'Chihuahua' top dog in video sales

'Australia' takes crown for rentals

It was a duel between the family comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and the romantic melodrama "Australia" in the home entertainment arena last week, and the result was a split decision.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "Chihuahua," released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc after grossing $94.5 million in theaters, captured the top spot on the national home video sales chart for the week ending March 8.

But 20th Century Fox's "Australia" took the No. 1 slot on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, with "Chihuahua" a close second, generating about 83% as much rental activity as the canine comedy.

"Australia," the Baz Luhrmann-helmed epic that's his follow-up to 2001's "Moulin Rouge," finished second on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. The film grossed $49.5 million at the boxoffice.

These two films accounted for the lion's share of sales and rentals for the week.

The week's No. 3 seller was Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," which debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago.

Interest in all things "Watchmen" sent Warner's cartoon compilation "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic" to a respectable No. 9 bow on the First Alert sales chart. A total of 29% of the title's sales were on the Blu-ray Disc format.

On Nielsen Videoscan's Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, "Watchmen" debuted at No. 4, just behind Warner's "The Dark Knight," still a solid seller in the high-definition format even though it's been in stores for more than three months.

"Australia" was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week, while "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" was No. 2.