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'Minions' Tops Disc Sales Again, But 'War Room' Debuts Strong

30 Dec, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Sony's Faith-based 'War Room' Emerges as No. 2 Overall Disc Seller

As the holiday season wound down, Universal Pictures’ Minions remained the top-selling movie on the national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 27, overcoming a strong challenge from the newly released War Room, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Minions, the third installment (and a prequel) in the animated “Despicable Me” franchise, topped 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 for the third consecutive week, with the Christian drama, about the salvation of a warring family, debuting at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart.

War Room, which grossed just under $68 million in U.S. theaters, sold about 81% as many units its first week in stores as Minions during the latter’s third week of release, according to Nielsen.

But the film’s low percentage of unit sales generated from Blu-ray Disc, 26%, kept it from debuting any higher than No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, behind 20th Century Fox’s Star Wars: The Original Trilogy at No. 2 and Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation at No. 3.

On the overall disc sales chart, Walt Disney’s Inside Out finished the week at No. 3, up from No. 5 the previous week. Rogue Nation finished its second week in stores at No. 4, after a No. 2 debut the prior week, while the No.5 spot on the overall disc sales chart went to 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which had debuted the previous week at No. 3.

The only other new release to make it into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s Pan, the "Peter Pan" prequel that despite a budget of $150 million earned a paltry $35 million domestically during its brief theatrical release this fall. The film debuted at No. 10 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 12 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, generating 39% of its unit sales from Blu-ray.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Rogue Nation remained the top rental, while Pan was the highest-charting new release, debuting at No. 4 — suggesting Warner did not hold back this title from Redbox. War Room bowed at No. 5

Walt Disney Studios’ release of the Marvel actioner Ant-Man finished the week at No. 2 on the rental chart, up from No. 3 the prior week, while Universal Pictures’ Trainwreck slipped a notch to No. 3.

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