'Labyrinth' finds a place atop charts


New Line Home Entertainment scored a double whammy last week as "Pan's Labyrinth" took the top spot on the national DVD sales and rental charts during its first week in stores.

The acclaimed fantasy thriller from director Guillermo del Toro, which picked up Oscars for art direction, cinematography and makeup, topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ending May 20.

The film, which earned $37.5 million in theaters, handily beat another new release with a significantly bigger boxoffice take, Sony Pictures' "Stomp the Yard," a musical drama that grossed $61.4 million. "Stomp" debuted at No. 2 on the sales chart but mustered only an eighth-place finish on the rental chart with earnings of $4.1 million, compared with $6.5 million for "Pan's Labyrinth."

The only other new release of note was Warner's "The Fountain," the third feature from director Darren Aronofsky, which debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and at No. 11 on the rental chart — in line with its ho-hum showing at the boxoffice. "Fountain" did become the top high-definition disc seller of the week, largely because of its simultaneous release on both the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats.

The previous week's top seller, Universal Studios' "Because I Said So," slipped to No. 7, while 20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum" finally was booted out of the top spot on the rental chart after three weeks at No. 1.