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'Fate of the Furious' Drives to Top of Disc Sales Charts

19 Jul, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious, the latest installment in Universal Pictures’ "Fast & Furious" franchise, debuted at No. 1 on the home video sales charts the week ended July 16, with Sony Pictures’ Smurfs: The Lost Village debuting a distant second.

Fate is the eighth film in the successful street-racing franchise and, with a domestic gross of more than $225 million, the third-highest earner in U.S. theaters. The film sold four times as many copies as the newest “Smurfs” film, a reboot that made less than $45 million at the domestic box office.

The arrival of the two new releases sent Walt Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast to No. 3 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Lionsgate’s Power Rangers slipped to No. 4 on both charts after two weeks at No. 1 on the overall chart (it was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart the previous week, when Beauty and the Beast was the top Blu-ray).

Rounding out the top five, also on both charts, was Lionsgate’s John Wick Chapter 2.

Bubbling under the top 5 was Broad Green Pictures’ The Lost City of Z, a theatrical underperformer that debuted at No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 9 on the overall disc sales chart. The film, a favorite on the festival circuit, is a biodrama about British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Fate of the Furious generated 65% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan, and 6% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Blu-ray accounted for just 42% of total unit sales of Smurfs, while for Lost City of Z the Blu-ray percentage was an impressive 78% (major retail chains Best Buy, Walmart and Target reportedly didn't stock the DVD version on shelves, with Target not even having the DVD version available online).

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Lost City of Z debuted at No. 1, bumping Warner’s CHiPs to No. 2 and 20th Century Fox’s Logan to No. 3.

The Universal Pictures horror film Get Out rebounded to No. 4, up one spot from the prior week, with Power Rangers sliding two spots to No. 5.

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