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Thrillers Make Killing on Charts

2 Aug, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Paramount's Zodiac topped sales.

Paramount Home Entertainment's Zodiac made a killing its first week out on DVD, topping the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart over fellow debutante The Number 23, from New Line Home Entertainment.

The Number 23, however, scored a first-place bow on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart the week ended July 29, generating an estimated $6.9 million in rental revenue to $6.7 million for Zodiac.

Both films earned similar grosses at the box office. Zodiac, director David Fincher's take on the hunt for a notorious serial killer, grossed $35 million in theaters, while Joel Schumacher's Number 23, about a mysterious number that wreaks havoc on the life of Jim Carrey, took in $33 million.

The two thrillers sent the previous week's top seller and renter (and fellow thriller) Premonition, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, to No. 3 on both charts.

MGM's season 10 set of “Stargate SG-1” debuted at No. 5 on First Alert, while Lionsgate's season two set of “Weeds” bowed at No. 7.

Also cracking the First Alert top 10 its first week in stores was First Look Studios' The Contract, a crime drama from Australian director Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant) that debuted at No. 9. Contract also debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart.

On the high-definition disc front, Universal Studios' The Bourne Identity toppled longtime incumbent Planet Earth, from BBC Video, as the No. 1 HD DVD seller, while on the Blu-ray Disc chart Planet Earth took the top spot from Premonition.

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