With several writers remarking that the super-hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, starring Johnny Depp, is more enjoyable if one has already seen the original The Curse of the Black Pearl, people rushed to video stores last week to snatch the original film, making it No. 2 on the VideoScan sales chart. The DVD was originally released in December 2003. Also making the top ten was the Johnny Depp starrer The Libertine.Last week's top DVD seller was the Matthew McConaughey/Sarah Jessica Parker romantic comedy Failure to Launch which held the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row.
In a report that underlines the MPAA's claim that piracy injures not only the major Hollywood studios but the film industries of other countries as well, the producers group said that piracy accounts for more than 90 percent of the film market in China and is unlikely to shrink in the near future. The organization estimated that piracy in China cost filmmakers $2.7 billion last year alone, with more than half that amount impacting the Chinese movie industry itself. "Pirated movies have fundamentally undermined the production capabilities of China's movie industry, with the private sector hit most severely," the report said. As reported in today's (Thursday) German edition of Britain's Financial Times, operators of illegal DVD production plants in China control them from abroad in order to avoid arrest.