'Peanuts Movie' Draws No. 1 Disc Sales Spot16 Mar, 2016 By: John Latchem
The hit animated film The Peanuts Movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, easily debuted as the top seller on the national home video charts the week ended March 13. The film, which brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang back to the big screen through CG animation, had grossed an impressive $130.3 million at the U.S. box office, making it the most high-profile of the week's new releases.
Peanuts pushed the previous week's top seller, Warner's Creed, to No. 2 in its second week on the VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. Creed sold 37% as many copies as Peanuts.
Walt Disney Studios' The Good Dinosaur, the latest entry in the Pixar canon, dropped to No. 3 in its third week, but was No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, just ahead of Creed.
The debut of two newcomers rounded out the First Alert top five, with No. 4 going to Warner's In the Heart of the Sea, a Ron Howard-directed adventure about the voyage that inspired Moby Dick, and No. 5 to the direct-to-video sequel Open Season: Scared Silly, the fourth entry in the animated animal franchise from Sony Pictures.
In the Heart of the Sea, which grossed $25 million domestically against a budget of $100 million, was also No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, with MGM's Fox-distributed James Bond actioner Spectre at No. 5.
Blu-ray Disc accounted for 55% of Peanuts Movie sales, compared with 38% for In the Heart of the Sea. Of note, Peanuts was the first movie with a day-and-date simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray and the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. UHD sales accounted for 0.3% of all Peanuts disc sales, a modest sum that amounts to a few thousand copies, but still the top-selling UHD title for the week, ahead of Fox's The Martian, for which UHD accounted for 3% of unit sales, translating to UHD sales about two-thirds that of Peanuts. The Martian's UHD Blu-ray officially arrived March 1, a week before Peanuts but a few months after the film was first released on home video.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Spectre moved to No. 1 after the end of its 28-day holdback at key rental outlet Redbox. Warner's Black Mass moved to No. 2 after just a 21-day holdback. Sony Pictures' The Night Before dropped to No. 3 after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, while Good Dinosaur held on at No. 4 and Warner's The Intern dropped to No. 5.