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Nim Beats Out Harold & Kumar

14 Aug, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Nim's Island

Nim's Island, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, captured the top spot on both the national home video sales and rental charts the week ended Aug. 10, proving that there's no time like the summer to release a family film.

Nim's Island came to DVD and Blu-ray Disc with a box office gross of just $48 million, but its popularity on disc was enough to boot the previous week's top seller, New Line Home Entertainment's Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, to a distant No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. In its debut week, Nim's Island outsold sophomore Harold & Kumar by a margin of more than three to one.

Meanwhile, on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart, Nim's Island scored a narrower victory, with Harold & Kumar snagging 78% as many rental transactions as the Fox family film for a third-place finish. The previous week's top renter, 21, slipped to No. 2, with 85% as much rental action as Nim's Island.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's direct-to-video release Starship Troopers 3: Marauder debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart but mustered a feeble bow at No. 12 on the rental chart.

On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart, The Dark Knight fever spurred Batman Begins to the top spot, with Sony Pictures' 21 at No. 2. Nim's Island debuted at No. 3. The previous week's top Blu-ray Disc seller, Fox/MGM's Stargate: Continuum, slipped to No. 6.

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