A double win as charts go 'Hogs' wild


"Wild Hogs," the suburban biker comedy that stormed the summer boxoffice with a $168.2 million gross, roared down a parallel path on DVD last week. The Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release shot to the top of the national video sales and rental charts for the week ending Aug. 19, leaving in the dust a handful of other new theatrical features.

On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, "Hogs" scored an easy victory in its first week in stores, outselling its closest rival, second-ranked "300" from Warner Home Video, by a margin of nearly 4-to-1. "Hogs" also was No. 1 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, generating an estimated $9.9 million in revenue.

"Fracture," a thriller from New Line Cinema starring Anthony Hopkins as a wily wife killer, debuted at No. 3 on the sales and rental charts. In rental stores, the film, which grossed $39 million in theaters, earned an estimated $6.7 million in its first week out.

"Vacancy," a thriller starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson from Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division, bowed at No. 5 on First Alert and No. 4 on the rental chart with an estimated rental take of $6.4 million, or 34% of its $18.7 million theatrical gross.

On the high-definition disc charts, "300" remained the top seller in the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert data.