'Magnificent Seven' Rides to Top of Home Video Sales Charts28 Dec, 2016 By: John Latchem
Sony Pictures' remake of The Magnificent Seven proved to be magnificent on home video.
Director Antoine Fuqua's remake of the classic 1960 Western debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Dec. 25.
The film, which features an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, earned $93.4 million at the U.S. box office.
Holding onto the No. 2 spot was Universal Pictures' animated The Secret Life of Pets, while the previous week's top title, Warner's Suicide Squad, slipped to No. 3.
Magnificent Seven was one of three of the week's new releases to make it into the First Alert top five. Warner's Sully, a Clint Eastwood-directed docu-drama about the hero pilot who landed a plane on New York's Hudson River in 2009, bowed as the No. 4 disc overall after a $124.9 million run at the domestic box office.
Another Warner movie, the animated Storks, debuted at No. 5 overall. The film, which earned $72 million in U.S. theaters, features the voices of Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston, and tells the story of a baby-delivering Stork defying his boss to find a home for an accidental infant.
On VideoScan's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Suicide Squad took No. 2, selling 91% as many HD copies as Magnificent Seven, followed closely at No. 3 by Secret Life of Pets, which sold 90% as many Blu-rays as the Western remake.
Walt Disney Studios' Finding Dory swam back to the No. 4 spot on the Blu-ray chart, with Sully at No. 5.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Suicide Squad took over the No. 1 spot after a one-week delay of availability to Redbox rental kiosks. Typically, Warner holds back new titles from Redbox for 28 days, as it did with War Dogs, which entered the chart at No. 2.
Universal's Kubo and the Two Strings, another title coming off a 28-day holdback, rose to No. 3.
Rounding out the top five were Paramount's Ben-Hur remake at No. 4 and Universal's Bad Moms at No. 5. The pair had been the top two titles the previous week.