'Simpsons' DVD stays No. 1 on sales chart


Several titles were officially released just before or after Christmas, but none could topple the previous week's top DVD seller, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "The Simpsons Movie," from No. 1 on the national sales chart for the week ending Dec. 30.

"Rush Hour 3" and "The Kingdom" bowed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, while the next three slots went to summer theatrical blockbusters released earlier in December: Warner's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" at No. 4, Universal Studios' "The Bourne Ultimatum" at No. 5 and Walt Disney Studios' "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" at No. 6.

Universal Studios' "American Pie Presents: Beta House," the third in a series of direct-to-video sequels to "American Pie," was released Dec. 23, the Sunday before Christmas, and debuted at No. 12.

"Pirates" also was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week, while on the HD DVD sales chart "The Kingdom" was No. 1.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, it was a different story. New Line's "Rush Hour 3," released Dec. 20, debuted at No. 1, with estimated rental revenues of $11.9 million.

Universal Studios' "The Kingdom," out Dec. 26, debuted at No. 2, with rental earnings of $11.2 million. "The Simpsons Movie," the previous week's chart-topper, slipped to No. 3 but still managed to rake in a respectable $10.6 million.