'Ring' remake reaches racks on March 4

Warner Bros. has conjured an April 11 homevid bow for “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Studio becomes the latest to announce a late 2002 theatrical hit for DVD and VHS release in late winter/early spring.

Last week Columbia TriStar announced its $85 million December hit from Revolution Studios, “Maid in Manhattan,” for release on March 25. Disney has already announced its November animated movie, “Treasure Planet,” for release on April 8.

Also on the release sked, DreamWorks will release “The Ring” on March 4 along with a new digital transfer of the original Japanese version of the movie, “Ringu,” as a separate VHS and DVD. Remake has snared $128 million at the box office.

“Potter,” released in theaters in November, has already grossed nearly $260 million in the U.S. alone, and more than $800 million worldwide. As the studio did last year, Warner will release the DVD version in many countries on the same day, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

But this time the release is coming more than a month earlier in the year than “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which bowed in May last year to coincide with Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. and to avoid the World Cup Soccer tournament overseas. “Sorcerer’s Stone” generated consumer spending of $343.9 million in the U.S. alone last year, according to research by Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.

(Jennifer Netherby and Samantha Clark are reporters for Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.)

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