‘Hocus Pocus’ Leads October Disc Sales to Top Chart for Second Month

Disney’s Hocus Pocus was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for October 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. It’s the second-straight month the perennial Halloween favorite has topped the monthly disc sales charts, after taking the top spot in September as well.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the weekly top five in the weeks leading up to Halloween, but this year received a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. While the title didn’t lead any of the weekly charts in September, it moved into the top spot for four of the five weeks before Halloween.

The one week in October that didn’t have Hocus Pocus in the top spot was the week ended Oct. 17, when Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection was No. 1. The “Harry Potter” set was No. 4 for the month of October.

No. 2 for the month was Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, moving up six spots from the previous month.

Warner’s Beetlejuice, the spooky 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton, dropped a spot from September to take No. 3 in October. Burton also produced Nightmare Before Christmas.

Moving up from No. 14 in September to take No. 5 in October was Warner’s It: Chapter One, the 2017 adaptation of the first half of author Stephen King’s popular horror novel.

The spooky season also propelled Warner’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (No. 9) and Disney’s double feature of the first two “Halloweentown” movies (No. 10) into the October top 10.

The month’s top new release was Paramount’s Star Trek: Picard — Season One, the disc release of the CBS All Access sci-fi series, at No. 6.

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Universal’s re-release of the “Back to the Future” trilogy, spearheaded by a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection, landed at No. 7

The only other new release making the monthly chart was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising at No. 8, which was the top-selling Blu-ray the last week of October (and also the first week of November).

The year’s list of top 10 sellers had the same titles as the previous month, but slightly shuffled. The top five remained unchanged, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

Moving up two spots to No. 6 was Universal’s 1917, while Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life dropped to No. 8, the two titles swapping spots as Lionsgate’s Midway remained at No. 7.

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According to NPD, the October 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  3. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. It: Chapter One (Warner)
  6. Star Trek: Picard — Season One (Paramount/CBS)
  7. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  8. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  9. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Warner)
  10. Halloweentown/Halloweentown II (Disney)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through October 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. 1917 (Universal)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  9. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops September Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Still Top Seller of 2020

‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops Disc Sales Again While Anime Movie Claims No. 1 Blu-ray Spot

Disney’s Hocus Pocus topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Oct. 31, its fourth time in the top spot in the five weeks leading up to Halloween. It maintained the No. 3 spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The 1993 film, about three sisters tried as witches in Salem and resurrected in modern times, as always been a top seller during the spooky season, but has been particularly dominate relative to other discs due to the lightened load of new releases during the coronavirus pandemic, which has allowed catalog titles to dominate the disc charts in general.

Other discs getting a boost from the lead-up to Halloween include Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at No. 3 (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart), Warner’s Beetlejuice at No. 4 (No. 8 Blu-ray), Warner’s It: Chapter One at No. 5, Universal’s Tremors: Shrieker Island at No. 6 (No. 5 Blu-ray chart), Warner’s The Meg at No. 8, the 1978 original Halloween from Lionsgate at No. 9, Universal’s 2018 remake of Halloween at No. 10 (No. 16 Blu-ray), Paramount’s A Quiet Place at No. 12 (No. 18 Blu-ray), Disney’s Halloweentown I & II double feature at No. 13, Lionsgate’s eight-film “Saw” collection at No. 19 (No. 10 Blu-ray), and Paramount’s Addams Family/Addams Family Values double feature at No. 20 (No. 25 Blu-ray).

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The top new release was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was the No. 2 overall seller and No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. Based on the “My Hero Academia” manga franchise, the film earned more than $13 million during a limited box office run in U.S. theaters in December 2019, but didn’t make its way to home video until October, when it became available via digital sellthrough and as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack.

The only other new release in the top 20, at No. 16, was Universal’s Fatima, a DVD-only historical drama about a trio of girls who witness a vision of the Virgin Mary in Portugal during World War I.

The previous week’s top-selling Blu-ray, Universal’s Back to the Future Trilogy re-release, slipped to No. 2 (No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart). Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family slipped two spots to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (and was down from No. 9 to No. 37 on the overall disc chart).

The Blu-ray Disc chart also saw a few catalog re-releases pop into the top 30. The Criterion Collection’s deluxe edition Blu-ray of 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite was No. 9, while Arrow Video’s remastered edition of 1984’s The Last Starfighter debuted at No. 23. And Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook boxed set of the five “Rambo” films, a Best Buy exclusive, was No. 29.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 1 had Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving debut at No. 1. The comedy stars Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings as a pair of thirtysomethings who decide to skip Thanksgiving with their families and host their own for their friends.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s The Vanished, slipped to No. 2, followed by Well Go USA’s heist film Cut Throat City at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Lionsgate’s The Doorman at No. 4 (down two spots) and RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector holding steady at No. 5.

