Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Charts14 Jun, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Walt Disney Studios dominated DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales the week ended June 11, with the live-action Beauty and the Beast debuting 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 sales chart.
The musical, based on the 1991 animated hit, earned $503 million at the domestic box office and sold so well on disc compared ti its competition that all the other titles in the top 20, collectively, sold only 40% as many units as Beauty.
The debut of Beauty and the Beast pushed 20th Century Fox's Logan to No. 2 on both charts after a couple of weeks in the top spot.
Disney also scored big with its new "Signature Colleciton" Blu-ray Disc release of Bambi, one of the studio’s most beloved, and iconic, animated classics. The 1942 film, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, debuted at No. 3 on both charts.
The Shack, a psychological drama from Lionsgate, slid to No. 4 its second week in stores, after bowing at No. 2.
Rounding out the top five on both charts was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which re-entered the top 5 three months after its release.
Beauty and the Beast generated 72% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, while for Bambi the Blu-ray Disc share was 77%.
On the Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week, Warner's Fist Fight took No. 1 after a seven-day holdback at Redbox. Warner recently lowered its embargo period for new rental releases at Redbox kiosks from one month to one week.
Beauty and the Beast debuted at No. 2, while Universal's Fifty Shades Darker rose to No. 3 now that its 28-day holdback at Redbox is over.
The previous week’s top rental, The Shack, slid to No. 5, one notch behind Universal Pictures’ A Dog’s Purpose, which finished the week at No. 4, down from No. 2 the previous week.