Movie Picture According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Moore's politically charged documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 sold about 2 million combined DVD and VHS units Tuesday, its first day in release, according to industry sources.
That Day 1 sales figure, and projected Week 1 sales of 3 million combined units, sets the benchmark as the most successful documentary ever released on home video. While initial home video sales figures for "Fahrenheit" were expected to be break records -- considering its $119 million domestic boxoffice take -- industry observers are watching closely to see how the title will sell and rent over time. Of the units sold Tuesday, about 1.4 million were sold to rental stores, sources said.
Meanwhile, last week's best-selling DVD and rental title was MGM Home Entertainment's Walking Tall, which generated about $6.11 million in gross rental spending during its first five days on store shelves, according to Nielsen VideoScan and Video Store magazine research, respectively. Lions Gate's Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper was the nation's best-selling VHS and the sixth-best-selling DVD for the week ending October 3rd, according to VideoScan.