Gran Torino Parks Itself in the No. 1 Spot17 Jun, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner Home Video’s Gran Torino sped across three finish lines to take first place on the national home video sales and rental charts, as well as the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, its first week in stores.
Clint Eastwood’s latest cinematic endeavor, fresh from a $148 million box office rally, was the hands-down winner on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended June 14. The film outsold its nearest rival, fellow debutante The International, from Sony Pictures, by a margin of more than 7-to-1.
According to Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, The International fared slightly better, generating nearly 40% as much rental action as Gran Torino but still finishing in third place behind Warner’s He’s Just Not That Into You, the previous week’s top renter.
On the sales chart, He’s Just Not That Into You slipped to third place after debuting at No. 1 the previous week.
20th Century Fox’s Taken appears to be showing the same long legs it sported during its theatrical run earlier this year — at least in sales. After three weeks the film rose again to No. 4 from No. 5 the previous week, while on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart it rose to No. 3 from No. 4, right behind Gran Torino and The International.
Warner’s 40th anniversary edition of classic music documentary Woodstock also made a strong debut, bowing on the sales chart at No. 7 and on the Blu-ray Disc chart at No. 6.