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'Warcraft' Storms to Top of Disc Sales Charts

5 Oct, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Two newcomers debuted in the top two spots on the combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales chart the week ended Oct. 2, while the previous week’s top seller, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, toppled all the way down to No. 6 in its second week of release.

Universal Pictures’ Warcraft, a fantasy epic based on the popular video game series of the same name, bowed at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Coming in a close second on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s Central Intelligence, a comedy with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Even though Central Intelligence earned more than twice as much at the domestic box office as Warcraft, $127.4 million versus $47.2 million, it sold only 91% as many units on disc its first week in stores.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, distributed on home video by Walt Disney Studios, slipped to No. 3 from No. 2, while another Disney film, the 25th anniversary edition of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast, fell to No. 4 from No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was The Shallows, a new thriller from Sony Pictures that stars Blake Lively as a surfer attacked by a shark. The film earned $55.1 million in U.S. theaters.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Beauty and the Beast came in at No. 2 after bowing at No. 1 the previous week. Central Intelligence debuted at No. 3, bumping Captain America: Civil War to No. 4. Rounding out the top five was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The Shallows was No. 6.

VideoScan research shows that Warcraft generated an overwhelming 72% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, as opposed to just 37% for Central Intelligence. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 40% of the total unit sales for The Shallows.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Shallows debuted at No. 1, knocking Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows to No. 2, a wek after the sequel’s debut in the top spot.

Warner’s Me Before You, a romantic drama with Emilia Clarke (of “Game of Thrones” fame), shot up to No. 3 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over.

Universal Pictures’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War slipped to No. 4 from No. 2, while Captain America: Civil War remained at No. 5 for the second consecutive week.

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