Blu-ray Sales: November 27-December 3: Top Gun: Maverick Makes It Five

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For the week that ended on November 19th, Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Top Gun: Maverick topped both the the Blu-ray-only and overall packaged media charts in its third week. Originally announced in 2010, the sequel to the 1986 action blockbuster Top Gun saw several delays, including the death of director Tony Scott in 2012. When filming finally commenced in 2018, a projected release in June 2019 was delayed a year in order to complete the film’s action sequences. That process would be further drawn out by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, which would see the film’s release date moved several more times, before it finally opened in May 2022. After a 36-year wait, the result was an enormous success. Top Gun: Maverick opened to rave reviews and over $160 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, going on to make over $718 million domestically and even more internationally at over $770 million and counting, for a running total of over $1.4 billion worldwide. In June, the film passed $800 million to become the highest-grossing film in Tom Cruise’s career, while later that month, it became only the second film since 2019 to cross the $1 billion mark, following Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. Currently, Top Gun: Maverick stands as the highest-grossing film of the year. This week, Top Gun: Maverick had an HD share of 57% and 15% of units sold from the 4K UHD format. Notably, even after five weeks in release, Paramount’s Top Gun 2-Movie Collection cracked the top ten Blu-rays, at No.10 and even placed third on the UHD Market Share chart, with 63% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.

Moving uo to second place is Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Dominion. The third film the Jurassic World trilogy (and sixth film in the Jurassic Park franchise) began filming in February 2020 for a June 2021 release. However, in March 2020, filming was put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic struck much of the Western world. Filming would eventually resume in July 2020 with the aid of an entire hotel that Universal rented for the production to use as a “bubble”, making Jurassic World: Dominion one of the first films to resume production after the pandemic began. Filming was eventually completed in November 2020 and post-production meant that it was not completed until November 2021. Along with the return of Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm, The film also marked the return of actors Sam Neil and Laura Dern as paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, the two leads in the original Jurassic Park, making Jurassic World: Dominion the first time in almost thirty years that all three characters had been in the same film. Despite this casting coup, reviews for the film were largely negative, but that didn’t stop it from grossing over $376 million domestically and over $1 billion globally. This week, Jurassic World: Dominion sold 28% as many Blu-ray units as Top Gun: Maverick, with an HD share of 77% and 25% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.

And moving down to third place is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Batman. One of many films featuring the iconic DC Comics character to be produced in the last two decades, The Batman serves to reboot the character’s solo adventure films, this time in his early years of crime fighting, when he must team up with Lieutenant Jim Gordon to solve a series of murders being committed by The Riddler. Released in March 2022 after being delayed from 2021 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, The Batman received critical acclaim and grossed over $770 million worldwide. This week, The Batman sold 25% as many Blu-ray units as Top Gun: Maverick, with an HD share of 88% and 57% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.

Top Ten Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 12/3/22:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick
  2. Jurassic World: Dominion
  3. The Batman
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  5. Dune (2021)
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
  8. Thor: Love and Thunder
  9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  10. Top Gun 2-Movie Collection

Top Five Home Media Sellers for Week Ending 12/3/22 (% of Blu-ray’s Market Share Noted):

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (57%)
  2. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (24%)
  3. Jurassic World: Dominion (77%)
  4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (28%)
  5. 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story (30%)

Top Five Blu-ray 3D Sellers for Week Ending 12/3/22 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):

  1. The Polar Express 3D (9.59%)
  2. Dune 3D (2021) (1.22%)
  3. Top Gun 3D (0.72%)
  4. The Wizard of Oz 3D (0.09%)
  5. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 3D (0.02%)

Top Five UHD Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 12/3/22 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):

  1. Reservoir Dogs 4K (92%)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K (70%)
  3. Top Gun 2-Movie Collection 4K (63%)
  4. The Batman 4K (57%)
  5. Dune 4K (2021) (56%)

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