Disney's Special Edition DVD release of The Lion King got off to a modest new start in the home video market Tuesday, selling more than 2 million combined DVD and VHS units during its first day in release.
While that doesn't set any sales records, most video industry observers expect the number to grow significantly throughout the fourth quarter. The original release of the film sold about 4.5 million VHS units during its first day in release in March 1995, before the advent of DVD.
The Disney/Pixar animated film Monsters, Inc. holds the all-time Day 1 home video sales record, with more than 5 million combined VHS and DVD units sold through to consumers during its first day in release in September 2002.
The original "Lion King" video sold about 32 million VHS units.