'Avatar' tops video sales charts for 3rd week
Film has sold nearly 20 million discs worldwide"Avatar" remained the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc for a third consecutive week amid news from distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that the theatrical blockbuster has now sold nearly 20 million discs worldwide, 6.2 million of them Blu-ray Disc.
The film's third No. 1 ranking on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and the tracking service's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week ending May 9 comes on the heels of a theatrical run that generated $747.3 million in domestic boxoffice receipts alone, making it the top-grossing movie of all time.
Demand for "Avatar" was so great that the film also returned to the top of Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, bumping the previous week's top renter, Universal Studios' "It's Complicated," to No. 2.
Two newly released comedies with modest boxoffice takes landed among the week's top sellers and renters. 20th Century Fox's "Tooth Fairy," which generated $59.7 in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 3 on both the sales and the rental charts. And Universal Studios' "Leap Year," with a $25.9 million theatrical pedigree, bowed at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 4 on Home Media's rental chart.
"Tooth Fairy" debuted at No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, right behind Paramount Home Entertainment's Sapphire Series release of "Saving Private Ryan," a disc that is being recalled due to an audio synch error that occurred during the authoring process. Replacement discs are slated to be available at retail on May 18.
The original "Iron Man," also from Paramount, finished the week at No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, just as the sequel opened on the big screen.