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Sweet Debut for ‘Pineapple Express’

15 Jan, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Pineapple Express

The year is getting off to a sweet start, with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Pineapple Express topping the national home video sales and rental charts its first week in stores.

The comedy, which grossed $87.3 million in U.S. theaters, easily took the No. 1 spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, beating three other new releases.

The Anchor Bay thriller Righteous Kill, with $40 million in theatrical earnings, debuted at No. 2 on both the sales and the rental charts. The film generated 86% as much rental action as Express, but just 35% as much sales activity.

The 20th Century Fox actioner Babylon A.D. debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart, right behind Paramount/DreamWorks’ Eagle Eye, the previous week’s top seller. Babylon also rode its $22.5 million box office haul to a No. 4 debut on the rental chart, just behind the week’s fourth new release, the Lionsgate thriller Bangkok Dangerous. Bangkok, which grossed $15.3 million in theaters, entered the First Alert sales chart at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, also from Nielsen VideoScan, Pineapple Express scored a first-place finish, while Warner’s The Dark Knight slipped a notch to No. 2. Righteous Kill debuted at No. 3, followed by Babylon A.D. at No. 4, Eagle Eye at No. 5 and Bangkok Dangerous at No. 6.

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