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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Back at No. 1 on Disc Charts

Animated 'Justice League,' horror film 'The Forest' also creep into top five

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It’s a powerful force: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” from Walt Disney Studios, remained the top-selling Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the second consecutive week, outselling its nearest competitor on the national home video sales charts for the week ended April 17 by a margin of more than 10 to 1.

“Justice League vs. Teen Titans,” the latest direct-to-video animated superhero film in Warner’s DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, debuted at No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

“Justice League” sold 9.17% as many units as the new “Star Wars” film, NPD data shows.

Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” remained at No. 3 on both sales charts for the second consecutive week, while “The Hateful Eight,” from Anchor Bay Entertainment, slipped to No. 4 its third week in stores.

Rounding out the top 5 on both sales charts is Universal Pictures’ “The Forest,” a horror film that earned $26.6 million in theaters. The film stars Natalie Dormer – best known as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series “Game of Thrones” – as a young woman searching for her sister in Japan’s ominous “Suicide Forest” at the base of Mount Fuji.

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According to NPD data, 74% of second-week unit sales of “The Force Awakens” were of the Blu-ray Disc edition, down from 83% the first week.

Among new releases, “Justice League vs. Teen Titans” generated 59% of its first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 38% for “The Forest.”

On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, “Sisters,” from Universal Pictures, shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox kiosks is over. Another month-old title that has just become available at Redbox, 20th Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” popped up at No. 4.

The previous week’s top rental, “The Force Awakens,” slipped to No. 2, followed at No. 3 by Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” and No. 5 by Warner’s “Creed.”

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

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 4/17/16:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2. Justice League vs. Teen Titans (new)
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
4. The Hateful Eight
5. The Forest (new)
6. The Good Dinosaur
7. Daddy’s Home
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
9. Creed
10. Concussion
11. The Peanuts Movie
12. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season
13. Snow White and the Huntsman
14. Point Break
15. Sisters
16. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
17. Inside Out
18. The Martian
19. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
20. Forsaken

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 4/17/16:

1. Sisters
2. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
3. Daddy’s Home
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
5. Creed
6. The Forest (new)
7. In the Heart of the Sea
8. The Hateful Eight
9. Concussion
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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