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'Labyrinth' Amazes

24 May, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

New Line Home Entertainment scored a double whammy last week, as Pan's Labyrinth took the top spot on both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores.

The acclaimed fantasy thriller from director Guillermo del Toro, which picked up three Oscars — for art direction, cinematography and makeup — topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ended May 20.

The film, which earned just $37.5 million in theaters, handily beat another new release with a significantly bigger box office take, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Stomp the Yard, a musical drama that grossed $61.4 million. Stomp debuted at No. 2 on the sales chart but could muster only an eighth-place finish on the rental chart, with earnings of $4 million, compared to $6.5 million for Pan's Labyrinth.

The only other new release of note was Warner Home Video's The Fountain, the third feature from director Darren Aronofsky, which debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart and No. 11 on the rental chart — in line with its ho-hum showing at the box office. The Fountain did become the top high-def disc seller of the week, due largely to its simultaneous release on both the Blu-ray Disc and the HD DVD format.

The previous week's top DVD seller, Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Because I Said So, slipped to No. 7, while 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum finally was booted out of the top spot on the rental chart after three weeks at No. 1.

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