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'Harry Potter' Still Tops Sales Chart

24 Mar, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

New Line Home Entertainment's A History of Violence snagged the top spot on the DVD rental chart its first week in stores, but the Oscar-nominated crime drama wasn't quite able to topple Warner Home Video's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from the No. 1 position on the DVD sales chart.

Its second week in stores, the fourth film in the “Harry Potter” franchise still managed to outsell the David Cronenberg-directed Violence, which was nominated for two Oscars, by a margin of nearly 2 to 1.

Also new on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ended March 19: Warner's Good Night, and Good Luck, debuting at No. 5, and Lionsgate's direct-to-video Barbie Fairytopia: Mermaidia, which bowed at No. 6. Good Night has six Oscar nominations to its credit, including a nod for best picture, but didn't win a single award at the March 5 Academy Awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, anticipation for the March 31 theatrical opening of the animated family sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown drove consumers to pick up 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's new DVD edition of the original Ice Age, which appeared in the First Alert top 20 at No. 11.

Violence generated a solid $9.3 million in rental revenue its first week in stores to snatch the top spot on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart from 20th Century Fox's Walk the Line, which slipped to No. 2. For the week, the Johnny Cash biopic generated an additional $5.8 in revenue to bring its total rental take, after three weeks, to $22.2 million.

Good Night, and Good Luck debuted at No. 3, with rental earnings of $5.5 million.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Jarhead slipped to No. 4 from the third spot, while Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire checked in at No. 5, down from No. 2 the previous week.

Percentage-wise, the biggest winner of the top 20 rentals is the New Line actioner Domino, which after a month in stores has earned an estimated $19.2 million, or nearly twice its $10.1 million theatrical gross.

Close behind was sixth-ranked The Weather Man, a Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment drama that after 26 days in stores has generated $21.2 million in rental revenue, or 170% of its theatrical take.

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