Sales chart takes detour to toon town
EmptyAnimation continued to rule the DVD sales chart for the week ending Oct. 29 as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Monster House" shot to No. 1 in its first week in stores, and DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge," the previous week's chart-topper, held steady to finish at No. 2.
Paramount's "Nacho Libre," the Jack Black comedy hailed as this year's "Napoleon Dynamite," debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert and No. 2 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week.
Universal's "The Break-Up" remained the top rental for the second consecutive week, adding $8.3 million to bring its two-week take to $18.5 million.
"Nacho" generated a re-spectable $7.1 million at the rental counter, while "Monster" earned $6.6 million to bow at No. 4, behind Sony Pictures' "Click," which has a video rental gross of more than $25 million after three weeks in stores.
Two horror movies also made strong debuts on First Alert: Lionsgate's "An American Haunting" at No. 6 and Universal's "Slither" at No. 8. Two other horror flicks reappeared in the First Alert top 20 during Halloween week: Lionsgate's "Saw" at No. 13 and New Line's remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" at No. 14.
A pair of TV-DVD sets also were among the top 20 DVD sellers: Warner's "The O.C. — The Complete Third Season" at No. 10 and Showtime's "The L Word — The Complete Third Season" at No. 18.