December 10, 2009 / 6:28 AM / 10 years ago

"Museum" sequel narrowly tops sales charts

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In one of the fourth quarter’s biggest home video showdowns, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” squared off against “Terminator: Salvation.”

“Night at the Museum,” with broader family appeal and a bigger box office ($177.2 million), narrowly won the sales round, debuting at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ended December 6. “Terminator: Salvation” ($125.3 million) finished a close second, however, selling nearly 90 percent as many copies in Nielsen-reporting stores (most major retailers, with the notable exception of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).

On the rental side, “Night at the Museum” scored an even more impressive victory, bowing at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart. This time, “Terminator” finished a distant second, with 69 percent as much rental activity.

“Terminator” debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart for the week, outselling “Night at the Museum” by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

The overall sales chart provides ample evidence that holiday sales are heating up, particularly for family-friendly titles. Back in the top 20 last week were “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “The Polar Express,” “The Dark Knight” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

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