LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The hit family feature Marley & Me regained the No. 1 slot on the national home video sales chart during the week ended April 19, while The Day the Earth Stood Still held on to the top spot on the national video rental chart for a second consecutive week.
Marley & Me debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago, then slipped to No. 5 its sophomore week.
The week's only significant new releases were The Spirit, which made $19.8 million in theaters, and The Reader ($34.1 million box office).
Of the two, The Spirit fared better, debuting at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart. The Reader, despite a higher tally at the box office, debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart and No. 6 on the rental chart.
The Spirit also snagged the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart -- not surprising, given that 24 percent of the film's total sales were generated from the high-definition version. The action movie about a crime-fighting hero who was born, murdered and then born again is tailor-made for Blu-ray Disc's early-adopter consumer base. It's visually similar to other comic-book flicks that sold well on Blu-ray, including 300 and Sin City.
The Day the Earth Stood Still slipped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)