'Ice Age' hot atop DVD charts


In a rare feat for an animated family movie, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Ice Age: The Meltdown" debuted at No. 1 on both the national DVD sales and rental charts the week ending Nov. 26.

Typically, animated films are better sellers than renters, given their high repeatability with young fans. But the "Ice Age" sequel proved popular on both fronts.

According to Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, "Ice Age: The Meltdown" outsold second-ranked "The Da Vinci Code," last week's top seller, by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

Meanwhile, in rental stores, the film generated an estimated $10.3 million, for an easy first-place finish on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week. Demand for the previous week's chart topper, Sony Pictures' "The Da Vinci Code," remained solid, as the controversial Vatican thriller slid into second place with just a 15% drop in rental action.

Universal Studios' "You, Me and Dupree," a slapstick comedy with a $75.6 million theatrical pedigree, debuted at No. 8 on First Alert and No. 6 on the rental chart, with estimated earnings of $5 million.

Back in the First Alert top 20 are all four "Harry Potter" movies, riding hype over the theatrical release next July of the fifth film in the franchise, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," as well as a new video game based on that film. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" finished the week as the No. 5 DVD seller, followed by "Prisoner of Azkaban" at No. 12, "Chamber of Secrets" at No. 15 and "Sorcerer's Stone" at No. 16.