'Eight Below' Is a Hot Seller29 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
School's out, so it's no surprise the ‘PG'-rated family adventure Eight Below, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, topped the national DVD sales chart the week ended June 25.
The film, a moving story of eight sled dogs stranded in the Antarctic, grossed $81.6 million in theaters. On DVD, it handily outsold its nearest rival, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's horror remake The Hills Have Eyes, which debuted at No. 2 on the VideoScan First Alert chart.
The week's other theatrical release, Warner Home Video's Syriana, bowed at No. 3, although the George Clooney political thriller did finish first on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, with estimated earnings of $10.2 million — more than 20% of its box office take.
The Hills Have Eyes also posted a second-place finish on the rental chart, with earnings estimated at $9.4 million, while Eight Below came in at No. 5, with $8.1 million.
On the DVD sales chart, Buena Vista scored big with its special edition of Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, a made-for-video title that bowed at No. 6. Fox also did well with Night Watch, a Russian fantasy thriller set in Moscow, which debuted at No. 10.
Buena Vista's High School Musical is showing long legs. After five weeks of release, the TV musical is still in the top 10 (No. 8, same as the previous week).