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'Blades of Glory' Skates to the Top

6 Sep, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Blades of Glory

Paramount Home Entertainment's Blades of Glory skated to an easy victory its first week out on DVD, topping both the national home video sales and rental charts by a margin of about 2-to-1 over its closest competitor.

Blades was No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended Sept. 2, with another new release, the complete first season of hot TV series “Heroes,” from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, debuting at No. 2.

The Will Ferrell slapstick comedy also bowed at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $9.5 million in revenue its first week in stores. The previous week's top renter, Disney's Wild Hogs, slipped to No. 2, with $5.1 million.

Wild Hogs also gave up its top slot on the sales chart, which it has held for two weeks, to finish at No. 3, just ahead of fellow chart veterans 300, from Warner Home Video, at No. 4, and Perfect Stranger, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, at No. 5.

On the high-definition disc front, Blades of Glory and Heroes also posted a one-two finish on the HD DVD charts, but in reverse order — the TV show came in at No. 1. Both titles are available in high-def only on HD DVD. On the Blu-ray Disc chart, 300, from the only studio (Warner) that supports both next-generation formats, remained at No. 1.

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