'Last Witch Hunter' Captures Top Spot on Home Video Charts10 Feb, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Three new releases captured the three top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 7, although one is a nearly 80-year-old film that has just been reissued on Blu-ray Disc after a moratorium of several years.
The top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, went to Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter, an action-adventure fantasy that stars Vin Diesel as, well, the last witch hunter, who after being cursed with immortality away from his loved ones has spent the last few centuries hunting and killing rogue witches. A theatrical underperformer, the film earned just $27.4 million in theaters, against a budget estimated at $90 million.
The No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, not surprisingly, went to 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first of Disney's "Walt Disney Signature Collection" line of premium Blu-ray re-releases of its animated classics. Initially released on Blu-ray Disc in October 2009, it was placed on moratorium in April 2011 and reissued Feb. 2.
Snow White debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, coming in right behind DreamWorks' Disney-distributed Bridge of Spies, a Cold War period piece directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer tasked with helping the CIA facilitate a spy exchange. The film grossed $72 million in U.S. theaters.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Snow White was followed by Last Witch Hunter at No. 2 and Bridge of Spies at No. 3.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc chart were the prior week’s two top sellers, Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps at No. 4 and 20th Century Fox’s The Martian at No. 5.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Goosebumps also slipped to No. 4 while the No. 5 spot went to Warner’s Batman: Bad Blood, a new direct-to-video animated feature produced by Warner Bros. Animation with DC Comics.
The Snow White reissue is available only as a Blu-ray Disc combo back, so according to Nielsen 100% of the film’s unit sales were on Blu-ray. Bridge of Spies generated 47% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, slightly more than The Last Witch Hunter at 42%.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Last Witch Hunter debuted at No. 1, bumping Goosebumps to No. 2.
Universal Pictures’ The Visit shot up to No. 3 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over, with Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 2 slipping to No. 4 and 20th Century Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 sliding down three spots to No. 5.
Bridge of Spies debuted at No. 7.