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Gran Torino Still at No. 1

24 Jun, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Gran Torino

A cross-dressing comic and a maniacal killer couldn’t keep Clint Eastwood from crossing the finish line first once again.

The Eastwood-directed Gran Torino, from Warner Home Video, remained the top seller and renter on the national home video charts for the second consecutive week, despite challenges from two high-profile new releases.

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, released by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week ended June 21.

The horror remake Friday the 13th, also from Warner, bowed at No. 4 on the sales chart, right behind fellow Warner release He’s Just Not That Into You, and landed at No. 3 on the rental chart.

Gran Torino grossed $148.1 million in theaters, to Madea’s $90.5 million and $65 million for Friday the 13th. Madea sold 46% as many copies as Gran Torino in Nielsen-reporting stores but generated 60% as much rental activity. Friday the 13th sold 22% as many units as Gran Torino and generated 58% as many rental transactions.

Gran Torino also topped the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the second consecutive week, although Friday the 13th finished a close second, selling nearly 92% as many units.

Madea was not released on Blu-ray Disc.

Gran Torino generated 5% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, while for Friday the 13th, Blu-ray sales accounted for 20% of all discs sold.

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