May 17, 2006

“Munich” puts big hit on home video

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Munich" might have done
so-so at the box office, but Steven Spielberg's controversial
revenge drama scored big on DVD.

The film, revolving around the Israeli hit squad dispatched
to retaliate for the murder of 11 athletes at the 1972 summer
Olympics, opened atop the national DVD sales and rental charts
during the week ended May 14.

Trailing it on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart were
"Nancy McPhee" at No. 2, "Big Momma's House 2" at No. 3, "Rumor
Has It" at No. 4 and "The New World" at No. 5.

Other new releases included "Grandma's Boy" at No. 8, the
season 3 TV-DVD set of "Scrubs" at No. 11, the season 6 set of
"The West Wing" at No. 14, and "Barbie Diaries" at No. 16.

On trade publication Home Media Retailing's video rental
chart, "Munich" bumped "The Family Stone" down a notch and took
the No. 1 slot with estimated earnings of $7.6 million.

"Big Momma's House 2" debuted at No. 4, behind "Last
Holiday," followed by "Rumor" at No. 5 and "New World" at No.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter