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Trio Fails to Beat the Fockers

May 7th, 2005

There were three new films in the top five rentals this week but Meet the Fockers held them off taking top spot. The film added $9.39 million in DVD rentals and $1.54 million in VHS rentals for a combined $10.93 million, down just 11% from last weekend.

The rest of the top five was dominated by newcomers led by Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events with $7.86 million / $1.22 million for a first week total of $9.08 million. Next up was Blade: Trinity with $6.96 million in DVD rentals and $860,000 in VHS rentals; a combined total of $7.82 million should mean the film will top its domestic total in rentals, but will probably drop out of the top forty before it does so. Ocean Twelve is the oldest film in the top five at just three weeks, this week it added $5.74 million to its $25.16 rental revenues to date. Lastly, we had Darkness with a respectable $4.07 million in DVD rentals but just $240,000 in VHS rentals for an opening week of $4.31 million.

Overall the home market was up 1.5% from this time last year at $146.9 million, but year-to-date rentals are down 1.3% to $2.7 billion, mirroring the weakness in the domestic box office.

The sale chart, newcomers were a one-two punch with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events topping Blade: Trinity. Meet the Fockers fell to third place ahead of Ocean Twelve and House of Flying Daggers.

That means The Incredibles was finally pushed out of the top five DVD sellers. But don't be too upset for Pixar, the film has sold 17 million DVDs domestically and 5 million more internationally easily making it the top sell DVD of the year.

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Filed under: Meet the Fockers, The Incredibles, Ocean's Twelve, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Blade: Trinity, Darkness, House of Flying Daggers