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Virgin Enjoys a Threepeat

January 7th, 2006

For the third week in a row, The 40-Year Old Virgin was the leader on both the rental and the sales charts. It ended the year on top with $8.51 million over the week, which was down just 1% from last week and enough to push its total to $27.48 after three weeks.

Four Brothers held up even better with $7.77 million over the week, virtually the same as its opening, and now has $15.66 million in total. Mr. and Mrs. Smith remained in third place with the best week-to-week performance in the top five, growing 18% to $7.43m for the week and $48.19 million in total. Must Love Dogs also saw serious growth, climbing 15% to $7.06 million, and that was enough for the film to climb to fourth on the charts while earning $13.25 million overall. Lastly, for reasons I can't explain, The Island climbed back into the top five with $5.10 million and now has $18.44 million in total, which is more than half of its domestic run.

As you probably have noticed, there wasn't a single new release in the top five, In fact, the best of the new releases, Into the Blue could only managed eighth place with $4.68 million. Next up was Dark Water in 12th with $3.97 million, and the only other new release to chart this week was American Pie Presents - Band Camp with a surprising 22nd place, earning $2.15 million.

The late-year boom in rentals continued as the overall market was up 21.1% for the week to $212.7 million, which was up 16.5% from last year. Overall, 2005 brought in $7.8 billion in total rentals, which was still down 3.4% from last year, but that's a much better result than one would have predicted just a few weeks ago.

While there wasn't a single new release in the top ten on the rental chart, it was different on the sales chart. However, The 40-Year Old Virgin was the one common denominator as it again finished first. American Pie Presents - Band Camp opened in second place, which means another direct-to-DVD sequel is probably already in the works. Into the Blue opened in third place ahead of the only other holdover in the top five, Four Brothers. Rounding out the top five was Dark Water, which finished just ahead of Serenity.

Other new releases to chart this week include Toy Story 2 - Woody's Roundup Edition, which came in 11th. And lastly, of the TV on DVD releases The Shield - The Complete Fourth Season also charted, finishing in 13th place.

The Shield - The Complete Fourth Season led the way on the TV on DVD sales charts this week. That pushed Family Guy - Volume 3 and Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.0 down a spot to second and third respectively. The Simpsons - The Complete Seventh Season climbed from seventh to fourth while the oldest release on the charts, Lost - The Complete First Season dropped to fifth during its 17th week of release.

There was just the lone other new release charting this week as Seaquest: DSV - The Complete First Season finishing in tenth place.

As for the rental charts, there were no updates this week, but hopefully I can fill in the blanks next week.


Filed under: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The 40 Year-old Virgin, Four Brothers, Must Love Dogs, The Island, Serenity, Dark Water, Into the Blue