'Suicide Squad' Takes Over Disc Sales Charts21 Dec, 2016 By: John Latchem
Warner's Suicide Squad was one of four new releases that debuted among the top 20 titles on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Dec. 18.
The comic book actioner, which earned $325.1 million in U.S. theaters, also topped VideoScan's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week. The top five on both charts were identical.
Dropping a spot to No. 2 was the previous week's top seller, Universal Pictures' animated The Secret Life of Pets.
Appearing at No. 3 was another new release, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The fantasy film, directed by Tim Burton based on the novel of the same name, earned $86.7 million domestically.
No. 4 on both charts was Universal's action sequel Jason Bourne, followed by Walt Disney Studios' Finding Dory at No. 5, both dropping two spots from the previous week.
The other new releases in the overall top 20 were Paramount's Ben-Hur remake at No. 14, and Universal's Bridget Jones's Baby, the third "Jones" movie and the first in 12 years, at No. 20.
Blu-ray Disc accounted for 60% of total Suicide Squad unit sales, compared with 47% for Miss Peregrine and 51% for Ben-Hur, which was No. 10 on the Blu-ray sales chart. Bridget Jones's Baby was the No. 25 Blu-ray, with just 37% of sales in the high-def format.
On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Ben-Hur debuted at No. 1. Universal's Bad Moms dropped to No. 2 after three weeks in the top spot.
Rounding out the top five rentals were Disney's Pete's Dragon at No. 3, Lionsgate's Mechanic: Resurrection at No. 4, and Finding Dory at No. 5.