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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

 

‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Dominate National Disc Sales Charts

A pair of perennial catalog favorites dominated the national DVD and Blu-ray sales charts the week ended Oct. 24.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus, a frequent Halloween-season top seller, returned to the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. It was the 1993 film’s third time in the top spot in the past four weeks.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, a collection of the three “Back to the Future” movies took over the top spot, boosted by a new 4K Ultra HD edition of the trilogy released to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1985 original. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy was the No. 2 overall disc seller, with 80% of its total unit sales coming from the 4K Ultra HD version (another 16% came from the regular Blu-ray edition).

The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal’s Tremors: Shrieker Island, the direct-to-video seventh entry in the comedic horror monster franchise. A seven-movie “Tremors” collection released only on DVD was No. 50.

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Another catalog title, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, landed at No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 5 overall seller was Warner’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 1965 animated special that has been trending lately after the news that it and other “Peanuts” specials would be available exclusively on the Apple TV+ streaming service, ending annual traditions of broadcasting them on network television.

Similarly, 1966’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was No. 7 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart), and 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was No. 13. The boxed set of all three specials, The Peanuts Holiday Collection, was No. 38 overall and No. 26 on the Blu-ray chart.

Maintaining the No. 2 spot on the Blu-ray sellers chart was Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family, a collection of animated shorts based on DC Comics characters, featuring an interactive Batman story that allows viewers to guide the plot. A Blu-ray-only release, it dropped two spots to No. 9 on the overall disc chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 25, the thriller The Vanished, from Paramount, debuted at No. 1.

The previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s The Doorman, dropped to No. 2.

Newcomer The Owners, a horror movie from RLJE Films, debuted at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five were Redbox’s Ava at No. 4 and RLJ’s The Tax Collector, at No. 5, each down two spots from the previous week.

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‘After We Collided,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Collection Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Oct. 24.

The film, a sequel to 2019’s After and based on the best-selling book of the same name, stars Josephine Langford as a college girl, Tessa Young, dealing with the aftermath of an intense breakup. The film was released Oct. 23 in select theaters and digitally (for rental and purchase) and will be issued on DVD on Nov. 24. The cast also includes Hero Fiennes Tiffin (as Tessa’s ex, Hardin Scott), Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen and Selma Blair.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy debuted at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy, containing all three movies in the series, was released Oct. 20 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the first film.

In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer/screenwriter Bob Gale began the three-part journey with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time-traveling DeLorean to the past, present and future. The collection, featuring discbook packing, comes with a bonus disc with more than an hour of new content, such as rare audition footage from actors Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell; a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by Gale; a sneak peek at the new musical show; and a special episode of the YouTube series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Exclusives include the 4K trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Amazon, the Blu-ray trilogy with levitating hoverboard replica at Target, and steelbook editions at Best Buy.

Vertical Entertainment’s Ava finished the week at No. 3, the same spot it held the previous week, while Warner Bros.’ eight-film collection of “Harry Potter” movies slipped to No. 4 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Oct. 24 was the Walt Disney Co.’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial Halloween favorite, down from No. 4 the prior week.

Other newcomers to the chart are Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, from Warner Bros; the World War II drama  A Call to Spy (No. 18), from IFC Films; and Universal Pictures’ Tremors: Shrieker Island (No. 19).

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! is the 31st direct-to-video movie based on the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon classic. It was released on DVD and through digital retailers on Oct. 6, although it was available previously (since Sept. 15) as a Walmart exclusive.

A Call to Spy is a historical drama  written and produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Based on the true stories of three women who worked as spies in British war leader Winston Churchill’s Secret Army, the film stars Sarah Megan Thomas, Radhika Apte and Stana Katic. A Call to Spy was released domestically Oct. 2 in theaters and through digital retailers.

Tremors: Shrieker Island, the seventh film in the long-running “Tremors” thriller franchise, was released Oct. 20 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. The film finds Michael Gross returning as Graboid hunter Burt Gummer, joined by Jon Heder as his potential protégé as they take on a batch of genetically modified Graboids terrorizing a tropical island. Also on Oct. 20 Universal issued all seven “Tremors” movies in a five-DVD set.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (Universal)
  3. Ava (Vertical)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  11. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  13. The Phenomenon (1091)
  14. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo (Warner)
  15. Halloween (2018, Universal)
  16. Then Came You (Vertical)
  17. Batman: Death in the Family (Warner)
  18. A Call to Spy (IFC)
  19. Tremors: Shrieker Island (Universal)
  20. Trolls World Tour (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 24.

