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'Sicario' Raids Top Disc Sales Spot

13 Jan, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold, John Latchem


Lionsgate's Sicario outpaced another new release, Universal Pictures' supernatural The Visit, to take the top spot on the home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 10.

Sicario, a crime drama centered on the Mexican drug war and starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as Nielsen's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, coming off a theatrical run that earned $46.9 million domestically.

Universal's The Visit, from director M. Night Shyamalan, debuted at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, about two kids visiting their grandparents and discovering a dark secret about them, earned more than $65 million in U.S. theaters.

The previous week's top seller, Sony Pictures' faith-based War Room, dropped to No. 3 overall, with No. 4 going to another Sony title, the new release Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, a direct-to-video sequel to the 2001 David Spade comedy.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, “Star Wars” mania continued with Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy, both from 20th Century Fox, finishing the week at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, down a notch from the prior week.

Universal's Minions rounded out the top five on both charts.

Sicario generated 52% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc. The film is one of four that are included in Lionsgate’s initial batch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, due to arrive in stores on March 1 to coincide with the release of the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player, from Samsung.

The Visit generated 38% of its week-one sales from Blu-ray Disc, to just 20% for the Joe Dirt sequel.

Sicario was also No. 1 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, leading a slew of titles new to the market. Minions came off its 28-day holdback at Redbox video rental kiosks to move up to No. 2, with Sony Pictures' The Perfect Guy and The Walk bowing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Fox's The Transporter Refueled came off its month-long kiosk delay and shot up to No. 5.

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