'Marley & Me' top dog in video sales

Family pic returns to No. 1 spot three weeks after debut

It was a good week for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The hit family feature "Marley & Me" regained the No. 1 slot on the national home video sales chart the week ending April 19, while "The Day the Earth Stood Still" held onto the top spot on the national video rental chart for a second consecutive week.

"Marley & Me" had debuted at No. 1 when it was released three weeks ago, then slipped to No. 5 its sophomore week.

The week's only significant new releases were Lionsgate's "The Spirit," which made $19.8 million in theaters, and Genius Products' release of the Weinstein Co.'s "The Reader" ($34.1 million boxoffice).

Of the two, "The Spirit" fared better, debuting at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart. "The Reader," despite a higher boxoffice, debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart and No. 6 on the rental chart.

"The Spirit" also snagged the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart -- not surprising, given that 24% of the film's total sales were generated from the high-definition version. The actioner about a crime-fighting hero who was born, murdered and then born again is tailor-made for Blu-ray Disc's early adopter demographic. It's visually similar to other comic-book flicks that sold well on Blu-ray, including "300" and "Sin City."

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" slipped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, with 20% of its total sales from consumers choosing the high-def disc version.
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