'Black Hawk Down' Stays Airborne on Home Video

by Brandon Gray
June 27, 2002

Black Hawk Down faced an onslaught of six new releases—ranging from modest hits to duds—yet stayed firmly entrenched atop the VHS and DVD rentals chart for the week ending June 23, according to the Video Software Dealers Association.

Ridley Scott's docudrama about the 1993 battle of Mogadishu took in $10.53 million in combined VHS and DVD rental revenue, representing a 25% descent from last week. So far, it has amassed $24.66 million or about 23% of the $108,638,745 it won at the box office.

Easing 15%, Monster's Ball maintained it grip on second place, nabbing $7.50 million. The hardcore drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and Oscar-winner Halle Berry has attracted $16.38 million in two weeks, already more than half of the $31,273,922 it earned from its modest theatrical release.

Orange County surfed into third place with $7.36 million in its first outing. In theaters last January, the MTV-produced comedy made $17,930,140 in its first week on course to $41,059,716.

I Am Sam took custody of $6.74 million for fourth place. At the box office, the Sean Penn drama pulled in $8,172,000 in its first week of wide release on its way to $40,311,852.

Rounding out the top five, Kate & Leopold courted $6.23 million, a 20% dip from last week. The Meg Ryan-Hugh Jackman romantic comedy earned $14.50 million thus far, or about 31% of its $47,121,859 theatrical gross.

Also debuting was the Jim Carrey drama The Majestic, mustering $5.68 million after its disappointing $27,807,266 theatrical run. Rollerball—which fell flat on its face in February with a $18,990,652 box office gross—grabbed $4.78 million. Miramax's Oscar wannabe The Shipping News delivered $2.44 million, befitting the paltry $11,434,216 it uncovered in theaters, while Disney's Max Keeble's Big Move managed $2.21 million after its $17,294,293 box office run.

Overall, DVD rentals totaled $58.4 million, up 5.4 percent from last week, and VHS rentals amassed $107.7 million, down 3.4 percent. Compared to the same frame last year, DVD was up 99.6 percent, while VHS was down 26.9 percent.

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