'Green Hornet' Generates Buzz11 May, 2011 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment stung the competition with The Green Hornet, as the action-comedy film based on the classic TV show, with $98.8 million in theatrical earnings, debuted at No. 1 on all three home video charts for the week ended May 8.
On the two Nielsen VideoScan sales charts, Green Hornet ended Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1’s three-week reign as the country’s top-selling disc. On First Alert, which includes both DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, Deathly Hallows, from Warner, finished the week at No. 3, while Anchor Bay’s The King’s Speech held on to the No. 2 spot. On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, Deathly Hallows was No. 2, with Universal Studios’ The Dilemma, a Vince Vaughn comedy that grossed only $48.4 million at the box office, bowing at No. 3. On the overall sales chart, The Dilemma didn’t fare as well, mustering only a No. 5 debut, behind 20th Century Fox’s Black Swan, No. 4 in its sixth week in stores.
Green Hornet also buzzed its way to the top of Home Media Magazine’s weekly disc rental chart, thanks to its immediate availability at Redbox and Blockbuster Express kiosks.
Universal Studios’ Little Fockers soared to No. 2 from No. 37 on the rental chart now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox has expired. The King’s Speech was No. 3, while Black Swan, No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 4. Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which also went off embargo, shot up to No. 5 from No. 49.