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'Spectre' Outpaces 'Black Mass' to Lead Disc Sales Again

24 Feb, 2016 By: John Latchem


MGM's Spectre, the latest James Bond actioner distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, overcame a pack of new-to-disc docudramas to top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.

The top new release the week ended Feb. 21 was Warner's Black Mass, debuting at No. 2 on the Nielsen 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.

Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as notorious mob figure Whitey Bulger, grossed $62.6 million in U.S. theaters and sold 84% as many discs as Spectre.

On First Alert, dropping a slot to No. 3 was Lionsgate's The Last Witch Hunter, followed at No. 4 by Universal's Straight Outta Compton. Warner's The 33, a drama about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, debuted at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs slipped one spot to No. 3, with Last Witch Hunter dropping to No. 4 and Fox's The Martian landing at No. 5. The 33 debuted as the No. 14 Blu-ray.

Among the week's other new releases, Universal's Steve Jobs bowed at No. 10 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart in advance of this year's Oscars, for which it was nominated for two acting awards.

Spectre continued to perform well on Blu-ray, with 59% of the title's unit sales being of the HD format, compared with 63% in its first week. Blu-ray accounted for 39% of unit sales for Black Mass, 24% for The 33 and 58% for Steve Jobs.

Interestingly, Spectre's home video success comes just as its theatrical distributor, Sony Pictures, expanded the film's theater count in an apparent attempt to push the film over $200 million domestically. It was at $199.8 million as of Feb. 24.

The fourth of the week's notable new docudrama discs, Universal's Trumbo, starring Academy Award nominee Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, opened at No. 44, though it wasn't heavily stocked at retail and most stores didn't offer the Blu-ray version, resulting in just 15% of copies of the film coming in the HD format.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Warner's The Intern came off its 28-day holdback from Redbox rental kiosks to move into the No. 1 spot, pushing The Martian to No. 2. Straight Outta Compton and another Universal release, Everest, ended their rental delays to take No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Last Witch Hunter dropped to No. 5.

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