'Max Payne' tops DVD charts

'Saw V' debuts at No. 2 for sales, rentals

The fast-paced actioner "Max Payne," from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, overcame its modest boxoffice performance to top all three home video charts its first week in stores.

The video game-based film, which earned just $40.7 million in U.S. theaters late last year, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, Home Media Magazine's rental chart and Nielsen's Blu-ray Disc chart.

"Max Payne" handily beat another new release with a higher boxoffice pedigree, Lionsgate's horror sequel "Saw V," which debuted at No. 2 on the sales and rental charts and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

"Saw V" grossed $56.7 million at the boxoffice, but consumers bought just 81% as many copies as they did of "Max Payne," according to Nielsen.

The previous week's top seller, Lionsgate's "The Family That Preys," from Tyler Perry, slipped to No. 6 on the sales chart.

Blu-ray's appeal, particularly among the action crowd, continues to heat up. The high-definition format accounted for 21% of the total buy on "Max Payne," but just 11% of the total buy on "Saw V."

Meanwhile, new Blu-ray Disc households are still snapping up copies of the format's biggest seller to date, Warner's "The Dark Knight." Last week 30% of total copies sold were in the Blu-ray format, enough to make it the No. 2 seller on the Blu-ray chart and the No. 4 seller overall.
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