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'Hannibal' Rises to Top Sales Chart

7 Jun, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

It was gore galore in video stores last week. The gruesome prequel Hannibal Rising, from The Weinstein Co. and Genius Products, topped the national DVD sales chart the week ended June 3, while Buena Vista Home Entertainment's equally brutal Apocalypto held onto the No. 1 slot on the rental chart.

Hannibal Rising, which generated $27.7 million in theaters, was the only new theatrical release to crack the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert top 20. The only other new entry on the sales chart was season two of the TV series “The Closer,” from Warner Home Video, which bowed at No. 19.

The previous week's top seller, Apocalypto, finished at No. 2 on First Alert, while New Line Home Entertainment's Pan's Labyrinth slipped to third place.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Night at the Museum continues to exhibit surprisingly strong sales legs. In its sixth week on the chart, the Ben Stiller comedy rose to No. 4 from No. 6 the week before.

Hannibal Rising made a weak rental debut on Home Media Magazine's rental chart its first week in stores, bowing at No. 13, with estimated rental earnings of just $2.2 million. Even so, it was the top rental debut of the week. Apocalypto generated $4.9 million in rental revenue its sophomore week in stores to bring its total to $10.9 million, or 21% of its box office gross of $50.9 million.

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