'Simpsons' DVD stays No. 1


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.