'Departed' shoots to top of vid charts


Best picture contender "The Departed," from Warner Home Video, rode Oscar buzz to easily take the top spot on the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending Feb. 18.

The crime drama, with a $126.8 million boxoffice take, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart and Home Media Magazine's DVD rental chart, easily outdistancing any and all competitors.

On the sales chart, "Departed" bumped the previous week's top seller, Buena Vista's "Cinderella III," to No. 2, outselling the direct-to-video sequel by a margin of 5-to-1.

On the rental chart, "Departed" also pushed last week's No. 1 title, DreamWorks-Paramount's "Flags of Our Fathers," to No. 2, generating rental revenue estimated at $9.9 million to $6.3 million earned by "Flags" in its sophomore week in stores.

"Flags" also slid a spot on First Alert to No. 3, just ahead of the week's second-highest-selling newcomer, the Weinstein Co.-Genius' "School for Scoundrels," a comedy that debuted at No. 4. Two other new theatrical releases bowed in the First Alert top 10, both from Sony Pictures: the period drama "Marie Antoinette" at No. 7 and "Zoom" at No. 9.

On the rental chart, "School" bowed at No. 10 with an estimated $3 million in rental revenue. "Marie" debuted at No. 7 with $3.3 million, while "Zoom" finished out of the money at No. 19 with $2.1 million.
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