‘Star Wars’ Regains Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

Sony's 'The 5th Wave' debuts at No. 2

Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey
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Walt Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” returned to the top spot on the NPD VideoScan sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended May 8.

It marks the third time in the five weeks since the sci-fi sequel arrived on shelves that it earned the top overall spot; “The Force Awakens” had been on top in the two weeks since its debut before ceding the next two weeks to 20th Century Fox’s “The Revenant,” which slipped to No. 3 in its third week.
“The Force Awakens” also held onto the top spot on VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, which it has held for four of its five weeks of availability.

The top new release on both charts was Sony Pictures’ “The 5th Wave,” an alien invasion thriller based on a young adult novel. The film earned $34.9 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s “The Choice,” the latest romance drama based on a Nicholas Sparks story, debuted at No. 4 on both charts, followed at No. 5 by Fox’s “Joy,” a dramedy about inventor and businesswoman Joy Mangano, with Jennifer Lawrence in the title role.

In the wake of the death of pop star Prince, his 1984 film “Purple Rain” jumped to No. 9, after moving back onto the charts at No. 11 the previous week.

In terms of Blu-ray sales, the high-def format accounted for 83% of “The Force Awakens” sales for the week, and 89% of Revenant sales. Among the newcomers, Blu-ray represented 75% of “5th Wave” copies sold, 43% of “The Choice,” and 23% of “Joy,” according to VideoScan data.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “5th Wave” debuted at No. 1, with “The Choice” at No. 2. Universal Pictures’ “Sisters” dropped a slot to No. 3, with Warner’s “Point Break” remake slipping to No. 4 and Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” rounding out the top five.

John Latchem is Managing Editor of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 5/8/16:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. The 5th Wave (new)
3. The Revenant
4. The Choice (new)
5. Joy (new)
6. Ride Along 2
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
8. Krampus
9. Purple Rain
10. The Hateful Eight
11. The Martian
12. The Good Dinosaur
13. Norm of the North
14. Game of Thrones: Season 1
15. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season
16. Game of Thrones: Season 2
17. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
18. Sisters
19. Ip Man 3
20. Coat of Many Colors (new)

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 5/8/16:

1. The 5th Wave (new)
2. The Choice (new)
3. Sisters
4. Point Break
5. Daddy’s Home
6. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
8. Norm of the North
9. Creed
10. Jane Got a Gun

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