'Cloverfield' crushes all comers
Paramount's alien invasion scares Fox's 'Juno' from top berthParamount Home Entertainment's "Cloverfield" opened with a bang on video, much as it did in theaters. The sci-fi actioner, which generated 58% of its total boxoffice receipts during its opening weekend, topped the national DVD sales and rental charts in its first week in stores.
The film, which topped out just north of $80 million in U.S. theaters, coasted to an easy victory on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, bumping the previous week's top seller, Fox's "Juno," to No. 2.
Another new release, Universal's "Charlie Wilson's War," debuted at No. 3, followed by Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks," still a strong seller in its fourth week in release.
Also bowing in the First Alert top 10 was Warner's "One Missed Call" at No. 7. The remake of the Japanese horror film "Chakushin Ari" pulled in $26.9 million theatrically and came to video with cover art depicting a mask with screaming mouths as eyes.
In rental venues, "Cloverfield" generated an estimated $7.5 million, according to Home Media Magazine market research. The previous week's top renter, "Juno," held strong its second week in stores, earning an additional $6.9 million to snag the No. 2 spot on the weekly rental chart.
"Charlie Wilson's War" debuted at No. 3 on the rental chart with $6.7 million, while "One Missed Call" bowed at No. 7 with $4.7 million.
Fox's "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" again was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week, followed by "Juno." Warner's "I Am Legend" slipped to No. 3. (partialdiff)