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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Tops Disney Trio of Best-Selling Discs

'Finding Dory,' 'The BFG' also in top three

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 remake of the 1977 musical that earned nearly $77 million in U.S. theaters.

Disney also claimed the No. 3 spot, with “The BFG,” on both the NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

A theatrical underperformer with a domestic gross of less than $56 million, “The BFG” is a fantasy about an orphan girl who befriends a kindly giant, known as the “Big Friendly Giant.” It was directed and coproduced 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 “Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection,” from Warner.

“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.

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).

Twentieth Century’s original “Home Alone,” released theatrically in 1990, came in at No. 12. 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, the top three remain unchanged from the previous week: Universal Pictures’ “Bad Moms” at No. 1, Lionsgate’s “Mechanic: Resurrection” at No. 2 and “Finding Dory” at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart were the 20th Century Fox family film “Nine Lives” at No. 4 (now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over) and “Independence Day: Resurgence” at No. 5.

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

Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert, powered by Nielsen, chart for the week ended 12/4/16:

1. Pete’s Dragon (new)
2. Finding Dory
3. The BFG (new)
4. Don’t Breathe (new)
5. Harry Potter Eight-Film Collection
6. Elf
7. Star Trek Beyond
8. Captain America: Civil War
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
10. Mechanic: Resurrection
11. The Polar Express
12. Home Alone
13. Kubo and the Two Strings
14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
15. War Dogs
16. Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season
17. Deadpool
18. Independence Day: Resurgence
19. A Christmas Story
20. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon)

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 12/4/16:

1. Bad Moms
2. Mechanic: Resurrection
3. Finding Dory
4. Nine Lives
5. Independence Day: Resurgence
6. Hell or High Water
7. Sausage Party
8. The Legend of Tarzan
9. Lights Out
10. The Wild Life (new)

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

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