'Star Wars' Awakens on Home Video Charts13 Apr, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, distributed by Walt Disney Studios, easily debuted at No. 1 on several national home video charts the week ended April 10, including the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, powered by Nielsen, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart and Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart.
The seventh live-action "Star Wars" film, and the first distributed by Disney since its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, grossed $935 million at the domestic box office, the highest domestic earner of all time. Force Awakens outsold all 19 other titles on the First Alert Top 20 by a 5-to-1 margin.
Second-ranked The Hateful Eight, from Anchor Bay Entertainment, which debuted at No. 1 the prior week, sold fewer than 4% as many copies as the new “Star Wars” movie.
The release of Force Awakens also sent both the original “Star Wars” trilogy and the prequel trilogy back into the First Alert Top 20.
Other than that, it was a noneventful week, without any major movies and just a handful of TV shows arriving on disc.
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 on both sales charts, while Daddy’s Home, from Paramount, remained at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart (dropping to No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart).
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Sony Pictures’ Concussion, down from its No. 3 debut the previous week.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the original “Star Wars” trilogy came in at No.4, followed by the prequel trilogy at No. 5 and a boxed set of the first six films at No. 8.
According to VideoScan data, a whopping 83% of first-week unit sales of Force Awakens were of the Blu-ray Disc edition, a record for a new release.
Force Awakens also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week.
Daddy’s Home and Warner’s Creed each slipped a notch to finish the week at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while the No. 4 spot went to Warner’s In the Heart of the Sea, which just became available at Redbox kiosks after a 28-day holdback.
Hateful Eight slipped to No. 5 after debuting at No. 3 the prior week.