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'Inside Out' Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

12 Nov, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold, John Latchem

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Walt Disney Studios’ Inside Out, the latest animated adventure from Pixar, debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ended Nov. 8, bumping Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World to the No. 2 spot after two weeks as the country’s top-selling Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Sales of Inside Out, which grossed $355.9 million in U.S. theaters, were so strong that consumers bought nearly five times as many copies of the film as they did of Jurassic World in its third week of release, Nielsen data shows.

Another new release, the comedy Vacation, from Warner Bros., debuted at No. 3 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film is a belated sequel to the original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation, a cult classic with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, and follows the couple’s son, Rusty, as he and his family embark on another misguided road trip to Walley World. The film racked up a domestic gross of $58.9 million, just a few million dollars less than the original, and features both Chase and D’Angelo in cameos reprising their original roles.

Sony Pictures’ Pixels slipped to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart after debuting the prior week at No. 2 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s Max, a film about a loyal war dog that bowed at No. 3 the previous week.

On the Blu-ray Disc, Walt Disney’s Aladdin held onto the No. 4 spot for the second consecutive week.

According to Nielsen data, Inside Out generated 57% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, the same as Jurassic World in its third of release. A week earlier, the dinosaurs-gone-wild sequel generated 63% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. Vacation generated just 33% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Nielsen data shows.

With DVD and Blu-ray sales revenue down about 14% from the previous year through three quarters, according to the DEG, the success of Jurassic World and Inside Out represents a huge boost for the industry. Jurassic World was largely responsible for pushing October revenue and unit sales both up about 8% over the same period a year ago, according to Home Media Research, marking a good start to the fourth quarter.

On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s San Andreas moved up to No. 1 now that its holdback from Redbox is over, though it was available a week earlier than the customary 28-day waiting period. Sony Pictures’ Pixels held onto the No. 2 spot.

Fox’s Spy, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3, followed at No. 4 by Universal Pictures’ The Gift. Rounding out the top five was Inside Out.

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