Second film in Swedish trilogy eyes big video release

When the second film in the Millennium trilogy, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” bows on DVD Oct. 26, it could join “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as one of the top foreign-language DVDs in the past several years.

The first pic in the wildly popular Swedish crime franchise, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is already the top-grossing foreign language film of the year, with $9.9 million in the U.S.

Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Music Box Films Home Entertainment on July 6, “Dragon Tattoo” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and at No. 4 on Home Media magazine’s video chart, staying in the top 20 for four weeks. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” has grossed $7.1 million to date and continues to play in 171 theaters.

The action-packed pics have bucked U.S. auds’ usual aversion to foreign-language pics, but the DVDs and Blu-ray edition could be tapping into another slice of viewers: Those who don’t care for subtitled fare. The DVDs include an English-language dubbed version originally created for the British and Canadian distributors.

With interest running high in David Fincher’s 2011 U.S. remake of the trilogy, third pic “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” opens theatrically via Music Box on Oct. 29.

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