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'Final Fantasy' Sales Soar

20 Jun, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Sony Pictures' “Final Fantasy” series is proving its mettle.

The direct-to-video installment of the CG-animated series, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, has shipped more than 1.4 million units in North America and in English-speaking European markets, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced.

The latest title from the game-based series hit DVD April 25 on DVD and UMD. Add in sales from Japan and the title stands at 2.4 million units shipped worldwide, according to SPHE.

The DVD hit No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan sales charts its first week in stores.

“The production attributes and special effects of this CGI film with its outstanding visuals and audio are ideal for DVD,” Additionally, the name recognition of the Final Fantasy game really helped raise awareness among the film's sweet spot — the gaming community who clearly supported the release," said Ben Feingold, president of worldwide home entertainment, digital distribution and acquisitions for SPHE.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children also played at the 61st and 62nd Venice Film Festivals.

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