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'Ghost Rider' Cruises to Top Spot

21 Jun, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Ghost Rider blasted its way to the top of both the national DVD sales and rental charts the week ended June 17, giving distributor Sony Pictures Home Entertainment a double win for the week.

Two other new releases took the next two spots on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, with Lionsgate's Daddy's Little Girls bowing at No. 2 and Universal Studios' Breach debuting at No. 3.

The previous week's top seller, Paramount's Norbit, finished at No. 4 its sophomore week, with BBC Video's hot-selling Planet Earth: The Complete Series scooting up to No. 5 from No. 15 nearly two months after its release.

In rental stores, Ghost Rider was the top pick, pulling in an estimated $8.9 million in rental revenue to top Home Media Magazine's DVD rental chart for the week.

Breach debuted at No. 2, with $5.7 million, while Daddy's Little Girls — the latest Tyler Perry film — bowed at No. 4, with $4.1 million. Norbit, the previous week's top renter, was No. 3, pulling in an additional $4.2 million its second week in stores, a drop of just 9% from the first week.

Ghost Rider was the No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller the week ended June 17, while Planet Earth continued its long reign as the top HD DVD seller. Ghost Rider in high-def is available only on Blu-ray, while Planet Earth is out on both next-gen formats.

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