Big Sales for Shrek 2 & The Clearing


While DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 dominated the charts its first three days (details here), Fox Searchlight’s The Clearing made a mark as well.

The Hollywood Reporter says the title, starring Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, and Helen Mirren, sold 54% of its initial shipment to retailers (about 300,000 combined units) on Tuesday, its first day on store shelves. The film generated about $5.7 million in limited release, making this sales figure more significant.

The nation’s top rental title for the week ending Nov. 7 was Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s White Chicks. The comedy earned about $7.94 million for the week for a 12-day rental total of $18.5 million, or 26.5% of its domestic boxoffice take.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Around the World in 80 Days was the third-best-selling DVD nationwide during the same frame, while Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Van Helsing continued to have strong rental legs, generating $6.69 million for the week for a 19-day rental cume of $24.2 million, or 20.2% of its domestic boxoffice take.