'Feet' Still Dancing at Top of Sales Chart19 Apr, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Repetition reigned on the DVD charts the week ended April 15, as the previous week's top seller and renter, Warner Home Video's Happy Feet and Universal Studios' The Good Shepherd, remained at No. 1 on both charts, respectively.
Happy Feet, the animated blockbuster with $197.9 million in domestic box office earnings, has now been the top DVD seller for three consecutive weeks, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales data. The Good Shepherd has topped Home Media Magazine's rental chart for two weeks since its debut, and has now generated an estimated $15.8 million in rental revenue, or 26.4% of its theatrical gross.
In a week in which the biggest new release was Genius Products' Bobby, from The Weinstein Co., the seven top renters remain unchanged from the previous week. Bobby, which earned $11.2 million in theaters, debuted at No. 8 on the rental chart and No. 5 on the sales chart. The title was touted as a rental exclusive at Blockbuster, though many retailers found ways to pick it up.
Paramount's Charlotte's Web held down No. 2 on First Alert its sophomore week, while Sony Pictures' The Pursuit of Happyness switched places with The Good Shepherd to finish the week at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
On the high-def disc front, Nielsen VideoScan data shows that through April 8, Blu-ray Disc titles have accounted for 69% of all next-generation software sales since the beginning of the year, with HD DVD trailing at 31%.