'King Arthur' Claims Home Video Sales Crown17 Aug, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Two new releases took the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Aug. 12, led by Warner’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the latest retelling of the saga of the mythical British king.
King Arthur debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film made less than $40 million in U.S. theaters and was panned by critics, with the reviewer for the Chicago Tribune calling it a “grim and stupid thing.” Nearly 40 films have been made about about King Arthur, the earliest one in 1904.
Debuting at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart was Snatched, which opened theatrically the same weekend (May 12-14) as King Arthur. The comedy, from 20th Century Fox, stars Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer as the mother-and-daughter victims of a kidnapping in Ecuador and wound up with a domestic gross of $46 million.
Snatched debuted at No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, behind DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby, which finished third on the overall disc sales chart after two weeks at No. 1.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were Warner’s Going in Style at No. 4 (down from No. 2 the prior week) and Warner’s Kong: Skull Island at No. 5, down from No. 3.
A third new release, 20th Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 11 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
VideoScan reported that King Arthur generated 55% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 35% for Snatched and 32% for Diary. King Arthur generated 6% of its total unit sales from Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.
On Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart, Universal Pictures’ The Fate of the Furious shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over. Going in Style soared to No. 2 now that it is available at Redbox (just a week after its release, in accordance with Warner’s new, shorter window).
The arrival of those two titles at Redbox pushed the prior week’s top three to chart positions No. 3 (Boss Baby, distributed by 20th Century Fox), No. 4 (Kong: Skull Island) and No. 5 (Lionsgate’s The Circle).