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Rental, Sales in the Pink

22 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's The Pink Panther topped both the national sales and rental charts the week ended June 18, giving star Steve Martin his first double-whammy of the year.

Martin's last movie to come out on DVD, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, was the top renter three weeks ago, but narrowly failed to take the No. 1 position on the VideoScan First Alert chart due to a strong challenge from Buena Vista Home Entertainment's High School Musical.

Finishing second on both the sales and rental charts for the week was Warner's 16 Blocks, a cop drama from director Richard Donner (1978's Superman) that stars Bruce Willis and grossed $36.9 million in theaters.

According to Home Media Retailing's market research department, The Pink Panther generated $9.9 million in rental revenue its first week in stores, while 16 Blocks earned $9.5 million.

Also new on the First Alert top 20 are Dave Chappelle's Block Party, from Universal Studios, at No. 4; 20th Century Fox's teen comedy Aquamarine, at No. 5; and Paramount's concert video Neil Young: Heart of Gold, at No. 9.

Magnolia Home Entertainment cracked the chart with The World's Fastest Indian, a film festival favorite starring Anthony Hopkins that debuted at No. 12, while the Warner film noir spoof Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang bowed at No. 18 and Paramount's Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection Vol. 2 came in at No. 19.

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