'Walking Dead' Finds Life as Top Disc Seller2 Sep, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Netflix may have become synonymous with “binge viewing” of TV shows, but the subscription streaming goliath hasn’t killed off the once-booming TV-on-disc business.
Anchor Bay's disc collection of season five of the hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Aug. 30.
Sony Pictures’ Aloha, a theatrical underformer that took in just $21 million in U.S. theaters, also found itself in high demand among consumers purchasing discs, bowing at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film generated 31% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home, distributed by 20th Century Fox, slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart after a week at No. 1, while Lionsgate’s Insurgent also dropped two notches to No. 4.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s direct-to-video Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League — Attack of the Legion of Doom, followed at No. 6 by another new release, Anchor Bay’s Big Game, an action-adventure film starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Finnish film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jackson as the President, whose Air Force One is shot down in (where else) Finland.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Home shot up to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix is over. Aloha debuted at No. 2 (Sony Pictures gives Redbox access to its titles the day they come out), while Warner’s Hot Pursuit, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to the No. 3 spot.
Rounding out the top five are eOne’s newly released Lila & Eve, which bowed at No. 4, and Warner’s Get Hard at No. 5 (down from No. 3 the previous week).