You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Dueling ‘Batman’ Films Top Disc Sales Chart

Animated 'Batman' unseats theatrical hit as top Blu-ray Disc seller

As the summer season draws to a close, superheroes slugged it out for dominance on the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 7.

Warner’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” remained at No. 1 on NPD VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the third consecutive week, but was booted to the No. 2 spot on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart by “Batman: The Killing Joke,” from Warner Bros. Animation, the 26th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.

“The Killing Joke” debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales.

Universal Pictures’ “Mother’s Day,” a romantic comedy that grossed $32.5 million in domestic theaters, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. It’s the last film to be directed by Garry Marshall, best known as the creator of television’s “Happy Days” and the director of such films as “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” and “The Princess Diaries.”

On the overall disc sales chart, Universal Pictures’ “The Boss,” a comedy with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell that earned $63 million in U.S. theaters, slipped to No. 4 after debuting at No. 2 the previous week, while the No. 5 spot went to Walt Disney’s “Zootopia.”

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Zootopia” ended its ninth week in stores at No. 3, with “The Boss” trailing at No. 4.

Warner’s “Keanu,” an underperforming comedy from the team of Key and Peele., bowed at No. 6 on the overall disc sales charts and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The action parody scored $20.6 million in U.S. theaters.

The animated “Batman: The Killing Joke,” based on a graphic novel, generated 71% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 32% for “Mother’s Day” and 37% for “Keanu.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Mother’s Day” bowed at No. 1, sending the previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s “Criminal,” to No. 2.

Another Lionsgate release, “Meet the Blacks,” an urban comedy that parodies the horror film “The Purge,” bowed at No. 3 on the rental chart, followed by Universal Pictures’ “London Has Fallen” at No. 4 and the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks hit “Kung Fu Panda 3” at No. 5.

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine.

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 8/7/16:

1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. Batman: The Killing Joke (new)
3. Mother’s Day (new)
4. The Boss
5. Zootopia
6. Keanu (new)
7. Miracles From Heaven
8. Allegiant
9. Criminal
10. Deadpool
11. Barbershop: The Next Cut
12. Kung Fu Panda 3
13. Ghostbusters
14. Traded (new)
15. PAW Patrol: Sports Day (new)
16. Hardcore Henry
17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18. Meet the Blacks (new)
19. The Bourne Classified Collection
20. I Am Wrath

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 8/7/16:

1. Mother’s Day (new)
2. Criminal
3. Meet the Blacks (new)
4. London Has Fallen
5. Kung Fu Panda 3
6. Miracles From Heaven
7. The Trust (new)
8. Allegiant
9. Zootopia
10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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

More Digital

  • Netflix iPhone mobile app

    Netflix Tries Out Mobile-Only Subscription Plan in India

    Streaming giant Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription in India that costs half of its basic plan. Netflix India’s monthly plans begin at INR500 ($7.27). The mobile only plan is being trialled at INR250 ($3.63) per month. “We are always looking for ways to make Netflix more enjoyable and accessible,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety. [...]

  • How Netflix Uses Technology: A Look

    How Netflix Wants to Take on Its Competition in 2019 and Beyond

    “They’re going to do some great shows. I’m going to be envious.” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings practiced humility when he was asked about new competitors like Disney’s and Apple’s upcoming streaming services this week. “These are amazing, large, well-funded companies with very significant efforts,” he said. “But you do your best job when you have [...]

  • AVOD streaming video OTT users -

    Comcast Unveils 'Flex,' a Streaming Service for Internet Customers

    Comcast said it would unveil “Flex,” a hub for its Internet-only customers that allows them to stream and purchase shows and movies, the latest effort by a traditional cable provider to latch on to customers who are migrating to broadband services, The Philadelphia cable giant will also make free, ad-supported services available via the service, [...]

  • splice

    Splice Raises $57.5 Million in Latest Funding Round

    Splice, a favorite of music creators that allows access to a library of three million rights-cleared sounds, announced today that the company closed a Series C funding round at $57.5 million. That brings Splice’s total amount raised to roughly $102 million since its launch in 2013. It raised a Series B in November of 2017. [...]

  • Facebook's 'Red Table Talk' Garners Daytime

    Facebook's 'Red Table Talk' Garners Daytime Emmy Nomination

    Facebook is now in the awards hunt: Its popular original series “Red Table Talk” hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith was nominated for a 2019 Daytime Emmy. It appears to be the first-ever Daytime Emmy Awards nomination for a Facebook-funded show, although a company rep was unable to confirm that. “Red Table Talk” is nominated in [...]

  • MLB-TV

    MLB.TV Joins Lineup on Amazon's Prime Video Channels

    Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels for Prime members in the U.S., just in time for the start of Major League Baseball’s 2019 regular season start next week. The MLB.TV package provides regular-season out-of-market baseball games, both live and on-demand. Prime members in the U.S. can subscribe to MLB.TV for $24.99 per month, [...]

  • Tencent Music Shares Drop Despite Solid

    Tencent Music Shares Drop Despite Solid First Earnings Report

    Proving that good is not always good enough, Tencent Music Entertainment shares fell 9 percent after the Chinese company released its 2018 earnings, wiping out $2.7 billion in market capitalization of what is arguably the biggest audio music service in the world. Chalk it up to big expectations and a short track record: Wednesday’s earnings [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content