'Ratatouille' sales chart's main course


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment topped the national DVD sales chart with the animated theatrical hit "Ratatouille" for the week ending Nov. 11, while Universal Studios topped the rental chart with the comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry."

"Ratatouille" easily topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, selling about 40% more units than the previous week's top seller, Sony's "Spider-Man 3."

The third film in the "Spider-Man" franchise, however, remained in high sales demand in its second week in stores, finishing at No. 3 on First Alert. "Chuck & Larry," which grossed almost $120 million in theaters, debuted as the week's No. 2 seller.

"Chuck & Larry" zoomed to the top of Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week with estimated earnings of $9.3 million.

"Ratatouille" debuted at No. 3 with $7.6 million, a surprisingly high debut for a title with such strong kid appeal.

"Spider-Man" was No. 2 in its second week with rental earnings of $8 million.

Another new release, Fox's "Deck the Halls," debuted at No. 5 on the First Alert sales chart and at No. 4 on the rental chart with $6.2 million in rental revenue.

DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers" remained at the top of the HD DVD sales chart, while "Ratatouille" was at No. 1 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Both titles are only available in their respective formats.