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'Monster House' Scares Up Big Opening

2 Nov, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Animation continued to rule the DVD sales chart the week ended Oct. 29, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Monster House shot to No. 1 its first week in stores, while DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge, the previous week's chart-topper, maintained steady sales to finish at No. 2.

Paramount's Nacho Libre, the Jack Black comedy hailed as this year's Napoleon Dynamite, debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert and No. 2 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week.

Universal's The Break-Up remained the top rental for the second consecutive week, adding another $8.3 million to bring its two-week take to $18.5 million.

Nacho generated a respectable $7.1 million at the rental counter, while Monster House earned $6.6 million to bow at No. 4, right behind Sony Pictures' Click, which after three weeks in stores has a video rental gross of more than $25 million.

Two horror movies also made strong debuts on First Alert: Lionsgate's An American Haunting at No. 6 and Univeral's Slither at No. 8. During the Halloween period, two other horror flicks reappeared in the First Alert top 20, Lionsgate's Saw at No. 13 and New Line's Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake at No. 14.

A pair of TV DVD sets also were among the top 20 DVD sellers, Warner's The O.C.: The Complete Third Season at No. 10 and Showtime's The L Word: The Complete Third Season at No. 18.

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