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'Boss Baby' Commands Top Disc Sales Spots

2 Aug, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The Boss Baby

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 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format.

In the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart was DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby, a computer-animated comedy distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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 charts.

Ghost also generated 11.4% of its total first-week unit sales from UHD Blu-ray, the highest percentage ever for the disc debut of a film that earned more than $5 million in theaters, Paramount said.

Overall, Ghost sold 40.8% as many units as Boss Baby, which earned more than four times as much ($175 million) at the box office.

With Blu-ray accounting for 73% of its total unit sales, Ghost sold 54% as many Blu-ray copies as Boss Baby, for which Blu-ray comprised 55% of sales.

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 in its debut two weeks earlier.

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 The Lego Batman Movie, down from No. 3 the previous week.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, 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).

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 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.

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