Touchdown for 'Marshall' on vid charts
EmptyThe fourth quarter might not have officially begun yet, but studios already are rolling out choice releases that might be light on boxoffice but heavy on cult appeal.
The top seven sellers on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending Sept. 23 are all new releases, led by a pack of theatrical sleepers, Warner Home Video's "We Are Marshall" at No. 1 and Genius/the Weinstein Co.'s "Death Proof" at a strong No. 2.
The third spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart was claimed by 20th Century Fox's fifth volume of "Family Guy" episodes, while a pair of direct-to-video features -- Warner's "Superman: Doomsday" and Universal Studios' "Barbie as the Island Princess" -- took positions four and five, respectively.
Warner's "Smallville: Season 6" debuted at No. 6 on the sales chart, while Lionsgate's "The Condemned," an action thriller that grossed $7.3 million in theaters, bowed at No. 7.
Buena Vista's Season 3 set of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which debuted at No. 1 last week, finished at No. 8 in its sophomore week in stores.
In rental stores, "Marshall" also was No. 1, with estimated rental revenue of $4.6 million according to Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week. "Condemned" bowed at No. 2 with $4.2 million, bumping the previous week's top renter, Paramount's "Blades of Glory," to No. 3.
"Death Proof," one-half of the gory "Grindhouse" theatrical feature, debuted at No. 4 on the rental chart in its first week out with estimated earnings of $2.9 million.
On the high-definition disc charts, the long reign of Warner's "300" atop both the Blu-ray Disc and the HD DVD charts came to an end, with a pair of hot new releases, both from Warner, storming to the top. On Blu-ray, it was the director's cut of "Troy"; on the HD DVD chart, it was "Marshall."