Two big sets buoy 'Surfer'; 'Jungle'

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The fourth quarter began with a bang as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" became the top-selling and top-renting DVD its first week in stores.

Another new DVD release, Walt Disney Studios' Platinum Edition of "The Jungle Book," bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Oct. 7, but "Silver Surfer," which debuted at No. 2, also was available in a two-pack with the original "Fantastic Four." Combined sales numbers put the summer theatrical hit slightly ahead of "The Jungle Book."

The two are the first in a string of high-octane new theatricals and polished-up classics heading to DVD in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

"Jungle Book" and "Silver Surfer" bumped the previous week's top DVD seller, Universal's "Knocked Up," to No. 3 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.

Meanwhile, on Home Media Magazine's national DVD rental chart for the same week, "Silver Surfer" easily took the top spot in its first week, generating an estimated $9.5 million in rental revenue. "Knocked Up" got knocked down to No. 2, though it still generated a healthy $8.4 million, a drop of just 17% from its first-week take.

Making a surprisingly strong showing its debut week was the horror hit "1408," from Genius Products and the Weinstein Co. The film, which grossed $71.9 million in theaters, bowed at No. 4 on the sales chart and No. 3 on the rental chart its first week. The film generated $6.2 million in rental revenue, according to Home Media Magazine.

"Silver Surfer" also topped the Blu-ray Disc charts its first week out, while "Knocked Up" remained at No. 1 on the HD DVD charts for the second straight week. Both titles are exclusive to their respective high-def formats.
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