'Eragon' Breathes Fire on Competition29 Mar, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner Home Video's Blood Diamond rode lingering Oscar buzz to take the top spot on the national DVD rental chart its first week in stores. But it couldn't match the bigger box office of another new release, the 20th Century Fox fantasy Eragon, in the race for the No. 1 spot on the national DVD sales chart.
Eragon, with nearly $75 million in theatrical earnings under its belt, was the top seller on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart for the week ended March 25, while debuting at No. 3 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart with an estimated $7.8 million in revenue.
Blood Diamond, the week's top renter with $9 million, bowed at No. 2 on First Alert. The film came to video with a $56.8 million theatrical pedigree and five Oscar nominations, including best actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and best supporting actor (Djimon Hounsou).
Sony Pictures' Casino Royale, the previous week's top seller and renter, finished third on the sales chart and second on the rental chart, with $8 million. After two weeks in stores, Casino Royale is the year's No. 2 DVD seller, behind Warner's The Departed.
Rocky Balboa, the surprise box office hit also from Sony Pictures, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. The final installment in the “Rocky” saga made a surprisingly strong theatrical showing late last year, grossing more than $70 million, significantly higher than even the most optimistic projections.