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'2012' debuts atop three video charts

'Wild Things' is No. 2 in sales, Blu-ray; 'Ponyo' third in both

The end-of-the-world drama "2012," from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at the top of all three home video charts the week ending March 7, the first release in nearly a month with a boxoffice pedigree of more than $100 million.

The disaster flick, which earned $166.1 million in theaters, trounced fellow newcomer "Where the Wild Things Are," from Warner -- not surprising, given the family fantasy's lower boxoffice gross of $73.4 million.

On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart, "Wild Things" finished at No. 2, although it sold just 44.4% as many discs as "2012." On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc charts, the two new releases finished in the same order, although "Wild Things" sold just 30% as many Blu-ray Discs as "2012."

"2012" generated 41% of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, while for the "Wild Things," the Blu-ray share was just 28%.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, "Where the Wild Things Are" debuted at No. 4, right behind Anchor Bay's "Law Abiding Citizen," last week's top renter, at No. 2, and Universal Studios' "Couples Retreat" at No. 3.

A third new release, Walt Disney's "Ponyo," an anime release that took in $15 million during a limited theatrical release late last summer, debuted at No. 3 on both the overall sales chart and the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Of the film's total unit sales during the week, 34% came from Blu-ray Disc.

"Ponyo" debuted at No. 19 on the rental chart.