Dec. 08, 2005

'Smith' tops in DVD sales, rentals
By Thomas K. Arnold

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stole more than tabloid headlines last week, as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" topped the DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending Dec. 4.

Finishing a distant second on VideoScan's First Alert sales chart was the quirky Warner documentary "March of the Penguins," while Buena Vista's family actioner "Sky High" flew into the No. 4 spot its first week in stores.

Fox's "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" continues its "Titanic"-like ride on the sales charts, popping back into the top 10 (at No. 8) after six weeks in stores.

Holiday fever also appears to be setting in, as several Christmas favorites popped up in the top 20. Warner's "Christmas Story" bowed at No. 11, New Line's "Elf" debuted at No. 13, and in its fourth week in stores Sony Pictures' "Christmas With the Kranks" shot up from No. 35 a week ago to No. 14.

On Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week ending Dec. 4, "Smith" generated an estimated $13.2 million in revenue, narrowly outpacing DreamWorks' second-ranked "War of the Worlds," last week's top renter, which took in $12.7 million -- a mere 17% drop from the previous week.

Sony Pictures' "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" bowed at No. 4, with estimated rental earnings of $9.4 million, while "Penguins" took the No. 5 spot with $7.6 million.

Next week's top-charting DVD seller likely will be Fox's "Fantastic Four," which according to industry sources sold 2.4 million units Tuesday, its first day in stores.