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'Hostel' Makes a Killing on DVD

27 Apr, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The gruesome horror film Hostel, from hot young director Eli Roth, slashed through the competition to take the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ended April 23.

The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release, about kidnapped Westerners sold to a brutal human-slaughter-ring operating in Eastern Europe, also finished a strong second on the video rental chart for the week, earning an estimated $6.2 million, or 13.2% of its $47.3 million box office take.

The only other new release on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart was Mrs. Henderson Presents, from Genius Products, which debuted at No. 8. The comedy, which stars Bob Hoskins and Judi Dench, was released theatrically by The Weinstein Co. and earned $10.9 million during its brief box-office run.

Meanwhile, demand continued to be strong for second-ranked The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, which topped the sales chart for two consecutive weeks after its April 4 release.

Warner Home Video's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, too, is showing remarkably long legs; after seven weeks on the chart, the fourth installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise is still among the top 10 DVD sellers, checking in at No. 7.

On Home Media Retailing's video rental chart, Sony Pictures' Fun With Dick and Jane narrowly beat Hostel to remain in the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week, with rental earnings of $6.3 million. After two weeks in stores, the film has earned $13.5 million at the rental counter, or 12.3% of its $110.3 million theatrical gross.

Mrs. Henderson Presents debuted at No. 11, with $2.2 million, or more than 20% of its theatrical gross.

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