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'Fast & Furious' Races to No. 1

5 Aug, 2009 By: Stephanie Prange

Universal’s theatrical retread Fast & Furious sped to the top spot on the national home video sales, rental and Blu-ray Disc charts for the week ended Aug. 2.

The action title stared down last week’s triple threat, Warner’s Watchmen, which slipped to No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert overall sales and Blu-ray Disc sales charts and on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

Fast & Furious, which earned $155 million at the box office, reunited stars from 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriquez.

Evidently, buyers were in the mood to reminisce because the original film of the trio returned to the sales chart at No. 10. The franchise also included the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, which returned to the sales chart at No. 14, and the 2006 installment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which hit No. 12 on the sales chart for the week.

Meanwhile, on the heels of the fanboy confab San Diego Comic-Con International, Warner lit up consumers with the animated, direct-to-video, comic-based title Green Lantern: First Flight, which debuted just behind Univeral’s Coraline on the overall sales chart at No. 4 and came in at No. 5 on the Blu-ray sales chart.

Other sales chart newcomers include Universal's Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5 (No. 5), Fox’s Dragonball Evolution (No. 7) and season one of Fox’s "Dollhouse" (No. 9).

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