Notorious, the biopic on rapper Notorious B.I.G. from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, was the surprise winner in the weekly home video sales derby, debuting at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended April 26.
DreamWorks Animation SKG rode the theatrical success of Monsters vs. Aliens and the DVD success of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa to its best first quarter ever, reporting profits of $62.3 million, compared to $26.1 million during the same three-month period (ended March 31) in 2008.
Elimination of New Line Cinema, related personnel and reduced overhead costs resulted in Time Warner Inc. reporting a 17% increase in first-quarter (ended March 31) filmed-entertainment operating income to $214 million from $183 million during the prior-year period.