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‘Minions,’ ‘Ant-Man’ Top Home-Video Sales Charts

Studios eager to attract impulse shoppers

Minions Movie
Courtesy of Universal

Universal Pictures captured the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 13 with the animated comedy “Minions,” the third installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise.

The film earned more than $336 million in U.S. theaters and easily debuted at No. 1 on both Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc chart and the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart.

Bowing at No. 2, with unit sales roughly half those of “Minions,” is Marvel’s latest superhero flick, “Ant-Man,” distributed on home video by Walt Disney Studios. The film earned $180.2 million.

The annual holiday selling season, which shifted into high gear over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, is now in the impulse phase, with studios releasing on disc high-profile, family friendly theatrical hits they hope will be snatched up as last-minute gifts.

The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s “Inside Out,” slipped to No. 3, also on both charts.

Nielsen data shows that both “Minions” and “Ant-Man” generated 63% of their total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

Five of the 10 top-selling discs during the week were Christmas classics: Warner’s “Elf” at No. 4, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at No. 6 and “The Polar Express” at No. 9; Universal Pictures’ 2000 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at No. 8; and 20th Century Fox’s “Home Alone” at No. 10.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World” at No. 5. (“The Original Star Wars Trilogy” was No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 7 on the overall disc chart.)
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Universal’s “Trainwreck” shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over, followed at No. 2 by “Ant-Man” (Disney releases its films to Redbox on the same day they go on sale at Walmart and other retailers).

Warner’s “Vacation” slipped to No. 3 (from No. 2) and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” fell to No. 4 from No. 1 the previous week.

Rounding out the top five is Universal Pictures’ “Self/less,” which was No. 3 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 ended 12/13/15:

1. Minions (new)
2. Ant-Man (new)
3. Inside Out
4. Elf
5. Jurassic World
6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
7. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
9. The Polar Express
10. Home Alone
11. A Christmas Story
12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
14. Furious 7
15. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
16. The Transporter Refueled (new)
17. Pitch Perfect 2
18. Despicable Me 2
19. Despicable Me
20. Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 12/13/15:

1. Trainwreck
2. Ant-Man (new)
3. Vacation
4. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
5. Self/less
6. No Escape
7. Max
8. Jurassic World
9. Inside Out
10. Knock Knock (new)

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