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They're Buying Comedy, Renting a Thriller

24 Aug, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

In a battle of the comedies, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's RV sped past Genius Products' Scary Movie 4 to nail down the top spot on the national DVD sales chart, despite nearly $20 million less in box office earnings.

But neither film could topple the Universal crime thriller Inside Man from the No. 1 position on the video rental chart for the week ended Aug. 20, a spot the film has held since its DVD release two weeks ago.

RV debuted at No. 2 on Home Media Retailing's rental chart, with rental earnings of $8.4 million for the week, compared to $8.6 million for Inside Man and $8 million for third-ranked Scary Movie 4.

On VideoScan's First Alert sales chart, Inside Man slipped to No. 3 its sophomore week.

20th Century Fox's complete eighth-season set of “The Simpsons” debuted one notch down at No. 4, following the lead of the previous seasons, all of which have been strong DVD sellers. Indeed, season six was the No. 4 TV DVD seller of 2005, moving an estimated 830,000 units.

HBO also logged a strong TV DVD contender with Rome: The Complete First Season, which debuted at No. 11 despite a steep $99.98 price.

Another TV DVD release, Warner's fourth-season set of “Full House,” debuted at No. 14.

Paramount snagged a spot on the First Alert top 20 with its DVD special-edition Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier, which bowed at No. 20.

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