Home Media Retailing Details an 'Incredibles' Year

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 30, 2005--It was another incredible year for DVD. Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "The Incredibles" was the top-selling DVD in 2005, with total sales to date estimated at 17.38 million units by Home Media Research.

Second place went to 20th Century Fox's "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," with year-to-date sales pegged at 10.36 million units, followed by DreamWorks' "Madagascar" and "Shark Tale," tied for third place with sales of 10 million units each.

“Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith”

Warner's "The Polar Express" came in at No. 5, with estimated sales of 8.13 million units, followed by Universal's "Meet the Fockers" (No. 6, 7.21 million units), Buena Vista's "National Treasure" (No. 7, 7.2 million units), Buena Vista's platinum edition of "Cinderella" (No. 8, 6.56 million units), Universal's "Ray" (No. 9, 6.53 million units) and Warner's "Batman Begins" (No. 10, 6.15 million units).

Final numbers on consumer spending won't be available until next week. But the consensus among studio executives, analysts and other observers is that it may be hard to top the record $24.5 billion consumers spent on home video purchases and rentals in 2004.

Preliminary estimates are that unit shipments will be up 5.9 percent for the year, while consumer spending on video purchases and rentals will remain flat due to rampant discounting at retail and a theatrical box office slump.

Contacts

Home Media Retailing
Judith McCourt, 714-513-8495
jmccourt@questex.com

Better Be Business Wired.

Business Wire is the leading source for press releases, photos, multimedia and regulatory filings from companies and groups throughout the world.