'Gone Girl' Top-Selling/Rental Digital Release of 201530 Mar, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s acclaimed thriller Gone Girl was the top-selling and top-renting digital movie in 2015 — edging out the studio’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Warner's American Sniper, according to comScore.
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (Oscar-nominated for Best Actress), was released into the retail channel Jan. 13, 2015, yet ranked just 24th in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales (1.53 million units) with $24.4 million in revenue, according to The-Numbers.com.
Indeed, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World and Minions ranked as the top-selling discs last year with more than 11 million combined units sold for $211 million in revenue. Jurassic World earned the most money at the box office within the 2015 calendar year, narrowly edging out Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So when comScore disclosed that its digital data did not include NBC Universal — parent of Universal Pictures — it seemed logical Jurassic World and Minions might actually sit atop digital sales.
Not so, according to NBC Universal parent Comcast, which operates Xfinity On Demand, pay-TV’s largest transactional VOD and electronic sellthrough platform.
“Gone Girl was the #1 movie in our digital store,” Comcast spokesperson Debbie Fry said in an email.
The title edged out Jurassic World, American Sniper, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Paramount) and Minions, according to Fry.
Meanwhile, comScore said subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu Plus captured 57% of the $8.7 billion on-demand market. Electronic sellthrough and transactional VOD via Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, CinemaNow and Vudu, generated 33% marketshare. Pay-TV transactional VOD, which includes cable, satellite and telecom, accounted for 10%.