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'Surf's Up' Glides to No. 1

18 Oct, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Surf's Up

It was Surf's Up for home entertainment consumers the week ended Oct. 14, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's animated penguin comedy topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores.

A sleeper theatrically, with a box office gross of just $58.9 million, Surf's Up managed to outperform Universal Studios' Evan Almighty, which generated nearly twice as much in U.S. theaters. Evan Almighty debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, while bowing at No. 4 on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart.

The previous week's top sellers, Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment's The Jungle Book and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, slipped to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on the sales chart.

On the rental chart, Silver Surfer finished its second week in stores at No. 2, with a rental revenue drop off of just 23%. Silver Surfer generated an additional $7.3 million in rental revenue to bring its total take, after two weeks, to $16.8 million.

Top renter Surf's Up generated an estimated $8.1 million, while Evan Almighty made $6.4 million, just below Sony Pictures' Reign Over Me, a drama with Adam Sandler, which bowed at No. 3.

On the high-definition disc front, Evan Almighty easily captured the top spot on the HD DVD sales chart its debut week, while Silver Surfer remained atop the Blu-ray Disc charts. Both titles are available in high-def in their respective formats only.

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