Hostel DVD Checks Into Top Spot

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Lionsgate’s Hostel slashed through the competition to take the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending April 23.

The Eli Roth-directed horror film also finished a strong second on the video rental chart for the week, earning an estimated $6.2 million, or 13.2% of its $47.3 million boxoffice take.

The only other new release on VideoScan’s First Alert DVD sales chart was Mrs. Henderson Presents, from Genius Products, which debuted at No. 8. The comedy was released theatrically by The Weinstein Company and earned $10.9 million.

Meanwhile, demand continued to be strong for second-ranked The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, from Buena Vista, which topped the sales chart for two consecutive weeks after its April 4 release.

Warner’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, too, is showing remarkably long legs; after seven weeks on the chart the fourth installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise is still among the top 10 DVD sellers, checking in at No. 7.

On Home Media Retailing’s video rental chart, Sony Pictures’ Fun With Dick and Jane narrowly beat Hostel to remain in the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week, with rental earnings of $6.3 million.

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