'M:I-3' seizes sales, rentals in coup for Par


The week belonged to Paramount Home Entertainment, which nabbed three of the top four spots on the national DVD sales chart and two of the three top rentals.

The big winner was "Mission: Impossible III," which in its first week in stores stormed to the top of Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert sales chart and Home Media Retailing's rental chart for the week ending Nov. 5.

Studio sources peg first-week sales at 3.7 million units, more than either of the first two releases in the franchise. And that's not counting an additional 20,000 units sold on the two next-generation formats, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc — making "M:I-3" the biggest-selling next-gen title since HD-DVD's April launch.

DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge," distributed by Paramount, retained its No. 2 spot on First Alert for the second consecutive week, and "Nacho Libre" slipped to No. 4, behind Sony Pictures' "Monster House," the previous week's top seller.

In rental stores, "M:I-3" generated an impressive $11.3 million to take the No. 1 spot on the chart, bumping Universal Studios' "The Break-Up" to No. 2, with $6.8 million.

After three weeks in stores, "Break-Up" has earned more than 20% of its $118.7 million boxoffice at the rental counter alone.

"Nacho" finished third, with $6.2 million, and "Monster" held steady at No. 4 with $5.6 million.