'John Wick' Lights Up Home Video Charts21 Jun, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Two Wicks in one week made the top 10 on the national home video sales charts the week ended June 18.
Lionsgate’s John Wick Chapter 2 bowed at No. 1 on both 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.
Excitement about the sequel’s disc debut sent the first installment in the action-thriller franchise, 2014’s John Wick, back up the sales charts to No. 7 on the overall chart and No. 8 on the Blu-ray-only chart.
Both films star Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman who jumps back into the game to seek vengeance.
Chapter 2 grossed $166.8 million globally, more than four times its budget and almost twice as much as the original took in at the box office. Domestically, Chapter 2 earned $92 million, compared with $43 million for the first John Wick.
The previous week’s top seller, Walt Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, slipped to No. 2.
Another new release, The Lego Batman Movie from Warner Bros., debuted at No. 3 on both charts after earning more than $175 million in U.S. theaters. VideoScan reported that, despite the higher box office gross, the film sold only 84.4% as many units as John Wick: Chapter 2.
Fox's Logan slipped to No. 4 on both charts, from No. 2 the previous week.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Lionsgate's The Shack. On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took the No. 5 spot for the second consecutive week.
John Wick Chapter 2 generated 64% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 60% for the first film in the series. The Lego Batman Movie also generated 64% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, John Wick Chapter 2 also debuted at No. 1, giving Lionsgate a rare triple-chart victory.
Warner’s Fist Fight, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3, while Beauty and the Beast stayed at No. 2.
Rounding out the top five were two Universal Pictures films: A Dogs Purpose at No. 4 (the same as the previous week) and Fifty Shades Darker at No. 5 (down from No. 3).