Though it pulled disappointing box office numbers this past spring, Disney’s CG-animated feature The Wild is going ape on DVD. The adventure-comedy about zoo animals on a mission is the top-selling home video release in North America, out-performing the second season of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and even the latest releases of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Directed by Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams and animated at C.O.R.E. Feature Animation in Toronto, The Wild stars Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of a lion named Samson, who assembles a team of animal pals to set out in search of his teenage son who has been accidentally crated off the Africa. Other key voices are provided by James Belushi, Janeane Garofalo, Eddie Izzard and William Shatner.
The Wild took in just north of $37 million domestically but did better overseas. Foreign receipts totaling $50.4 million drove its worldwide take to a respectable $87.8 million. On the DVD rental chart, the movie debuted at No. 10 with an estimated $3.33 million. The Weinstein Co.’s Lucky Number Sleven was the week’s top rental with $8.8 million and ranked at No. 3 on the sales chart. The fifth season The CW’s Smallville was No. 4.
For the week ending Sept. 17, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi debuted at No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, in sales. The two-disc sets each include both the original theatrical release versions for the late ’70s and early ’80s as well as the 2004 re-issues featuring updated visual effects and other tweaks. Available only through December, the discs should see strong sales through the holiday season.