'Made of Honor' takes the cake

Sony comedy tops sales chart; big-budget 'Speed Racer' must settle for second

Two films that grossed about the same at the boxoffice battled it out for the top spot on the national video sales chart last week, and the one with the significantly lower production budget won.

"Made of Honor," a Sony comedy that earned $46 million in theaters, bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, while Warner's "Speed Racer," which grossed $43.9 million, sputtered to a No. 2 debut. "Speed Racer" cost an estimated $120 million to make, three times as much as "Made of Honor."

"Made of Honor" also topped Home Media Magazine's national video rental chart for the week ending Sept. 21, though "Speed Racer" coasted into second place, generating about 85% of the rental activity clocked by "Made of Honor."

The vivid "Speed Racer" did top the First Alert Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week ending Sept. 21, with Paramount's "Transformers" holding fast at No. 2 and the previous week's top seller, Lionsgate's "The Forbidden Kingdom," slipping to No. 4.

Turning in a surprisingly strong first-week performance was Sony's "88 Minutes," an Al Pacino crime drama that grossed just $16.9 million domestically. The film debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart and No. 4 on the rental chart. "88 Minutes" also debuted at No. 3 on the Blu-ray sales chart, selling nearly 80% as many copies as second-ranked "Transformers" during the week. (partialdiff)