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'True Blood' Trumps 'Man on a Ledge' on Home Entertainment Charts

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"True Blood"

The season four DVD set of the HBO vampire drama dominated sales.

TV DVD is back.

The complete fourth-season set of the hit HBO vampire series True Blood debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ending June 3, with the Summit/Lionsgate crime drama Man on a Ledge finishing a distant second.

It was the first double victory for a TV DVD release since season three of True Blood came out in June 2011.

According to Nielsen, Man on a Ledge sold 30.6 percent as many units its first week in stores as the pricier True Blood boxed set. On Blu-ray Disc, Man on a Ledge sold nearly 40 percent as many copies as True Blood. Nielsen data shows that True Blood generated 34 percent of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, while the high-definition disc format accounted for 44 percent of all Man on a Ledge unit sales.

The previous week’s top seller, 20th Century Fox’s Red Tails, slipped to No. 3 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales at most big retailers (except for Walmart and Sam’s Club), and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

While Man on a Ledge bowed at No. 2 on both sales charts, the film, which grossed just $18.6 million in theaters, did manage a No. 1 debut on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart – followed closely at No. 2 by another Summit/Lionsgate release, the thriller Gone, which earned $11.7 million in theaters.