It's 'Open Season' on DVD rivals


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Open Season" easily took the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb. 4. The animated feature, which generated $84.3 million in theaters during the holiday season, outsold its nearest competitor, 20th Century Fox's "The Marine," by a margin of nearly 3-to-1.

"The Marine," an actioner about a group of diamond thieves that grossed $18.8 million at the boxoffice, managed to storm to the top of Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, earning an estimated $6.3 million to second-ranked "Open Season's" $6 million.

Two other new releases debuted in the top 10 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week: MGM's "Flyboys" at No. 3 and Sony Pictures' "Facing the Giants" at No. 7. Fox's "Little Miss Sunshine," meanwhile, rose from No. 10 to No. 8 its seventh week in stores. The comedy is the only one of the five best picture nominees already available on video. According to Fox, the film experienced an Oscar bump as soon as the nominations were announced, with sales rising as much as 200% at some retail stores.

On the rental chart, "Flyboys" also debuted at No. 3, with estimated earnings of $5.7 million. The previous week's top renter, Lionsgate's "Saw III," slipped to No. 4, with rental earnings of $5.6 million.