'Extinction,' 'War' split video spoils
EmptyLAS VEGAS -- Two New Year's Day releases, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Resident Evil: Extinction" and Lionsgate's "War," topped the national DVD sales and rental charts, respectively, for the week ending Jan. 6.
"Resident Evil" came out on top on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, riding on its $50.7 million theatrical record. "War" came in at No. 2 but topped Home Media Magazine's video rental chart with estimated rental earnings of $11.8 million, or more than half its $22.5 million boxoffice take. "Resident Evil" generated an estimated $8.3 million in rental stores for a fifth-place bow.
A third newcomer, New Line's "Shoot 'Em Up," debuted at No. 4 on the sales chart, right behind Warner's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which jumped a notch the first week of the new year and its fourth week in release. "Shoot 'Em Up," which made just $12.8 million, debuted at No. 8 on the rental chart, but its estimated rental earnings of $7.7 million still amount to 60% of its theatrical gross.
The previous week's top seller, 20th Century Fox's "The Simpsons Movie," slipped to No. 8 in its third week in stores. Universal Studios' "The Kingdom" and New Line's "Rush Hour 3" were released just before and after Christmas and finished at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. On the rental chart, "Rush Hour 3" came in at No. 2 with $11.1 million in revenue, while "Kingdom" was No. 3 with $10.5 million.