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Tyler Perry Tops Sales

The Family That Preys

By Thomas K. Arnold | Posted: 22 Jan 2009

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys helped the franchise regain some of its momentum, as the DVD release of the Lionsgate film shot to the top of the national home video sales chart its first week in stores.

The comedy, which grossed $37.1 million in U.S. theaters, topped a slate of mid-range theatricals. My Best Friend’s Girl ($19.2 million), also from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 3 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended Jan. 18, even though it sold less than half as many copies as The Family That Preys.

The 20th Century Fox horror film Mirrors ($30.7 million) bowed at No. 4 on the sales chart, while the Warner/New Line Western Appaloosa ($20.2 million) entered at No. 5.

Sony Pictures’ Pineapple Express slid to No. 2 on the sales chart but retained its top slot on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, followed by My Best Friend’s Girl at No. 2. Anchor Bay’s Righteous Kill slipped from No. 2 to No. 3 its second week in stores, while fourth place on the rental chart went to Mirrors.

Of the other new releases, The Family That Preys debuted at No. 7 on the rental chart and Appaloosa, at No. 9.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, also from Nielsen VideoScan, Warner’s The Dark Knight regained the No. 1 slot yet again, even though it’s been out since early December. The film had slipped to No. 2 the previous week, briefly losing ground to Pineapple Express, which is now No. 2.

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