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Paramount Titles Top Charts

9 Nov, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The week belonged to Paramount Home Entertainment, which nabbed three of the four top spots on the national DVD sales chart and two of the three top rentals.

The big winner: Mission: Impossible III, which in its first week in stores stormed to the top of both Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart and Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week ended Nov. 5.

Studio sources peg first-week sales at 3.7 million units, more than either of the two previous releases in the franchise. And that's not counting an additional 20,000 units sold on the two next-generation formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc — making Mission: Impossible III the biggest-selling next-gen title since HD DVD's April launch.DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge, distributed by Paramount, retained its No. 2 spot on First Alert for the second consecutive week, while Nacho Libre slipped to No. 4, right behind Sony Pictures' Monster House, the previous week's top seller.

In rental stores, Mission: Impossible III generated an impressive $11.3 million to take the No. 1 spot on the chart, bumping Universal Studios' The Break-Up to No. 2, with $6.8 million. After three weeks in stores, The Break-Up has earned more than 20% of its $118.7 million box office at the rental counter alone.

Nacho Libre finished third, with $6.2 million, while Monster House held steady at No. 4 with $5.6 million.

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