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'Secret Life of Pets,' 'Jason Bourne' Push Universal to Top of Disc Sales Charts

15 Dec, 2016 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The Secret Life of Pets

Two high-profile theatrical features from Universal Pictures debuted in the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Dec. 11, as the studio successfully sought to appeal to the lucrative impulse holiday shopper.

The Secret Life of Pets, the 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy that with a domestic gross of more than $368 million is the year’s No. 3 movie, debuted at No. 1 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 Uni double bill supplanted Walt Disney Studios titles that had topped the charts the previous three weeks. Finding Dory, the year’s top-grossing film, slipped to No. 3 in its fourth week of availability, the first two of which were spent at No. 1.

The No. 4 spot on both charts went to another Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. The remake of the 1977 musical earned nearly $77 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 1 the prior week.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Elf, the 12-year-old holiday standby from Warner Bros. starring Will Ferrell.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 5 spot went to a third Disney film, The BFG, a theatrical underperformer (with a domestic gross of less than $56 million) that 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.

Seven of the 12 top-selling discs during the week were holiday-themed.

The Secret Life of Pets generated 59% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, VideoScan data shows, compared with 66% for Jason Bourne.

On Home Media Magazine's weekly rental chart, Universal's Bad Moms was No. 1 for the third consecutive week. For the second straight week, Lionsgate's Mechanic: Resurrection was No. 2 and Dory was No. 3.

Pete's Dragon finally made its way to the rental chart at No. 4, with Sony Pictures' Sausage Party moving up a couple of slots to round out the top five.

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