'Jungle Book' Holds Off 'Now You See Me 2' to Retain No. 1 Spot on Disc Sales Charts14 Sep, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Walt Disney Studios’ The Jungle Book, a live-action/CGI remake of Disney’s 1967 animated classic with a worldwide gross of nearly $965 million, topped the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.
But the film received a strong challenge from Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2, a new release that bowed at No. 2 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 11.
The magic-themed sequel, with U.S. theatrical earnings of more than $65 million (compared with more than $117 million for the 2013 original), sold 92.5% as many copies its first week in stores as The Jungle Book did in its second week of availability, VideoScan numbers show.
The film generated 51% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray disc, VideoScan data shows, compared with 54% for Jungle Book.
Another new release, Sony Pictures’ Money Monster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts and a $41 million pedigree at the domestic box office, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. Its first week in stores, the crime drama generated 41% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.
The No. 3 spot on the overall disc sales chart went to Warner’s Me Before You, a romantic drama starring “Games of Thrones” heroine Emilia Clarke that debuted the prior week at No. 2. On the Blu-ray Disc chart the film finished at No. 9, down from No. 4 the previous week. Blu-ray Disc sales in week two accounted for just 27% of total unit sales, down from 30% the prior week.
Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, out since mid-July, finished the week at No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart.
Universal Pictures’ The Huntsman: Winter’s War rounded out the top five on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, down from No. 2 the prior week.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Now You See Me 2 debuted at No. 1 and Money Monster bowed at No. 2.
Their arrival in rental stores pushed Jungle Book down to No. 3, from No. 2 the previous week, and Universal Pictures’ The Boss from No. 1 to No. 4.
Rounding out the top five was Sony Pictures' The Angry Birds Movie, down from No. 4 the previous week.