'Hancock' has big week on video

Sony thriller bows as top seller, renter, Blu-ray title

The pre-Christmas parade of the theatrical blockbusters continues with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's $228 million domestic-grossing "Hancock" storming to the top of the home video charts during its first week in stores.

"Hancock" debuted at No. 1 on all three video charts during the week ending Nov. 30: the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, Home Media Magazine's video rental chart and Nielsen's Blu-ray Disc chart.

On the overall home video sales chart, "Hancock" bumped the previous week's top seller, Walt Disney Studios' "WALL-E," to No. 2. The animated comedy with a $223.5 million domestic boxoffice pedigree remained in high demand, though, selling 63.5% as many copies during its sophomore week as "Hancock" sold during its initial outing.

Paramount/DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda," released a month ago on home video, also continued to rack up steady sales, remaining at No. 3 for a second consecutive week.

Aside from "Hancock," only one other new release made it into the top 10: Warner Home Video's "Fred Claus," a seasonal comedy that earned $72 million in domestic theaters last year, debuted at No. 7.

"Hancock" was the clear winner in rental stores, though the previous week's top renter, Paramount's "Tropic Thunder," racked up more than 70% as much rental action to finish the week at No. 2. "Claus" debuted at No. 4 on the rental chart.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Black Friday discounts on players led to stronger-than-expected sales for some of the season's marquee titles. "Hancock" was the week's top seller in the format, but the No. 2 title was Paramount's "Transformers," which has been out on video for 14 weeks.
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