February 9, 2006

‘Corpse Bride’ Rises to Top of DVD Sales

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES -- "Corpse Bride" was anything but a stiff in the home video arena, as the Tim Burton-directed fantasy topped the preliminary national DVD sales chart for the week ending February 5.

"Corpse Bride," from Warner Home Video, beat a handful of other new theatrical releases that hit stores last week, including second-ranked "The Legend of Zorro" from Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox's "In Her Shoes."

A special edition of "Dune," from Universal, debuted at No. 8 on VideoScan's First Alert chart.

In the staying-power department, DreamWorks' "Madagascar" (No. 13) remains in the top 15 after nearly three months in stores, while Warner's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is berthed at No. 18, 13 weeks after its first chart appearance.

Buena Vista's "Flightplan," the previous week's top-DVD seller, slid down to No. 4, but retained its No. 1 spot on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ending February 5.

The mile-high thriller generated an additional $8.9 million in rental revenue to bring its two-week take to nearly $20 million, or 22 percent of its theatrical gross.

"Zorro" debuted at No. 2, with rental earnings pegged at $8.8 million, while "Shoes" bowed at No. 3 with estimated rental revenue of $8.2 million.

With its first-place debut on the DVD sales chart, "Corpse Bride" entered the rental charts at No. 4, with estimated earnings of $7.7 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter