‘Halloween’ Scares Away ‘Venom’ to Take Over Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Halloween reboot has displaced Venom from its month-long reign atop the home video sales charts.

The horror film, which was produced by Blumhouse Productions, 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. 19.

Though it’s technically the 11th film in the “Halloween” franchise, the new installment was created as a direct sequel to the 1978 original film, ignoring the other sequels and the two Rob Zombie remakes from a decade ago. The strategy paid off to the tune of a $159.3 million haul at the domestic box office.

Two additional newcomers pushed Sony Pictures’ Venom to No. 4 in its fifth week, after it spent its first four weeks in the top spot on both the overall and Blu-ray sales charts.

Sony Pictures’ family friendly spookfest Goosebumps 2 bowed at No. 2 on both charts, selling 45% as many copies as Halloween. It earned $46.7 million in U.S. theaters, a bit more than half of what its predecessor took in.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was 20th Century Fox’s Once Upon a Deadpool, a ‘PG-13’ version of Deadpool 2 that swaps out the violence for new footage of Deadpool telling the film’s story to Fred Savage in a parody of The Princess Bride.

Universal’s Night School, which had been No. 2 for the previous two weeks, dropped to No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 69% of first-week Halloween unit sales, with 19% of its total coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray comprised 53% and 4% of the Goosebumps 2 total, respectively.

Halloween was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 20, with Goosebumps 2 debuting at No. 2.

Night School, the top rental for the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3, with Venom at No. 4. The Lionsgate actioner Speed Kills, a direct-to-video effort starring John Travolta, debuted at No. 5.

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