'Museum' opens with double win


The DVD business received a significant shot in the arm last week when 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Night at the Museum" sold 6 million units to consumers and rental dealers in its first week in stores.

The film generated more than $100 million in consumer spending and handily won the top spot on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ending April 29. The previous week's top seller, Universal Studios' "Smokin' Aces," fell to No. 4.

"Museum" also easily captured the No. 1 position on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $11.6 million in rental revenue.

The Ben Stiller comedy, which earned more than $250 million in U.S. theaters, was by far the most in-demand new release last week, eclipsing fellow newcomers "Deja Vu" and "The Queen," both from Buena Vista. "Deja Vu" bowed at No. 2 on the First Alert and rental charts, while "Queen" debuted as the week's No. 3 seller and renter. "Deja Vu" earned an estimated $8.6 million in rental revenue, while "Queen" generated $7.5 million.

High-definition disc sales for the week were 71% Blu-ray Disc and 29% HD DVD, with Blu-ray sales bolstered by the fact that "Museum" was available exclusively on that format.