'Minions' Still Dominant on Disc Charts in Second Week23 Dec, 2015 By: John Latchem
A shopping rush the week before Christmas helped Universal's Minions maintain the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 20, despite the arrival of four high-profile new releases.
In its second week in stores, Minions actually sold 11% more units than in its first week. The top newcomer, at No. 2, was Paramount's Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the action-spy franchise based on the classic TV show, sold 61% as many total discs as Minions and 74% as many Blu-rays.
Sequels also took the next two spots, with No. 3 on both charts going to Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, followed at No. 4 by Universal's Ted 2.
Rounding out the top five overall was Disney's Inside Out, which was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.
The fourth major new release, Fox's Fantastic Four remake, could muster only a No. 7 debut overall, No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Rogue Nation took the top spot, helped by the fact the other top-selling titles are from studios that hold back new releases from Redbox for a month. Universal's Trainwreck dropped to No. 2, Disney's Ant-Man shrunk to No. 3, Warner's Vacation remake dropped to No. 4 and Universal's Self/less stayed at No. 5.