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"Chipmunks" show teeth in first week on DVD
April 10, 2008 / 8:57 AM / in 10 years

"Chipmunks" show teeth in first week on DVD

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After its surprisingly strong performance at the box office, it was perhaps less of a shock when “Alvin and the Chipmunks” debuted at No. 1 on the national DVD sales and rental charts Wednesday.

<p>Actor Jason Lee accepts the award for "Alvin and the Chipmunks" which won Favorite Movie at the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles March 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

The family cartoon bested “Sweeney Todd” on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

“I Am Legend,” No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 3 on both.

Last week, Fox said consumers snapped up 2.6 million DVDs of “Alvin” on its first day in stores Tuesday, the equivalent of about $45 million in spending. The film grossed $44.3 million in U.S. theaters in its opening weekend last December, and went on to earn more than $215 million.

The DVD release also catapulted the film’s CD soundtrack up 11 places to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 Wednesday.

The top-selling Blu-ray Disc for the week also was “Alvin,” with “I Am Legend,” falling to No. 2.

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