'Wonder Woman' Emerges at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Charts28 Sep, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner’s Wonder Woman, fresh off an enormously successful summer theatrical run, easily debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 23, bumping Universal Pictures’ The Mummy to No. 2.
Wonder Woman, which with a domestic box office take of more than $412 million is the year’s No. 2 movie (behind Walt Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast), snagged the No. 1 spot on both 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 Mummy, which had debuted at No.1 the prior week, fell to second with total unit sales amounting to just 13.5% of Wonder Woman sales, according to VideoScan.
DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, based on the Dav Pilkey comic books aimed at pre-teen boys, slipped to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film had debuted at No. 2 the prior week.
Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came in at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film spent three weeks at No. 1 before slipping to No. 3 the previous week.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Hocus Pocus, the 1993 fantasy film from Disney that typically creeps back up the charts around Halloween time, and may have been aided this year by word that a remake is in the works. On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 5 spot went to another early 1990s Disney film, The Lion King: Signature Collection.
VideoScan reported that Wonder Woman generated 73% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc. The Blu-ray Disc percentage for The Mummy slipped to 58%, from 62% the week before, while Captain Underpants saw its Blu-ray Disc yield slip from 56% to 54%.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week ended Sept. 24, Captain Underpants shot to No. 1 now that its week-long holdback from Redbox is over.
Paramount’s Baywatch slipped to No. 2 after three weeks in the top rental spot, while Lionsgate’s The Big Sick debuted at No. 3.
Rounding out the top five were Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Rough Night at No. 5.