Thursday, December 03, 2009

"Up," "Dark Knight" top DVD sales chart

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Rampant Black Friday discounting, promotions and ubiquitous Disney merchandisers in large chains like Best Buy had a marked impact on the national home video sales chart for the week ended November 29.

Disney's "Up" regained its top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, while the newly released "Santa Buddies," the latest in what must be the most successful dog franchise in movie history, debuted at an impressive No. 4 despite its direct-to-disc release.

Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight," out a year, returned to the chart at a lofty No. 2, while Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," initially released in February, was back on the chart at No. 7.

By Home Media Magazine market research estimates, the home entertainment industry moved about 25 million discs during the week, as consumers snapped up DVDs and Blu-ray Discs like candy. Catalog DVDs were selling for as little as $2 at Walmart and other big retailers, while catalog Blu-ray Disc titles were widely available for less than $10.

Two of the week's three new releases with theatrical pedigrees -- Sony Pictures' "Angels & Demons" and Warner's "Four Christmases" -- nevertheless found their audiences, with the "Da Vinci Code" sequel bowing at No. 3 on the sales chart and "Four Christmases" debuting at No. 6.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, "Angels & Demons" finished first, "Four Christmases" grabbed the second spot, and the week's third new release, the Universal Studios comedy "Funny People," debuted at No. 3.

"Funny People," starring Adam Sandler and directed by Judd Apatow, finished at No. 45 on the sales chart, behind a flock of deep-discounted catalog titles ranging from "Gremlins" (No. 27) to "Superbad" (No. 25).

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