'Game of Thrones' Fifth Season Conquers Home Video Charts23 Mar, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The disc version of the fifth season of HBO's mega-popular fantasy series "Game of Thrones" debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ended March 20, with the complete-season set narrowly beating the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip movie from 20th Century Fox.
“Game of Thrones” and Road Chip debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on both the VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The latest “Chipmunks” film, the fourth since 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was released right before Christmas, just like the others, and earned $85.5 million in U.S. theaters — about $50 million less than its predecessor, Chipwrecked, released theatrically in December 2011.
But its home video performance was once again formidable, with the film selling 94% as many units as “Game of Thrones” in week one of release, according to VideoScan research.
The arrival of the TV show and the movie sequel bumped another 20th Century Fox release, the CG-animated The Peanuts Movie, to No. 3, also on both charts.
Rounding out the top five on both charts was Disney’s The Good Dinosaur at No. 4 and, bowing at No. 5, Universal Pictures’ Sisters, a comedy about two sisters (“Saturday Night Live” alumni Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) throwing a house party. The film earned just over $87 million at the domestic box office.
Warner's Creed was No. 6 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, while Paramount's The Big Short debuted at No. 7 on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season generated 60% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, more than the week’s other high-profile new releases, Road Chip (35%), Sisters (42%) and Paramount's The Big Short (56%).
On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top spot went to Big Short, a docudrama about the 2008 collapse of the housing market as seen from three different perspectives; it grossed just over $70 million in U.S. theaters.
The new release bumped the next four top rentals down a notch: MGM/Fox’s Spectre, the latest James Bond film, to No. 2; Warner’s Black Mass to No. 3; Sony Pictures’ The Night Before to No. 4; and Good Dinosaur to No. 5.