'I Am Number Four' Debuts Behind 'Gnomeo & Juliet' on DVD, Blu-ray Sales Charts

3:03 PM PST 06/01/2011 by T.K. Arnold
"I Am Number Four"

"The Mechanic" drops down to No. 3 on the home entertainment sales charts, but snags the second spot for the week's top rentals.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment handily won the weekly "Battle of the Charts," with two of its new releases taking the top two spots on both national home video sales charts.

The animated adventure comedy Gnomeo & Juliet rode its $99.6 million box office run to a No. 1 debut on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

In second place on both charts: I Am Number Four ($55.1 million), a sci-fi actioner about an extraordinary teen (Alex Pettyfer) masquerading as a high school student to avoid a deadly enemy who wants him dead.

The one-two punch sent the previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ The Mechanic, to No. 3 on both charts.

Overall, Disney for the week ending May 29 had nine titles among the Top 20 sellers.

In rental stores, I Am Number Four debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, with The Mechanic slipping to No. 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet bowing at No. 3. Rental demand for The Mechanic is holding up well, Home Media Magazine market research shows. 

Elsewhere on the charts, interest in the royal wedding sent BBC’s documentary on the affair, The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine, to a No. 8 debut on the overall disc sales chart. The souvenir program consists mostly of footage from BBC’s coverage of the April 29 event.

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