'Christmas Carol' Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Charts


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's A Christmas Carol topped the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, a year after a theatrical run that generated a U.S. box office gross of nearly $139 million.

The film, starring Jim Carrey, narrowly won the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart over 20th Century Fox's Avatar, which was boosted by the release of a new extended collector's edition. Avatar sold 82.6% as many units as Carol at Nielsen-reporting retailers even though the release marked the film's second disc appearance this year.

A third major theatrical release, Paramount's The Last Airbender, rode its $131.6 million theatrical gross to a No. 3 debut on the overall disc sales chart, bumping the previous week's top seller, Disney's Toy Story 3, to No. 4.

On Nielsen VideoScan's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Avatar stole the show, narrowly outselling A Christmas Carol. According to Nielsen data, 50% of first-week sales of Avatar were on Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 37% for Carol.

The Last Airbender, which generated 36% of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc edition, bowed at No. 3, with Toy Story 3 finishing at No. 4.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, Sony Pictures' Grown Ups encored at No. 2, with The Last Airbender debuting at No. 2. Toy Story 3  slipped from No. 2 to No. 3, while A Christmas Carol bowed at No. 4.

In its first week of availability at Redbox and Netflix, 20th Century Fox's Predators shot back up the rental chart from No. 18 to No. 5. The film is the only Top 5 renter with a rental window.