According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Home Entertainment's MTV: Viva La Bam: Complete Seasons 2 & 3 scored the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter/Nielsen VideoScan's new list of the hottest television-sourced DVD titles. For the week ending April 17, no studio has more TV-sourced DVDs in the top 20 than Paramount, which also has Chappelle's Show: Season 1, CBS News Presents: Pope John Paul II: Builder of Bridges and South Park: The Complete Fifth Season.
Meanwhile, Universal Studios Home Entertainment dominated most other charts with Meet the Fockers, and industry observers say it's quickly becoming one of the biggest-selling live-action comedies in the history of DVD. Fockers is No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ending April 24 and is the nation's top rental for the same frame, according to data from Home Media Retailing magazine. Other new entries on the rental chart are House of Flying Daggers and A Love Song for Bobby Long, both from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The latter, with $2.2 million in revenue in its first five days, has racked up 10 times more money as a rental than it did at the domestic boxoffice.
Birth, from New Line Home Video, also debuted as a top 20 rental, earning $2.9 million in its first five days, about 58% of what it earned at the domestic boxoffice. Earning its way to the 11th spot on Nielsen VideoScan's top-selling DVD titles of the year to date is Paramount's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. If it breaks into the top 10, it will be the fourth animated title to do so. Already on the list are The Incredibles from Disney/Buena Vista, Shark Tale from DreamWorks-Universal and Bambi from Disney/Buena Vista.