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'Calls' Placed on Hold by 'Ringer'

25 May, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The call did not go through. Despite significantly higher box office earnings, the horror remake When a Stranger Calls was placed on hold by The Ringer in home video sales and rentals.

The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment shocker, with theatrical earnings of $47.9 million, came in second on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ended May 21, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comedy overcame a box office gross of just $35.4 million to easily take the No. 1 position on the chart.

A similar thing happened in rental stores. The Ringer finished first on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ended May 21, with earnings of $7.9 million, while When a Stranger Calls came in second, with $7.5 million.

The week's only other high-profile new release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment's The Producers, debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and No. 5 on the rental chart, with estimated rental earnings of $5.7 million, or nearly one-third its box office take of $19.4 million.

The film is based on the successful Broadway musical of the same name — which, in turn, was based on the original 1968 Mel Brooks movie, which starred Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.

20th Century Fox got Napoleon Dynamite back in the First Alert top 20 with a special-edition DVD release, whimsically titled Napoleon Dynamite: Like, The Best Special Edition Ever!, that debuted at No. 11.

Two other new releases made it onto the top 20 DVD sellers chart their first week in stores: Universal's Something New at No. 5 and Genius Products' Doogal
Universal's Munich, the previous week's top DVD seller, slipped to No. 7 its second week in stores. Nanny McPhee, No. 2 on the sales chart the previous week, held remarkably steady, falling just one notch to No. 3.

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