“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the biggest movie of all time at the domestic box office, not only debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts, but also on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week ending April 10.
The film, distributed to the home video market by Walt Disney Studios, also outsold all 19 other Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases in the Top 20 on the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart by a margin of 5 to 1.
Second-ranked “The Hateful Eight,” from Anchor Bay Entertainment, which debuted at No. 1 the prior week, sold fewer than 4% as many copies as the new “Star Wars” movie.
The release of “The Force Awakens” also sent both the original “Star Wars” trilogy and the prequel trilogy back into the Top 20.
Other than that, it was a noneventful week, with not a single major new release arriving in stores.
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 on both sales charts, while “Daddy’s Home,” from Paramount, remained at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Sony Pictures’ “Concussion,” down from its No. 3 debut the previous week.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the original “Star Wars” trilogy came in at No. 4, followed by the prequel trilogy at No. 5.
According to NPD data, a whopping 83% of first-week unit sales of “The Force Awakens” were of the Blu-ray Disc edition.
“The Force Awakens” also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week.
“Daddy’s Home” and Warner’s “Creed” each slipped a notch to finish the week at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while the No. 4 spot went to Warner’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” which just became available at Redbox kiosks after a 28-day holdback.
“The Hateful Eight” slipped to No. 5 after debuting at No. 3 the prior week.
Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine.
Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 4/10/16:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (new)
2. The Hateful Eight
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
4. Daddy’s Home
6. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
7. The Good Dinosaur
8. Point Break
9. The Peanuts Movie
10. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
11. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season
13. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
15. Snow White and the Huntsman
17. The Martian
18. Inside Out
19. Countdown (new)
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 4/10/16:
1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (new)
2. Daddy’s Home
4. In the Heart of the Sea
5. The Hateful Eight
6. The Peanuts Movie
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
9. Victor Frankenstein
10. The Good Dinosaur
For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.