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DVD Buyers Go 'Wild'

21 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Buena Vista Home Entertainment snagged the top two spots on the national DVD sales chart for the week ended Sept. 17, with the theatrical underachiever The Wild and a season-two DVD set of television's hot “Grey's Anatomy,” both new arrivals in stores Sept. 12.

Genius Products, meanwhile, nailed down the No. 1 spot on Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week with the crime drama Lucky Number Slevin, from The Weinstein Co., which now majority-owns the independent DVD distributor.

Lucky Number Slevin debuted at No. 3 on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, just ahead of another newly released TV DVD set, “Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season,” from Warner.

A third new TV DVD collection, Universal Studios' The Office: Season Two, debuted at No. 8.

The first three theatrically released “Star Wars” films, re-issued Sept. 12 by 20th Century Fox in double-disc packages that contain both the original theatrical cut and the spruced-up 2004 version of each film, debuted at No. 5 (A New Hope) No. 6 (The Empire Strikes Back) and No. 7 (Return of the Jedi).

The previous week's top DVD seller, season two of “Lost,” from Buena Vista, slipped down to No. 9.

Lucky Number Slevin grossed $8.2 million in rental revenue, or more than 36% of its $22.5 million theatrical take.

The Wild debuted at No. 10, with just $3.3 million in rental revenue.

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