Intolerable Cruelty Gets Quick Start on DVD & VHS


Universal Studios Home Video’s Intolerable Cruelty, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, sold a 1 million DVD and VHS units during its first 24 hours in release Tuesday. It was still too early to determine the number of rental turns for the romantic comedy during its first day on shelves, but “Cruelty” is expected to top the weekly rental charts as well once all the rental data has been collected.

The same studio’s four-time Oscar nominee Lost in Translation was the nation’s second-best-selling DVD and VHS. USHV president Craig Kornblau said that the art house title sold more than 1 million DVD units during that same frame. It earned an estimated $5 million during its first five days on rental shelves.

Last week’s top-selling DVD and VHS was Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Touchstone’s debut of Under the Tuscan Sun. The romantic comedy was the nation’s No. 4 rental during the same frame, earning an estimated $7.48 million during its first five days on rental shelves.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment’s Radio was the nation’s top rental title for the week ending Feb. 8, earning an estimated $7.74 million during its second week in release for a 12-day rental total of $15.6 million.

The nation’s second-best-renting video was New Line Home Entertainment’s Platinum Series release of Secondhand Lions, which earned an estimated rental gross of $7.66 million during its first five days on rental shelves. “Lions” was the nation’s fourth-best-selling DVD release and the second-best-selling VHS release during the same frame.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Fighting Temptations was the nation’s third-best-selling DVD during its debut week ending Feb. 8. The comedy came in at No. 12 on Video Store magazine’s weekly rental chart that same week, earning an estimated $3.70 million in gross rental revenue.