"Made of Honor" takes the cake on DVD chart

Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:29pm EDT
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By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two films that grossed about the same at the box office battled it out for the top spot on the national video sales chart, and the one with the significantly lower production budget won.

"Made of Honor," a Sony comedy that earned $46 million in theaters, bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan sales chart for the week ended September 21, while Warner's "Speed Racer," which made $43.9 million at the box office, landed at No. 2 on its debut. "Speed Racer" cost an estimated $120 million to make, three times as much as "Made of Honor."

"Made of Honor" also topped Home Media Magazine's national video rental chart for the week. "Speed Racer" coasted into second place, generating about 85 percent of the rental activity clocked by "Made of Honor."

The vivid "Speed Racer" did top the First Alert Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, with Paramount's "Transformers" holding fast at No. 2 and the previous week's top seller, Lionsgate's "The Forbidden Kingdom," slipping to No. 4.

Turning in a surprisingly strong first-week performance was Sony's "88 Minutes," an Al Pacino crime drama that grossed just $16.9 million domestically. The film debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart and No. 4 on the rental chart. "88 Minutes" also debuted at No. 3 on the Blu-ray sales chart, selling nearly 80 percent as many copies as second-ranked "Transformers" during the week.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan arrive at the red carpet for the German premiere of the movie "Made of Honor" in Berlin May 13, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>