Vid viewers chart course for 'Island'

Fox's family film outsells New Line's 'Harold & Kumar' by 3-to-1 margin in first week

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Nim's Island" captured the top spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending Aug. 10, proving that there's no time like the summer to release a family film.

"Nim's Island" came to DVD and Blu-ray Disc with a boxoffice gross of just $48 million, but its popularity on disc was enough to boot the previous week's top seller, New Line's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," to a distant No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. In its debut week, "Nim's Island" outsold sophomore "Harold & Kumar" by a margin of more than 3-to-1.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart, "Nim's Island" scored a narrower victory, with "Harold & Kumar" snagging 78% as many rental transactions as the Fox family film for a third-place finish. Sony's "21," the previous week's top renter, slipped to No. 2, with 85% as much rental action as "Nim's Island."

Sony's direct-to-video "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart. It was 12th on the rental chart.

On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray chart, "Dark Knight" fever spurred "Batman Begins" to the top spot, with "21" at No. 2. "Nim's Island" debuted at No. 3. The previous week's top Blu-ray title, MGM's "Stargate: Continuum," slipped to No. 6. (partialdiff)