Spielberg's 'Munich' Scores on DVD18 May, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Munich may have done so-so at the box office, but Steven Spielberg's controversial epic about the secret hit squad dispatched to avenge the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics scored big on DVD.
The Universal Studios Home Entertainment release topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores.
On Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart for the week ended May 14, Munich squeaked by another Universal release, the family film Nanny McPhee, to take the No. 1 position. Three other new releases took the remaining spots in the top five: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Big Momma's House 2 at No. 3, Warner Home Video's Rumor Has It… at No. 4 and New Line Home Entertainment's The New World at No. 5.
Other new releases in the First Alert top 20 are Fox's Grandma's Boy at No. 8, Buena Vista Home Entertainment's season-three TV DVD set of “Scrubs” at No. 11, Warner's sixth-season set of “The West Wing” at No. 14, and The Barbie Diaries, the last animated feature starring the famous doll to be released by Lionsgate, at No. 16.
On Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ended May 14, Munich bumped Fox's The Family Stone down a notch and took the No. 1 slot with estimated rental earnings of $7.6 million, a healthy 16% of the film's theatrical gross of $47.4 million. Rental demand for The Family Stone remained strong, with rental earnings down just 13% from the previous week for a two-week cume of $14.4 million.
Big Momma's House 2, with rental earnings of $5.7 million, debuted at No. 4, right behind Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment's Last Holiday, which took in $5.8 million, down just 10% from the previous week.
Rumor Has It… bowed at No. 5, with rental earnings of $5.5 million, while The New World debuted at No. 6 with rental revenue of $5.3 million.