'Hangover II' Overtakes Top Spot on DVDs Chart for Christmas

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The Hangover 2

New release "Dolphin Tale" debuts at No. 2; previous week's top seller "The Help" slips to fourth.

Warner Home Video’s The Hangover Part II rode a flurry of last-minute Christmas shopping to the top of the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart the week ended Dec. 25. The comedy, in its third week in release, had debuted at No. 2 before dropping to No. 4 in its second week.

The top new release on the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, was Warner’s Dolphin Tale at No. 2. The family drama grossed $71.51 million at the domestic box office.

Paramount/DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 dropped to No. 3, Disney’s The Help slipped to No. 4, and the previous week’s top seller, Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, fell to No. 5.

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Among other new releases, Sony Pictures’ Midnight in Paris landed at No. 7, Sony’s Colombiana debuted at No. 13 and Lionsgate’s Warrior bowed at No. 14. 

VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart saw Warner’s stalwart seller Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 jump back to No. 1 in its seventh week in release. The Potter Blu-ray tally barely edged out Apes, which dropped a spot to No. 2, and Dolphin Tale, which debuted at No. 3. The Hangover Part II finished slightly further back at No. 4.

Potter Blu-rays accounted for 40 percent of the title’s overall disc sales, compared with 37 percent for Apes, 30 percent for Dolphin Tale and 27 percent for Hangover Part II.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, Colombiana claimed the top spot, with Kung Fu Panda 2 at No. 2 and Warrior at No. 3. Midnight in Paris debuted at No. 11. Dolphin Tale did not crack the top 20 because Warner delays its new releases to rental outlets such as Redbox.