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Animation continued to rule the DVD sales chart for the week ending Oct. 29 as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Monster House" shot to No. 1 in its first week in stores, and DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge," the previous week's chart-topper, held steady to finish at No. 2.

Paramount's "Nacho Libre," the Jack Black comedy hailed as this year's "Napoleon Dynamite," debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert and No. 2 on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week.

Universal's "The Break-Up" remained the top rental for the second consecutive week, adding $8.3 million to bring its two-week take to $18.5 million.

"Nacho" generated a re-spectable $7.1 million at the rental counter, while "Monster" earned $6.6 million to bow at No. 4, behind Sony Pictures' "Click," which has a video rental gross of more than $25 million after three weeks in stores.

Two horror movies also made strong debuts on First Alert: Lionsgate's "An American Haunting" at No. 6 and Universal's "Slither" at No. 8. Two other horror flicks reappeared in the First Alert top 20 during Halloween week: Lionsgate's "Saw" at No. 13 and New Line's remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" at No. 14.

A pair of TV-DVD sets also were among the top 20 DVD sellers: Warner's "The O.C. — The Complete Third Season" at No. 10 and Showtime's "The L Word — The Complete Third Season" at No. 18.
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