‘Harry Potter’ Collection Leads U.S. Disc Sales

With the coronavirus pandemic having the duel effect of both limiting the depth of new home video releases and leading to fewer disc sales in general, TV DVD and catalog content have had a much easier time of late reaching the top spots on the national sales charts. The week ended Oct. 17 saw a “Harry Potter” boxed set take a turn in the top spot.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, first released in 2011, was No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales in the United States, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. It had been No. 24 overall a week earlier.

In fact, almost the entire top 20 overall disc sales chart consisted of catalog and TV content, and the two new releases that did find a spot on it were reworkings of previously released material.

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween-season seller that had topped the charts the previous two weeks.

Another Disney Halloween favorite, the 1993 animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, came in at No. 3 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The week’s top debut was Shout! Factory’s new deluxe-edition boxed set of the 12 “Friday the 13th” movies, featuring new bonus materials and restorations of some of the films. It came in at No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. A boxed set of all the films was previously released in 2013 by Warner (which controls the most-recent four films in the franchise that were made by New Line Cinema; Paramount made the first seven).

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series, a DVD set that has been re-released several times since 2014.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 7 overall, was another newcomer, Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family, a collection of DC Showcase animated shorts. The centerpiece of the new disc, Batman: Death in the Family, is an interactive feature that allows viewers to choose whether Robin is killed by the Joker, and to see which different paths the story could take after that. In many respects, however, the short is a reworking of the 2010 movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, with some new footage to provide a prequel to the movie and some alternate story possibilities.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 18, Lionsgate’s The Doorman, an actioner with Ruby Rose, debuted at No. 1 (for perspective, it was No. 55 its first week on the sales chart).

The Redbox-exclusive disc of Ava, which had been the top rental the previous two weeks, dropped back to No. 2, where it debuted a month earlier.

RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector was No. 3, followed by two titles from Lionsgate: The Silencing at No. 4 and The Secret: Dare to Dream.

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‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops September Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Still Top Seller of 2020

Disney’s Hocus Pocus was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the weekly top five in the weeks leading up to Halloween, but this year received a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. It was the No. 2 seller in each of the last two weeks of September before moving into the top spot the first two weekly charts of October. It had been No. 171 on the monthly chart for August.

No. 2 for the month, moving up from No. 91, was Warner’s Beetlejuice, the spooky 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton, which also was recently re-released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Similarly, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas moved up to No. 8.

The month’s top new release was Sony Pictures’ Outlander: Season Five, which debuted at No. 3. It was the top-selling title the week ended Oct. 19.

The top-selling title of August, Warner’s Scoob! slipped to No. 4 for the month of September.

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The No. 5 September seller was the animated movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner.

The only other new release in the top 10 was Warner’s Rick and Morty: Season 4, which debuted at No. 6.

The year’s top 10 selling titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

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According to NPD, the September 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  2. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  3. Outlander: Season Five (Sony Pictures)
  4. Scoob! (Warner)
  5. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner)
  6. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  7. The Mule (Warner)
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through September 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

‘Scoob!’ Tops August Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

‘Hocus Pocus’ Remains Country’s Top-Selling Disc for Second Week

Disney’s perennial Halloween best-seller Hocus Pocus spent a second-consecutive week atop 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 Oct. 10.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the top five during October.

Coming in at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Warner’s Beetlejuice. The creepy 1988 comedy from director Tim Burton is another catalog title getting a boost from the Halloween season. Likewise, Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas held onto the No. 4 spot, and jumped to No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. And Warner’s It: Chapter One rose a spot to No. 5 on the overall disc chart.

The week’s top new release, at No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart, was Paramount’s Star Trek: Picard — Season One. The sci-fi series, a sequel to “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was initially released on the CBS All Access streaming service in January before making its way to disc Oct. 6.

Another newcomer, RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector, debuted at No. 6 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The latest film from director David Ayer is a gritty drama about a pair of street thugs who collect protection money getting caught in the middle of a turf war.

Coming in at No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (and No. 12 overall) was the newly released anime movie Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna from Shout! Factory.

Universal’s remake of The Secret Garden debuted at No. 7 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of first-week Picard disc sales, compared with 52% for Tax Collector, 49% for Secret Garden, and 95% for Digimon.

