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Two Weeks for 'Trolls' Atop Home Video Sales Charts

22 Feb, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold


DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, distributed by 20th Century Fox, again topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 19, despite a tough challenge by Paramount’s newly released Arrival.

Arrival, a sci-fi actioner that grossed $100 million in U.S. theaters, finished a close second on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc Sales chart.

According to VideoScan, Arrival sold 66% as many units its first week in stores as Trolls did in the latter’s second week of release. On Blu-ray Disc the race was tighter, with Arrival selling 78% as many units as Trolls, a family feature based on the toy dolls.

Arrival, according to VideoScan, generated 61% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 51% for Trolls (down from 53% its first week of release).

The No. 3 spot on the overall disc sales chart was Lionsgate’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, while the No. 3 Blu-ray Disc seller was Walt Disney’s Pinocchio: Signature Collection.

Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back was No. 4 on both charts, while the No. 5 spot went to Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets on the overall disc sales chart and Lionsgate’s John Wick on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Two other new releases made it into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart, both from Universal Pictures. The Edge of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy with $14.4 million in domestic ticket receipts, debuted at No. 6 (and was also No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart). Priceless, a drama about human trafficking that was based on true events, bowed at No. 9 (No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart).

Edge of Seventeen generated 52% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with just 29% for Priceless, which made its theatrical debut last October on 303 screens and made $1.5 million domestically.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Arrival debuted at No. 1, while Universal's The Girl On the Train shot up to No. 2 now that its month-long holdback from Redbox rental kiosks is over.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s The Accountant, slipped to No. 3, while the No. 4 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s Keeping Up With the Joneses now that the comedy is widely available for rental, including on Redbox.

Rounding out the top five was Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, down from No. 2 the previous week.

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