DVD fans reprise "Island" getaway
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - DVD buyers and renters had island fever for the second consecutive week. With no big new theatrical features hitting stores, "Nim's Island" remained on top of the national video sales and rental charts during its sophomore week in stores.
The family adventure from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ended August 17.
The lack of new hit movies opened the sales chart to a rash of TV-DVD season sets and smaller films that might not have debuted as high had there been any theatrical competition. On the First Alert sales chart, for example, Paramount's "South Park: Season 11" bowed at No. 2, while Fox's Season 3 set of "Prison Break" debuted at No. 4. HBO's "The Wire: Season 5" came in at No. 6, and Disney/Miramax's "Smart People," a satiric film about academia, debuted at No. 7.
Meanwhile, on Home Media Magazine's rental chart, "Smart People" bowed at No. 2, chalking up 93 percent as much action in rental stores as "Nim's Island."
On the Blu-ray Disc front, Warner's "Batman Begins" remained on top of the sales chart as fans continue to flock to theaters to see "The Dark Knight." Lionsgate's "The Bank Job" was the No. 2 seller, and Sony Pictures' "21" slipped a notch to No. 3.