'Towers' Tops Video Charts for 2nd Week

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    By Brett Sporich

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New Line Home Entertainment's second installment of "The Lord of the Rings" franchise continued to lord over the home video industry during its second week in release, topping the national weekly rental chart as well as Nielsen VideoScan's DVD and VHS sell-through charts.

    "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," starring Elijah Wood (news) and Sean Astin (news), earned an estimated $15.23 million in gross rental revenue alone during its second week in release on home video, according to Video Store magazine research.

    "Towers" set this year's Day 1 top-selling DVD record and Week 1 top-renting home video of all time during its debut week ending Sept. 1, topping $100 million in estimated gross consumer spending in just five days on store shelves, according to several industry sources.

    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's debut of "Identity," starring John Cusack (news) and Ray Liotta (news), was the nation's No. 2-best-renting video for the week ending Sept. 7, earning an estimated $14.76 million in gross rental revenue. The thriller was the nation's No. 3-best-selling DVD, according to VideoScan's First Alert sales chart. The VHS was rental priced.

    New Line's debut of "A Man Apart," starring Vin Diesel (news), was the nation's third-best-renting video, earning an estimated $10.26 million during its first five days on rental shelves, according to Video Store magazine's weekly rental chart.

    MGM's Oscar-winning documentary "Bowling for Columbine," written, directed and produced by Michael Moore (news), continues to demonstrate unusually strong rental legs for its genre, earning an estimated $7.16 million last week for a 19-day rental cume of $24.9 million, topping its domestic boxoffice tally of $21.5 million. While the DVD sold briskly its first week out the gate, its sales fell off somewhat last week, failing to make VideoScan's top 10 First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ending Sept. 7.

    Nielsen VideoScan is a service of VNU that collects VHS and DVD sales data from a sampling of all categories of retail stores. VideoScan charts do not include sales data from Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us. Most other sell-through retailers are represented.

    Video Store magazine, a leading business-to-business weekly serving the home entertainment industry, compiles and analyzes VHS and DVD rental data through an interactive methodology using a multisource predictive model with data from a statistically significant national sample of video retailers.

    from Yahoo! News