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‘Dune,’ ‘Halloween Kills’ Debut Atop Disc Sales Charts

The new adaptation of Dune from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 15.

Identified onscreen as Dune: Part One, the film is directed by Denis Villeneuve and covers roughly the first half of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel upon which it is based. Dune tells the story of factions in a galactic empire in the far future warring over a desert planet that houses valuable resources. It earned $107.4 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 2 seller on both charts was another newcomer, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Halloween Kills, the sequel to 2018’s Halloween, which itself was a sequel to the 1978 film of the same name and rebooted the franchise by ignoring all previous sequels. It earned $92 million at the domestic box office and sold about 57% as many copies as Dune.

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The top seller the previous three weeks, MGM’s No Time to Die, slipped to No. 3 on both charts. The latest James Bond actioner is distributed on disc by Universal Pictures.

The Marvel-inspired sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage from Sony Pictures slipped to No. 4 on both charts in its fifth week on Blu-ray and DVD.

No. 5 on both charts was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

Other newcomers to debut in the top 20 include, at No. 6, Sony Pictures’ Cobra Kai: Season 3, a disc release of the third season of the Netflix series continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise. No. 14 on the overall disc sales chart (No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart) was Decal’s Spencer, a drama depicting a fictionalized account of Princess Diana’s 1991 Christmas visit to the royal family that spurred her to seek a separation from them, starring Kristen Stewart as Di.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 81% of first-week Dune unit sales, with 39% from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 2% from a 3D Blu-ray edition, and 40% from the regular Blu-ray. For Halloween Kills, Blu-ray accounted for 67% of its tally, 40% from regular Blu-ray and 27% from 4K. Spencer had 51% of its sales come from the HD format (it was not released on 4K disc).

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 16 also had Dune in the top spot and Halloween Kills at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, slipped to No. 3, followed by No Time to Die at No. 4.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ horror film Antlers entered the rental chart at No. 5 after being delayed a week at Redbox rental kiosks.

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