'Ninja Turtles' Sequel Emerges as No. 1 Disc Seller28 Sep, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
'Beauty and the Beast' Re-issue Leads Blu-ray Sellers
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, for the week ended Sept. 25, while Walt Disney Studios' "Signature Edition" 25th anniversary re-release of Beauty and the Beast was the top title on the Blu-ray-only chart.
Beauty and the Beast was No. 3 on the overall chart, Out of the Shadows, the sequel to the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, debuted at No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Out of the Shadows earned $82 million domestically, less than half the $191.2 million of its predecessor. Beauty and the Beast, available only as a Blu-ray Disc combo back (with DVD and digital copy), was the third-most-successful film of 1991, topped only by the summer hits Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It was also the first animated film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture.
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, also distributed on home video by Disney, slipped to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Rounding out the top five on both charts were two new releases from Universal Pictures: the comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising at No. 4, and the Civil War drama Free State of Jones at No. 5.
Sorority Rising earned $55.3 million in U.S. theaters, compared with more than $150 million for the 2014 original Neighbors.
Free State of Jones ($20.8 million) stars Matthew McConaughey as a Confederate Army deserter who leads an uprising against a corrupt local government.
According to VideoScan, Out of the Shadows generated 68% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 51% for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and 45% for Free State of Jones.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Out of the Shadows debuted at No. 1 while Universal Pictures’ The Huntsman: Winter’s War shot up to No. 2 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox has ended.
Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3, while the No. 4 spot went to another film that has just become available on Redbox, The Nice Guys, from Warner.
Rounding out the top five on the rental chart was Captain America: Civil War, which had debuted the prior week at No. 4.