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Two new comedies and a horror film that were moderately successful in theaters battled it out in video stores for the week ending June 8, and in the end, New Line Home Entertainment’s “Semi-Pro” won.
The basketball comedy — starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and Andre Benjamin — scored a perfect trifecta, debuting at No. 1 on the national home video sales and rental charts as well as the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
“Semi-Pro” grossed $33.5 million in theaters.
Fellow comedy “Meet the Spartans,” from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 2 on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart and No. 5 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. Additionally, “The Eye,” a horror film from Lionsgate starring Jessica Alba as a woman who receives an eye transplant and begins seeing terrible visions, debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart and No. 4 on First Alert.
“Spartans” earned $38.2 million at the boxoffice, while “Eye” reaped $31.4 million.
The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” slipped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot, while the previous week’s top renter, Lionsgate’s “Rambo,” finished at No. 4.
Two complete-season sets of TV-DVDs also debuted in the First Alert top 20: Season 3 of “Weeds,” from Lionsgate, at No. 6, and Season 4 of “Rescue Me,” from Sony, at No. 13.
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