For the week that ended on September 24th, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis (2022) stayed on top of the Blu-ray only and overall packaged media charts. Announced as early as 2014, considerable buzz was generated for the film when Hanks was cast as “Colonel” Tom Parker, Elvis’ longtime manager. Production began in Luhrmann’s native Australia in January 2020, but had to be halted in March 2020, when Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for coronavirus. Filming resumed in September 2020 and concluded in March 2021. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022, Elvis received critical acclaim, with particular praise for Butler’s portrayal of Elvis and the film’s energetic musical performances. In the United States, the film opened about a month later and topped the box office with over $31 million, eventually grossing over $150 million domestically and over $285 million worldwide. This week, Elvis (2022) had an HD share of 41% and 9% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.
Remaining in second place on both charts in its third week is Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Minions: The Rise of Gru. The fifth feature film in the Despicable Me franchise is a sequel to the 2015 prequel film Minions and finds the adorable yellow Minions trying to help a young Gru become a member of the Vicious 6 team of supervillains. Production on the film was announced in 2017, but after the coronavirus pandemic struck, production moved to remote work, and the film’s release was delayed from 2020 to 2021 and then finally to July 2022, where it opened over the Independence Day holiday and grossed over $123 million during the four-day weekend. So far, the film has grossed over $365 million domestically so far and over $920 million worldwide. This week, Minions: The Rise of Gru sold 91% as many Blu-ray units as Elvis (2022), with an HD share of 48% and 6% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.
Reappearing in the top three Blu-rays 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 have been largely negative, but that hasn’t stopped it from grossing over $376 million domestically and an impressive $621 million internationally so far. This week, Jurassic World: Dominion sold 78% as many Blu-ray units as Minions: The Rise of Gru, with an HD share of 53% and 15% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.
Elsewhere on the charts, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Outlander: Season Six debuted at No. 4 on the Blu-ray-only chart, while Warner’s 4K UHD debuts of The Lost Boys and Poltergeist (1982) landed those films back in the top ten Blu-rays at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively, and saw the two horror films take the top two spots on the UHD Market Share chart, each with 99% of units sold from the 4K UHD format.
Top Ten Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 9/24/22:
- Elvis (2022)
- Minions: The Rise of Gru
- Jurassic World: Dominion
- Outlander: Season Six
- Where the Crawdads Sing
- The Lost Boys
- Poltergeist (1982)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- The Batman
Top Five Home Media Sellers for Week Ending 9/24/22 (% of Blu-ray’s Market Share Noted):
- Elvis (2022) (41%)
- Minions: The Rise of Gru (48%)
- Where the Crawdads Sing (34%)
- Outlander: Season Six (45%)
- Jurassic World: Dominion (53%)
Top Blu-ray 3D Sellers for Week Ending 9/24/22 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):
- Top Gun 3D (0.46%)
- The Wizard of Oz 3D (0.07%)
- Minions 3D (0.02%)
Top Five UHD Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 9/24/22 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):
- Poltergeist (1982) (99%)
- The Lost Boys (99%)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (67%)
- The Batman 4K (52%)
- Everything Everywhere All At Once 4K (41%)