Robots still winning DVD chart wars


Robots rule — again. Showing remarkable staying power, Paramount Home Entertainment's DVD release of DreamWorks' "Transformers" remained atop the national sales and rental charts for a second consecutive week.

On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ending Oct. 28, "Transformers" beat back a strong challenge from Walt Disney Studios' "Meet the Robinsons," which debuted at No. 2.

Two other new releases finished third and fourth for the week, respectively: MGM's "Mr. Brooks" and Sony Pictures' "Hostel: Part II." Disney's "The Jungle Book" remained at No. 5.

HBO's "The Sopranos: Season 6: Part 2," the final installment in the mob drama's hugely successful initial DVD run, bowed at No. 8 on the sales chart.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, "Transformers" posted a revenue drop of just 14% from the previous week to remain at No. 1 with $8.6 million. "Brooks" bowed at No. 2 with rental earnings of $7.4 million, while "Robinsons" came in at No. 3 with $6.5 million.

A trio of new releases topped the Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, led by "Robinsons" at No. 1, followed by "Brooks" and "Hostel." On the HD DVD sales chart, "Transformers" remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, while Universal Studios' release of NBC's "Heroes: Season 1" was No. 2 after two months in the market.