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Aladdin' home-video sales top 16 million

BURBANK, Calif. -- Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that sales of the home-video version of 'Aladdin' have topped 16 million after less than three weeks in retail stores.

Disney said 'Aladdin' has become the second best-selling home video of all time, topping its '101 Dalmatians' at 15.9 million.

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The entertainment giant also predicted 'Aladdin' will become the top-selling video of all time by beating the 22 million mark set earlier this year by 'Beauty and the Beast.'

'Aladdin' went on sale Oct. 1 at a suggested retail price of $24. 99. At that price its gross sales have topped $400 million.

Disney executives predicted earlier this year that 'Aladdin' would easily top the lofty figures served up by 'Beauty and the Beast.' Their optimism was well-founded since the movie was the 13th best grosser of all time in U.S. theaters with a box office take of nearly $217 million.

Disney executives said earlier this year that 'Aladdin' had the highest 'purchase intent' of any home video it had ever released.

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