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Top 20 rental video titles hired (all formats), 1998–2005

Australian titles highlighted and in bold.


Data on rental video titles hired is currently unavailable. From 1998 to 2001, annual video hire lists were sourced from Video Trader based on the number of weeks a title was in the top 50. With Video Trader ceasing publication, the 2002–2005 lists were based on top-renting titles in Blockbuster stores. As a result of internal restructuring, Blockbuster is unable to provide ongoing data. The Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (now known as the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association) provided top-grossing titles lists from 2002 on wholesale sales value (titles shipped). (See Archive: Top titles: Wholesale titles shipped 2002-2008.)

2005

Rank Title Video distributor Release date DVD share
1 Dodgeball Fox 19 Jan 05 95%
2 Ocean’s Twelve Roadshow 22 Mar 05 95%
3 Meet the Fockers Universal/Paramount 4 May 05 96%
4 Man on Fire (2004) Fox 19 Jan 05 93%
5 Collateral Paramount 10 Feb 05 94%
6 National Treasure Buena Vista 27 Apr 05 96%
7 Hitch Columbia 17 Aug 05 98%
8 The Notebook Roadshow 8 Feb 05 92%
9 The Terminal Universal/Paramount 2 Feb 05 94%
10 Suddenly 30 Columbia 5 Jan 05 93%
11 The Incredibles Buena Vista 6 Apr 05 96%
12 Million Dollar Baby Roadshow 7 Jul 05 97%
13 The Village Buena Vista 12 Jan 05 94%
14 Ladder 49 Buena Vista 18 May 05 100%
15 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Universal/Paramount 9 Mar 05 93%
16 The Pacifier Buena Vista 20 Jul 05 96%
17 Saw Columbia 25 May 05 97%
18 Team America: World Police Paramount 19 May 05 97%
19 Anchorman:
The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Universal/Paramount 23 Mar 05 96%
20 Spanglish Columbia 15 Jun 05 97%

Source: Data is from Blockbuster's 120 corporate stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as regional stores such as Cairns, Dubbo, Albury, Mildura, Shepparton, Roxby Downs and Whyalla.

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2004

Rank Title Video distributor Release date DVD share
1 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Buena Vista 14 Apr 04 92%
2 Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Buena Vista 17 Mar 04 91%
3 The Italian Job (2003) Paramount 29 Jan 04 90%
4 50 First Dates Columbia 07 Jul 04 93%
5 The Last Samurai Warner 12 May 04 93%
6 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Fox 11 Feb 04 91%
7 School of Rock Paramount 24 Jun 04 93%
8 Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World
Fox 21 Apr 04 92%
9 The Butterfly Effect Warner 04 Aug 04 95%
10 Starsky and Hutch (2004) Buena Vista 18 Aug 04 95%
11 American Pie: The Wedding Universal 21 Jan 04 91%
12 The Day After Tomorrow Fox 6 Oct 04 96%
13 Love Actually Universal 21 Apr 04 93%
14 Welcome to the Jungle Columbia 14 Apr 04 93%
15 Bad Boys II Columbia 11 Feb 04 91%
16 Mystic River Roadshow 22 Jul 04 94%
17 S.W.A.T. Columbia 31 Mar 04 93%
18 Along Came Polly Universal 9 Jun 04 94%
19 Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) Fox 12 May 04 93%
20 Finding Nemo Buena Vista 16 Jan 04 88%

Source: Data is from Blockbuster's 120 corporate stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as regional stores such as Cairns, Dubbo, Albury, Mildura, Shepparton, Roxby Downs and Whyalla.

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2003

Rank Title Video distributor Release date DVD share
1 Minority Report Fox 22 Jan 03 65%
2 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Roadshow 2 Apr 03 65%
3 XXX Columbia 2 Apr 03 71%
4 The Matrix Reloaded Roadshow 14 Oct 03 79%
5 Bend It Like Beckham Warner 8 Jan 03 58%
6 Mr Deeds Columbia 12 Mar 03 68%
7 Bruce Almighty Buena Vista 26 Nov 03 79%
8 Signs Buena Vista 5 Feb 03 66%
9 Sweet Home Alabama Buena Vista 14 May 03 67%
10 The Sweetest Thing Columbia 2 Jan 03 59%
11 The Bourne Identity Universal 12 Mar 03 70%
12 Anger Management Columbia 24 Sep 03 76%
13 The Sum of All Fears Paramount 17 Jan 03 66%
14 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Paramount 9 Oct 03 73%
15 Just Married Fox 6 Aug 03 73%
16 Road to Perdition Fox 5 Mar 03 67%
17 The Hot Chick Buena Vista 23 Jul 03 73%
18 Austin Powers in Goldmember Roadshow 19 Feb 03 68%
19 Daredevil Fox 9 Jul 03 74%
20 Two Weeks Notice Roadshow 18 Jun 03 69%

Source: Data is from Blockbuster's 120 corporate stores in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as regional stores such as Cairns, Dubbo, Albury, Mildura, Shepparton, Roxby Downs and Whyalla.

