The hit animated film “The Peanuts Movie,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, easily debuted as the top seller on the national home video charts the week ended March 13. The film, which brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang back to the big screen through CG animation, had grossed an impressive $130.3 million at the U.S. box office, making it the most high-profile of the week’s new releases.
“Peanuts” pushed the previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Creed,” to No. 2 in its second week on the VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. “Creed” sold 37% as many copies as “Peanuts.”
Walt Disney Studios’ “The Good Dinosaur,” the latest entry in the Pixar canon, dropped to No. 3 in its third week, but was No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart, just ahead of “Creed.”
The debut of two newcomers rounded out the First Alert top five, with No. 4 going to Warner’s “In the Heart of the Sea,” a Ron Howard-directed adventure about the voyage that inspired “Moby Dick,” and No. 5 to the direct-to-video sequel “Open Season: Scared Silly,” the fourth entry in the animated animal franchise from Sony Pictures.
“In the Heart of the Sea,” which grossed $25 million domestically against a budget of $100 million, was also No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, with MGM’s Fox-distributed James Bond actioner “Spectre” at No. 5.
Blu-ray accounted for 55% of “Peanuts Movie” sales, compared with 38% for “In the Heart of the Sea.” Of note, “Peanuts” was the first movie with a day-and-date simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray and the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. UHD sales accounted for 0.3% of all “Peanuts” disc sales, a modest sum that amounts to a few thousand copies, but still the top-selling UHD title for the week, ahead of Fox’s “The Martian,” for which UHD accounted for 3% of unit sales, translating to UHD sales about two-thirds that of “Peanuts.” “The Martian’s” UHD Blu-ray officially arrived March 1, a week before “Peanuts” but a few months after the film was first released on home video.
On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Spectre” moved to No. 1 after the end of its 28-day holdback at key rental outlet Redbox. Warner’s “Black Mass” moved to No. 2 after just a 21-day holdback. Sony Pictures’ “The Night Before” dropped to No. 3 after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, while “Good Dinosaur” held on at No. 4 and Warner’s “The Intern” dropped to No. 5.
John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media magazine.
Top 20 VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 3/13/16:
1. The Peanuts Movie (New)
3. The Good Dinosaur
4. In the Heart of the Sea (New)
5. Open Season: Scared Silly (New)
7. Hotel Transylvania 2
8. Victor Frankenstein (New)
9. The Night Before
10. Barbie: Spy Squad
12. The Martian
14. Paw Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues
15. Black Mass
18. Straight Outta Compton
19. Inside Out
20. The Last Witch Hunter
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 3/13/16:
2. Black Mass
3. The Night Before
4. The Good Dinosaur
5. The Intern
6. The Martian
8. The 33
9. Crimson Peak
10. Straight Outta Compton
For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.