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Last edited on: February 13, 2016.

Over many years the honors at the annual Movieguide® Awards Galas line up with box office and DVD top sales, demonstrating the strength, general popularity, and staying power of faith and family friendly movies. On February 11, On DVD Release  reports that “The Martian,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (in pre-release for release March 22), and “War Room” are currently the overall, top-selling DVDs for all movies released and pre-released to DVDs. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is also the top-selling DVD (even in pre-release) in the action and sci-fi categories.

“The Martian” is also the top-selling DVD in the adventure and sci-fi categories. “War Room” is also the top-selling DVD in the Drama and African American categories. “Inside Out,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “The Peanuts Movie” are all top-selling DVDs in the animation category. “Max” and “Cinderella” are top-selling DVDs in the family category. “Woodlawn” is the top-selling DVD in the sports category with “McFarland” also a top-selling DVD.

Dolly Parton and cast

Dolly Parton at the Movieguide 24th Annual Awards : Photo courtesy Dr. Diane Howard

All of these movies were recently honored at the Feb. 5, family-friendly, 24th Annual Movieguide® Awards Gala in Hollywood. The $100,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Movie of 2015 went to “War Room.” One of the other nominees for this award was “Woodlawn.” The Ten Best Movies for Families included:  “The Peanuts Movie.” “Cinderella,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Inside Out,” “Max,” and “War Room.”

The Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences included :”‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “McFarland USA,” and “The Martian,”  The Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies included nominees:  “Cinderella,’ “The Good Dinosaur,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two,” “Max,” and “McFarland ,USA.” The Grace Award for most inspiring movie performance by an actress went to Karen Abercrombie for “War Room.” Nominees for Best Performance by An Actor included Sean Astin and Jon Voight for “Woodlawn.”

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Dr. Diane Howard interviews Kevin Sorbo : Photo courtesy Dr. Diane Howard.

Movieguide® has made the strong case with its ongoing research and annual report to the entertainment industry that family and faith friendly movies make the most at the box office. Austin Movie Examiner has also made the case with strong evidence from box office and DVDs sales that family and family friendly moves have the most staying power.

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