'Caspian' is Prince Charming of DVD sales
Disney fantasy holds off fellow new release 'Wanted'Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" was the top-selling DVD during the week ending Dec. 7, but not without a fierce challenge from the Universal Studios actioner "Wanted."
The films had similar domestic boxoffice earnings -- $141.6 million for the "Narnia" sequel and $134.3 million for "Wanted" -- but the former came to DVD with an edge for sales as a PG-rated family fantasy.
Still, "Wanted" managed to sell nearly 90% as many copies as "Narnia," according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert numbers, despite an R rating and a much older target audience. (Nielsen data includes most major retailers but not Wal-Mart or Sam's Club.)
"Wanted" debuted at No. 2 on the First Alert sales chart but captured the top spot on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week. A third new release, the Sony Pictures comedy "Step Brothers," debuted as the week's No. 2 renter, bumping the previous week's top renter, Sony's "Hancock," to No. 3. "Narnia" debuted at No. 4 on the rental chart.
"Brothers" bowed at a distant No. 3 on the sales chart, with the previous week's top seller, "Hancock," finishing No. 5 during its sophomore week in stores. The No. 4 position on the sales chart went to Disney's "WALL-E," which was No. 2 the previous week after debuting at No. 1 the week before.
On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc sales chart, "Wanted" easily took the top spot during its first week in stores, outselling "Narnia" by a margin of more than 2-to-1.