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'Rent' Topples 'Domino' for Top Sales Slot

2 Mar, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

A pair of high-profile Oscar nominations couldn't help lift North Country to the top of the DVD sales chart for the week ended Feb. 26.

The Warner Home Video title, up for both best actress (Charlize Theron) and best supporting actress (Frances McDormand) honors, debuted at a lowly No. 6 on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert chart.

Two other newly released theatrical feature films, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Rent and New Line Home Entertainment's Domino, took the two top spots on the preliminary national sales chart, while the previous week's top DVD seller, Lionsgate's Saw II, held strong at No. 3.

Also beating North Country in DVD sales was a direct-to-video feature, Lionsgate's Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, at No. 4, and a second holdover, Buena Vista Home Entertainment's first-season TV DVD set of “Grey's Anatomy,” at No. 5.

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment's The Weather Man bowed at No. 8 despite a high-profile director (Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean) and a strong cast headed by Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine.

North Country did manage to snag the top spot on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, earning an estimated $7.8 million, or nearly 43% of its $18.3 million box office gross.

The Weather Man debuted at No. 2 with estimated rental earnings of $7.2 million, or more than half its $12.5 theatrical tally.

Domino bowed at No. 4, and Rent entered the rental chart at No. 7. Saw II, the previous week's top renter, remained in high demand at No. 3. After two weeks, the horror sequel has earned more than $16 million in rental stores.

After 19 days in stores, Lionsgate's Waiting… has now made more in rental stores than it did in theaters: $17.3 million, as opposed to $16.1 million in box office earnings.

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