'Harry Potter' tops competitive sales week

'Public Enemies,' 'Julie & Julia' take second and third spots

Three high-profile new releases battled it out on the national home video charts this past week, as the flood of theatrical hits -- crammed into December to capture the impulse shopper -- continues.

The biggest winner, by far, was Warner Home Video's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which at $302 million also is the highest-grossing of the three. The latest installment in the fantasy series easily topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart its first week in stores, outselling second-ranked "Public Enemies," a fellow newcomer from Universal Studios, by a margin of more than 4 to 1.

"Public Enemies" ($97.1 million), a drama about celebrated 1930s gangsters -- including John Dillinger, portrayed by Johnny Depp -- did score a win on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ending Dec. 13, debuting at No. 1 while "Harry Potter" finished second, with 74% as much rental activity.

Bowing in the third spot on the sales chart and No. 4 on the rental chart was Sony Pictures' "Julie & Julia," an acclaimed biopic about famed celebrity chef Julia Childs that grossed $94.1 million in theaters.

The previous week's top seller and renter, 20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," slipped to No. 5 on the sales chart, right behind Paramount's "Star Trek," which held steady at No. 4 its fourth week in stores. "Night" was the No. 3 renter its sophomore week.

On Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart, "Harry Potter" was an easy victor, which isn't surprising, given that 24% of its first-week sales were on the high-definition format. "Public Enemies" debuted at No. 2 and generated 30% of its week-one sales from the Blu-ray Disc version. "Julie & Julia" debuted at a distant No. 10, with Blu-ray Disc accounting for just 6% of total unit sales.
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