Consumers are finding Nemo irresistible. The animated blockbuster from Disney and Pixar sold a record eight million copies on its first day on shelves, and went on to sell a total of 17 million DVDs and VHS tapes in its first week, according to Reuters.
Finding Nemo, an adventure comedy about a father clown fish who crosses the ocean to find his captured son, broke the day-one sales record set by Columbia TriStar Home Ent.’s release of Sony’s Spider-Man when it debuted to seven million units sold in 2002. However, the web slinger still holds the title of first week sales champ with 17.5 million discs and cassettes snatched up.
With DVDs making up 80% of sales at $19.99 each, total sales for Nemo have already topped the $300 million mark. It took the film eight weeks to earn that much in theaters. Buena Vista Home Ent. reportedly shipped 25 million units of Nemo to retail stores and still worried about shortages.
Profits are currently split between Disney and Pixar, but that may soon change as Steve Jobs tries to negotiate a deal that would only require his computer animation house to pay Disney a distribution fee. The closely followed talks are ongoing and may lead to an end of the profitable partnership should both sides fail to reach an agreement.