'Hannibal' chows down on sales chart


It was gore in the video stores last week. The gruesome prequel "Hannibal Rising," from the Weinstein Co. and Genius Products, topped the national DVD sales chart for the week ending June 3, while Buena Vista's equally brutal "Apocalypto" held on to the No. 1 slot on the rental chart.

"Hannibal Rising," which generated $27.7 million in theaters, was the only new theatrical release to crack the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert top 20. The only other new entry on the sales chart was Season 2 of the TNT series "The Closer," from Warner, which bowed at No. 19.

The previous week's top seller, "Apocalypto," finished at No. 2 on First Alert, while New Line's "Pan's Labyrinth" slipped to third place.

20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum" continues to exhibit surprisingly strong sales legs; in its sixth week on the chart, the Ben Stiller comedy rose from No. 6 the previous week to No. 4.

"Hannibal Rising" made a weak rental debut on Home Media Magazine's rental chart its first week in stores, bowing at No. 13, with estimated rental earnings of just $2.2 million. Even so, it was the top rental debut of the week. "Apocalypto" generated $4.9 million in rental revenue its sophomore week in stores to bring its total to $10.9 million, or 21% of its boxoffice gross of $50.9 million.