19 Oct, 2016
By: Thomas K. Arnold
Three new high-profile theatrical hits catapulted into the top three spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Oct. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ much-maligned Ghostbusters remake.
The comedy, which grossed $128.2 million in U.S. theaters against an estimated budget of $144 million, topped both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
Warner’s The Legend of Tarzan debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling about 61% as many units as Ghostbusters Tarzan came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $126.6 million.
Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, the latest in the studio’s successful “Ice Age” franchise of animated, family friendly films about a group of mammals in the Paleolithic ice age, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.Collision Course earned $64 million at the domestic box office, the lowest of the franchise’s five films.
Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Rounding out the top five were Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus on the overall disc sales chart and Beauty and the Beast on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
According to VideoScan, Ghostbusters generated 50% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 46% for Tarzan and 43% for Ice Age: Collision Course.