'Hateful Eight' Shoots to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts6 Apr, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The Oscar-winning The Hateful Eight, released on disc by Anchor Bay Entertainment, snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts from Lionsgate’s The Hunter Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 the week ended April 3.
The Western mystery, helmed by Quentin Tarantino and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern, earned less than $55 million in U.S. theaters, compared with nearly $282 million for the fourth “Hunger Games” film, which slipped to No. 2 on the VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The Hateful Eight won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film also earned a nod for Best Achievement in Cinematography.
Two other new releases bowed in the top 5. Sony Pictures’ Concussion, the controversial biodrama about football players coming down with brain damage due to repeat concussions, debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart (and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart) after earning $34.5 million in theaters. And Warner’s Point Break, a remake of the 1991 crime drama that earned a disappointing $28.9 million at the box office, debuted at No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart (and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart).
Finishing the week at No. 4 on both sales charts was Paramount’s Daddy’s Home, the Will Ferrell comedy — with a domestic box office take of more than $150 million — that debuted at No. 2 the prior week.
According to VideoScan research, The Hateful Eight generated 55% of its total unit sales from the Blu-ray Disc format, compared to just 34% for Concussion and 41% for Point Break.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Daddy’s Home remained at No. 1 the week after it debuted in the position, while the No. 2 spot went to Warner’s Creed, which just hit Redbox kiosks after a 28-day holdback.
Hateful Eigtht debuted at No. 3.
Mockingjay 2 slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the previous week, while the No. 5 spot went to Concussion, another new release.