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Stay at Home Date

June 10th, 2006

It turns out Date Movie was a good excuse to stay at home this week as in pulled in $8.09 million in DVD rentals, easily putting it into first place. This pushed Cheaper by the Dozen 2 into second place, but the film held up well down just 2% to $5.47 million for the week and $12.80 million in total. Freedomland came in a close third with $5.05 million and should have no problem topping its theatrical numbers in just a few weeks, not that that's a big accomplishment in this case. Rumor Has It was down just 8% slipping to fourth during its fourth week of release; over the week the film made $4.04 million while overall it has pulled in $20.27, which is almost half of its total theatrical run. The final film in the top five was The Ringer down just 16% to $3.92 million for the week and $14.96 million in total.

There were no other new releases to chart this week.

With almost every film holding up well this week, the overall rental numbers saw huge gains up 8.0% on the week to $157.3 million. That was 5.6% higher from the same weekend last year while the year-to-date number hit $3.4 billion, up 0.1% from last year's pace. Hopefully the strong pace of late can continue throughout the summer.

Over on the sales chart there were a number of strange results starting with High School Musical remaining in first place; it is very unusual for a TV movie to place on the charts and it is unheard of for one to repeat as champion. Date Movie opened in second place just ahead of fellow newcomer, Freedomland. In the meantime, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 fell from second to fourth. Rounding out the top five was the Riddick Trilogy - Box Set. It is very rare for a Box Set to place this high on the charts, but then again, it was three recent movies for less money than a single first-run release.

Other new releases to chart this week include the direct-to-DVD release, All You've Got, which was heavily promoted on MTV, but even so, its 10th place debut was an impressive start for a DVD of this nature. In 13th place was the Special Edition of The Boondock Saints while The Venture Bros. - Season 1 opening in 17th place. The former release was aided by the Unrated Label while the latter release was aided by its high quality.

The DVD charts were again led by High School Musical with The Venture Bros. - Season 1 taking second place. Another new release, Queer as Folk - The Final Season opened in third place. Deadwood - The Complete Second Season slipped one spot to fourth place while The 4400 - The Complete Second Season climb one to fifth.

The overpriced and underdone Will & Grace - Series Finale finished in sixth and the short-lived Night Stalker - The Complete Series opened in 10th place.


Filed under: Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Chronicles of Riddick, Date Movie, Rumor Has It, The Ringer, Freedomland