Consumers Bought 'Jack Ryan' Reboot More Than Other Discs18 Jun, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
It was a neck-in-neck race for No. 1 in the home video sales arena for the week ended June 15.
While Universal Studios’ Lone Survivor was in the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, third-ranked Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, from Paramount, actually sold more units.
The discrepancy is due to the fact that Walmart offered an exclusive Blu-ray Disc two-pack of actioner Jack Ryan with 2003’s The Italian Job, and this combo from the country’s No. 1 home entertainment retailer is tracked separately by VideoScan.
Combining sales data for the various configurations of Jack Ryan — a reboot of the franchise about author Tom Clancy’s famed CIA analyst, now portrayed by Chris Pine — shows it actually sold 4% more discs than Lone Survivor on the First Alert chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales.
Jack Ryan, which earned $50.6 million in U.S. theaters, was also unambiguously No. 1 on VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, followed closely by Lone Survivor at No. 2. Among the standalone version, Blu-ray accounted for 57% of Jack Ryan sales, a number that jumps up to 62% when factoring in the Walmart two-pack.
The No. 2 spot on First Alert (and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart) was filled by another new release, Universal’s Non-Stop, a $91.7 million grossing thriller that stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal who while on a transatlantic flight gets a series of threatening text messages warning him that his fellow passengers are at risk unless the airline deposits $150 million into an offshore bank account.
Rounding out the First Alert top five are two sophomores, both distributed by 20th Century Fox: RoboCop at No. 4, down from No. 2 the previous week, and Son of God at No. 5 (No. 3 a week earlier).
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 4 spot went to RoboCop (down from No. 2) and, at No. 5, Walmart’s Jack Ryan/The Italian Job two-pack. Sony Pictures’ The Monuments Men came in at No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Jack Ryan debuted at No. 1 (Paramount is one of the three majors that does not withhold new releases from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox), while the Warner drama Her, with a domestic box office gross of $25.6 million, was No. 2 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over.
Monuments Men, the top rental for the two prior weeks, slipped to No. 3 its third week in stores.
Rounding out the top five rentals for the week ended June 15: Universal’s Ride Along at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Pompeii at No. 5.