Beowulf DVD Destroys Competitors


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.