'Straight Outta Compton' Heads Straight to the Top of Disc Sales27 Jan, 2016 By: John Latchem
Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton debuted at No. 1 the week ended Jan. 24 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The film, about the rise of rap group N.W.A., which earned more than $161 million in U.S. theaters, outsold by a 2-to-1 margin the No. 2 title, Fox's The Martian, which dropped a spot on both sales charts after debuting on top a week earlier.
Sony Pictures' Hotel Transylvania 2 dropped one slot to take No. 3 on both charts.
Two newcomers rounded out the top five. Warner's The Intern, a comedy with Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, debuted at No. 4, followed by Universal's Everest, a thriller inspired by an ill-fated attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 1996, at No. 5. The pair were flipped on the Blu-ray chart, with Everest at No. 4 at Intern at No. 5.
The only other newcomer in the top 10 was the faith-based title Woodlawn, produced by Pure Flix and distibuted by Universal, which debuted at No. 6.
Blu-ray accounted for 59% of Straight Outta Compton's total unit sales, the highest percentage among the top titles for which both formats were available. The Martian in its second week saw 57% of its unit sales come in the high-definition format. Among the other newcomers, Blu-ray accounted for 30% of The Intern, 54% of Everest and 32% of Woodlawn.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, the top three titles were unchanged from the previous week: Hotel Transylvania 2 at No. 1, Universal' s Ted 2 at No. 2 and Fox's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials at No. 3. Switching spots from a week earlier, Lionsgate's Sicario came in at No. 4 and Fox's Fantastic Four remake took No. 5.
The new titles from Universal and Warner are subject to a 28-day delay at Redbox rental kiosks.