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'Ghostbusters' Remake Scares Up No. 1 Disc Debut

19 Oct, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Three new high-profile theatrical hits catapulted into the top three spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Oct. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ much-maligned Ghostbusters remake.

The comedy, which grossed $128.2 million in U.S. theaters against an estimated budget of $144 million, topped both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Warner’s The Legend of Tarzan debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling about 61% as many units as Ghostbusters Tarzan came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $126.6 million.

Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, the latest in the studio’s successful “Ice Age” franchise of animated, family friendly films about a group of mammals in the Paleolithic ice age, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Collision Course earned $64 million at the domestic box office, the lowest of the franchise's five films.

Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Rounding out the top five were Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus on the overall disc sales chart and Beauty and the Beast on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

According to VideoScan, Ghostbusters generated 50% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 46% for Tarzan and 43% for Ice Age: Collision Course.

The Blu-ray Disc format accounted for 60% of total X-Men unit sales in week two, down from 67% in week one.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top three chart positions also have changed. The two top rentals are month-old films that have just become available on Redbox, Universal Pictures’ Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Warner’s The Conjuring 2.

Bowing at No. 3 was the Lionsgate thriller Blood Father, which stars Mel Gibson as an ex-con trying to protect his estranged teenage daughter from drug dealers. 

Sony Pictures’ The Shallows slipped to No. 4 after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

Rounding out the top five was The Infiltrator, a drama starring Bryan Cranston (of “Breaking Bad”) as a U.S. Customs official who discovers a money-laundering scheme involving the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The film, distributed on home video by Broad Green Pictures, earned just over $15 million during a limited theatrical run.

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