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Paramount Home Entertainment’s “Zodiac” made a killing its first week out on DVD, topping the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart over fellow debutante “Number 23,” from New Line.
“Number 23,” however, scored a first-place bow on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart the week ending July 29, generating an estimated $6.9 million in rental revenue to $6.7 million for “Zodiac.”
Both films earned similar grosses at the box office. “Zodiac,” director David Fincher’s take on the hunt for the notorious serial killer, grossed $35 million in theaters, while Joel Schumacher’s “Number 23,” about a mysterious number that wreaks havoc on the life of Jim Carrey, took in $33 million.
The two thrillers sent the previous week’s top seller and renter, Sony Pictures’ “Premonition,” to No. 3 on both charts.
MGM’s season 10 set of “Stargate SG-1” debuted at No. 5 on First Alert, while Lionsgate’s season two set of “Weeds” bowed at No. 7.
Also cracking the First Alert top 10 its first week in stores was First Look Studios’ “The Contract,” a crime drama from Australian director Bruce Beresford (“Breaker Morant”) that debuted at No. 9. “Contract” also debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart.
On the high-definition disc front, Universal Studios’ “Bourne Identity” toppled longtime incumbent “Planet Earth,” from Warner/BBC, as the No. 1 HD DVD seller, while on the Blu-ray Disc chart “Planet Earth” took the top spot from “Premonition.”
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