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'Independence Day' Sequel Surges on Disc

26 Oct, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Independence Day: Resurgence

Two summer theatrical features topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Oct. 23, led by 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence.

The sci-fi adventure, a belated sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, finds the earth once again threatened by an alien invasion. However, Resurgence, earned just $103.1 million domestically, about a third of its 20-year-old predecessor.

Debuting at No. 2, also on both charts, was Walt Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, produced but not directed by Tim Burton, who helmed the 2010 original, Alice in Wonderland. The sequel, with returning cast members Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, was also a theatrical disappointment, with a theatrical gross of $77 million — compared with $334.2 million for the first film.

According to VideoScan, Looking Glass sold 48% as many copies as Resurgence during the week.

The arrival of the two newcomers sent the previous week’s trio of newcomers sliding down the First Alert chart, two spots each. Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, slid from the top spot to No. 3, while Warner’s The Legend of Tarzan fell to No. 4, 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course slipped to No. 5. On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse (No. 6 overall) was No. 5, with Ice Age at No. 6

VideoScan data shows Blu-ray disc accounted for 59% of first-week IDR sales, compared with 65% for Looking Glass.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Ghostbusters jumped to the No. 1 spot after finally arriving at Redbox kiosks after a week delay. The previous week's top rental, Universal's Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, dropped to No. 2.

Universal's Free State of Jones took No. 3 after its studio-standard month-long holdback at Redbox, while Looking Glass debuted at No. 4. Rounding out the top five was Warner's The Conjuring 2.

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