lead role generated a respectable $54.3 million in theaters.

But with the sequel coming out three years later and without Radcliffe, “Angel of Death” only racked up $26.5 million at the domestic box office and quickly resurfaced on home video, where it appears to have found a new audience, given its strong debut.

On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, “Batman Vs. Robin” was followed by “Interstellar” at No. 2, “The Hobbit” at No. 3, and “Big Hero 6” at No. 4.

The No. 5 spot went to inventive Australian horror movie “The Babadook,” a critically hailed film about a creature that literally pops out of a children’s book that spawned a cult following after its 2014 theatrical release. The film was released on disc by Shout! Factory, a small independent known for its quirky roster.

The Babadook” bowed at No. 9 on First Alert.

According to Nielsen, “Batman vs. Robin” generated 68% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 28% for “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” and 44% for “The Babadook.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Penguins of Madagascar” (a DreamWorks Animation film distributed by Fox) shot up to No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, now that their 28-day holdbacks from Netflix and Redbox are over.

“Interstellar,” No. 1 for the last two weeks, slipped to No. 2, while the No. 4 spot on the rental chart went to “Night at the Museum.” Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s direct-to-video thriller “Wild Card,” down from No. 4 the previous week.

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 4/19/15:

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  2. Batman vs. Robin (new)
  3. Interstellar
  4. Big Hero 6
  5. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
  6. Game of Thrones: Season 1
  7. Big Eyes (new)
  8. Into the Woods
  9. The Babadook (new)
  10. Unbroken
  11. Wild
  12. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (new)
  13. Penguins of Madagascar
  14. The Imitation Game
  15. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  16. Fast Five
  17. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  18. Annie
  19. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  20. Fast & Furious


Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 4/19/15:

  1. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  2. Interstellar
  3. Penguins of Madagascar
  4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  5. Wild Card
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Into the Woods
  8. Big Hero 6
  9. Big Eyes (new)
  10. A Most Violent Year

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Doug Scott - Twitch

    Twitch Recruits Zynga's Doug Scott as Chief Marketing Officer

    Doug Scott is leaving as game company Zynga’s marketing boss to become Twitch’s CMO. Scott assumes the CMO role at Twitch after previous chief marketing officer Kate Jhaveri exited this summer to become the NBA’s top marketing exec. News of Scott’s hire comes less than a month after Twitch launched a redesigned logo and site, [...]

  • Carter Hansen - VidCon

    VidCon Hires Ex-AwesomenessTV Exec Carter Hansen to Head Conference Programming

    VidCon hired Carter Hansen, a founding executive at AwesomenessTV, as VP of programming to oversee conference programming and content for the internet-video events producer. In the newly created role, Hansen reports to VidCon GM Jim Louderback and will be based in Viacom’s Hollywood office. As part of overseeing programming worldwide for VidCon’s community, creator and [...]

  • The Boys Amazon Prime

    Nielsen Adds Amazon Prime Video to SVOD Measurement, With Limitations

    After two years of measuring Netflix viewing, Nielsen has now added Amazon Prime Video to the mix of subscription-streaming services it tracks — and with the same set of limitations. Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings originally launched in October 2017 with Netflix. According to the research firm, the addition of Amazon Prime Video measurement will let [...]

  • Gavel Court Placeholder

    Netflix Movie Scammer Admits to Defrauding Investors Out of $14 Million

    A California man has admitted to defrauding investment groups — nabbing $14 million — by falsely claiming the money would be used to produce a feature film for Netflix. On Oct. 18, Adam Joiner, 41, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court, according to federal authorities. [...]

  • netflix debt

    Netflix to Raise Another $2 Billion Through Debt to Fund Massive Content Spending

    Netflix, burning boatloads of cash with a projected $15 billion content budget for 2019, is adding to its debt load once again. On Monday (Oct. 21), Netflix announced plans to offer approximately $2.0 billion aggregate principal amount of junk bonds, in both U.S dollar and euro denominations. As of Sept. 30, Netflix reported $12.43 billion [...]

  • Bristol, CT - July 26, 2018

    Mina Kimes Helps ESPN Kick Off 'Daily' Podcast

    Mina Kimes is preparing to take ESPN into a new frontier. The sports-media giant has launched a “SportsCenter” for Snapchat and tested baseball telecasts for kids. Now it’s hoping to set up shop in another media venue. Starting tomorrow, the Disney-backed company launches “ESPN Daily,” a weekday morning podcast that aims to tap its vast [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content