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‘Haunting’ Looms Atop Sales Chart

22 Jul, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut scared up a top spot debut on the sales chart, while Knowing got another look at No. 1 on the rental chart for the week ended July 19.

Lionsgate’s horror film Haunting, which earned $55 million at the box office, loomed at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, pushing Knowing to No. 2. But Summit Entertainment’s Nicolas Cage sci-fi thriller Knowing, which earned $80 million theatrically, topped Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the second consecutive week, keeping Haunting at bay in the second spot. The weekly tallies pushed Summit’s Push down a notch to No. 3 on both charts its second week in stores.

The only other new releases to make the top 10 for the week were Lionsgate’s Horsemen, a direct-to-video serial-killer-thriller starring Dennis Quaid, and the TV DVD release Mad Men — Season 2. Horsemen placed at No. 5 on the rental chart and the second season of "Mad Men" took fifth place on the sales chart.

Haunting was also the week’s top Blu-ray Disc seller, with Knowing dropping to No. 2 and Mad Men — Season 2 debuting at No. 3.

The Harry Potter effect hit the sales charts for the week as the newest installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, debuted in theaters July 15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire placed at Nos. 6 and 10, respectively, on the sales chart. Order also took No. 6 on the Blu-ray sales chart, with a five-movie Potter collection at No. 10, Goblet at No. 11, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at No. 15, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at No. 19 and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at No. 20.

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