Beowulf DVD Destroys Competitors

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Paramount Home Entertainment’s Beowulf topped both the DVD sales and rental lists in its first week in release ending March 2, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The computer-animated fantasy, which grossed $82.2 million in theaters, pushed the previous week’s top seller and renter, Universal’s American Gangster, to No. 2 on both the Nielsen Videoscan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

Disney’s Ratatouille re-entered the sales chart at No. 3; Paramount/DreamWorks’ Transformers and Shrek the Third came in at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively; and Fox’s The Simpsons Movie landed at No. 8.

Among new releases, the Sony horror film 30 Days of Night debuted at No. 4, while Barbie Mariposa, the latest direct-to-video release in Universal’s Barbie franchise, bowed at No. 6.

In the rental arena, Beowulf earned an estimated $10.9 million, compared with $8.5 million for “Gangster.” The rental take for “Gangster,” however, represents a decline of just 12% from the previous week, indicating the title may have long rental legs.

30 Days of Night was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week.