Aces Smokes Competition on DVD Charts


Smokin’ Aces burned up the latest DVD sales and rental charts, while Oscar winner The Last King of Scotland debuted at No. 2 on both tallies, says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Aces” sold 1.5 million units during the week ended April 22, which translates to about $25 million in consumer spending. That’s quite a bit for a film that earned a modest $35.6 million at the box office.

The DVD also generated $6.4 million in rental revenue, according to Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

Freedom Writers bowed at No. 3 on the rental chart and No. 4 on the sales chart, where it was narrowly outsold by Happy Feet in the animated blockbuster’s fourth week in stores.

On the high-def front, Blu-ray Disc titles accounted for 60% of sales, while HD DVD took 40%, nine points more than the previous week. Observers attributed the lift to the strength of “Aces,” the week’s top HD DVD seller, which was not available on Blu-ray. The film’s distributor, Universal Pictures, is the leading supporter of the No. 2 format. The top-selling Blu-ray title for the week was Casino Royale.