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DVD Sales in 'Bear' Hug

7 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

In another triumph for its direct-to-video sequels to animated theatrical features, Buena Vista Home Entertainment topped the national DVD sales chart with Brother Bear 2 for the week ended Sept. 3. It's the second DTV winner for Disney this year — Bambi 2 came out in February and still ranks among the top 10 DVD sellers of the year.

The Michael Douglas political thriller The Sentinel overcame a meager $36.3 million theatrical run to top Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the same week. The 20th Century Fox release finished a strong second on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, easily beating another new theatrical feature with a similar box office gross, New Line's Take the Lead, which debuted at No. 3.

According to Home Media Retailing estimates, The Sentinel generated $8.3 million in rental spending its first week in stores, compared to $7.9 million for second-ranked Take the Lead, the Antonio Banderas dance drama that grossed $34.7 million on the big screen.

All but two of the DVDs in the First Alert top 10 are new releases, including three complete-season TV DVD releases: season three of “Arrested Development,” from 20th Century Fox, which bowed at No. 5; season eight of “South Park,” from Paramount, which entered the chart at No. 8; and season three of “Nip/Tuck,” from Warner, which debuted at No. 10.

Lionsgate's acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee bowed at No. 4, and Sony Pictures' Friends With Money debuted at No. 9.

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