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'Alien: Covenant' Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

25 Aug, 2017 By: John Latchem

Alien: Covenant

The 20th Century Fox sci-fi sequel Alien: Covenant debuted at No. 1 on 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 the week ended Aug. 19.

Covenant, which earned $74.2 million at the domestic box office, is a follow-up to the 2012 film Prometheus and the sixth film in the "Alien" franchise, not counting the "Alien vs. Predator" movies. It is also the third "Alien" film directed by Ridley Scott, and, like Prometheus, is a prequel to his 1979 original Alien.

Notably, 14% of Covenant sales were in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format, the most the UHD format has accounted for sales in the first week of a major theatrical film debuting on disc. Blu-ray in total accounted for 74% of Covenant unit sales. Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell had set the mark three weeks earlier with 11.4%.

Walt Disney Studios' DVD release of the Disney Channel original movie Descendants 2, a fantasy sequel about the children of famous Disney villains, was No. 2 overall, selling 24% as many copies as Covenant.

The previous week's top seller, Warner's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, dropped to No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

At No. 4 overall was another newcomer, Universal Pictures’ The Case for Christ, a faith-based drama based on the book by Lee Strobel. The film earned $14.7 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five overall was DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby, distributed on disc by Fox. Boss Baby was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 on the Blu-ray-only chart was the Cinedigm Western Hickok, which was No. 8 overall. Interestingly, while a traditional DVD of the film was available, the only Blu-ray version released was a Blu-ray/UHD combo pack, which accounted for 90% of total unit sales of the title.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ended Aug. 20, Fox's Snatched came off its seven-day delay at Redbox kiosks to take No. 1, while King Arthur came off its week-long emargo to take No. 2, the two titles appearing on the rental chart in reverse of how they debuted on the sales chart a week earlier.

Universal's The Fate of the Furious fell from the top spot to No. 3, followed by The Boss Baby at No. 4 and Warner's Going in Style at No. 5.

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