'Good Dinosaur' Roars to Top of Disc Sales Charts2 Mar, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur overcame a ho-hum theatrical run to shoot to the top of the national home video sales charts its first week out on disc.
The film, with a domestic gross of just $122.3 million — a little more than one-third as much as Pixar's immediate predecessor, Inside Out, generated just six months earlier — debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 28.
Good Dinosaur bumped MGM’s Spectre, the latest James Bond film, from the No. 1 spot it had held for two weeks. Spectre, distributed for the home market by 20th Century Fox, finished the week at No. 2, again on both charts, selling fewer than 11% as many copies as the Disney film during the week.
Warner’s Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart after bowing at No. 2 the prior week.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were two new releases, both from Universal Pictures. Spotlight, the docudrama about the journalists investigating the sex scandal in the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, debuted at No. 4, having just picked up a Best Picture Oscar. The mystery thriller Secret in Their Eyes, which stars Nicole Kidman and earned just over $20 million in theaters, debuted at No. 5.
Two more new releases finished at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, on the overall disc sales chart: Walt Disney Studios' The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, which collects the premiere episode of the "Lion Guard" TV show, and the Lionsgate actioner Extraction, with Bruce Willis, which enjoyed a limited theatrical release.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Spotlight debuted at No. 3, followed at No. 4 by Black Mass and No. 5 by Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
According to Nielsen data, Good Dinosaur generated 50% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, more than any other new release. By comparison, Spotlight generated 48% of its unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, followed by Secret in Their Eyes (33%) and Extraction (29%). Return of the Roar was a DVD-only release.
Unlike the sales chart, Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week didn’t see a lot of changes, with the four top rentals remaining unchanged from the previous week: Warner’s The Intern at No. 1, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian at No. 2, Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton at No. 3, and Everest, also from Universal, at No. 4. Extraction debuted at No. 5.