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Split Decision on Sales, Rental Charts

17 May, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Night at the Museum remained the top-renting DVD in the country for the third consecutive week, while the Universal Studios romantic comedy Because I Said So took the top spot on the national DVD sales chart its first week in stores.

The week ended May 13 was a slow one, with just three new theatrical releases, all romantic comedies, coming to disc.

Warner's Music and Lyrics, with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, was the top-grossing release, with a $50.6 million theatrical pedigree. Even so, it debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and No. 5 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, a notch below Because I Said So, which grossed $42.7 million.

The third new theatrical, Sony Pictures' Catch & Release, bowed at No. 5 on the sales chart and No. 7 on the rental chart after generating $15.5 million in a brief theatrical run.

The previous week's top seller, Paramount's Dreamgirls, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert.

On the high-def disc front, 62% of the discs purchased by consumers the week ended May 13 were Blu-ray, while 38% were HD DVD. Warner's Planet Earth was the top seller on all three high-def disc charts: Blu-ray, HD DVD and blended. Because I Said So was one of the few new Universal Studios releases to come out only on DVD and not in HD DVD.

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