According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was a split win in video stores last week. The family comedy Because of Winn-Dixie, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the preliminary national sales charts, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's romantic comedy Guess Who retained its perch atop the rental charts for the week ending Aug. 14.
"Winn-Dixie" was rolled out on DVD after grossing $32.6 million at the boxoffice and generated about $20 million in gross consumer spending its first week in stores, according to Fox estimates -- easily eclipsing second-ranked Kung Fu Hustle, from Sony, the only other new theatrical on VideoScan's First Alert chart for the week.
Add to that the $5.04 million "Winn-Dixie" earned in rental revenue its first week out, according to Home Media Retailing market research estimates, and Fox scored another video victory with a title that dramatically overperformed, given its theatrical take.
Several TV-DVD packages also appeared on the top 20 First Alert chart their first week in stores. Buena Vista's "Muppet Show -- Season One" debuted at No. 6, Fox's "Roswell -- Season Three" bowed at No. 17, and Warner's "Thundercats -- Season One" entered the chart at No. 19.
On VideoScan's complete national DVD sales chart for the week ending Aug. 7, Guess Who and Alexander scored a one-two finish, knocking the previous week's sales champ, Sony's XXX: State of the Union, to No. 3.