'Sex and the City' sweeps charts

New Line finale tops sales, rentals and Blu-ray

"Sex" sells -- and rents too.

New Line Cinema's last big movie as a distributor, "Sex and the City: The Movie," debuted at No. 1 on all three charts the week ending Sept. 28, officially kicking off the frenzied fourth-quarter selling season.

"Sex," with a boxoffice pedigree of $152.7 million, ruled the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week, in part because there was no theatrical blockbuster coming to video that week. The film, distributed on DVD by Warner Home Video, sold 13 times as many DVDs and Blu-ray Discs as second-ranked "Leatherheads" from Universal Studios, which earned $31.2 million in theaters.

The previous week's top seller, Sony's "Made of Honor," slipped to No. 3, while Warner's "Speed Racer" skidded to No. 4 from its second place.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart, "Leatherheads" also debuted at No. 2, behind "Sex," but it fared significantly better in rental stores than it did at the sales counter. The comedy generated 80% as much rental activity as the big-screen remake of the saucy HBO TV series, according to Home Media Magazine market research.

The previous week's top renter, "Made of Honor," slipped to No. 4, while Universal Studios' "Baby Mama" held pat at No. 3.

"Sex" also was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week, with Paramount's "Godfather Collection" a strong No. 2. "Leatherheads" debuted at No. 5 on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc First Alert chart.
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