'Furious 7' Zooms to the Top of Disc Sales, 'Cinderella' Strong at No. 223 Sep, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, the action sequel featuring the final performance of actor Paul Walker, shot to the top of the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, selling more than 2.5 million Blu-ray Discs and DVDs its first six days, according to Universal.
The seventh and top-grossing film in the fast-car franchise easily debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week ended Sept. 20, selling more than twice as many discs as fellow newcomer Cinderella, from Walt Disney Studios.
Cinderella, the live-action adaptation of the fairy tale classic from director Kenneth Branagh, sold 48% as many copies as Furious 7, and 46% as many Blu-ray Discs. The HD format accounted for 62% of Furious 7 unit sales in its first week, and 60% for Cinderella, an impressive tally for a family film.
Universal said Furious 7 generated $52.5 million in consumer spending, factoring in digital sales. With a domestic box office gross of more than $351 million, Furious 7 is the biggest theatrical earner in the franchise, which began in 2001 with the original The Fast and the Furious. The live-action Cinderella, in contrast, earned more than $201 million in theaters.
The release of the two new films ended a two-week reign at the top of the sales charts by Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which moved down to No. 3 on both charts.
Season eight of the popular TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” also from Warner, debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Lionsgate’s The Age of Adaline, which slipped three notches after debuting the prior week at No. 2. The No. 4 spot on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart went to a collection of all seven “Fast and Furious” films, which bowed at No. 6 on the overall chart.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart, The Age of Adaline remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week while Cinderella bowed at No. 2. The two new releases were followed by holdovers Unfriended, from Universal Pictures, Home, from DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox, and Hot Pursuit, from Warner, all down one chart position from the previous week.