'Baby Mama' wins by narrow berth
Uni comedy tops DVD sales chart; Lionsgate's 'Forbidden Kingdom' is 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 and debuted 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 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 Season 4 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 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.
On the Blu-ray chart, "Kingdom" bumped the previous week's top seller, Paramount's "Transformers," to No. 2, but sales remained strong for the film. In its second week, "Transformers" still managed to sell 80% as many copies as "Kingdom." (partialdiff)