'Inside Out' Reclaims Top Disc Sales Spot9 Dec, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Pixar hit has been No. 1 four of the five weeks since its debut
Black Friday fallout continued to impact the national home video sales charts, which for the second consecutive week were topped with heavily discounted recent releases instead of the new theatricals that generally command the top spots.
With studios shying away from releasing almost any major new releases the week after Black Friday, the sales charts the week ended Dec. 6 were joined by a cadre of holiday movie classics, and several movie collections aimed at the gift market.
Walt Disney Studios’ Inside Out regained the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, after slipping to No. 3 a week earlier at the height of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend shopping frenzy. The film had previously spent three weeks at No. 1.
Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World slipped to No. 2, followed by two Christmas movies, both from Warner: Elf at No. 3 and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 4. Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic Park Collection.
Other holiday favorites that popped back up on the chart include Universal Pictures’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at No. 7, Warner’s The Polar Express at No. 8 and Warner’s original cartoon Grinch at No. 10.
The complete eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, from Warner, also reappeared on the chart, at No. 9.
Among just the Dec. 1 new releases, the top performers were Anchor Bay's Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season at No. 28 overall, and Microsoft's video game tie-in Halo: The Fall of Reach at No. 34.
Inside Out and Jurassic World were also No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. moved to No. 1 now that its shorter-than-usual 14-day holdback from Redbox is over. Vacation, also from Warner, dropped to No. 2, while Universal Pictures’ Self/less popped in at No. 3 after a 21-day holdback from Redbox.
Rounding out the top five: Anchor Bay’s No Escape at No. 4 (down from No. 3 the previous week) and Warner’s Max at No. 5 (down from No. 4).