( news.yahoo.com ) Holiday shoppers in North America snapped up nearly 5 million DVD copies of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in the hit title's first day in release, Walt Disney Co. said on Wednesday.
"Dead Man's Chest" also is on track to unseat the previous live-action record-holder for DVD sales, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which sold about 16 million DVD copies and 2 million home-video units, a Disney spokesman said.
DVD sales can account for as much as half of a movie's total revenues. "Dead Man's Chest," the follow-up to "Black Pearl," has generated more than $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts, making it the top-grossing film of the year.
A second "Pirates" sequel is set for release in May.