''Finding Nemo'' surfaced in video stores just two weeks ago, but a tsunami of sales has already made the movie the top-selling DVD of all time. So says Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment division, which announced Tuesday that that the fish tale had sold 15 million DVDs, besting the record of 14.5 million set by the initial DVD release of ''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' in 2002.
(''Fellowship'' also sold 2.1 million copies of the special-edition DVD, but even the hobbit sets' combined sales will still be drowned by Disney in a matter of days.)
Those figures mean that fin fans have already shelled out between $360 million and $400 million for the home video, meaning that ''Nemo'''s home release has reeled in more in two weeks than it has in the six months since it was released in theaters. (Of course, its box office net, $340 million to date, means ''Nemo'' has surpassed ''The Lion King'' at U.S. theaters as the top-grossing animated film of all time.) The pre-DVD ''Lion King'' still holds the record for most home videos sold (32 million units), but at this rate, ''Nemo'' could wash away that record by Christmas.