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'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' Spies Top of Charts

8 Dec, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stole more than tabloid headlines last week, as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Mr. & Mrs. Smith topped both the DVD sales and rental charts for the week ended Dec. 4.

The family actioner grossed $186.3 million in theaters during its theatrical run, which began June 12 with a $50.3 million opening weekend.

Finishing a distant second on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart was the quirky Warner Home Video documentary March of the Penguins, while Buena Vista Home Entertainment's family actioner Sky High flew into the No. 4 spot its first week in stores.The previous week's top seller, Warner's The Polar Express, slipped to No. 3.

Twentieth Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith continues its stellar performance on the sales charts, popping back into the top 10 (at No. 8) after six weeks in stores.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo broke onto the DVD sales chart at No. 10 its first week in stores, while the third volume of “Family Guy” episodes from Fox debuted at No. 7.

Holiday fever also appears to be setting in, as several Christmas favorites popped up in the top 20. Warner's A Christmas Story bowed at No. 11, New Line Home Entertainment's Elf entered at No. 13, and in its fourth week in stores Sony Pictures' Christmas With the Kranks shot back up to No. 14 from No. 35 the previous week.

On Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week ended Dec. 4, Mr. & Mrs. Smith generated an estimated $13.2 million in revenue, narrowly outpacing DreamWorks Home Entertainment's second-ranked War of the Worlds, last week's top renter, which took in $12.7 million — a mere 17 percent drop from the previous week.

Sales of The Polar Express also were off 17 percent from the prior week, putting the animated holiday film into the No. 3 spot, with rental earnings of $10.8 million.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo debuted at No 4, with rental earnings pegged at $9.4 million, or nearly half its total box office gross.

March of the Penguins was the week's No. 5 renter its first week in stores, while Sky High debuted at No. 8.

Next week's top-charting DVD seller likely will be 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four, which according to industry sources sold 2.4 million units Dec. 6, its first day in stores.

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