According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oliver Stone's epic Alexander didn't fare any better on home video than it did in theaters. Even with two versions -- a special edition and a director's cut -- arriving in stores last week, the Warner Home Video release finished a distant second on the preliminary national sales chart for the week ending Aug. 7, losing out to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's lighthearted Guess Who.
In addition to topping VideoScan's First Alert, Guess Who also was the week's top renter, though its victory wasn't as sweet. According to Home Media Retailing market research estimates, Guess Who grossed $9.54 million in rental stores, just slightly better than second-place finisher Alexander, which earned $9.22 million.
The growing clout of special DVD editions of classic movies was underscored with surprisingly strong First Alert showings by Sony's "Ghostbusters Gift Set" that entered the chart at No. 5, and Paramount's "The High and the Mighty," which debuted at No. 8.
Several TV-DVD collections also came on strong out of the gate, including Ventura's "The Cosby Show: Season 1" and Warner's fourth season of The Dukes of Hazzard, which entered First Alert at No. 16 and No. 18, respectively.
On VideoScan's complete national DVD sales chart for the week ending July 31, XXX: State of the Union came out on top, bumping Constantine, also from Warner, to No. 2. Other newcomers to the chart include New Line's The Upside of Anger at No. 4 and King's Ransom at No. 8; and Universal's 26th anniversary edition of "The Jerk" at No. 13.