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Jacob Twilight New MoonIn 2009, Hollywood struck pay dirt with blockbusters like 'Twilight,' 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' 'G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' and 'Star Trek,' all raking in wheelbarrows of cash at the box office. But the space age future is here and movieland has learned to change with the times. Quite often, a movie is greenlit not just because it's bankable at the box office, but because it has a future in the home entertainment market as well.

Since the VCR and Betamax kindled the home theater industry, the performance of movies in stores has played a huge part in how studios do business. Disney has an enormous line of cartoons that are designed specifically for the DVD market, because families with children tend to buy more DVDs than families without. Take a look at a list of 2009's best-selling DVDs and you'll see they're filled with animation and other family fare.

So what were the top-grossing DVD titles of 2009 and why did they do so well? Let's take a look. All information courtesy of www.the-numbers.com.

Jacob Twilight New MoonIn 2009, Hollywood struck pay dirt with blockbusters like 'Twilight,' 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' 'G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' and 'Star Trek,' all raking in wheelbarrows of cash at the box office. But the space age future is here and movieland has learned to change with the times. Quite often, a movie is greenlit not just because it's bankable at the box office, but because it has a future in the home entertainment market as well.

Since the VCR and Betamax kindled the home theater industry, the performance of movies in stores has played a huge part in how studios do business. Disney has an enormous line of cartoons that are designed specifically for the DVD market, because families with children tend to buy more DVDs than families without. Take a look at a list of 2009's best-selling DVDs and you'll see they're filled with animation and other family fare.

So what were the top-grossing DVD titles of 2009 and why did they do so well? Let's take a look. All information courtesy of www.the-numbers.com.

25. 'Bedtime Stories'
Copies Sold: 2,869,769
Directed by Adam Shankman (who brought us 'The Pacifier') and starring the ever-lovable Adam Sandler, this was a wonderful family movie that fared well at the box office. Once it was released on DVD, the story of bedtime stories coming to life was a must-have for parents and a must-watch for children getting ready to sleep.

24. 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'
Copies Sold: 2,960,361
In recent years, Ben Stiller has taken Hollywood by storm, and his 'Night at the Museum' series is a huge family favorite. With a DVD that offers extra footage of funny monkeys and a Ben Stiller gag reel, what's not to like?

23. 'Fast & Furious'
Copies Sold: 3,049,971
When Paul Walker and Vin Diesel reunited for one more go at driving fast cars furiously, fans were ecstatic. Releasing a DVD with a full DVD of additional footage about muscle cars and stunt driving was just icing on the cake. Fans flocked to the stores to pick up their copy.

22. 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure'
Copies Sold: 3,254,058
For all of the naysayers that claim direct to video titles don't work, Disney gives you 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.' A large marketing campaign pushing the tiny fairy's quest to return fairy dust to the world probably didn't hurt their sales, either.

21.
'High School Musical 3: Senior Year'
Copies Sold: 3,268,868
Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens star this series ending movie, and boy can they sell DVDs. Nearly every teenager in the country -- and quite a few of the adults -- love looking at these two on screen. With almost no additional features, the DVD was able to sell three and a quarter million copies just on the strengths of these two stars' beauty. And some say that the music isn't too shabby, as well.

20. 'Hannah Montana: The Movie'
Copies Sold: 3,382,393
In 2009, Miley Cyrus seemed to be unstoppable. Her concerts, CDs and television shows were the talk of the lunchroom. When the movie came out, it was no secret that every preteen in the country would need to own a copy.

19. 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'
Copies Sold: 3,429,843
Kevin James' surprise hit comedy showed that an adult comedy could still carry something besides an R-rating. The DVD was filled with outtakes and goofs, which helped sell the few people that were on the fence about buying, and the safe rating made it an acceptable purchase for families with younger children.

18. 'The Dark Knight'
Copies Sold: 3,436,080
Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker was on everyone's lips for a long time, and 'The Dark Knight' did tremendous numbers at the box office. The surprise that 'The Dark Knight' ranks so low on the list can only be rationalized by the fact that the DVD was released nearly a month before the start of 2009, and a huge amount of people bought it in the first weeks of release.

17. 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua'
Copies Sold: 3,549,937
What list of movies wouldn't be complete without either a talking baby movie or a talking dog movie? Walt Disney brings us stars like Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia and Cheech Marin providing the voices for the band of puppies (and an iguana and a rat) that bring this family-friendly romp into our living rooms.

16. 'Marley and Me'
Copies Sold: 3,647,926
From talking dogs, we turn to rascally pet dogs that you hate to love but can't help doing so. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in a heartwarming comedy about the love of a family dog. Even the young ones get reeled in when what seems to be a sappy, romantic comedy turns into a story about a family and what the family pet means to it.

15. 'Gran Torino'
Copies Sold: 3,928,679
Clint Eastwood's 2008 award-winning film about a racist vet living in a troubled Detroit neighborhood had critics raving and Eastwood fans shouting for joy. Although the movie was more about people and less about the car it was named after, the extras on the DVD explored American car culture, helping to push the sales to the nearly four million mark. As long as Clint Eastwood makes movies, we will buy Clint Eastwood movies.

