'Superman' tops charts in single bound


Warner Home Video's "Superman Returns" took the top spot on the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending Dec. 3.

But demand for the previous week's chart topper, 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: The Meltdown," was so high that the animated sequel finished a strong second on both charts.

According to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert data, "Superman" outsold "Meltdown" by a margin of only 2.5-to-1, while "Meltdown" generated an additional $8 million in rental revenue to bring its take after two weeks to $18.3 million. "Superman" generated nearly $13 million at the rental counter, one of the highest debuts of the year.

The sleeper of the week is the Weinstein Co.'s "Clerks II," which came to video after earning only $24.2 million in theaters but bowed at No. 4 on the sales and rental charts.

Also making a strong debut was Lionsgate's "See No Evil," which debuted at No. 8 on First Alert and No. 9 on the rental chart.

"Clerks II" generated an estimated $6 million in rental stores, while "Evil" made $3.8 million. In each case, that's about a quarter of the boxoffice gross.

Four seasonal titles also reappeared in the First Alert top 20: Sony Music's "Ultimate Christmas Pack" at No. 13, Warner's animated "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" at No. 15, Paramount's "It's a Wonderful Life" at No. 17 and Warner's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at No. 20.
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