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2002

DVD
Rank Title Distributor
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring1 Roadshow
2 The Fast and the Furious Columbia TriStar
3 Rush Hour 2 Roadshow
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone1 Warner
5 Ocean’s Eleven Roadshow
6 American Pie 2 Columbia TriStar
7 Planet of the Apes Fox
8 Swordfish Roadshow
9 Black Hawk Down Columbia TriStar
10 Shallow Hal Fox
11 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Paramount
12 A Knight's Tale Columbia TriStar
13 Legally Blonde Fox
14 Along Came a Spider Paramount
15 Bridget Jones’s Diary Universal
16 Training Day Roadshow
17 Don't Say a Word Roadshow
18 Lantana Fox
19 A Beautiful Mind1 Universal
20 Domestic Disturbance Paramount
VHS
Rank  Title Distributor
1 The Fast and the Furious Columbia TriStar
2 The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring1
Roadshow
3 Rush Hour 2 Roadshow
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone1 Warner
5 Along Came a Spider Paramount
6 Ocean’s Eleven Roadshow
7 American Pie 2 Columbia TriStar
8 Shallow Hal Fox
9 Planet of the Apes Fox
10 Legally Blonde Fox
11 Bridget Jones’s Diary Universal
12 Lantana Fox
13 Don’t Say a Word Roadshow
14 Swordfish Roadshow
15 The Bank AV Channel
16 A Beautiful Mind1 Universal
17 Domestic Disturbance Paramount
18 Training Day Roadshow
19 The Score Roadshow
20 The Animal Columbia TriStar

Source: Video Trader.

Notes:
1. Still charting when survey was taken.

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2001

Rank Title Video distributor
1 Gladiator Universal
2 Big Momma’s House Fox
3 Chopper Fox
4 Meet the Parents Universal
5 Charlie’s Angels Columbia
6 Road Trip Universal
7 Billy Elliot Universal
8 Bedazzled Fox
9 What Women Want Roadshow
10 Traffic Roadshow
11 Rules of Engagement Roadshow
12 Miss Congeniality Roadshow
13 Gone in 60 Seconds Buena Vista
14 U-571 Roadshow
15 Bring It On Roadshow
16 Snatch Columbia
17 Unbreakable Buena Vista
18 What Lies Beneath Fox
19 The Perfect Storm Warner Bros
20 Mission: Impossible II Paramount

Source: Video Trader.

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2000

Rank Title Video distributor
1 American Pie Universal
2 American Beauty Universal
3 The Wog Boy Fox
4 The Thomas Crown Affair Warner
5 Blue Streak Columbia
6 The Green Mile Universal
7 The Mummy Universal
8 Big Daddy Columbia
9 Hurricane Roadshow
10 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Buena Vista
11 Entrapment Fox
12 Sixth Sense Buena Vista
13 10 Things I Hate About You Warner
14 The Talented Mr Ripley Roadshow
15 Double Jeopardy Paramount
16 Life Universal
17 Fight Club Fox
18 Three Kings Roadshow
19 The General’s Daughter CIC
20 Runaway Bride RocVale

Source: Video Trader.

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1999

Rank Title Video distributor
1 Sliding Doors CIC
2 There’s Something About Mary Fox
3 Six Days, Seven Nights Buena Vista
4 Ronin Warner
5 The Waterboy Buena Vista
6 Saving Private Ryan CIC
7 Wild Things Roadshow
8 Enemy of the State Buena Vista
9 What Dreams May Come PolyGram
10 Rush Hour Buena Vista
11 Snake Eyes Buena Vista
12 Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels PolyGram
13 You’ve Got Mail Warner
14 Lethal Weapon Warner
15 = Payback Warner
15 = The Siege Fox
17 Dr Dolittle Fox
18 The Object of My Affection Fox
19 A Perfect Murder Warner
20 = Armageddon Buena Vista
20 = Cruel Intentions Columbia
20 = Elizabeth Universal

Source: Video Trader.

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1998

Rank Title Video distributor
1 My Best Friend’s Wedding Columbia
2 Face/Off Buena Vista
3 Liar, Liar CIC
4 Air Force One Buena Vista
5 Con Air Buena Vista
6 I Know What You Did Last Summer Roadshow
7 The Full Monty Fox
8 George of the Jungle Buena Vista
9 Conspiracy Theory Warner
10 As Good As It Gets Columbia
11= Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Roadshow
11= The Game PolyGram
13 Breakdown Roadshow
14 The Peacemaker CIC
15 L.A. Confidential Warner
16 In and Out Roadshow
17 The Jackal CIC
18 = Nothing to Lose Buena Vista
18 = Picture Perfect Fox
20 G.I. Jane Buena Vista

Source: Video Trader.

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