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'Over the Hedge' Leaps to Top Spot

26 Oct, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge scored an over-the-top victory on the national DVD sales chart the week ended Oct. 22. The Paramount Home Entertainment-distributed release generated an estimated $65 million in consumer spending for an easy slide into first place on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart.

Over the Hedge also fared surprisingly well in rental stores, bowing at No. 4 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, with an estimated rental take of $6.9 million.

It's the second animated children's film this month to score big on DVD, following Buena Vista Home Entertainment's re-release of The Little Mermaid, which after three weeks in stores is still No. 4 on First Alert.

Universal Studios' The Break-Up debuted at No. 2 on the sales chart and also was the week's top renter, earning $10.2 million.

The previous week's top seller and renter, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Click, slipped to No. 3 on the sales chart and No. 2 on the rental chart.

With Halloween right around the corner, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's The Omen debuted at No. 5 on the sales chart and No. 3 on the rental chart. The horror remake came to video after earning $54.6 million in theaters.

Fox snagged another victory with the higher-than-expected bow of the direct-to-video sequel Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, which entered the sales chart at No. 11 and the rental chart at No. 13.

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