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'Corpse Bride' Arises at No. 1 on Sales Chart

9 Feb, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Warner Home Video's Tim Burton's Corpse Bride was anything but a stiff in the home video sales arena, as the stop-motion animated fantasy topped the preliminary national DVD sales chart for the week ended Feb. 5.

Corpse Bride beat a handful of other new theatrical releases that hit stores that week, including second-ranked The Legend of Zorro, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's In Her Shoes.

The three films finished in order of their box office earnings. Corpse Bride earned $53.4 million, The Legend of Zorro racked up a disappointing $45.4 million (against a budget estimated at $80 million), and In Her Shoes grossed $32.9 million.

Elsewhere on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert chart, a special edition of David Lynch's 1984 sci-fi classic Dune, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 8, while the release of the “Zorro” sequel pushed the original The Mask of Zorro, also from Sony Pictures, back into the top 20.

In the staying power department, DreamWorks Home Entertainment's Madagascar (No. 13) remains in the top 15 after nearly three months in stores, while Warner's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is berthed at No. 18 a baker's dozen weeks after its first chart appearance.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Flightplan, the previous week's top DVD seller, slid down to No. 4 on First Alert, but retained its No. 1 spot on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ended Feb. 5.

The mile-high thriller generated an additional $8.9 million in rental revenue to bring its two-week take to nearly $20 million, or 22% of its theatrical gross.

The Legend of Zorro debuted at No. 2 on the rental chart, with earnings pegged at $8.8 million, while In Her Shoes bowed at No. 3 with estimated rental revenue of $8.2 million.

With its first-place debut on the DVD sales chart, Corpse Bride entered the rental charts at No. 4, with estimated earnings of $7.7 million.

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