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‘Gnomeo,’ ‘Four’ Top Charts

1 Jun, 2011 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Gnomeo & Juliet

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment handily won the weekly Battle of the Charts, with two of its new releases taking the top two spots on both national home video sales charts the week ended May 29.

The animated adventure comedy Gnomeo & Juliet rode its $99.6 million box office run to a No. 1 debut on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

In second place on both charts: I Am Number Four ($55.1 million), a sci-fi actioner about an extraordinary teen (Alex Pettyfer) masquerading as a high-school student to avoid a deadly enemy who wants him dead.

The one-two punch sent the previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ The Mechanic, to No. 3 on both charts.

Disney ended the week with nine titles on the top 20 overall chart as well as nine on the top 25 Blu-ray chart.

In rental stores, I Am Number Four debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, with The Mechanic slipping to No. 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet bowing at No. 3. Rental demand for The Mechanic is holding up well, Home Media Magazine market research shows.

Elsewhere on the charts, interest in the royal wedding sent BBC’s documentary on the affair, The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine, to a No. 8 debut on the overall disc sales chart. The souvenir program consists mostly of footage from BBC’s coverage of the April 29 event.

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