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'V' Victorious on Rental, Sales Charts

10 Aug, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

V stood for “victory” on the DVD sales and rental charts, as Warner Home Video's edgy futuristic thriller V for Vendetta sailed into the No. 1 spot on both charts its first week in stores.

V for Vendetta handily outsold its nearest competitor, Buena Vista's The Shaggy Dog remake, by a margin of more than 2-to-1, according to VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart for the week ended Aug. 6.

In theaters, V for Vendetta grossed $70.5 million, while The Shaggy Dog finished not far behind with $61.1 million.

On Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, V for Vendetta nudged the previous week's topper, Sony Pictures' The Benchwarmers, to the No. 2 spot, with estimated rental earnings for the week of $9.4 million to the baseball comedy's $9.2 million.

The Shaggy Dog bowed at No. 4, with rental earnings of $7.7 million, right behind New Line's Final Destination 3, which after two weeks in stores has generated $17.1 million in rentals, nearly one-third of its theatrical gross.

The only other new release besides V for Vendetta and The Shaggy Dog to crack the First Alert top 20 was HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Fifth Season, which debuted at No. 20.

Several older releases began creeping back up the DVD sales chart, including Sony's Spider-Man 2 (No. 5) and Spider-Man (No. 14). Trailers for the third “Spider-Man” movie have just begun playing in theaters.

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