‘Hannah Montana’ and Horror Top Charts26 Aug, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Music and murder dominated the national home video charts the week ended Aug. 23, as Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Hannah Montana: The Movie debuted as the No. 1 seller and Universal Studios’ gruesome The Last House on the Left bowed as the top rental.
Hannah Montana, with nearly $80 million in box office earnings, handily took the No. 1 spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Paramount’s third-season set of “Dexter,” the hit series about a vigilante serial killer, debuted at No. 2 on First Alert, a strong initial showing for a TV DVD series. The Last House on the Left, a remake of the 1972 Wes Craven horror classic, bowed at No. 3, with Paramount/DreamWorks’ I Love You, Man, the previous week’s top seller, landing at No. 4.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Last House debuted at No. 2 by selling 65% as many copies as Hannah — not bad, considering the film grossed just $32.8 million in theaters, or 41% of what the Miley Cyrus film made.
Meanwhile, in the rental world, Last House was in high demand, snatching the No. 1 spot on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart from I Love You, Man, which finished second by generating 69% as much rental action as the horror remake. Warner’s 17 Again placed third its second week in stores, while the No. 4 spot went to Hannah Montana.