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'Departed' Arrives at No.1

22 Feb, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Best picture contender The Departed, from Warner Home Video, rode Oscar buzz to easily take the top spot on the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ended Feb. 18.

The crime drama, with a $129.4 million box office record, debuted at No. 1 on both Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart and Home Media Magazine's DVD rental chart, outdistancing any competitors.

On the sales chart, The Departed bumped the previous week's top seller, Buena Vista's Cinderella III, to No. 2, outselling the direct-to-video sequel by a margin of 5-to-1.

On the rental chart, The Departed also pushed last week's No. 1 title, Paramount/DreamWorks' Flags of Our Fathers, to No. 2, generating rental revenue estimated at $9.9 million, to $6.3 million earned by Flags its sophomore week in stores.Flags also slid a spot on First Alert, to No. 3, just ahead of the week's second-highest selling newcomer, Genius/The Weinstein Co.'s School for Scoundrels, a comedy that debuted at No. 4. Two other new theatrical releases bowed in the First Alert top 10, both from Sony Pictures: the period drama Marie Antoinette at No. 7 and Zoom at No. 9.

On the rental chart, School bowed at No. 10 with an estimated $3 million in rental revenue. Marie debuted at No. 7 with $3.3 million, while Zoom finished out of the money at No. 19 with $2.1 million.

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