'Departed' scores with Oscar bump


Fresh off its big Oscar wins, Warner Home Video's "The Departed" returned to the top spot on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending March 4, bumping Paramount/DreamWorks' "Flushed Away," the previous week's top seller, to No. 2.

Sony Pictures' "Stranger Than Fiction," starring Will Ferrell, mustered only a third-place debut on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert chart; with a $40.4 million boxoffice gross, it was the biggest new theatrical feature to come out on DVD.

"Fiction" did snag a first-place bow on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart for the week, generating an estimated $6.8 million in revenue. "Departed" held fast at No. 2, earning an additional $6.6 million to bring its total rental earnings after three weeks to $25 million, or nearly 20% of its $129.4 million theatrical take.

New Line's "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" bowed at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 10 on the rental chart, while 20th Century Fox's "A Good Year," the notorious boxoffice bust from director Ridley Scott, debuted at No. 8 on both the DVD sales and rental charts. In rental stores, "Tenacious D" generated $2.7 million, while "Year" earned $2.9 million, or 38% of its $7.5 million boxoffice haul.

Two direct-to-video releases also made it into First Alert their first week in stores: Universal's "The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Flyers" (No. 14) and Lionsgate's "Bratz Fashion Pixiez" (No. 16).