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DVD Charts Deal 'Smokin' Aces'

26 Apr, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Smokin' Aces burned up the national DVD sales and rental charts the week ended April 22, finishing first on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine's rental chart.

Studio sources peg first-week sales of the Ryan Reynolds/Jeremy Piven actioner at 1.5 million units, making it a decided overperformer given its $35.6 million theatrical gross. That translates to about $25 million in consumer spending, not counting an additional $6.7 million in rental revenue.

The critically hailed The Last King of Scotland, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 2 on both the sales and the rental charts. Forest Whitaker won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, but the film only made $17.5 million in theaters.

A third new release, Paramount's Freedom Writers, bowed at No. 3 on the rental chart and No. 4 on First Alert, where it was narrowly outsold by Warner's Happy Feet in the animated blockbuster's fourth week in stores.

On the high-def front for the week ended April 15, Blu-ray Disc titles accounted for 60% of sales while HD DVD took 40%, nine points more than the previous week.

The top-selling Blu-ray title for the week ended April 22 was Sony Pictures' “James Bond” reboot Casino Royale, while the top HD DVD seller was Smokin' Aces, which was not available on Blu-ray.

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