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'The Mummy' Takes Over No. 1 on Home Video Sales Charts

21 Sep, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The Mummy

After three weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finally ceded the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 16 to another high-profile summer tentpole, Universal Pictures’ The Mummy.

The big-budget reboot of the popular action-adventure franchise, with Tom Cruise in the lead role, was a box office disappointment, earning just $80 million in U.S. theaters. But once available on disc, it easily snatched the top spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Debuting at No. 2, also on both charts, was DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants, based on the comic books by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey that for years have been a mainstay in any household with boys under the age of 12.

The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, grossed nearly $74 million at the box office.

The arrival of those two new releases pushed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to the No. 3 spot on both charts, although according to NPD data the film still sold more than 38% as many units in its third week of release as The Mummy in week one.

Walt Disney’s The Lion King: Signature Collection slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the prior week, again on both charts, while season 10 of the popular TV comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” debuted at No. 5 on both charts.

VideoScan reported that The Mummy generated 62% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 56% for Captain Underpants.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week ended Sept. 17, Paramount’s Baywatch remained No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Sony Pictures’ Rough Night was again No. 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remained at No. 3.

The Lionsgate thriller It Comes at Night rode its $14 million theatrical take to a No. 4 debut on the rental chart (the film bowed at No. 9 on the overall disc sales chart).

Rounding out the top five was “First Kill,” the same position in which the Lionsgate actioner, with Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen, debuted the prior week.

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