'Goosebumps' Scares Its Way to No. 1 on Disc Charts3 Feb, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The live-action Goosebumps movie from Sony Pictures, starring Jack Black, rode its nearly $80 million theatrical gross to a No. 1 debut on the national home video charts the week ended Jan. 31.
The previous week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ Straight Outta Compton, about the rise of rap group N.W.A., in its second week in stores fell to No. 5 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.
Twentieth Century Fox’s acclaimed sci-fi epic The Martian and Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 2 held onto the No. 2 and No. 3 spots their third week in stores, while season six of the popular PBS TV show "Downton Abbey” debuted at No. 4.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Compton slipped only one spot, to No. 2 — which isn’t surprising, given that 52% of the film’s week two unit sales were generated from Blu-ray Disc.
The Martian and Hotel Transylvania 2 each slipped a notch to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Universal Pictures’ Minions rose back up to No. 5, from No. 10 the prior week.
Downton Abbey: Season 6 debuted at No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
The only other new release to debut in the top 20 was Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Burnt, which stars Bradley Cooper as a chef searching for redemption in London. The film, which earned $13.7 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 9 on the overall disc chart and No. 15 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Goosebumps, according to Nielsen data, generated 46% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 26% for Downton Abbey: Season 6 and 31% for Burnt.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Goosebumps debuted at No. 1 and Burnt bowed at No. 5. In between were 20th Century Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 at No. 2, Hotel Transylvania 2 at No. 3 and Universal Pictures’ Ted 2 at No. 4.