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'Sing' Hits High Note to Top Disc Sales

29 Mar, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Two new theatrical releases powered their way into the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended March 26, bumping Moana, the musical fantasy from Walt Disney Studios, to No. 3 after two weeks as the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Sing, the computer-animated musical from Universal Pictures about a group of animals that enter a singing contest hosted by a koala seeking to save his theater, debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film, which earned just under $260 million in U.S. theaters, features more than 60 songs from famous artists, along with an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, "Faith," which was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Debuting at a distant No. 2 was 20th Century Fox’s Assassin’s Creed, the latest film based on a video game. The action-adventure film had a domestic theatrical gross of less than $55 million and sold 25% as many copies as Sing, according to VideoScan.

Sony Pictures’ Passengers slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 2 the previous week.

Rounding out the top five: DreamWorks’ Trolls, distributed by 20th Century Fox, on the overall disc sales chart, and Marvel's Doctor Strange, distributed by Disney, on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

A third new release, Warner’s Live by Night, a mob movie that underperformed at the box office despite a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller, debuted at No. 9 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 10 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

VideoScan reported that Sing generated 61% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 65% for Assassin’s Creed and 43% for Live by Night.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Moana was again No. 1, for the second week. Passengers shot up to No. 2 its second week in stores, after bowing at No. 18 the prior week. Trolls and Doctor Strange each slipped a notch to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Universal Pictures’ Nocturnal Animals rose to No. 5 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over.

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