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Good Night for Violence

March 25th, 2006

A History of Violence took top spot on the rental charts with $8.91 million in combined rentals during its first week of release. In that one week the film earned more than a quarter of what the film took in during its entire theatrically run and should have no trouble surpassing that total before long. This pushed Walk the Line into second place with $7.28 million for the week and $29.09 during its three-week run. Thanks to a mere 20% drop-off, Jarhead was able to stay in third place adding $6.80 million to its running tally of $15.40 million. On the other hand, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fell 42% to $4.96 for the week and $13.67 million during its run, but this is a mere drop in the bucket compared to its DVD sales. Polar opposite was Just Friends, which had the best week-to-week drop-off dipping just 18% to $4.57 million during its second week of release and $10.24 million in total.

There was only one other new release on the rental charts this week and that was Good Night and Good Luck, which placed seventh with $3.74 million. I'll admit to being disappointed with that film's result, but at least it performed better on the sales chart.

Overall the rental market brought in $165.7 million and while that was down 1.6% from last week, it was up 10.5% from the same week last year. That helped cut the year-to-date deficit to 3.3% with total rentals coming in at $1.8 billion.

For the second week in a row, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire reigned atop the DVD sales charts, but this should surprise nobody. Two newcomers, A History of Violence and Good Night and Good Luck, placed second and third. Fourth went to Jarhead while Walk the Line rounded out the top five.

Other new release to chart this week were Barbie Mermaidia in sixth and Ice Age - Super Cool Edition in 14th. On a side note, for what a essentially a re-release to do as well as Ice Age - Super Cool Edition did, it shows the movie still have a huge fanbase and that bodes well for Ice Age: The Meltdown's opening this weekend.

Grey's Anatomy - Season 1 continues to top the TV on DVD charts during its fifth week of release. In second place was the Reality TV series The Simple Life 3: Interns. Two more newcomers, I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete First Season and Columbo - The Complete Fourth Season, came in third and fourth while Charmed - Complete Fourth Season was the final film in the top five.

There were no other new releases in the top ten.


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Filed under: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Walk the Line, Jarhead, Just Friends, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence