'Kung Fu Panda 3' Debuts as Top-Selling Disc6 Jul, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
It took another animated family feature with a huge box office haul to dislodge Walt Disney Studios’ Zootopia from the top spot on the national home video sales charts.
Kung Fu Panda 3, the third installment in the series about bumbling panda Po and his mastery of the martial arts to save his panda buddies from adversity, bowed at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart the week ended July 3.
The DreamWorks Animation film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned $143.5 million in U.S. theaters and once again features an all-star voice cast that includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Bryan Cranston (of “Breaking Bad” fame).
Zootopia, the animated “buddy cop” film about a rabbit cop and a red fox con that earned $340.5 million in U.S. theaters, slid to No. 2 on both charts after three years at the top.
On the overall disc chart, Universal Pictures’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, a belated sequel to the 2002 comedy about a young Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek, slipped to No. 3 after bowing at No. 2 on both charts the prior week. On the Blu-ray Disc chart the film fell to No. 5.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc chart were 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool at No. 4 and Paramount’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi at No. 5, the same positions they occupied on the chart a week earlier.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, 13 Hours shot up to No. 3 from No. 5 the prior week, while Deadpool remained at No. 4.
Paramount’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a dramtic comedy with Tina Fey about a journalist covering the war in Afghanistan, rode its $23 million domestic theatrical take to a No. 6 debut on the overall disc chart (and a No. 7 bow on the Blu-ray Disc chart), while Universal Pictures’ Eye in the Sky ($18.7 million domestic gross), in which Helen Mirren plays a military officer charged with capturing terrorists in Kenya, debuted at No. 8 on both charts.
A fourth new release, Lionsgate’s Precious Cargo, a Bruce Willis crime drama, debuted at No. 11 on the overall disc chart and No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Kung Fu Panda 3 generated a surprisingly high 54% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 40% for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 49% for Eye in the Sky and just 29% for Precious Cargo.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot debuted at No. 1, while Zootopia held firm at No. 2 and the prior week’s top rental, Warner’s How to Be Single, slipped to No. 3.
Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were Universal Pictures’ Triple 9, which just came off a 28-day holdback from Redbox, and, at No. 5, Paramount’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, down from No. 3 the previous week.
Precious Cargo debuted at No. 8, and Eye in the Sky bowed at No. 9, not subjected to a typical rental delay for Universal titles.