'The Force Awakens' at Global Packaged-Media Retail15 Jul, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the runaway best-selling domestic packaged-media release halfway through 2016. The Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release is also the No. 1 seller in the United Kingdom, the world’s third-largest home entertainment market.
The seventh episode in the “Star Wars” franchise has sold nearly 5.3 million combined DVD/Blu-ray discs, generating $122.7 million, according to The-Numbers.com. More than 84% of that tally is from Blu-ray.
Runner-up, The Good Dinosaur (Disney), has sold more than 2.5 million discs for $44.3 million. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, has sold 2.3 million discs and $21.8 million for No. 3.
Other top sellers (in order) include Spectre (MGM) with 1.9 million discs for $33 million; The Martian (Fox) with 1.86 million units ($33.7 million); Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sony Pictures) with 1.7 million units ($31.2 million); The Peanuts Movie (Fox), 1.4 million units ($10.9 million); Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment), 1.4 million units ($25.5 million); Creed (Warner Home Video), 1.07 million units ($15.8 million); and The Revenant (Warner), 1.06 million units ($18.7 million).
In the U.K., The Force Awakens sold in excess of 1.8 million DVDs and Blu-ray Discs through June 30 — more than 20% ahead of Spectre 007 (Fox) and Legend (Universal), according to research from the Entertainment Retailers Association.
Other top sellers include: Deadpool (Fox), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 (Lionsgate), The Lady in the Van (Sony Pictures) and The Martian (Fox).