'Meltdown' bows at top of 2 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 DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending Nov. 26.

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

According to Nielsen Video-Scan's First Alert sales chart, "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 Retailing's rental chart for the week. Demand for the previous week's chart topper, Sony Pictures' "Da Vinci," re-mained solid, as the Vatican thriller slid into second place with 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 July release 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. "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.