April 26, 2006

‘Hostel’ Checks in at No. 1 on DVD Sales Chart

By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES -- The gruesome horror film "Hostel" slashed through the competition to take the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending April 23.

Director Eli Roth's low-budget hit about kidnapped backpackers sold to a human slaughter ring, also finished a strong second on the video rental chart, earning about $6.2 million, or 13.2% of its $47.3 million box office take.

The only other new release on VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart was "Mrs. Henderson Presents," starring Judi Dench in an Oscar-nominated turn as a widowed theater owner, which debuted at No. 8. The period comedy was released theatrically by the Weinstein Co. and earned $10.9 million.

After two weeks at No. 1, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" slipped to No. 2 on the sales chart. "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" also is showing remarkably long legs; after seven weeks, the fourth installment in the "Potter" franchise ranks No. 7.

On trade publication Home Media Retailing's video rental chart, "Fun With Dick & Jane" narrowly beat "Hostel" to remain in the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week, with rental earnings of $6.3 million. "Mrs. Henderson" debuted at No. 11 with $2.2 million, or more than 20% of its theatrical gross.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter