'Hulk' smashes DVD competitors

Uni's second take on Marvel superhero bows atop sales, rental and Blu-ray charts

The home video charts were painted green last week as Universal's "The Incredible Hulk" debuted at No. 1 on all three charts.

The summer theatrical hit — a kinder, gentler remake of the 1970s TV series than Ang Lee's 2003 version — bumped the previous week's winner, Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," to No. 2 on all three charts.

"Hulk," the Edward Norton starrer that earned $134.5 million domestically, handily took the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Oct. 26, selling more than four times as many copies as the next-highest-ranked debutante, "The Strangers," also from Universal, which bowed at No. 3.

"Hulk" also topped Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week ending Oct. 26, though in rental stores it only generated about twice as many transactions as did "Strangers," which also bowed at No. 3.

"Hulk" scored its third win on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart.

Four weeks after its release, Paramount's "Iron Man" maintained an iron-fisted hold on the charts. The summer blockbuster — like "Hulk," based on a Marvel Comics character — finished the week as the No. 4 seller and renter, while on Blu-ray it held fast at No. 3, one notch higher than "Strangers." It remains the top-selling DVD of the year. (partialdiff)