'Jurassic World' Continues Dominance Over Disc Sales4 Nov, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Universal Pictures' Jurassic World remained the top-selling home video title for the second consecutive week — despite the arrival of three high-profile newcomers that lined up right behind it on the national home video sales charts for the week ended Nov. 1.
Sony Pictures’ Pixels, a sci-fi comedy about aliens attacking the earth with weapons based on vintage video games, rode its $78.7 million domestic box office take to debut at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
Warner’s Max, about a loyal war dog who bonds with his late owner’s brother, debuted at No. 3 on the overall sales chart after earning $42.7 million in U.S. theaters.
And Anchor Bay’s Southpaw, with a domestic box office gross of $52.5 million, debuted at No. 4 overall. The film, a boxer-redemption story, stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s San Andreas, down from No. 2 the prior week.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Southpaw came in at No. 3, followed by Walt Disney’s Aladdin at No. 4 and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, also distributed by Disney, at No. 5.
According to Nielsen data, Jurassic World generated 63% percent of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 67% in its first week of availability. This compares with 46% for Pixels, 22% for Max and 49% for Southpaw.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s Spy shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over, while Pixels and Southpaw bowed at No. 2 and No. 3. Both are from studios that do not withhold titles from Redbox until a month after street date.
Another 20th Century Fox release that has just become available in Redbox vending machines, Poltergeist, came in at No. 4, while the No. 5 spot went to Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 2, down from No. 1 the week before.