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‘Menace’ sales set DVD record

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LOS ANGELES — "The Phantom Menace" has become a record force in DVD sales.

The DVD of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" set a sales record in its first week, with customers buying an estimated 2.2 million copies. That broke the previous record of 2 million set by "The Mummy Returns."

Distributor 20th Century Fox would not disclose exact sales figures. But the studio said Wednesday that 65 percent of its initial shipment in North America had been bought in the first week.

The trade publication Video Business reported that Fox's initial shipment of "Phantom Menace" DVDs totaled 3.3 million, which would put first-week sales around 2.2 million.

The two-disc set released Oct. 16 includes audio commentary by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, a behind-the-scenes documentary and other features.