'High School Musical 3' leads DVD sales

'Body of Lies,' 'Changeling' also bow in top four

Good things really do come in threes. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment scored big with "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the third installment in its monstrously successful series of musicals aimed at young people.

"HSM3," the first in the franchise with a theatrical pedigree ($90.6 million gross), easily topped the national home video sales chart in its first week in stores, finishing well ahead of a trio of other theatrically released new feature films with double-digit boxoffice grosses.

"Body of Lies" ($39.4 million), from Warner, debuted at No. 3 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart for the week ending Feb. 22, with Universal Studios' critically hailed "The Changeling" ($35.7) bowing at No. 4.

The Sony Pictures horror film "Quarantine" ($31.7 million) entered the chart at No. 5.

The previous week's top seller, Paramount/DreamWorks' "Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa ," slipped to No. 2.

In rental stores, "HSM3" didn't make nearly as big a splash as it did at the sales counter, bowing at No. 17 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week.

"Body of Lies," a Ridley Scott-helmed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, was the week's top renter, followed at No. 2 by "The Changeling," which generated plenty of Oscar buzz for star Angelina Jolie's best actress nomination.

"Quarantine" debuted at No. 4 on the rental chart, right behind Warner's "Nights in Rodanthe," the previous week's top renter.

On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart, "Body of Lies" debuted at No. 1, with "HSM3" bowing at No. 2 and "Quarantine" debuting at No. 3.
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