'Machete' Tops Home Video Sales


20th Century Fox Home Entertainment topped the national home video sales charts last week with Machete, a violent actioner starring veteran character actor Danny Trejo that grossed $26.6 million in U.S. theaters.

Meanwhile, the DreamWorks/Paramount comedy Dinner for Schmucks topped the national video rental chart, driven by both its $73 million box-office gross and its immediate availability at all rental outlets, including Redbox and Netflix.

Machete bumped the previous week's top seller, Sony Pictures' Resident Evil: Afterlife, out of the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Afterlife finished at No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart and No. 4 on the overall sales chart, behind Dinner for Schmucks, which debuted at No. 2, and Universal Studios' Despicable Me, which held fast at No. 3 its fourth week in stores.

Machete is based on a fake movie trailer that was included in 2007's Grindhouse. It was turned into an actual film last year and helmed by Robert Rodriguez, who also directed Planet Terror, one of the two Grindhouse features (the other, Death Proof, was directed by Quentin Tarantino).

On Home MediaMagazine's rental chart for the week ending Jan. 9, Dinner for Schmucks displaced Sony Pictures' Salt, which fell to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot. The Paramount thriller Case 39 debuted at No. 3, while the fourth spot went to Warner's Inception, which finally became available at Netflix and Redbox after a 28-day delay.

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