Two New Releases Dethrone the King


The Hollywood Reporter says two new releases dethroned New Line Home Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King DVD on the video rental charts last week. But the final installment of the trilogy lost little of its power, dropping a scant 7% from the previous week and actually moving up a notch from No. 4 to No. 3 in Video Store Magazine’s rental rankings.

Warner Home Video’s Mystic River came in at No. 1 on the rental chart, while Universal Studios Home Video’s Along Came Polly ranked second. “Polly” and “River” took the No. 1 and No. 2 slots, respectively, on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert DVD sales chart, followed by “King.” They pushed last week’s No. 2, Monster, down to the fourth slot.

The only other new release entering the top 10 on the First Alert DVD chart was Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s City of God.

For the week ending June 5, Monster and BVHE’s My Baby’s Daddy entered the Nielsen VideoScan DVD sales charts at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively. BVHE’s Miracle fell from No. 2 to No. 6, and CTHE’s Starship Troopers 2 debuted at No. 9.