According to The Hollywood Reporter, the landscape of the fourth-quarter DVD-selling season is rapidly taking shape as summer starts to wind down and studios seek to snag prime dates for hit theatricals. November will see a clash of the DVD titans, with four $100 million-plus theatricals already slotted and a fifth deemed likely.
DreamWorks is set to announce on Thursday a Nov. 15 release date for Madagascar, the animated feature that grossed $189 million theatrically. That gives it a one-week jump on another animated feature, Warner's The Polar Express, one of the first titles to drop into the fourth quarter. Fox reserved Nov. 29 for Mr & Mrs Smith, which grossed $178.5 million in theaters. Fox also is releasing the year's No. 1 movie, Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith ($377 million domestic gross), Nov. 1. That leaves only Nov. 8 untapped, though sources peg that as a likely date for Warner's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has grossed nearly $150 million since July 15.