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Three-Way Split on Video Charts

16 Oct, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

It was a three-way split decision on the home entertainment charts the week ended Oct. 12. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Sleeping Beauty, all spruced up in a two-disc Platinum Edition, took the top spot on the national sales chart, while 20th Century Fox’s The Happening was the top rental, and Paramount’s Iron Man topped the Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the second consecutive week.

Coming in a close second on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart was Paramount’s Iron Man, which had debuted at No. 1 the previous week with sales of 7.2 million DVDs and more than 500,000 Blu-ray Discs its first six days in stores. The actioner’s first-week DVD sales tally set a record for the year, while its Blu-ray Disc sales total is an all-time high.

The Happening debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart, edging out Sony Pictures’ You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, the latest Adam Sandler comedy to hit the home entertainment market, which bowed at No. 4

Three other new releases debuted in the top 10: season 11 of “The Simpsons,” from 20th Century Fox, at No. 7; season two of “30 Rock,” from Universal Studios, at No. 8; and the direct-to-video thriller sequel Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, from 20th Century Fox.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan debuted at No. 2, in a virtual dead heat with The Happening. The previous week’s top renter, Iron Man, slipped to No. 3.

Sleeping Beauty debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Blu-ray Disc chart, with The Happening bowing at No. 3.

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