'San Andreas' Tops Disc Sales; 'Aladdin' No. 1 on Blu-ray Chart21 Oct, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
A steady stream of summer tentpoles continues to debut on disc now that the fourth-quarter selling season is in high gear.
For the week ended Oct. 18, Warner’s big-budget disaster movie San Andreas, which generated $155.2 million in domestic ticket sales, bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, while Walt Disney Studios’ Tomorrowland, a family adventure starring George Clooney, rode its $93.4 million U.S. box office gross to a No. 3 debut.
Sandwiched in between them is Disney’s long-awaited "Diamond Edition" Blu-ray Disc edition of the 1992 animated classic Aladdin, featuring the voice talents of the late Robin Williams, which bowed at No. 2.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Aladdin easily debuted at No. 1, with San Andreas at No. 2 and Tomorrowland at No. 4.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, distributed by Disney, slipped to No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart after commanding the No. 1 position on both charts for the previous two weeks.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s Magic Mike XXL, which had debuted at No. 2 the previous week.
The No. 5 spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart went to Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, with Magic Mike XXL coming in at No. 6. On the overall disc sales chart, Furious 7 finished the week at No. 6, down from No. 3 the previous week.
According to Nielsen data, San Andreas generated 40% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, a surprisingly low ratio given the film’s over-the-top special effects, while Tomorrowland generated 47% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. All of Aladdin's sales were of the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
In its third week of availability, Age of Ultron generated 57% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 62% the previous week and 63% in week one.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Furious 7 shot to No. 1 now that its month-long holdback from Redbox is over, bumping Ultron to No. 2.
Tomorrowland bowed at No. 3, the only new release to make it into the top five. Sony Pictures’ Insidious: Chapter 3 slipped to No. 4 after debuting at No. 2 the previous week, while the No. 5 spot went to Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road, down from No. 3 the prior week.