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The fifth season of the red-hot HBO TV series “The Game of Thrones” topped the national home video sales charts the week ended March 20, with the complete-season set narrowly beating the live-action “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” movie from 20th Century Fox.

“Game of Thrones” and “The Road Chip” debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on both the VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

The latest “Chipmunks” film, the fourth since 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” was released right before Christmas, just like the others, and earned $85.5 million in U.S. theaters – about $50 million less than its predecessor, “Chipwrecked,” released theatrically in December 2011.

But its home video performance was once again formidable, with the film selling 94% as many units as “Game of Thrones” overall, according to VideoScan research. On Blu-ray the gap was a lot wider; “The Road Chip” sold only 55% as many copies as “Thrones.” According to VideoScan research, “The Road Chip” generated just 35% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, compared to 60% for “Game of Thrones.”

The arrival on disc of the TV show and the movie sequel bumped another 20th Century Fox release, the CG-animated “The Peanuts Movie,” to No. 3, also on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was Walt Disney Studios’ “The Good Dinosaur” at No. 4 and, bowing at No. 5, Universal Pictures’ “Sisters,” a comedy about two sisters (“Saturday Night Live” alumni Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) throwing a house party. The film earned just over $87 million at the domestic box office.

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top spot went to Paramount’s “The Big Short,” which debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc and Blu-ray sales charts. The film is a docudrama about the 2008 collapse of the housing market as seen from three different perspectives; it grossed just over $70 million in U.S. theaters.

The new release bumped the next four top rentals down a notch: MGM/20th Century Fox’s “Spectre,” the latest James Bond film, to No. 2; Warner’s “Black Mass” to No. 3; Sony Pictures’ “The Night Before” to No. 4; and “The Good Dinosaur” to No. 5.

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine,

Top 20 VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 3/20/16:

1. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season (new)
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (new)
3. The Peanuts Movie
4. The Good Dinosaur
5. Sisters (new)
6. Creed
7. The Big Short (new)
8. The Martian
9. Spectre
10. In the Heart of the Seas
11. Brooklyn (new)
12. Hotel Transylvania 2
13. Minions
14. Goosebumps
15. The Land Before Time
16. Open Season: Scared Silly
17. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
18. Carol (new)
19. Jurassic World
20. Barbie: Spy Squad

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 3/20/16:

1. The Big Short (new)
2. Spectre
3. Black Mass
4. The Night Before
5. The Good Dinosaur
6. The Intern
7. The Martian
8. The 33
9. Straight Outta Compton
10. The Room

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