‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Debuts Atop Disc Charts

'Game of Thrones' boxed set slips to No. 7

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The fourth and final film in the “Hunger Games” franchise from Lionsgate easily shot to No. 1 on both national home video sales charts its first week of release.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” which earned $281.7 million in U.S. theaters, was followed at No. 2 on both VideoScan’s overall disc and Blu-ray Disc sales charts by Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home,” although the latest Will Ferrell comedy – with a domestic box office take of more than $150 million – sold only 32% as many discs as the dystopian sci-fi fantasy.

Indeed, “Mockingjay – Part 2” has the distinction of appearing three times in the VideoScan top 10. “The Hunger Games Collection,” consisting of all four films, debuted at No. 9 on the overall disc sales chart, while a two-pack consisting of both “Mockingjay” films, available exclusively at Walmart, bowed at No. 10.

The previous week’s top seller, season five of the highly rated HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” fell all the way to No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray sales chart) its second week in stores, suggesting die-hard fans bought the pricey boxed set early and are now happily binge-viewing away.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” remained at No. 3 on both sales charts for the second consecutive week, while the No. 4 spot on both charts went to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” down from No. 2 on both sales charts the prior week.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was “The Good Dinosaur,” from Walt Disney Studios, down from No. 4 on both charts the week before.

According to VideoScan research, “Mockingjay – Part 2” generated 55% of its total unit sales from the Blu-ray format, compared to just 40% for “Daddy’s Home.” For both the “Hunger Games Collection” and the exclusive “Mockingjay” two-pack from Walmart, the split was 50-50.

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Daddy’s Home” beat out “Mockingjay – Part 2” for the No. 1 spot, although both titles created quite a stir at Redbox kiosks and other rental dealers because they were both issued by studios that don’t hold back new releases from Redbox.

The previous week’s top rental, Paramount’s “The Big Short,” a docudrama about the 2008 collapse of the housing market as seen from three different perspectives, slipped to No. 3.

Universal Pictures’ “Spotlight,” about the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal and cover-up, shot up to No. 4 now that its holdback from Redbox is over.

“The Good Dinosaur” remained at No. 5.

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

Top 20 VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 3/27/16:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (new)
2. Daddy’s Home (new)
3. The Peanuts Movie
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
5. The Good Dinosaur
6. Creed
7. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season
8. Sisters
9. The Hunger Games Collection (new)
10. The Hungers Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2 (new; Walmart exclusive)
11. The Martian
12. Minions
13. Spectre
14. Hotel Transylvania 2
15. Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef (new)
16. Inside Out
17. Goosebumps
18. Barbie: Spy Squad
19. Jurassic World
20. The Big Short

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 3/27/16:

1. Daddy’s Home (new)
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (new)
3. The Big Short
4. Spotlight
5. The Good Dinosaur
6. Spectre
7. The Secret in Their Eyes
8. The Night Before
9. Black Mass
10. The Intern

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