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'Revenant' Rises to Top of Disc Sales Charts

27 Apr, 2016

The Revenant

A trio of new releases popped into the top five on the national home video sales charts for the week ended April 24, led by 20th Century Fox’s The Revenant, the top-grossing drama that pits a rugged frontiersman, portrayed by Leondaro DiCaprio, against a bear who mauled him and a confidant who betrayed him.

The film, which earned $183.4 million in U.S. theaters, bumped Walt Disney Studios’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the No. 2 spot on both The NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

VideoScan data shows The Force Awakens still managed to sell 56% as many units as The Revenant in its third week of release, the first two of which were spent at No. 1.

Ip Man 3, from Well Go USA, debuted at No. 3 on both charts, continuing the Hong Kong martial arts franchise’s successful streak.

A third new release, Lionsgate’s Norm of the North, bowed at No. 4 on the First Alert chart, one notch ahead of Anchor Bay’s The Hateful Eight.

The animated family film, which earned $17.1 million in U.S. theaters, features an all-star vocal crew, including Rob Schneider, Heather Graham and Gabriel Iglesias.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Norm debuted at No. 5 and Hateful Eight remained at No. 4.

According to VideoScan data, Revenant generated 52% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 48% for Ip Man 3 and 36% for Norm. VideoScan data shows that 68% of third-week unit sales of Force Awakens were of the Blu-ray Disc edition, down from 74% the second week and 83% the first week.

On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, Sisters, from Universal Pictures, remained at  No. 1 for the second consecutive week. Force Awakens remained at No. 2 and Paramount’s Daddy’s Home was again No. 3.

Norm of the North debuted at No. 4, bumping 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip to No. 5.


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