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'Batman' Movies Reign on Home Video Charts

10 Aug, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Batman: The Killing Joke

As the summer season draws to a close, two movies featuring Batman took the top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 7.

Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, 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 original movies series.

Killing Joke, a highly anticipated animated movie that broke Fathom Events records during a two-day theatrical exhibition in which it earned $3.8 million, almost edged BvS on the overall chart, selling 96.8% as many total copies as the live-action superhero crossover to debut at No. 2.

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 slipped to No. 4 after debuting at No. 2 the previous week, while the No. 5 spot went to Walt Disney Studios’ 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.

Killing Joke, based on a popular 1988 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. Incidentally, the Blu-ray share of Killing Joke happens to be 1% more than the Blu-ray share of BvS in its first week.

BvS becomes the fourth title this year with at least three weeks on top of the overall disc sales chart, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and Zootopia. Four titles achieved the feat in all of 2015.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, 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 Animation hit Kung Fu Panda 3 at No. 5.


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