'Family' 'Hoodwinked' by Kids' Title11 May, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Hoodwinked, the animated retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” scored an upset victory on the DVD sales chart for the week ended May 7, narrowly beating 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's The Family Stone.
Hoodwinked, from Genius Products and The Weinstein Co., grossed $51.2 million in theaters, while the Fox romantic comedy, which stars Claire Danes and Diane Keaton, generated $60.1 million. Both titles are new releases.
The Family Stone finished second on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert chart, followed closely by Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment's Last Holiday, another new release, at No. 3.
The Family Stone did, however, take the top spot on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $7.7 million. Last Holiday finished second, with earnings pegged at $6.4 million, while Hoodwinked bowed at No. 8, pulling in $4.3 million.
Two other new releases made it onto the First Alert top 20 their first week in stores, both of them TV DVDs: Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons at No. 11 and Paramount's I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season at No. 17.
Two oldies resurfaced in the top 20: New Line Home Entertainment's The Notebook at No. 14 and Warner Home Video's Batman Begins at No. 18. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's Crash continues to be in demand by DVD buyers: The title has been in the top 20 for 22 consecutive weeks.
On the rental chart, the media buzz surrounding the theatrical release of Universal's United 93 sent a TV movie about the same doomed 9/11 flight to the No. 24 position. Flight 93, distributed by MTI Home Video, generated an estimated $1.2 million.