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'The Martian' Launches Into Top Disc Sales Spot

20 Jan, 2016 By: John Latchem

The Martian

'Hotel Transylvania 2' Debuts Strongly at No. 2

The home video debut of Fox's brainy sci-fi epic The Martian blasted off the week ended Jan. 17, rocketing to the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian has enjoyed both critical and commercial success, grossing $227.3 million at the domestic box office and earning one of the two recent Golden Globe awards for Best Picture (though it was inexplicably nominated in the comedy/musical category despite a widespread consensus that it's more of a drama punctuated by moments of humor). Fox already touted The Martian as being the fastest-selling live-action Digital HD title ever, selling 1 million copies in just three weeks following its Dec. 22 online release.

Sony Pictures' Hotel Transylvania 2 debuted at No. 2 on both disc sales charts and topped Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week. The animated sequel earned $169.3 million domestically, $21 million more than the first movie, and sold 91.6% as many total copies as The Martian.

The previous week's top seller, Lionsgate's Sicario, dropped to No. 3 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sony Pictures' faith-based War Room dropped a slot to No. 4 overall, with the Universal horror sequel Sinister 2 debuting at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, Star Wars: The Original Trilogy was No. 3 and Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy was No. 5, still drafting off the massive theatrical success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Other new releases in the Top 20 overall include BBC's Sherlock: The Abominable Bride at No. 8 and Paramount's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension at No. 11.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 59% of unit sales of The Martian, compared with a healthy 52% for Hotel Transylvania 2.

On the rental chart, Hotel Transylvania 2 was followed by three titles coming off a month-long holdback at Redbox rental kiosks: Universal's Ted 2 at No. 2, Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at No. 3 and the Fantastic Four remake, also from Fox, at No. 4. Sicario dropped to No. 5 after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

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