'Snow Buddies' tops DVD sales


The direct-to-video sequel "Snow Buddies," from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, scored a surprise win on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb. 10, beating several high-profile theatricals to emerge as the week's No. 1 seller.

The latest in a string of sports-oriented dog movies aimed at families moved about 50% more DVDs than Sony's musical "Across the Universe," which grossed $22.4 million at the boxoffice and debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.

"Snow Buddies" also outsold the Warner thriller "The Brave One," which made $36.7 million in theaters and debuted at No. 3; the Brad Pitt Western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," also from Warner, which bowed at No. 5; and the Universal drama "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," which grossed $15.9 million at the boxoffice and debuted on First Alert at No. 7.

The rental crown went to Disney's "The Game Plan" for the third consecutive week, with estimated revenue of $7.4 million. The football-themed film has generated more than $26 million in rental cash alone, or nearly a third of its boxoffice take.

On the high-def disc front, "Universe" was the top Blu-ray Disc seller, while Universal's "The Golden Age" was the No. 1 HD DVD seller. "Universe" sold more than three times as many copies as did "Elizabeth."