April 20, 2006

‘Narnia’ Tops DVD Sales for Second Week

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES -- Positioned as an ideal Easter gift, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" logged a second consecutive week as the top-selling DVD in the United States, according to data issued Wednesday.

The Jim Carrey comedy "Fun With Dick & Jane" debuted at No. 2 on VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart in the week ended April 16, but did wrangle a first-place finish on trade publication Home Media Retailing's video rental chart, generating an estimated $7.2 million in revenues.

"King Kong," meanwhile, is showing surprisingly long legs. Three weeks after its release, the film held steady at No. 3 on the sales chart and slipped one notch to No. 2 on the rental chart. Its rental haul stands at nearly $20 million.

Five other new titles broke into the upper reaches of the sales chart, including "The Greatest Game Ever Played" at No. 7, "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin" at No. 9, "An Unfinished Life" at No. 12, "Wolf Creek" at No. 8 and "Bratz -- Genie Magic" at No. 18.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter