'Power Rangers' Scores No. 1 Home Video Debut5 Jul, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Power Rangers, a big-budget reboot of the TV superhero series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” debuted at No. 1 on the home video charts the week ended July 2, giving Lionsgate yet another triple-play victory in the DVD and Blu-ray Disc arena.
The film is actually the third theatrical feature film based on the show. The first two, released in the 1990s, were continuations of the TV series, which itself was based on footage from Japanese action-adventure shows. The new film features a new cast, story and visual effects.
Power Rangers, which earned more than $85 million in U.S. theaters, was the week’s top seller and rental, bowing at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as NPD’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart.
On the two sales charts, Walt Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast moved back into the No. 2 position after reappearing in the top spot the previous week.
Another Lionsgate release, John Wick Chapter 2, came in at No. 3, also on both charts. The film had occupied the same position the prior week on the overall disc chart, but was No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Rounding out the top five were two titles from Warner: The Lego Batman Movie at No. 4 and CHiPs, a comedy based on the TV show about California Highway Patrol officers, at No. 5.
Life, a science-fiction horror film from Sony Pictures that had debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart (and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart) the prior week, slipped to No. 7 on both charts, following 20th Century Fox's Logan at No. 6.
Power Rangers generated 65% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan data.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Life shot to No. 2 its second week of release, after having bowed at No. 8 the prior week.
Logan, the prior week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3.
Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were The Lego Batman Movie at No. 4 (down from No. 2), and Beauty and the Beast, unchanged at No. 5.