'Jurassic World' Tops Black Friday Week Disc Sales2 Dec, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The annual Black Friday sales frenzy, as always, turned the national home video sales charts into a free-for-all, with deeply discounted recent hits and even older catalog titles displacing the new releases that typically dominated the Nielsen VideoScan charts’ top spots.
Universal Pictures snagged the two top positions on the First Alert disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, for the week ended Nov. 29, with Jurassic World at No. 1 and Furious 7 at No. 2. Both titles were widely available at Best Buy, Walmart and other top discount retailers for less than $10 on Blu-ray Disc and less than $8 on DVD.
Walt Disney Studios’ Inside Out, the top-selling disc for the past three weeks, slipped to No. 3 overall but also was available at those low prices — half what it was selling for the previous week.
Rounding out the top five on Nielsen’s overall disc sales chart were Warner’s American Sniper at No. 4 (up from No. 53 the week before the Thanksgiving holiday) and the 20th Century Fox-distributed DreamWorks Animation film Home at No. 5 (up from No. 23).
Rampant discounting also sent several older films back onto the top 20, including Warner’s The Lego Movie (No. 7), 20th Century Fox’s Epic (No. 8), and Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (No. 10).
Jurassic World also regained the top spot on Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with Inside Out slipping to No. 2.
Blu-ray Disc appeared to enjoy significantly higher demand than on Black Fridays past, with Jurassic World generating 77% of its total unit sales from the format and Inside Out, 62%. Furious 7 proved an anomaly, generating just 32% of its Black Friday week sales from Blu-ray Disc.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s Vacation moved to No. 1 now that its shorter-than-usual 21-day holdback from Redbox is over. The film, a belated sequel to the original Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (who make cameos in this film), follows the pair’s now-grown son Rusty (portrayed by Ed Helms of “The Hangover” fame) on a return trip to Wally World.
The previous week’s top rental, Jurassic World, slipped to No. 2, with Anchor Bay’s newly released No Escape bowing at No. 3.
Rounding out the top five: Warner’s Max, fresh off a month-long holdback from Redbox, at No. 4, and Inside Out at No. 5, down from No. 2 the prior week.