Big helpings of 'Norbit' in debut week


Eddie Murphy was No. 1 on DVD for the week ending June 10 as his latest comedy, Paramount Home Entertainment's "Norbit," topped the national video sales and rental charts in its first week out.

"Norbit," with a $95.3 million boxoffice pedigree, easily took the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, besting fellow newcomer "The Messengers," from Sony Pictures, which bowed at No. 2. Another Sony title, "Seinfeld: Season 8," made a strong debut at No. 4.

The previous week's top seller, the Weinstein Co.'s "Hannibal Rising," fell to No. 5, while Buena Vista's "Apocalypto" slipped one notch to No. 3.

"Norbit" and "Messengers" also scored a one-two finish on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart, with "Norbit" generating an estimated $4.7 million in rental revenue compared with $4 million for "Messengers," a supernatural thriller that grossed $35.4 million in theaters.

On the high-definition disc charts, also from Nielsen, "Norbit" debuted at No. 2 on the HD DVD chart and at No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The top-selling title on the HD DVD chart was "Planet Earth: The Complete Collection," while the top Blu-ray seller was "Apocalypto."