DVD fans reprise 'Island' getaway

In absence of strong theatrical releases, handful of TV-DVD sets storm sales chart

DVD buyers and renters had island fever for the second consecutive week. With no big new theatrical features hitting stores, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Nim's Island," starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, remained atop the national video sales and rental charts in its sophomore week in stores.

The family adventure finished first on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ending Aug. 17.

The lack of new hit movies opened the sales chart to a rash of TV-DVD season sets and smaller films that might not have debuted as high had there been any theatrical competition. On the First Alert sales chart, for example, Paramount's "South Park: Season 11" bowed at No. 2, while Fox's Season 3 set of "Prison Break" debuted at No. 4. HBO's "The Wire: Season 5" came in at No. 6, while Disney/ Miramax's "Smart People," a satiric film about academia, debuted at No. 7.

Meanwhile, on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, "Smart People" bowed at No. 2, chalking up 93% as much action in rental stores as "Nim's Island."

On the Blu-ray Disc front, Warner's "Batman Begins" remained on top of the sales chart as "The Dark Knight" continues its record-breaking run. Lionsgate's "The Bank Job" was the No. 2 seller, while Sony Pictures' "21" slipped a notch to No. 3. (partialdiff)