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from: http://www.reuters.com/article/filmNews/id...333463820080814

Video viewers chart winning course for "Island"

Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:20am EDTBy Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES 9Hollywood Reporter) - Confirming that there's no time like the summer to release a family film, "Nim's Island," the adventure comedy starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler, captured the top spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending August 10.

"Nim's Island" (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) came to DVD and Blu-ray Disc with a boxoffice gross of just $48 million, but its popularity on disc was enough to boot the previous week's top seller, New Line's "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," to a distant No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart. In its debut week, "Nim's Island" outsold sophomore title "Harold & Kumar" by a margin of more than three to one.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart, "Nim's Island" scored a narrower victory, with "Harold & Kumar" snagging 78 percent as many rental transactions as the Fox family film, for a third-place finish. Sony's "21," the previous week's top renter, slipped to No. 2, with 85 percent as much rental action as "Nim's Island."

Sony's direct-to-video "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart. It was 12th on the rental chart.

On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray chart, "Dark Knight" fever spurred "Batman Begins" to the top spot, with "21" at No. 2. "Nim's Island" debuted at No. 3. The previous week's top Blu-ray title, MGM's "Stargate: Continuum," slipped to No. 6.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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