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'Moana' Extends Voyage on Home Video Charts to Second Week at No. 1

22 Mar, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold


The musical fantasy Moana, the latest animated hit from Walt Disney Studios, remained at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts its second week in stores, outselling three new releases that all debuted in the top 10.

Passengers, from Sony Pictures, debuted at No. 2 the week ended March 19 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and NPD’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. A Walmart-exclusive DVD-only two-pack pairing Passengers with After Earth charted at No. 6 overall. As VideoScan tracks such two-packs as separate titles, it ate into the Passengers tally a bit; all told, however, consumers picked up about 85% as many copies of Passengers as Moana during the week.

Passengers, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne, is a sci-fi film about two people who wake up 90 years too early from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship en route to a new planet. The film earned nearly $100 million in U.S. theaters.

Another new release, Paramount’s Fences, debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. With a domestic box office gross of $57.6 million million, Fences is a drama about an African-American father trying to raise a family in the 1950s while battling all sorts of inner demons.

The Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange, from Disney, slipped to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart (and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart) from No. 2 the previous week and No. 1 the week before that.

Rounding out the top five on both chart is DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

A third new release, Warner’s Collateral Beauty, about a man who copes with his daughter's death by writing letters to time, death and love, rode its $31 million box office gross to a No. 8 debut on both charts.

VideoScan reported that Passengers generated 46% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 39% for Fences and 36% for Collateral Beauty.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Moana debuted at No. 1, a week after it bowed in the top spot on the national home video sales charts. Trolls and Doctor Strange each slipped a notch to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Lionsgate’s Solace debuted at No. 4, with Hacksaw Ridge, also from Lionsgate, dropping a couple slots to No. 5.



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