‘It’ Scares Up No. 1 Debut on Home Video Sales Charts

Three new releases took the top three spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 13, led by Warner’s It, the latest adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel, following the 1990 miniseries that was a big home video hit for the studio.

The film earned more than $327 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at a distant No. 2 and No. 3, also on both charts, were the animated musical fantasy My Little Pony: The Movie, from Lionsgate, and the Universal Pictures actioner The Foreigner, a revenge thriller starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

My Little Pony: The Movie, based on the “Friendship Is Magic” TV series, sold 16.9% as many units as It, while The Foreigner, with a domestic gross of just under $35 million, sold 16.5% as many units.

The prior week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ American Made, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week. American Made stars Tom Cruise as a CIA pilot who becomes a smuggler for Central American drug lords and earned $51.3 million in U.S. theaters.

Rounding out the top five was Warner’s Dunkirk, the war drama that earned more than $188 at the domestic box office. Dunkirk finished second the previous week.

It generated 62% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc and 12% from Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 53% of total unit sales for both My Little Pony and Foreigner.

On Media Play News’ rental chart for the week ended Jan. 14, The Foreigner debuted at No. 1, bumping American Made to No. 2.

Home Again, a Universal Pictures comedy that earned $33 million in U.S. theaters, rose up to No. 3 now that it’s month-long holdback from Redbox is over.

Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were the 20th Century Fox drama The Mountain Between Us at No. 4 and Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 3 at No. 5.

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