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It's a 'Dream' on the Charts

10 May, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Paramount Home Entertainment's Dreamgirls was music to consumers' ears, as the acclaimed musical rode its $103 million theatrical gross straight to the top of the national DVD sales chart its first week in stores.

Studio sources say the film generated $32 million in consumer spending its first week — sellthrough and rental combined — and is on track to become the best-performing May blockbuster release ($100 million-plus) since The Last Samurai in 2004.

On Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart for the week ended May 6, Dreamgirls scored an easy victory, bumping 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Night at the Museum to No. 2. Lionsgate's Happily N'Ever After, with just $15.5 million in theatrical earnings, made a strong debut at No. 4. Universal Studios captured the No. 6 and No. 7 slot with two other new releases, the Justin Timberlake-starring crime thriller Alpha Dog (which earned $15.2 million in theaters) and the horror remake The Hitcher ($16.2 million).

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Dreamgirls was the highest-debuting new release of the week, entering the chart at No. 3, with estimated rental earnings of $6.7 million. Night at the Museum and Buena Vista's D?j? Vu remained at No. 1 and No. 2 with rental revenue for the week of $9 million and $7 million, respectively. Alpha Dog bowed at No. 5, right behind Buena Vista's The Queen, which slipped to No. 4 its sophomore week after debuting at No. 3.

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