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'Underworld' Surfaces at No. 1

15 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The action/horror sequel Underworld: Evolution, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, topped the DVD sales chart the week ended June 11, while the latest Harrison Ford thriller, Warner Home Video's Firewall, took command of the rental chart for the same week.

Underworld outsold Firewall by a nearly three-to-one margin, far greater than the box office disparity between the two films ($62.3 million versus $48.8 million).

Still, Firewall took second place on VideoScan's First Alert chart, with three other newcomers rounding out the top five: Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Glory Road at No. 3, New Line Home Entertainment's Running Scared at No. 4, and Buena Vista's spruced-up DVD of the animated classic Dumbo at No. 5.

The previous week's top seller, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Date Movie, fell to No. 7, right behind a still-strong High School Musical, from Buena Vista, which in its third week in stores was No. 6 on the bestsellers chart.

HBO Video's Entourage: The Complete Second Season debuted at No. 8 its first week out, while another TV DVD release, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment's Charmed: The Complete Fifth Season, bowed at No. 10.

Firewall topped Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ended June 11 with estimated rental earnings of $10 million. Underworld: Evolution finished a strong second, with rental revenue of $9.5 million, while Glory Road bowed at No. 3 with $8.5 million.

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