'A Dog's Purpose' Barks Its Way to No. 1 on Disc Sales Chart10 May, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
A Dog's Purpose, a family drama about a canine reincarnating through several decades, debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended May 7. The Universal Pictures release earned just under $65 million in U.S. theaters.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, however, Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reclaimed the top spot for the fourth time in the five weeks the film has been available in stores.
Rogue One, which was No. 2 overall, sold 64% as many total copies as A Dog's Purpose. Blu-ray accounted for 72% of unit sales of the "Star Wars" spinoff, compared with just 45% for A Dog's Purpose, which was No. 2 on the Blu-ray sales chart selling 97% as many copies as Rogue One.
Overall, the previous week’s top seller, Underworld: Blood Wars, from Sony Pictures, slid to No. 3. Lionsgate’s La La Land, the musical romance that won six Oscars, including best actress honors for Emma Stone, slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the prior week, while Disney’s Moana held steady at No. 5.
On the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart, La La Land, the previous week's top Blu-ray, dropped to No. 3, with Underworld: Blood Wars at No. 4 and Moana at No. 5.
Two other new releases made the top 20: Paramount’s Rings debuted at No. 9 on both charts, while Lionsgate’s Gold debuted at No. 11, also on both charts. Rings, with a domestic gross of just $28 million, is the belated third film in "The Ring" supernatural horror franchise based on a Japanese film (the first two films came out in 2002 and 2005). Gold, which earned slightly over $7 million domestically, stars Matthew McConaughey as a prospector looking for gold in the Indonesian jungle.
VideoScan reported Rings generated 46% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with just 35% for Gold.
On Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart, 20th Century Fox's Why Him? took No. 1 for the second week in a row, while Gold debuted at No. 2.
Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Universal’s Sing and Lionsgate’s La La Land each slipped a notch to No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.