BVHE takes trifecta in 2006 sales


The final numbers aren't in, but it appears that Buena Vista Home Entertainment finished 2006 with the three top-selling DVDs of the year.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the year's No. 1 theatrical movie, is primed for the No. 1 slot. Consumers snapped up 10.5 million copies in the week after the film's Dec. 5 release, and sales remained strong through the holidays. The film returned to the No. 1 spot on the weekly Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart the week before Christmas, beating several new theatricals.

"Cars," released in November, likely will end up in the No. 2 spot, with first-week sales of 9 million DVDs and steady sales through year's end. It is expected to beat "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which was released just before Easter and quickly sold 11.9 million units.

Warner has the year's fourth-biggest-selling DVD with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," which was released in March and had sold 11.1 million units through the end of the third quarter. The film reappeared on the First Alert chart in the fourth quarter amid hype over the next Harry Potter book and movie.

The rest of the top-selling DVD releases are New Line's "Wedding Crashers" at No. 5, followed by DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge" and Universal's "King Kong" remake. 20th Century Fox's "Walk the Line" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and Disney's "Chicken Little" round out the top 10.