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‘Secret Life of Pets,’ ‘Bourne’ Give Universal Two Top Spots on Disc Chart

Variety logo Variety 12/16/2016 Thomas K. Arnold
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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 tap into 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 overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was “Jason Bourne,” the fifth and latest installment in the action adventure franchise, which came to home video after earning $162.2 million in U.S. theaters.

Walt Disney Studios’ “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,” a remake of the 1977 musical that 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 coproduced 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 last week were holiday-themed.

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

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, the top three remain unchanged from the previous two weeks: 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 “Pete’s Dragon” at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ “Sausage Party” 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 12/11/16:

1. The Secret Life of Pets (new)

2. Jason Bourne (new)

3. Finding Dory

4. Pete’s Dragon

5. Elf

6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

7. The BFG

8. Polar Express

9. Home Alone

10. A Christmas Story

11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)

12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon)

13. Star Trek Beyond

14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

15. A Charlie Brown Christmas

16. Don’t Breathe

17. Mechanic: Resurrection

18. Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

19. Captain America: Civil War

20. Deadpool

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 12/11/16:

1. Bad Moms

2. Mechanic: Resurrection

3. Finding Dory

4. Pete’s Dragon (new)

5. Sausage Party

6. Nine Lives

7. Independence Day: Resurgence

8. Hell or High Water

9. Central Intelligence

10. The Legend of Tarzan

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

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