'Cars' laps new releases on vid charts


Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Cars" easily zoomed to the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending Nov. 12, buoyed by sales of about 5 million DVDs in its first two days.

The Pixar theatrical hit is the year's second-biggest boxoffice success with a domestic gross of $244 million.

The impact of "Cars" was so great that no other studio pitted a big summer theatrical against it. The most any studio could muster was "Little Man" from Sony Pictures, which grossed $58.3 million. The comedy came in second on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart its first week in stores, but total unit sales were less than 10% those of "Cars."

Even with such high sales demand, "Cars" sped to a surprisingly strong No. 2 finish on Home Media Retailing's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $9.2 million. "Little Man" finished a close third, with rental earnings pegged at $8.9 million.

The week's top renter was Paramount's "Mission: Impossible III," a holdover from the previous week, which earned $9.3 million, a drop of just 17% from its debut week in stores.

Elsewhere on the sales front, the theatrical opening of "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" pulled the original "Santa Clause," from Buena Vista, back into the First Alert top 20 with a strong No. 7 finish for the week.