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‘War Room’ Makes Strong Debut, But ‘Minions’ Still No. 1 on Disc Charts

'Pan' only other new release among Top 10 sellers

As the holiday season wound down, Universal Pictures’ “Minions” remained the top-selling movie on the national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 27, overcoming a strong challenge from the newly released “War Room,” from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Minions,” the third installment in the animated “Despicable Me” franchise, topped both Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the third consecutive week, with the Christian family film, about the salvation of a warring family, debuting at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart.

The film, which grossed just under $68 million in U.S. theaters, sold about 81% as many units its first week in stores as “Minions” during the latter’s third week of release, according to Nielsen.

But the film’s low percentage of unit sales generated from Blu-ray Disc, 26%, kept it from debuting any higher than No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, behind 20th Century Fox’s “Star Wars: The Original Trilogy” at No. 2 and Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” at No. 3.

On the overall disc sales chart, Walt Disney’s “Inside Out” finished the week at No. 3, up from No. 5 the previous week. “Rogue Nation” finished its second week in stores at No. 4, after a No. 2 debut the prior week, while the No.5 spot on the overall disc sales chart went to 20th Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” which had debuted the previous week at No. 3.

The only other new release to make it into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s “Pan,” the Peter Pan retelling that despite a budget of $150 million earned just $35 million domestically during its brief theatrical release this fall. The film debuted at No. 10 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 12 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, generating 39% of its unit sales from Blu-ray.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Rogue Nation” remained the top rental, while “Pan” was the highest-charting new release, debuting at No. 4 – suggesting Warner did not hold back this title from Redbox. “War Room” bowed at No. 5

Walt Disney Studios’ release of the Marvel actioner “Ant-Man” finished the week at No. 2 on the rental chart, up from No. 3 the prior week, while Universal Pictures’ “Trainwreck” slipped a notch to No. 3.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 12/27/15:

1. Minions
2. War Room (new)
3. Inside Out
4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
6. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
7. Ted 2
8. Ant-Man
9. Jurassic World
10. Pan (new)
11. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
12. Star Wars: The Complete Saga
13. Fantastic Four
14. Elf
15. Avengers: Age of Ultron
16. Furious 7
17. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
18. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
19. A Christmas Story
20. Pitch Perfect 2

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 12/27/15:

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

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

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