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'Rogue One' Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week

26 Apr, 2017 By: John Latchem

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spent its third-consecutive week 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 week ended April 23.

The film, which has grossed more than $532 million at the domestic box office, is the second film in the 40-year-old "Star Wars" franchise to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios since it purchased Lucasfilm five years ago.

The top newcomer for the week was Universal's Split, which debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The psychological thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan earned $138 million at the domestic box office and about $275 million worldwide against a budget of just $9 million. The director recently announced a sequel is in development for a 2019 release.

Holding at No. 3 on both charts was 20th Century Fox's Hidden Figures. The docu-drama about black female mathematicians working at NASA in the early 1960s debuted in the same spot a week earlier following a domestic box office haul of just under $169 million.

On the overall disc sales chart, No. 4 went to Warner's "Harry Potter" spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with Universal's Sleepless, an action-thriller starring Jamie Foxx that earned $20.8 million at the U.S. box office, debuting at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, No. 4 was Warner's Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, a new direct-to-video animated superhero movie from the DC Universe imprint. Teen Titans debuted at No. 8 overall.

Disney's Moana took the fifth spot on the Blu-ray chart (sixth overall) in its seventh week. Fantastic Beasts landed at No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, while Sleepless was eighth.

In its fifth week, Universal's animated musical Sing was No. 7 on both charts, dropping from the second spot a week earlier.

The only other newcomer to debut in VideoScan's top 20 was The Weinstein Company's The Founder, which is distributed by Lionsgate through its acquisition of Anchor Bay Entertainment. The biopic about how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) expanded McDonald's into a fast-food empire in the 1950s and ’60s was No. 11 overall and No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart after earning $12.8 milion in U.S. theaters.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 57% of unit sales for Split, compared with 46% for Sleepless, 66% for Teen Titans and 43% for The Founder.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, Sing, Fox's Assassin's Creed and Warner's Live by Night rose to No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, after the expiration of their 28-day holdbacks from Redbox kiosks.

That dropped Rogue One to No. 3 after topping the chart the previous week.

Warner's Collateral Beauty rounded out the top five. The Founder debuted as the No. 6 rental.

About the Author: John Latchem

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