'Kong' Is King of Disc Sales26 Jul, 2017 By: John Latchem
Warner’s Kong: Skull Island debuted at No. 1 on 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 week ended July 23.
The latest “King Kong” reboot earned $168 million at the domestic box office and links the famous ape to another reboot, 2014’s Godzilla, setting up a movie scheduled for 2020 in which the two mega-monsters fight.
In fact, a Walmart-exclusive Blu-ray two-pack of Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.
Kong pushed the previous week's top seller, Universal Pictures' The Fate of the Furious, to No. 2 on both charts.
Rising to No. 3 on both charts, from the sixth spot the previous week, was Warner's The Lego Batman Movie in its sixth week on disc.
Rounding out the overall top five were Sony Pictures' Smurfs: The Lost Village at No. 4 and Walt Disney Studios' live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast at No. 5. The same two titles were in the reverse position on the Blu-ray chart.
Sony Pictures' CG-animated direct-to-video Resident Evil: Vendetta, the third film in a series based on the original "Resident Evil" video games and not the live-action movies, debuted at No. 8 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.
Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 55% of total Kong unit sales for the week, including 9% in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, compared with 68% for Resident Evil: Vendetta, of which 18% of total sales were of the 4K disc.
On Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart, Broad Green’s The Lost City of Z took No. 1 for the second consecutive week, again followed by the Warner comedy CHiPs.
Smurfs: The Lost Village rose to No. 3 after debuting in the ninth spot the previous week.
Rounding out the top five rentals, 20th Century Fox's Logan dropped a spot to No. 4, and Beauty and the Beast rose a spot to No. 5.