'Hangover' remains atop video charts
Warner Home Video's "The Hangover" remained the country's No. 1 home video seller for the third consecutive week, and regained the top spot on the rental chart as well.
The quirky comedy, which tells the bawdy tale of a Las Vegas bachelor party road trip gone wrong, ended 2009 as the year's No. 2 seller, right behind Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" and just ahead of Walt Disney Studios' "Up."
"Hangover" easily held onto the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Jan. 3 over its closest competitor, second-ranked "Paranormal Activity," from Paramount/DreamWorks. In its first week in stores, the low-budget horror film, dubbed this year's "Blair Witch Project" for its spectacular theatrical success, only sold 47% as many copies as "The Hangover" in its third week of release.
"Paranormal Activity" also bowed at No. 2 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the same week, generating 78% as many rental transactions as "The Hangover."
On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart, "The Hangover" also regained the top spot after slipping to No. 2 the previous week.
Sony Pictures' "District 9," which had debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 2 its second week in stores, selling 89% as many Blu-ray Discs as "The Hangover."
20th Century Fox's "Jennifer's Body," a horror film that earned $16.2 million in theaters, could only muster a No. 12 debut on the sales chart and a sixth-place finish on the rental chart, despite Megan Fox in the lead role.