Two new theatrical releases took the top two spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended July 30, with one setting a new sales milestone for the fledgling Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format.
Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” a sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson and based on the Japanese manga of the same name, rode its $41 million domestic box office gross to a No. 2 debut on both NPD VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and NPD’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The film also generated 11.4% of its total first-week unit sales from Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, the highest percentage ever for a film that earned more than $5 million in theaters, Paramount says.
Overall, “Ghost” sold 40.8% as many units as 20th Century Fox’s “The Boss Baby,” a computer-animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation that earned more than four times as much ($175 million) at the box office.
The arrival of the two new releases sent the previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island,” to No. 3 on both charts. The latest “King Kong” reboot earned $168 million in U.S. theaters.
Snagging the No. 4 spot on both charts was Universal Pictures’ “The Fate of the Furious,” the latest installment in the successful “Fast & Furious” franchise, which was the top DVD and Blu-ray Disc seller the week before “Kong” before slipping to No. 2.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” while on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the No. 5 spot went to Warner’s “LEGO Batman Movie,” down from No. 3 the previous week.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” shot up to No. 1 now that its new, shorter holdback from Redbox is over, while “Ghost in the Shell” debuted at No. 2 (Paramount releases its discs to all retailers at the same time).
Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Belko Experiment” rose to No. 3 how that its month-long holdback from Redbox is over.
Warner’s “CHiPs” slipped to No. 4 from No. 2, and “The Smurfs: The Lost Village” slid to No. 5 from No. 3.
The prior week’s top rental, Broad Green’s “The Lost City of Z,” fell to No. 6 after two weeks at No. 1.
Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 7/30/17:
1. The Boss Baby (new)
2. Ghost in the Shell (new)
3. Kong: Skull Island
4. The Fate of the Furious
5. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
6. Gifted (new)
7. The LEGO Batman Movie
8. Smurfs: The Lost Village
9. John Wick: Chapter 2
10. Saban’s Power Rangers
11. Unforgettable (new)
14. The Shack
16. Black Butterfly (new)
17. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
18. Hacksaw Ridge
20. A Dog’s Purpose
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 7/30/17:
1. Kong: Skull Island (new)
2. Ghost in the Shell (new)
3. The Belko Experiment
5. Smurfs: The Lost Village
6. The Lost City of Z
8. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
9. Fist Fight
10. Get Out
For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.