Doggone: 'Dalmatians' leads pack


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's "101 Dalmatians" easily topped the national DVD sales chart for the week ending March 9, the latest in a series of Disney animated classics to debut at No. 1 in its extras-packed "Platinum Edition" form.

Fox's "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," a family fantasy that grossed $31.8 million in theaters, was a distant second on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart despite a cast led by Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman.

The two new releases bumped the previous week's top seller, Paramount's "Beowulf," to No. 3, while another new release from Paramount, the acclaimed adventure biopic "Into the Wild," debuted at No. 4.

In rental stores, where demand for family product generally isn't as strong as it is in stores where videos are primarily sold, "Beowulf" remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week. After two weeks, the fantasy has generated $19.9 million in rental revenue, or nearly 25% of its theatrical gross, according to Home Media Magazine's video rental chart.

"Wild" debuted at No. 2 on the rental chart, earning an estimated $8.8 million, about half as much as it made in theaters.