Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Dominates the DVD Charts

The Hollywood Reporter says Spider-Man 3 ruled the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending November 4.



The third installment in the hugely successful superhero series, which grossed $336.5 million in theaters during the summer, ended the two-week reign of Transformers on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.



Spidey's pull was so great that a boxed set of all three "Spider-Man" movies debuted at No. 5 despite a $40 price tag.



On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Spider-Man 3 generated estimated revenue of $9.7 million. Transformers slipped to No. 2 with $7 million.



On the high-definition disc charts, "Spider-Man 3" was an easy victor on Blu-ray Disc. On the HD DVD side, "Transformers" remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Both titles are available only in their respective formats.



According to Video Business, the Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc sold 130,000 units in its first six days on shelves.



The studio shipped about 400,000 Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc units to retail for the title's Oct. 30 bow, making first-week sell-off about 30%. Sony said that does not include units bundled with the new $399 PlayStation 3.



That street week sell-off bested the comparable kick-off frame for Casino Royale on Blu-ray by more than three times. Casino Royale, which sold 40,000 Blu-ray copies in week-one sales, had been Sony's No. 1 performer in the format to this point.



The top-opening Blu-ray title across studios is believed to be Warner Home Video's 300, which the studio reportedly sold 250,000 units on the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats combined. It's believed about two-third, or 165,000, of 300 units were Blu-ray.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up, and The Hollywood Reporter and Video Business for the info.

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