‘Christmas Vacation’ Leads Overall Disc Sales; ‘Lord of the Rings’ Is Top Blu-ray

The domestic disc sales charts continue to be dominated by holiday titles in the lead-up to Christmas.

Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation jumped to No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Dec. 5.

The 1989 film, the third in the “Vacation” series starring Chevy Chase, has achieved a certain status as a holiday classic over the years. It was No. 11 the previous week.

The week’s top Blu-ray Disc was Warner’s The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy, which has been re-released as a number of boxed sets over the years. The latest version is the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection released Dec. 1, containing both the theatrical and extended cuts on 4K disc only, with no standard Blu-ray versions or extras.

Similarly, The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy was the No. 7 Blu-ray seller, also driven by its own new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, which as with “Lord of the Rings” is a 4K-only disc set with both theatrical and extended cuts of the films, but with no extras. A larger 4K combo pack megaset of both “Middle-Earth” trilogies with bonus features is expected sometime in 2021.

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On the overall disc sales chart, Lord of the Rings was No. 5, and Hobbit was No. 16.

The No. 2 overall seller was Warner’s Elf, which was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s animated The Grinch took No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection was No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the Blu-ray top five was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, which was No. 7 overall.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Joker, dropped to No. 23 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Other holiday movies in the top 20 on the disc sales charts include Warner’s The Polar Express (No. 6 overall, No. 10 Blu-ray), Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Home Alone (No. 8 overall, No. 23 Blu-ray) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (No. 12 overall), Warner’s A Christmas Story (No. 9 overall, No. 15 Blu-ray), Universal’s release of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer animated special (No. 10 overall), Warner’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (No. 11 overall, No. 29 Blu-ray), Universal’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas live-action movie (No. 14 overall) and Warner’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas animated special (No. 17 overall, No. 20 Blu-ray).

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 6, Mulan took the top spot for the second-consecutive week and third time in four weeks.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained No. 2 for a second week, while Paramount’s Buddy Games held onto the No. 3 spot, and 20th Century’s The New Mutants stayed at No. 4.

No. 5 was a new release, the horror film The Rental from Shout! Factory.

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