'Kung Fu Panda 3' Dances to Second Week Atop Disc Sales13 Jul, 2016 By: John Latchem
With almost no high-profile new releases to impact the charts the week ended July 10, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3, distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned a second week atop 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.
Holding onto the No. 2 spot on both charts for a second week was Walt Disney Studios' Zootopia, which in its fifth week sold 78% as many copies as the "Panda" sequel in its second (and 71% as many Blu-ray copies).
Moving up a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Fox's Deadpool, in its ninth week.
Universal Pictures' My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart, with Paramount's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi taking No. 5.
On the Blu-ray chart, 13 Hours was No. 4, with Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens moving back up to No. 5.
The top new release for the week on the overall chart, at No. 13, was Sony Pictures' I Saw the Light, a Hank Williams biopic with "Avengers" stars Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, that earned $1.6 million in U.S. theaters. Following closely at No. 14 was Sony Pictures' House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season.
Neither title cracked the Top 25 Blu-rays, as the high-definition format accounted for just 10% of I Saw the Light sales, and just 21% for the latest "House of Cards" season (unsurprising, considering Walmart didn't offer the Blu-ray version for either title in stores, while Target wasn't selling I Saw the Light at all, even online).
The top new release on the Blu-ray-only chart was Universal's Only Yesterday, a 1991 Japanese import from Studio Ghibli updated with the voices of Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire). Only Yesterday rated just No. 49 on the overall disc sales chart, with Blu-ray accounting for 76% of its total unit sales.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot took the top spot for a second week, with Zootopia and Warner's How to Be Single holding steady at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
Moving up two slots each to round out the top five were 13 Hours at No. 4 and Deadpool at No. 5.