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Universal 'Fast' and 'Curious'

5 Oct, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Universal Studios Home Entertainment scored a double-whammy on the national DVD sales chart the week ended Oct. 1, nabbing the two top spots with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Curious George.

Studio sources estimate the two titles combined generated more than $60 million in consumer spending, and Universal reports George sold through 1.75 million units its first week in stores.

Curious George long has been one of the world's most-embraced children's characters, transcending all generational barriers,” said Craig Kornblau, the division's president.

Debuting at No. 3 on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart was Warner Home Video's The Lake House, which also bowed at No. 1 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, with estimated rental earnings of $7.4 million.

Tokyo Drift was the nation's No. 3 rental its first week in stores, earning an estimated $3.9 million, right behind Genius Products' Lucky Number Slevin, which spent the previous two weeks at No. 1. Slevin has now earned $20.5 million in rental revenue alone, or more than 90% of its $22.5 million box office take.

Only three other new releases debuted in the First Alert top 20: One Tree Hill: The Complete Third Season, from Warner, at No. 8; The Fast and the Furious Franchise Collection, from Universal, at No. 18; and Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz, from 20th Century Fox, at No. 19.

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