1993 Movie ‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Chart — For the First Time

Twenty-seven-year-old Halloween-themed comedy Hocus Pocus topped the U.K.’s home entertainment Official Film Chart through Nov. 4 for the first time following last weekend’s Halloween festivities.

Indeed, spooky films flooded the Top 20, with families and flat mates across the U.K. prevented from the usual parties and trick-or-treating due to lockdown measures, moviegoers took to their sofas for a ghostly entertainment on disc and digital. In total, 12 films in the Top 20 ranged from classic horrors, including Scream and Halloween, to more family-friendly entries like Casper and Scoob!.

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Disney’s Hocus Pocus flew up three spots from the previous week, just ahead of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which also rose three spots to No. 2 — knocking both Onward (No. 4) and Frozen II (No. 5) down three places each from last week. Scoob! held on at No. 3.

Ghostbusters (1984) entered the Official Film Chart for the first time, landing at No. 6 just ahead of Casper at No. 7, which rocketed 17 places. Thanks to a recent remake, the original 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches soared 20 places to No. 8, and the remake of The Invisible Man creeped up four spots to No. 9. It: Chapter Two rounded things off at No. 10, floating up seven spots from the previous week.

Other seasonal entries in the Top 20 included The House With a Clock in Its Walls (No. 13), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (No. 15), Beetlejuice (No. 16), Halloween (No. 17) and Scream (No. 20).

Rank Previous Week Title Studio
1 4 Hocus Pocus Disney
2 5 The Nightmare Before Christmas Touchstone
3 3 Scoob! Warner
4 1 Onward Disney
5 2 Frozen II
Disney
6 New Ghostbusters Sony
7 24 Casper Universal
8 28 The Witches Warner
9 13 The Invisible Man (2020)
Universal
10 17 It: Chapter Two Warner

 

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