'Rogue One' Invades Top Spots on Home Video Sales Charts12 Apr, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the second film in the 40-year-old sci-fi franchise to be released by Disney, easily took the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 9.
The film, with a domestic gross of about $532 million, the second-highest earner in the franchise, cut short the stay at No. 1 of Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the fantasy spinoff of the “Harry Potter” series that had debuted in the top spot the prior week.
Fantastic Beasts slipped to No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and NPD’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nielsen data shows Beasts sold just 17% as many copies overall its second week in stores as the new “Star Wars” film (and just 11% as many Blu-rays).
Moana, the musical fantasy from Walt Disney Studios, remained at No. 3 for the third consecutive week.
Sing, the computer-animated musical from Universal Pictures about a group of animals that enter a singing contest hosted by a koala seeking to save his theater, slipped two notches to No. 4 on both charts, while DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, distributed by 20th Century Fox, re-entered the top five on both charts its 10th week in stores.
Office Christmas Party, a Paramount Pictures comedy starring Jennifer Aniston that made just under $55 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 6 on both charts.
VideoScan reported that Rogue One generated 83% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 55% for Office Christmas Party. The 83% for Rogue One is slightly above the 82.6% that Blu-ray accounted for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sales a year ago, giving the "Star Wars" spinoff the record for a new theatrical-to-disc release. Force Awakens was the first "Star Wars" film under the Disney banner.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Office Christmas Party debuted at No. 1, sending the Lionsgate Boston Marathon bombing docudrama Patriots Day to No. 2, while Moana remained at No. 3 for the second consecutive week.
The Sony Pictures sci-fi film Passengers (which is still in enough theaters to have just passed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office) slipped two notches to No. 4, bumping Trolls to No. 5.
Rogue One wasn't stocked at Redbox rental kiosks until April 11.