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‘Finding Dory’ Swims Past ‘Game of Thrones’ to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Disney animated hit is a huge pre-holiday seller

Walt Disney Studios topped both national home video sales charts the week ending Nov. 20 with “Finding Dory,” the animated sequel/spinoff to 2003’s “Finding Nemo.”

Bowing at a distant No. 2 was the sixth season of the hot HBO TV Series “Game of Thrones,” which according to NPD research sold 12.3% as many units as “Dory.”

The two new releases pushed Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” to the No. 3 spot on both charts from No. 2 the previous week.

Sony Pictures’ quirky “Sausage Party,” the top seller in the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart.

Buoyed by the release of a premium 3D edition, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” vaulted back up the charts, ending the week at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Universal Pictures’ “Bad Moms” rounded out the top five on the overall disc sales chart, down from No. 3 the prior week.

According to NPD data, “Finding Dory” generated 70% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, while “Game of Thrones” generated 55% of its total unit sales from the high-definition version.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, 20th Century Fox’s “Independence Day: Resurgence” soared to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s “The Legend of Tarzan,” slid to No. 2, while “Central Intelligence,” also from Warner, held steady at No. 3

Rounding out the top five on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart were 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age: Collision Course” at No. 4 and, debuting at No. 5, Sony Pictures’ “Sausage Party.”

Thomas K. Arnold is Editorial Director of Home Media Magazine.

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 11/20/16:

1. Finding Dory (new)
2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season (new)
3. Star Trek Beyond
4. Sausage Party
5. Bad Moms
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
7. Independence Day: Resurgence
8. The Legend of Tarzan
9. The Polar Express
10. Elf
11. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
12. X-Men: Apocalypse
13. Beauty and the Beast
14. Paw Patrol: Pups Save Christmas
15. Home Alone
16. Ice Age: Collision Course
17. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
18. Captain America: Civil War
19. The Jungle Book
20. Deadpool

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 11/20/16:

1. Independence Day: Resurgence
2. The Legend of Tarzan
3. Central Intelligence
4. Ice Age: Collision Course
5. Sausage Party (new)
6. Finding Dory (new)
7. X-Men: Apocalypse
8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
9. Star Trek Beyond
10. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.

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