Dueling ‘Batman’ Films Top Disc Sales Chart

Animated 'Batman' unseats theatrical hit as top Blu-ray Disc seller

Mark Hamill
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Television

As the summer season draws to a close, superheroes slugged it out for dominance on the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 7.

Warner’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” remained at No. 1 on NPD VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the third consecutive week, but was booted to the No. 2 spot on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart by “Batman: The Killing Joke,” from Warner Bros. Animation, the 26th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.

“The Killing Joke” debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales.

Universal Pictures’ “Mother’s Day,” a romantic comedy that grossed $32.5 million in domestic theaters, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. It’s the last film to be directed by Garry Marshall, best known as the creator of television’s “Happy Days” and the director of such films as “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” and “The Princess Diaries.”

On the overall disc sales chart, Universal Pictures’ “The Boss,” a comedy with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell that earned $63 million in U.S. theaters, slipped to No. 4 after debuting at No. 2 the previous week, while the No. 5 spot went to Walt Disney’s “Zootopia.”

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Zootopia” ended its ninth week in stores at No. 3, with “The Boss” trailing at No. 4.

Warner’s “Keanu,” an underperforming comedy from the team of Key and Peele., bowed at No. 6 on the overall disc sales charts and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The action parody scored $20.6 million in U.S. theaters.

The animated “Batman: The Killing Joke,” based on a graphic novel, generated 71% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 32% for “Mother’s Day” and 37% for “Keanu.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Mother’s Day” bowed at No. 1, sending the previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s “Criminal,” to No. 2.

Another Lionsgate release, “Meet the Blacks,” an urban comedy that parodies the horror film “The Purge,” bowed at No. 3 on the rental chart, followed by Universal Pictures’ “London Has Fallen” at No. 4 and the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks hit “Kung Fu Panda 3” at No. 5.

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine.

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 8/7/16:

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. Batman: The Killing Joke (new)
3. Mother’s Day (new)
4. The Boss
5. Zootopia
6. Keanu (new)
7. Miracles From Heaven
8. Allegiant
9. Criminal
10. Deadpool
11. Barbershop: The Next Cut
12. Kung Fu Panda 3
13. Ghostbusters
14. Traded (new)
15. PAW Patrol: Sports Day (new)
16. Hardcore Henry
17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18. Meet the Blacks (new)
19. The Bourne Classified Collection
20. I Am Wrath

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 8/7/16:

1. Mother’s Day (new)
2. Criminal
3. Meet the Blacks (new)
4. London Has Fallen
5. Kung Fu Panda 3
6. Miracles From Heaven
7. The Trust (new)
8. Allegiant
9. Zootopia
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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