'Dreamgirls' dances to top of sales charts


Paramount Home Entertainment's "Dreamgirls" was music to consumers' ears in its first week in stores, riding its $103 million theatrical gross straight to the top of the national DVD sales chart.

Studio sources said the acclaimed musical starring Beyonce Knowles generated $32 million in consumer spending its first week in stores, sellthrough and rental combined, and is on track to become the best-performing $100 million-plus May DVD release since "The Last Samurai" in 2004.

On Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart for the week ending May 6, "Dreamgirls" scored an easy victory, bumping 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Night at the Museum" to No. 2. Lionsgate's "Happily N'Ever After," with just $15.5 million in theatrical earnings, made a strong debut at No. 4. Universal Studios captured the No. 6 and No. 7 slots with two other new releases: the crime thriller "Alpha Dog" (which earned $15.2 million in theaters) and the horror remake "The Hitcher" ($16.2 million), respectively.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, "Dreamgirls" was the highest-debuting new release of the week, entering the chart at No. 3 with estimated rental earnings of $6.7 million. "Museum" and Buena Vista's "Deja Vu" remained at No. 1 and No. 2 with rental revenue for the week of $9 million and $7 million, respectively. "Alpha Dog" bowed at No. 5, right behind Buena Vista's "The Queen," which slipped to No. 4 its sophomore week after debuting at No. 3.