A Best Buy-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of Tax Collector accounted for 11% of the title’s total sales. The special 4K edition will be widely available Dec. 15.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 11, the Redbox-exclusive Ava remained No. 1 for a second week. Tax Collector debuted at No. 2, pushing Lionsgate’s The Silencing to No. 3.

Debuting as the No. 4 rental was Universal’s The 2nd, an actioner about an agent protecting the daughter of a Supreme Court justice from kidnappers.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream dropped to No. 5.

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Halloween Movies Race Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Holiday Nears

With catalog titles enjoying a resurgence of interest due to the lack of new theatrical films, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart shows several Halloween classics gaining home viewership as the holiday approaches.

Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial favorite this time of year, continues to climb up the chart, moving up two notches to No. 2 during the week ended Oct. 10. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, from Warner, rose to No. 8 from No. 11 the prior week. And the 2018 remake of Halloween, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 19 on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Aside from Halloween, there are four other new titles on the chart. Season one of “Star Trek: Picard,” from Paramount Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 7; the documentary The Phenomenon checked in at No. 9; the romantic comedy Then Came You bowed at No. 12; and the sci-fi drama 2067 debuted at No. 18.

“Star Trek: Picard,” the eighth series in the “Star Trek” franchise, premiered in January on the streaming service CBS All Access. Two more seasons are on the way. Patrick Stewart stars as Picard, reprising his role from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The cast also includes Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, and Santiago Cabrera. Season one became available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Oct. 6.

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The Phenomenon, from 1091, is director James Fox’s controversial documentary about unidentified flying objects, or “unidentified aerial phenomenon.” Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film includes interviews with high-ranking government and military officials, NASA astronauts, and other sources. The Phenomenon is only available through digital retailers for rental or purchase.

Then Came You, a Vertical Entertainment release, is a rom-com written by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford. She plays a lonely widow who travels around the world with her husband’s ashes, until she meets a Scottish innkeeper who forever changes her life. The film, too, is available through digital retailers only.

2067 stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse, Let Me In) and Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,” “Sacred Lies”). In the film, by the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

2067 will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17 from RLJE Films. Bonus features includes director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette, including an in-depth look at the story, cast, director, the look of the film, costumes and makeup, the time machine, editing and VFX, and music.

Elsewhere on the chart, the No. 1 title for the third consecutive week was Ava, a thriller from Vertical Entertainment that stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin. The movie is also available to rent on disc exclusively from Redbox. However, the Watched at Home chart does not account for rental data.

The rest of the top 20 wasn’t much different from the previous week, with Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream and all three available season sets of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” remaining in the top six.

  1. Ava (Vertical)
  2. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  9. The Phenomenon (1091)
  10. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. Alone (Magnolia)
  12. Then Came You (Vertical)
  13. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  15. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  17. The Secret Garden (Universal)
  18. 2067 (RLJ Entertainment)
  19. Halloween (Universal, 2018)
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 10.

‘Hocus Pocus’ Conjures Up No. 1 Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s perennial Halloween best-seller Hocus Pocus jumped to the top of 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 Oct. 3.

The 1993 film about three Salem witches transported to modern times frequently finishes in the top five during October, but this year received a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. It had been the No. 2 overall seller the previous week. The new 4K disc accounted for 8% of the title’s total unit sales, while the regular Blu-ray made up 19%, meaning Blu-ray accounted for 27% of total Hocus Pocus sales.

A sequel for streaming service Disney+ is reportedly in development.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Rick and Morty: Season Four, slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

Another catalog title with a recent 4K release, Warner’s Beetlejuice, was No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The spooky comedy took its on turn in the top spot a few weeks ago.

Continuing the trend of Halloween catalog popping into the top 20, the No. 4 overall title was Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was No. 20 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Other October favorites and frightfests making their way onto the chart included No. 5 It: Chapter Two, from Warner, Disney’s Halloweentown/Halloweentown II double feature at No. 7, the 1978 Halloween from Lionsate at No. 9, the 2018 Halloween from Universal at No. 10, Universal’s 2019 animated The Addams Family at No. 15, and Warner’s The Curse of La Llorona at No. 19.

Of note, the 1978 Halloween was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while 45% of its overall units sales were of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Best Buy released an exclusive 4K Steelbook of the horror classic Sept. 29.

Rounding out the top five overall was Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which was No. 11 overall.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 4, the Redbox-exclusive Ava moved up a spot to No. 1. Lionsgate’s The Silencing debuted at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Secret: Dare to Dream, dropped to No. 3.

Shout! Factory’s True Story of the Kelly Gang entered the rental chart at No. 4, while Universal’s Welcome to Sudden Death was No. 5.

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