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'Prince of Persia' Sweeps Home Video Charts

Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 07:34 AM


LOS ANGELES - "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" debuted at No. 1 on all three DVD charts Wednesday despite a mixed performance at the box office.

According to Nielsen VideoScan DVD sales data for the week ended Sept. 19, the Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle handily outpaced "Letters to Juliet," which debuted at No. 2.

It was the same story for both films on the tracking firm's dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart and trade publication Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart.

The Disney fantasy grossed just $91 million in North America, but did far better internationally with a $244 million haul. "Letters to Juliet," a romance starring Amanda Seyfried, earned about $70 million worldwide.

Next in the line on the DVD sales chart: the Season 3 set of "The Big Bang Theory," followed by the direct-to-video "Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale" at No. 4 and the Season 1 set of "Glee" at No. 5. Last week's champ on all three charts, "Killers," slid to No. 10.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, "Glee" came in at No. 3, ahead of the Season 2 set of "Fringe," at No. 4, and "The Big Bang Theory" at No. 5. "Killers" fell to No. 6.

Only the rental end of the business is less time-sensitive -- perhaps because consumers are more willing to wait, as evidenced by the 28-day windows imposed on Netflix and Redbox, which together account for more than 50% of all rental transactions. "Killers" slipped to No. 3, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?" was off one at No. 4, and Michael Douglas' $4 million grosser "Solitary Man" held steady at No. 5.

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