On its first day of availability, Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Finding Nemo sold 8 million units on DVD and video in North America, it was announced today by Steve Jobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Michael Eisner, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and Bob Chapek, President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The 8 million units sold to date has Finding Nemo “swimming circles” around the previous industry record of first day sales of 5 million units previously held by Monsters, Inc., also a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film. Based on this first day sales figure alone, Finding Nemo is now on track to be the best-selling DVD and video of 2003 and the top selling DVD of all time.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the overwhelming success of ‘Finding Nemo’,” said Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. “Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Graham Walters and the Pixar crew have created an amazing film that has touched the hearts of millions.”
“The computer-animated blockbuster that captivated adults and children alike with oceans of fun continues to deliver with its debut on video and DVD, which just goes to show the power of blending superior story telling with cutting-edge technology,” said Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “‘Finding Nemo’s’ position as the #1 movie in the U.S. so far this year makes it no surprise that there’s such a high demand for this film from consumers and retailers alike.”
President of Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Bob Chapek added, “We’re thrilled that the public has embraced the ‘Finding Nemo’ DVD and video in this wonderful way. We are working furiously around the clock with our duplication facilities to keep up with this overwhelming consumer demand across North America.” Commenting on the first day sales record, Chapek added, “With the tremendous support by both retail and consumers this new day one record reinforces the admiration that audiences have for this wonderful film.”
Disc one of this Collector’s Edition features the ‘widescreen’ presentation of the film and includes a visual commentary with deleted scenes, features on the creation of the film, virtual aquariums, art galleries and more. Disc two features the ‘full frame’ version of the film and includes a family-friendly menu of games, underwater explorations, fish encyclopedia, virtual aquariums and more. This tidal wave of laughs, adventure and heartfelt emotion is available on DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and on VHS for $24.99 (S.R.P.).