Faith-Based 'War Room' Emerges Atop Disc Sales Chart6 Jan, 2016 By: John Latchem
The Christian family drama War Room, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, scored big in the post-Christmas sales period, topping the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales Chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray unit sales, the week ended Jan. 3.
War Room had debuted a week earlier at No. 2 behind the strength of its faith-based audience and a healthy $67.8 million domestic box office (against a budget of $3 million).
Another Sony Pictures release, newcomer The Perfect Guy, introduced itself at No. 2 on the overall chart, selling 81% as many copies as War Room.
Universal Pictures' Minions, which had been the top title the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3 overall, followed at No. 4 by the home video debut of Hitman: Agent 47, an actioner from 20th Century Fox.
However, Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray chart told a different story. Fueled by the success that drove Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become the all-time top earner at U.S. theaters, Fox's boxed set of Star Wars: The Original Trilogy earned the top spot on the Blu-ray sales chart, followed by Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy. The six-film Star Wars: The Complete Saga was the No. 5 Blu-ray.
As with the overall chart, Minions was No. 3 and Hitman: Agent 47 was No. 4.
With just 21% of its copies sold being the Blu-ray version, War Room landed at No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. Perfect Guy debuted as the No. 10 Blu-ray, with 23% of its copies sold in the high-def format.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy was No. 5 on the overall sales chart. Two other newcomers also landed in the top 10 overall: Broad Green's A Walk in the Woods and Image Entertainment's Western Bone Tomahawk.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation took the top spot for the third straight week. Warner's Pan moved up two spots to No. 2, while Universal's Trainwreck held at No. 3. Marvel's Ant-Man dropped to No. 4 and War Room held onto the No. 5 position.