"Semi-Pro" tops DVD charts

Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:29am EDT
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By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two new comedies and a horror film that were moderately successful in theaters battled it out in video stores for the week ending June 8, and in the end, New Line Home Entertainment's "Semi-Pro" won.

The basketball comedy -- starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harelson, and Andre Benjamin -- scored a perfect trifecta, debuting at No. 1 on the national home video sales and rental charts as well as the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

"Semi-Pro" grossed $33.5 million in theaters.

Fellow comedy "Meet the Spartans," from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 2 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart and No. 5 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. Additionally, "The Eye," a horror film from Lionsgate starring Jessica Alba as a woman who receives an eye transplant and begins seeing terrible visions, debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart and No. 4 on First Alert.

"Spartans" earned $38.2 million at the boxoffice, while "Eye" reaped $31.4 million.

The previous week's top seller, Disney's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," slipped to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot, while the previous week's top renter, Lionsgate's "Rambo," finished at No. 4.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Will Ferrell is interviewed at the MuchMusic television station to promote his new movie "Semi-Pro" in Toronto February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>