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Da Vinci Dominates Home Market

November 25th, 2006

The Da Vinci Code led a large group of new releases, taking top spot on the charts with $11.05 million in rentals while it also topped the sales chart with ease. Slipping to second was Mission: Impossible: III $7.91 million over the week for a three-week total of $28.48 million. Cars also held on well with $7.58 million for a total of $16.82 after two weeks. On the other hand, Little Man had the worst week-to-week drop-off in the top 20, down 29% to $6.30 million. The Break-Up claimed fifth place with $5.09 million over the weekend and now has $36.03 million after more than a month of release.

While there were plenty of new releases to chart, all but one missed the top five. The best of the rest was John Tucker Must Die in sixth place with $4.90 million while Accepted placed ninth with $3.76 million. Those two releases reversed their relative positions on the sales chart, which bodes well for Accepted in the long run. There were five other new releases to chart, all of them limited releases. In 25th place was The Groomsmen with $970,000 while Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man came in 27th place with $900,000. Two more finished back-to-back with Joyeux Noel claiming 29th place with $870,000 and Strangers With Candy in 30th with $860,000. The final new release was Sophie Scholl - The Final Days as that film opened in 33rd place with $770,000.

The Da Vinci Code also led on the sales chart selling 50% more DVDs than its nearest competition, Cars. The rest of the top five was populated by new releases with Family Guy - Volume 4 (Season 4: Part 2) coming in third, followed by Accepted and John Tucker Must Die.

Other new releases to chart this week include Mickey Saves Santa in ninth place and Pollyworld in 20th.

Moving onto the High Def department, X-Men 3: The Last Stand took top spot on the Blu-Ray sales chart. Mission: Impossible: III continues to hold down two places in the top five with the Collector Edition just topping the Special Edition. Fantastic Four earned fourth place while The Fifth Element was the only older film in the top five.

Meanwhile, on the HD-DVD top five Batman Begins regained the lead overtaking Mission: Impossible: III. Third place went to King Kong with The Polar Express coming in fourth. And rounding out the top five for the second week in a row was Serenity. I haven't given up hope that this film will earn a sequel; granted, theatrically it did only make about half of what the studio was hoping for, but its success on the home market has been impressive.

This week the TV on DVD charts are a week late, but we do have some updates from last week's post. First place went to The Sopranos - Season 6 - Part 1 but it was The West Wing - The Complete Seventh Season in second place. Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete First Season placed third. There was a M*A*S*H release in the top five, but it was The Complete Eleventh Season and not the Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection. Finally, two Disney releases battled it out for fifth place with High School Musical just beating out Hannah Montana - Volume 1 - Livin' the Rock Star Life.

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Filed under: Cars, X-Men: The Last Stand, King Kong, The Da Vinci Code, Batman Begins, The Polar Express, Fantastic Four, Mission: Impossible III, The Break-Up, Little Man, John Tucker Must Die, Accepted, Serenity, Joyeux Noël, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage, The Groomsmen