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New releases once again dominated the national home video sales charts the week ending Feb. 26, with retail deep-discounting on a temporary hiatus and Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 slowing down after nearly three weeks in stores.
DreamWorks/Paramount’s Puss in Boots debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert overall sales chart its first week in stores, with Universal Studios’ Tower Heist a distant No. 2. Breaking Dawn slipped to No. 3, although Nielsen data shows its week three sales count was just slightly less than first-week sales for Tower Heist, a $78 million-grossing comedy actioner with an all-star cast headed by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.
Puss in Boots, a Shrek prequel that generated $149.3 million in U.S. theaters, sold more than twice as many units as either title, according to Nielsen.
The No. 4 position on the sales chart went to a third new release, Warner’s J. Edgar biopic, with Walt Disney Studios’ Lady and the Tramp Blu-ray Disc hanging in at No. 5 its third week in stores.
Spurred by the death of singer Whitney Houston, Warner’s The Bodyguard, in which she co-stars with Kevin Costner, soared to No. 7 from No. 67 the previous week. The film is due to make its Blu-ray Disc debut on March 27.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, Puss in Boots and The Tower Heist also scored a No. 1 and No. 2 debut, with Lady and the Tramp slipping a notch to No. 3. Breaking Dawn, the prior week’s top-selling Blu-ray Disc, fell to No. 4, one spot ahead of J. Edgar.
On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, Breaking Dawn remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, with Puss in Boots debuting at No. 2. Universal and Warner both hold back titles from Netflix for 28 days or more, so neither Tower Heist nor J. Edgar made the top 20.
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