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January 25, 2018

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Disc Debuts as No. 1 Seller


John Latchem/ Media Play News

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049 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 Jan. 20, bumping the same studio’s It to No. 2.

Blade Runner 2049, the much-delayed sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner, earned $92 million at the domestic box office and received praise from critics and fans alike.

Blade Runner 2049 was a big hit on Blu-ray, with 76% of its sales coming in the high-definition format. In particular, 23% of its total sales were of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version, a record for first-week sales of a major theatrical title on disc.

The horror film It, based on the same-titled 1986 Stephen King novel, had debuted in the top spot a week earlier after a domestic box office run of $327 million. It in its second week sold 62% as many copies as newcomer Blade Runner 2049, and just 42% as many Blu-rays.