14. 'Taken'
Copies Sold: 4,021,420
The PG-13 rating on this Liam Neeson thriller made it easier for parents to take their kids to a movie that wasn't about talking animals or angst-ridden vampires. The middle-aged women of America swoon every time Liam Neeson speaks, and their middle-aged husbands don't mind watching him beat up thugs and slave traders. A strong in-store marketing campaign helped move copies into our homes, and the lack of extras didn't seem to bother anyone.

13. 'G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'
Copies Sold: 4,192,387
Every American male under forty has been anticipating this movie since birth, and from the numbers it pulled (and the fact that a sequel has been confirmed) it would have to be called a success. The lack of extras on the DVD didn't stop the hordes from grabbing on to one of the funniest, nostalgic action movies to come our way in a long time.

12. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
Copies Sold: 4,332,607
Everyone's favorite mutant came back for his fourth live-action movie, and fans weren't disappointed. Joined on the screen by Liev Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman hit one out of the park with his portrayal of the clawed beast named Logan. A huge amount of comic geek-oriented special features made this disc a must have for every superhero loving nerd on the planet.

11.
'Bolt'
Copies Sold: 4,611,553
Talking dogs sell movies. Miley Cyrus sells movies. Talking dogs voiced by Miley Cyrus sell even more movies. The DVD includes music and music videos from the queen of kid pop, and some animation and voice documentaries that made the adult cartoon junkies feel a little less ashamed for buying a Miley Cyrus movie without having the prerequisite children.

10. 'The Proposal'
Copies Sold: 4,727,066
Sandra Bullock made history for her 2009 performances. In the same weekend, she won a Razzie for worst acting and an Oscar for best acting. 'The Proposal' is a romantic comedy about a Canadian boss that tries to make her assistant marry her in order to stay in the country. Co-starring Ryan Reynolds and featuring Betty White, extras weren't needed to sell the one rom-com of the year that both he and she could agree on.

9. '
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs'
Copies Sold: 4,819,882
Ray Romano and crew came back for another installment in the 'Ice Age' franchise and families went wild. Scrat, the lovable saber-toothed squirrel featured in a number of the DVD extras, made this DVD a strong choice for all families.

8. 'Monsters Vs. Aliens'
Copies Sold: 4,852,310
DreamWorks, the studio that brought us 'Shrek,' stepped up the animation game in their 2009 release with 'Monsters Vs. Aliens,' an irreverent tale of mad science and invading evil. The DVD offered a "top-secret" sneak peek into DreamWorks' next film and a fun selection of extras to keep everyone interested.

7. 'The Hangover'
Copies Sold: 5,933,794
One of the highest grossing comedies of all time, 'The Hangover' was a huge surprise hit when it was released in theaters. It should be no shock that the movie sold a huge number of DVDs. While the extras were amusing, most people bought the DVD so they could watch Mike Tyson punch someone over and over again.

6. 'Star Trek'
Copies Sold: 6,046,855
When J. J. Abrams signed on to helm the resurrection of one of science fiction's greatest franchises, the Internet exploded in an uproar. Things quickly settled down, and by the time the DVD was released every Klingon and Romulan on the planet was in line to pick it up. With 30 behind-the-scenes featurettes and a slew of other content, no 'Star Trek' collection would be complete without this gem.

5. 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'
Copies Sold: 6,667,140
Harry Potter came out of the gate strong, and the billion-dollar industry spawned around the adolescent wizard shows no signs of slowing down until the last film has run its course. No special features were needed to sell the DVD, the name Harry Potter is enough to guarantee huge piles of cash for years to come.

4. 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa'
Copies Sold: 7,780,739
With a host of amazing voice talent and wonderful music, DreamWorks strikes gold again with this animated ride. A strong offering of extra features and a huge marketing promotion helped these discs fly off the shelves.

3. 'Up'
Copies Sold: 8,442,069
Two arguments can be made for why 'Up' came in so high on the list. The first is that it's a touching movie about a young boy and an old man forced to forge an unlikely friendship. The second reason is Pixar made it. The movie is full of positivity and warmth. Repeated viewings are a must.

2. 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'
Copies Sold: 9,259,894
Huge robots fighting each other is every fanboy's dream, and Michael Bay didn't let them down. For almost three hours, he treats us to all the eye candy we can handle with beautiful shots of robots punching, robots kicking, robots smashing and Megan Fox. Who needs special features?

1. 'Twilight'
Copies Sold: 10,233,407
Hannah Montana (No. 20 on our list) sold so many copies because every preteen in the country had to have one, but there are more teens and tweens than there are preteens, so 'Twilight' took home the gold medal for 2009. While it was nearly guaranteed that every teen would want to buy a copy, two full discs of special features made this vampire flick a runaway winner for hottest DVD of 2009.