USHE notches double play: 'Fast,' 'George'


Universal Studios Home Entertainment scored a double whammy on the national DVD sales chart the week ending Oct. 1, nabbing the two top spots with "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Curious George."

Studio sources estimate the two titles combined generated more than $60 million in consumer spending, and USHE said "George" sold through 1.75 million units its first week in stores.

" 'Curious George' long has been one of the world's most-embraced children's characters, transcending all generational barriers," USHE president Craig Kornblau said.

Debuting at No. 3 on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart was Warner Home Video's "Lake House," which also bowed at No. 1 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week with estimated rental earnings of $7.4 million.

"Tokyo Drift" was the nation's No. 3 rental its first week in stores, earning an estimated $3.9 million, right behind Genius Products' "Lucky Number Slevin," which spent the previous two weeks at No. 1. "Slevin" has now earned $20.5 million in rental revenue, or more than 90% of its $22.5 million boxoffice take.

Only three other new releases debuted in the First Alert top 20: WHV's "One Tree Hill: The Complete Third Season" at No. 8; USHE's "The Fast and the Furious Franchise Collection" at No. 18; and 20th Century Fox's "Bratz-Diamondz" at No. 19.