Goblet of Fire Moves Near 9 Million Units


Warner Home Video’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the runaway top DVD seller its first week in stores with a strong debut at No. 1 on VideoScan’s First Alert for the week ending March 12, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The fourth installment sold 5 million DVDs its first day in stores, according to Warner, and continued that momentum through the weekend. First-week sales are said to be at nearly 9 million units, which makes the film the top-selling DVD so far this year.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Jarhead came in second, with estimated sales of 3 million DVDs. That translates to more than $50 million in gross consumer spending compared with total theatrical earnings of $62.6 million.

New Line Home Entertainment’s Just Friends debuted at No. 5 in a week that also saw all three previous films in the “Harry Potter” franchise reappear in the First Alert top 20.

On Home Media Retailing’s rental chart for the same week, 20th Century Fox’s Walk the Line held its line as the country’s No. 1 renter, generating an additional $7.2 million to bring its two-week rental take up to $16.4 million.

“Goblet of Fire” finished second, with estimated rental revenue of $6 million, a relatively low figure that reflects the title’s high purchase demand. Jarhead debuted at No. 3 with estimated earnings of $5.5 million.