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Disney's 'Pete's Dragon,' 'BFG' Join 'Dory' Atop Disc Sales Charts

7 Dec, 2016


Pete's Dragon


After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios’ Finding Dory finally slipped a notch on the national home video sales charts — replaced at the top by another Disney film, Pete’s Dragon, a loose remake of the 1977 musical about a boy who befriends a dragon. Pete’s Dragon earned $76 million in U.S. theaters.

With Finding Dory dropping to No. 2, Disney also claimed the No. 3 spot, with The BFG, on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 4.

A theatrical underperformer with a domestic gross of less than $56 million, The BFG is a fantasy about an orphan girl who befriends a “Big Friendly Giant.” It was directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and is based on the 1982 children’s book of the same name by the late Roald Dahl.

Rounding out the top five were the Sony Pictures horror film Don’t Breathe, about three friends who break into, and get trapped inside, a blind man’s house, and Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection.

Don’t Breathe debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, with the “Harry Potter” set — which was originally released in November 2011 — returning to the chart at No. 5. On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the order was reversed.

Blu-ray disc accounted for 60% of total unit sales for Pete's Dragon, 59% for The BFG and just 35% for Don't Breathe.

Several classic holiday movies have also returned to the top 20 in recent weeks, including the Warner titles Elf (No. 6), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (No. 9), The Polar Express (No. 11), A Christmas Story (No. 19) and the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas (No. 20).

Fox's original Home Alone, released theatrically in 1990, came in at No. 12. And Universal Pictures’ live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Jim Carrey in the title role, also soared back into the top 20, finishing the week at No. 14.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, the top three spots remained unchanged from the previous week: Universal's Bad Moms at No. 1, Lionsgate's Mechanic: Resurrection at No. 2 and Dory at No. 3.

Fox's Nine Lives came off a 28-day holdback at Redbox rental kiosks to take the No. 4 spot, with Fox's Independence Day: Resurgence at No. 5.


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