'Jurassic World' Roars Atop Home Video Sales Charts28 Oct, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold, Erik Gruenwedel, John Latchem
Jurassic World, the year’s biggest movie, may well wind up the year’s biggest home video seller.
Universal Pictures said the belated fourth installment in the live-action dinosaurs-gone-wild franchise — released theatrically this summer, 14 years after Jurassic Park III — generated $82.6 million in sales its first week, the biggest home video debut of the year.
That total includes more than 3 million Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, 25% higher than any previous film released on disc so far this year, the studio reported.
Not surprisingly, the film, with a domestic gross of nearly $652 million and a worldwide tally of $1.67 billion, dominated the home video sales charts the week ended Oct. 25, selling 13 times as many copies as the No. 2 title, Warner's San Andreas, on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. Jurassic World also topped Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
The overwhelming disc debut helped make Jurassic World the best-selling new disc and digital release of the year with $82.6 million in combined sales, according to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The movie was available Oct. 1 on Digital HD and Oct. 20 on disc.
“The colossal success of Jurassic World across the globe speaks volumes about the great filmmaking and universal appeal of this very visceral, larger-than-life adventure,” Eddie Cunningham, president of UPHE, said in a statement. “Jurassic World’s record-breaking home entertainment debut, alongside Furious 7’s recent spectacular performance, squarely reinforces the ever-robust and enduring consumer demand to own great content, both physically and digitally.”
San Andreas, the prior week’s top-selling title, sold less than 8% as many units its second week in stores as Jurassic World during its debut week.
Walt Disney’s Aladdin slipped to No. 3 after a No. 2 debut the prior week on Nielsen’s overall disc sales chart, while Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, distributed by Disney, held firm at No. 4.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Funimation’s newly issued Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, followed by Universal’s re-release of the Back to the Future Trilogy, a three-disc 30th anniversary set released to coincide with the “future” date in the franchise, Oct. 21, 2015.
On the Blu-ray chart, Jurassic World displaced Aladdin from the top sales spot, although the Blu-ray Disc-only release still finished at a respectable No. 2.
San Andreas came in at No. 3, followed by Age of Ultron at No. 4 and Dragon Ball Z at No. 5.
According to Nielsen data, Jurassic World generated 67% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 42% for San Andreas. Aladdin once again generated all its sales from the newly issued Diamond Edition, which marked the animated classic’s Blu-ray Disc debut.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Universal's Pitch Perfect 2 shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over, while Disney’s Tomorrowland moved up a notch to No. 2 after debuting at No. 3 the prior week.
Universal's Furious 7 fell to No. 3, while Age of Ultron landed at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Insidious: Chapter 3 came in at No. 5.