Home Media Retailing Details an 'Incredibles' Year
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.