'Madagascar 2' tops DVD sales chart

'Nights in Rodanthe' leads rentals for the week

DreamWorks' hit sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, captured the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week, despite a flurry of challenges from a handful of newly released theatrical features.

These newcomers fared better in rental stores, with Warner Home Video's "Nights in Rodanthe" snagging the No. 1 slot on Home Media Magazine's weekly video rental chart for the week ending Feb. 15.

Even so, "Madagascar" held down the No. 2 spot on the rental chart for the second consecutive week, a rarity for an animated feature, aimed at kids, with high sales appeal.

"Nights in Rodanthe" debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan sales chart, right behind "Madagascar 2." The romantic drama with Richard Gere and Diane Lane grossed $41.9 million in theaters.

Director Oliver Stone's "W.," fresh from an unspectacular $25.5 million theatrical run, debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart, right behind Walt Disney Studios' "Space Buddies," which slipped to No. 3 from its No. 2 debut the previous week.

"W.," distributed by Lionsgate, also bowed at No. 4 on the rental chart, just behind third-ranked "Lakeview Terrace," from Sony Pictures, which was No. 1 the previous week.

"Madagascar" also snagged the No. 1 position on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart for the second consecutive week. "Nights in Rodanthe" debuted at No. 4, while "W." bowed at No. 6.