'Shallow Hal' Plops on Top of Home Video Chart
Shallow Hal made a big splash atop the VHS and DVD rentals chart for the week ending July 7, according to the Video Software Dealers Association.

The Farrelly Bros. comedy starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow debuted to $13.90 million in combined VHS and DVD rental revenue in its first week on store shelves, or about half the $28,580,514 it attracted in its first week in theaters en route to $70,839,203.

In second place, Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind added $10.93 million for a two week total of $23.73 million. The Ron Howard-helmed drama inspired by the life of Nobel Prize-winning schizophrenic mathematician John Nash tabulated $170,742,341 at the box office.

Black Hawk Down landed in third with $6.49 million. Ridley Scott's docudrama about the 1993 battle of Mogadishu has fought its way to $37.21 million after four weeks or about a third of the $108,638,745 it lifted from theaters.

Another Jack Black comedy Orange County continued to do well, taking in $5.30 million. The MTV-produced comedy has bagged $18.25 million in three weeks, 44% of the $41,059,716 it grossed at the box office earlier this year.

Rounding out the top five again, Monster's Ball pulled in $4.75 million. The Billy Bob Thornton-Halle Berry drama has garnered $25.16 million in four weeks, or 80% of the $31,273,922 it took in theatrically.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius blasted off with $3.91 million out of the gate. The Nickelodeon computer-animated feature grabbed $80,936,232 at the box office.

Overall, DVD rentals totaled $64.3 million, up 21.8% from last week, and VHS rentals amassed $121.6 million, up 9.5%. Compared to the same frame last year, DVD was up 113.0%, while VHS was down 26.9%. For the year-to-date, consumers have spent $1.36 billion on DVD rentals—more than double the amount at the same time last year—and $3.02 billion on VHS rentals, off 21.9%.