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‘Guardians’ Tops ‘Life of Pi’ on Home Entertainment Charts

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"Wreck-It Ralph" falls to No. 3 after a chart-topping debut the previous week.

Two newly released theatrical features slugged it out for the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ending March 17, with DreamWorks’ – the studio’s last title to be distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution – topping 20th Century Fox’s by a healthy margin, despite the latter’s higher box office earnings.

, which earned $103 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on both Nielsen Video’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. , with a $121.6 million theatrical pedigree, bowed at No. 2 on both charts.

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The two new releases pushed Walt Disney’s , No. 1 the prior week, to the No. 3 spot.

Nielsen data shows that sold 69.2% as many discs as , which also mustered a No. 2 debut on ‘s video rental chart for the week, just behind MGM’s the James Bond megahit that just came off the 28-day holdback distributor 20th Century Fox imposes on Netflix and Redbox.

finished at No. 3 for the second consecutive week.

The prior week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s , finished the week at No. 4 on the rental chart.

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