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'Harold & Kumar' Edges 'Stargate'

7 Aug, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

It was a split decision in home entertainment last week. New Line Home Entertainment's Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay narrowly squeaked by Fox and MGM's Stargate: Continuum to top the DVD sales chart its first week in stores, while holdover 21, from Sony Pictures, was the top renter for the second consecutive week.

In raw Nielsen VideoScan First Alert numbers, the difference between Harold & Kumar, the sequel to 2004's raunchy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Stargate: Continuum, a direct-to-video spinoff of the long-running sci-fi TV franchise, amounted to fewer than 200 units. VideoScan numbers do not include Wal-Mart, the nation's No. 1 DVD seller, or Sam's Club.

The previous week's top seller, 21, slipped to No. 3, followed by three other new releases: Summit's Never Back Down, a teen action drama that made $24.8 million in theaters, at No. 4; theatrical underperformer Doomsday, from Universal, at No. 5; and the DTV sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe, from Warner, at No. 6.

On Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week ended Aug. 3, Harold &Kumar debuted at No. 2, generating 91% as much rental activity as 21 did in its sophomore week. Doomsday debuted at No. 4, while Never Back Down bowed at No. 6 and Lost Boys finished just out of the top 10.

On the Blu-ray Disc format, Stargate: Continuum emerged as the week's top seller, with Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay debuting at No. 2.

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