According to The Hollywood Reporter, with Halloween looming, the remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead sold more than 1 million combined DVD and VHS units to zombiephiles across the country Tuesday, the video's first day on store shelves, according to industry sources. Director Zack Snyder's remake of the 1978 classic bloodletting gore-fest apparently was timed just right for home video, generating almost as much revenue as its $59 million domestic boxoffice take for Universal Studios Home Entertainment during its first day at retail and rental, sources said.

The Week 1 home video best seller was another USHE horror-thriller, Van Helsing, which sold more than 4 million combined DVD and VHS units to retail and rental outlets, generating an estimated $65 million, USHE executives said. The vampire fest was the nation's second-best rental title its debut week ending Oct. 24, generating an estimated $9.1 million during its first week, according to Video Store magazine research.