'Baby Mama' tops DVD charts
Lionsgate's 'Forbidden Kingdom' a close secondUniversal's comedy "Baby Mama" topped the national home video sales and rental charts in its first week in stores.
The Lionsgate actioner "The Forbidden Kingdom" came in a close second on both charts while debuting at No. 1 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Both films performed similarly at the boxoffice, with a slight edge going to "Baby Mama" at $60.3 million compared with $52 million for "Kingdom."
The two films are among five new releases snagging the top five spots on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Sept. 14. Another Universal title, the direct-to-video "Barbie and the Diamond Castle," debuted at No. 3. A pair of TV season sets -- Disney's release of the fourth season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Warner's seventh-season set of the CW's "Smallville" -- bowed at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
The previous week's top seller, Season 4 of the NBC's "The Office," slipped to No. 6.
On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, "Baby Mama" and "Kingdom" pushed the previous week's top renter, Fox's "What Happens in Vegas," to No. 3.
Total rental activity, according to Home Media Magazine's market research department, rose 3.3% from the previous week.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, "Kingdom" bumped the previous week's top Blu-ray seller, Paramount's "Transformers," to No. 2, but sales demand remained strong for the film, which was initially released a year ago on DVD and HD DVD only. In its second week, "Transformers" still managed to sell 80% as many copies as "Kingdom."