'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Soars to No. 1 Debut on Home Video Sales Charts31 Aug, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Walt Disney Studios dominated the top tier of the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 26, with the summer theatrical mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 riding its $389.4 million domestic box office take to an easy No. 1 debut.
The film, the summer’s No. 2 (and the year’s No. 3) movie based on U.S. ticket sales revenue, sold nearly three times as many discs as the rest of the top 10 sellers combined, according to NPD VideoScan data.
It also sent the original Guardians of the Galaxy back into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart (the film finished the week at No. 6).
Twentieth Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant finished a distant second on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, with a domestic gross of $74.3 million, had bowed at No. 1 on both charts the prior week.
Debuting at No. 3, also on both charts, was season seven of the popular zombie TV series “The Walking Dead,” from Lionsgate.
On the overall disc sales chart, Disney’s “Descendants 2,” a Disney Channel Original Movie that aired July 21, finished the week at No. 4, a week after it debuted at No. 2 the previous week.
Rounding out the top five was DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby, the Fox-distributed animated comedy that finished one notch up, at No. 4, on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, just ahead of Warner's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which fell from No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart the prior week.
The retelling of the Arthurian legend plummeted from No. 3 to No. 8 on the overall disc sales chart.
Blu-ray disc accounted for 83% of first-week sales of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with 10% of total sales coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version, the first UHD disc from Disney.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Alien: Covenant shot to No. 1 now that its weeklong holdback from Redbox is over.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted at No. 3, just behind Fox’s Snatched.
Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were King Arthur at No. 4 and The Boss Baby at No. 5.