'Happy Feet' Dances to Top Sales Spot5 Apr, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner Home Video's Happy Feet stomped all over the competition to take the top spot on the national DVD sales chart, selling so well its first week in stores that it is already the No. 2 seller for the year.
The animated feature, which grossed $197.3 million in theaters, sold more than 4 million units its first week in stores, according to Home Media Magazine's market research, outselling its nearest competitor, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's The Pursuit of Happyness, by a margin of more than 2 to 1.
The Pursuit of Happyness, which generated $163.6 million in theaters, debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended April 1. The film did, however, manage a first-place debut on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, with a first-week rental take estimated at $10 million.
Happy Feet debuted at No. 2 on the rental chart, with $8.3 million, bumping the previous week's top renter, Warner's Blood Diamond, to No. 3.
On the sales chart, a third new release debuted at No. 3, Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Children of Men, with the No. 4 slot going to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Eragon, the previous week's top seller.
Children of Men, a critically hailed futuristic thriller with theatrical earnings of $35.3 million, bowed at No. 8 on the rental chart, with earnings estimated at $5.3 million.