While Best Picture winner “Moonlight” is set to expand its theatrical run this weekend, three other Oscar winners are reaping the benefits of the added exposure on the home video front, doing well on both the sales and rental charts.
“Hacksaw Ridge,” which pulled off upsets in both Film Editing and Sound Mixing at the Oscars, debuted at No. 1 on both the combined DVD/Blu-Ray sales chart as well as that devoted solely to the latter format. Mel Gibson reaped an Oscar bid for helming this real-life story of WWII medic Desmond Doss (Best Actor nominee Andrew Garfield) who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
And “Manchester by the Sea,” which has been available for streaming on Amazon Prime, came in at No. 4 in its first week of release. This domestic drama features an Oscar-winning performance by Casey Affleck as a man forced to confront his past after his brother dies. Playwright turned filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan won the Best Original Screenplay award as well.
Having Justin Timberlake open the Oscars with his nominated song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” helped “Trolls” stay near the top of the charts after spending the last two weeks at No. 1. This week, it slipped only to second.
Over on the rental chart, “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Manchester by the Sea” are also in the first and fourth position. And “Arrival” is in second place, boosted by its Oscar win for Best Sound Editing.