'Precious' overtakes sales chart

'Boondock Saints II' takes No. 1 Blu-ray spot; '2012' top rental

Three high-profile theatricals made it to home video last week, and two of them wound up as the week's top DVD and Blu-ray Disc sellers.

Lionsgate's "Precious," the double-Oscar winner about an illiterate Harlem teen who turns her life around, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day," meanwhile, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart -- and bowed at No. 2 on the overall chart, selling just 18% fewer units than "Precious."

That's a remarkable showing, given that the film only grossed $10.3 million in theaters. But fueled by an ardent fan base, the sequel far outpaced its expected week-one sales -- performing like a film with a theatrical gross of between $50 million and $80 million.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, neither title could nudge Sony Pictures' "2012" from the top spot. The blockbuster disaster movie easily held on to the No. 1 position, with rental demand down just 22% from the previous week.

"Precious" debuted at No. 3 on the rental chart, behind the Paramount comedy "Up in the Air," while "Boondock" bowed at No. 8.

Also new in stores was Walt Disney Studios' "Old Dogs," which debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart and No. 10 on the rental chart.