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'Cars' Gets Checkered Flag

15 Nov, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Cars easily zoomed to the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ended Nov. 12, buoyed by sales of some 5 million DVDs its first two days alone.

The Pixar theatrical hit is the year's second-biggest box office success, with a domestic gross of $244 million.

The impact of Cars was so great that no other studio pitted a big summer theatrical against it. The most anyone could muster was Little Man, from Sony Pictures, which grossed just $58.3 million. The comedy came in second on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart its first week in stores, but total unit sales were less than 10% of those of Cars.

Even with such high sales demand, Cars sped to a surprisingly strong No. 2 finish on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $9.2 million. Little Man finished a close third, with rental earnings pegged at $8.9 million.The week's top renter was Paramount's Mission: Impossible III, a holdover from the previous week, which earned $9.3 million, a drop of just 17% from its debut week in stores.

Elsewhere on the sales front, the theatrical opening of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause pulled the original Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2, both from Buena Vista, back into the First Alert Top 20.

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