Sleeper hit 'Surf's Up' rides wave to dual wins


It was "Surf's Up" for home entertainment consumers for the week ending Oct. 14 as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's animated penguin comedy topped the national DVD sales and rental charts in its first week in stores.

A $58.9 million sleeper theatrically, "Surf's Up" managed to outperform Universal's "Evan Almighty," which generated nearly twice as much in U.S. theaters. "Evan" debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and bowed at No. 4 on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart.

The previous week's top sellers, Disney's "The Jungle Book" and Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," slipped to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, on the sales chart.

On the rental chart, "Silver Surfer" finished its second week at No. 2, with a revenue drop-off of 23%. "Silver Surfer" generated an additional $7.3 million in rental revenue to bring its take after two weeks to $16.8 million. Top renter "Surf's Up" generated an estimated $8.1 million, while "Evan" collected $6.4 million, just below Sony's Adam Sandler drama "Reign Over Me," which bowed at No. 3.

On the high-definition disc front, "Evan" easily captured the top spot on the HD DVD sales chart in its debut week, while "Silver Surfer" remained atop the Blu-ray Disc charts. Both titles are only available in their respective formats.