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'Surfer' Glides to No. 1

11 Oct, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The fourth quarter began with a bang as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer became the top-selling and top-renting DVD its first week in stores.

Another new DVD release, Walt Disney Studios' Platinum Edition of The Jungle Book, bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended Oct. 7, but Silver Surfer, which debuted at No. 2, also was available in a two-pack with the original Fantastic Four. Combined sales numbers put it slightly ahead of The Jungle Book.

The two are the first in a string of high-octane new theatricals and polished-up classics heading to DVD in the last three months of the year, in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

Jungle Book and Silver Surfer bumped the previous week's top seller, Universal Studios' Knocked Up, to No. 3 on the sales chart.

On Home Media Magazine's national DVD rental chart, Knocked Up got knocked down to No. 2, as Silver Surfer captured the top spot with an estimated $9.5 million in rental revenue. The Uni comedy still generated a healthy $8.4 million its sophomore week, a drop of just 17% from its first-week take.

Making a surprisingly strong showing its debut week was the horror hit 1408, from Genius Products and The Weinstein Co. The film, which grossed $71.9 million in theaters, bowed at No. 4 on the sales chart and No. 3 on the rental chart its first week in stores. The film generated $6.2 million in rental revenue, according to Home Media Magazine.

Silver Surfer also topped the Blu-ray Disc charts its first week out, while Knocked Up remained at No. 1 on the HD DVD charts for the second straight week. Silver Surfer is available only on Blu-ray, while Knocked Up is out only on HD DVD.

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