'Valentine's Day' tops sales, rental charts

Movie bumps 'Avatar,' 'Edge of Darkness' out of top spots

"Valentine's Day," the romantic comedy from Warner Home Video with an ensemble cast and $110.5 million in domestic ticket receipts, topped the national home video sales and rental charts its first week in stores.

The film bumped 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" from the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which it had occupied for four weeks. "Avatar" still sold nearly 90% as many discs as "Valentine's Day," though, to finish the week at No. 2.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week ending May 23, "Valentine's Day" also debuted at No. 1, bumping the previous week's top renter, the Warner thriller "Edge of Darkness," to No. 2.

"Avatar" remained the week's top-selling Blu-ray Disc title, moving more than twice as many copies as "Valentine's Day," which bowed at No. 2. Nielsen data show that 39% of "Avatar" units sold during the week were on Blu-ray Disc, compared with just 14% for "Valentine's Day."

Several other new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases scored well their first week in stores. Warner's "Invictus," a drama that earned $37.5 million in theaters, debuted at No. 3 on both the sales and the rental charts. The Lionsgate comedy "The Spy Next Door" ($24.3 million), with Jackie Chan, bowed as the week's No. 5 seller and renter. And the Sony Pictures drama "Extraordinary Measures" ($12 million), with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, debuted at No. 7 on First Alert and No. 10 Home Media Magazine's rental chart.
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