Narnia DVD Sales Dominate First Week

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe easily topped the national DVD sales chart for the week ending April 9, while the previous week’s top seller, King Kong, notched a second round atop the rental chart.

Brokeback Mountain finished a distant second its first week in stores, barely outselling third-ranked “Kong.” “Brokeback” distributor Universal said the film sold 1.4 million DVDs its first day in stores, while first-day sales for Disney’s “Narnia” were pegged at 4 million units.

Best-picture Oscar winner Crash jumped six places to No. 6 thanks to the release of a two-disc director’s cut edition of the Lionsgate title.

On trade publication Home Media Retailing’s video rental chart, “Brokeback” bowed at No. 2, with estimated rental earnings of $6.3 million, a tad shy of the $6.4 million earned by “Kong” its second week out. “Narnia” debuted at No. 3, with rental earnings of $6.1 million.

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