BV to open ‘House’ DVD in August

Proclamation odd since film is still perfoming well

In an unusually early announcement, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has set a DVD release date of Aug. 5 for its comedy “Bringing Down the House,” which has amassed a box office in the U.S. of $118 million after less than six weeks in theaters.

Although Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment last week announced DVD release plans for “Tears of the Sun,” which opened on the same weekend as “House,” the early DVD announcement for the latter is particularly unusual since the movie is still performing well in theaters, grossing an estimated $4.6 million over the past weekend.

Still, the window from release to DVD for “Bringing Down the House” will be a fairly typical five months. BVHE has been revealing its late-summer schedule, which will include “Gangs of New York” on July 1 after more than six months in theaters, and “Chicago” on Aug. 19 after seven months in theaters.

“Tears of the Sun,” from Revolution Studios, will come to DVD on June 10, just 13½ weeks from theatrical release, where it generated about $43 million in its first five weeks. Similarly, Columbia released Revolution’s “Maid in Manhattan” on DVD March 25 after 14½ weeks in theaters, where it grossed $94 million.

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