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'Kong' Climbs to the Top

6 Apr, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

King Kong easily swung to the top of the DVD sales and rental charts the week ended April 2, powered by first-week sales Universal Studios Home Entertainment put at 6.5 million units.

Kong pounded second-ranked Memoirs of a Geisha, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart by a margin of nearly 5 to 1.

On Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week, however, the gap was a lot narrower, with Kong pulling in estimated rental revenue of $6.4 million, to $5.9 million for Geisha.

In theaters, Kong dwarfed Geisha, with respective box office earnings of $218.1 million and $57 million.

Also new on the preliminary national sales chart are Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment's Get Rich or Die Tryin', which bowed at No. 4, and the first season of the wacky sketch-comedy TV show “Robot Chicken,” from Warner Home Video, which entered the chart at No. 11.

Image Entertainment's Ron White: You Can't Fix Stupid, a standup comedy DVD spotlighting one of the members of the celebrated “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” debuted at No. 18, while Warner's new single-disc edition of the original 1933 King Kong bowed at No. 19.

The previous week's top DVD seller, Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Chicken Little, slipped to No. 3.

In rental stores, Get Rich or Die Tryin' generated just $2.4 million to debut at No. 12 on Home Media Retailing's rental chart, while the 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment thriller Stay debuted at No. 14, with rental revenue of $2.2 million.

In theaters, Get Rich grossed $31 million, while Stay took in a paltry $3.6 million despite an all-star cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Bob Hoskins and Janeane Garofalo.

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