‘Lion King’ Remake Reigns Atop Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s live-action-style remake of The Lion King debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Oct. 26.

The film, which used advanced CGI to re-create the 1994 animated classic with photorealistic animals, earned $543.2 million at the domestic box office, the No. 2 earner for the year behind Avengers: Endgame.

Another Disney movie, Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 4, dropped to No. 2 for the week after spending two weeks in the top spot on both charts.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart) was Disney’s perennial Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus.

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Liongate’s 3 From Hell slipped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man; Far From Home was No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Debuting as the No. 3 Blu-ray (No. 7 overall) was Warner’s Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, a direct-to-video animated movie.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 79% of first-week Lion King sales, with 9% of its total coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 27, Lion King was No. 1, with Toy Story 4 slipping to No. 2.

Fox’s Stuber slid a spot to No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Crawl at No. 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home at No. 5.

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Ahead of Nov. 1 Launch, Studies Show High Awareness, Demand for Apple TV+ SVOD Service and Shows

Leading up to the highly anticipated debut of Apple TV+ Nov. 1, research firms are tracking high awareness for the SVOD service and original shows.

Parrot Analytics is tracking pre-release demand for the new streamer’s original series, including “See,” “For All Mankind,” “Dickinson” and “The Morning Show.” According to pre-release demand data captured leading Oct. 21-27, the company found that the upcoming Apple TV+ shows are well ahead of the audience demand average across all TV shows in the United States over the same time period.

“See” and “For All Mankind” were already attracting 11.7 and 11.1 times more demand than the average TV show in the United States ahead of launch, respectively, according to Parrot. “Dickinson” registered 3.3 times the demand average while “The Morning Show” managed 1.8 times the average in the United States during that time period.

Parrot also compared the pre-release U.S. and global demand for Apple TV+’s four top series to that of other hit streaming shows. For example, U.S. pre-release demand for the Apple TV+ series tracked well ahead of that of Hulu’s first season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the week leading up to their respective premieres. In its analysis, the company compared the average U.S. demand over the period Oct. 21-27, 2019, for the Apple TV+ series to “The Handmaid’s Tale” season one demand over its seven-day pre-premiere period April 17-23, 2017.

Findings include:

  • “See” was 897% ahead of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the lead-up to its premiere.
  • “For All Mankind” was 842% ahead of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the lead-up to its premiere.
  • “Dickinson” was 184% ahead of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the lead-up to its premiere.
  • “The Morning Show” was 54% ahead of “The Handmaid’s Tale”in the lead-up to its premiere.

 

Internationally, the Apple TV+ shows don’t fare as well, according to Parrot research. Pre-release demand for “The Handmaid’s Tale” in most international markets pre-launch was well ahead of the pre-release demand for the Apple TV+ series on a per capita basis.

“Based on the demand that we are seeing, Apple TV+ promotion of the series in the U.S. has put them in a position to succeed domestically,” said Courtney Williams, head of partnerships, Parrot Analytics, in a statement. “However, they have to rapidly accelerate their international marketing if they hope to be a key player in the global streaming wars. The advantage of active and ongoing hardware penetration will be key domestically and should provide the necessary foundation to drive demand globally.”

Parrot also compared the pre-release demand for Apple TV+ originals over the seven-day period Oct. 21-27, 2019, with the pre-release demand for Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” (Feb. 5-11, 2019). Parrot found that “For All Mankind’s” pre-release demand is 54% ahead of the pre-release demand for “The Umbrella Academy” for the comparable lead-up period.

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Meanwhile, another study from Ampere Analysis found more than one in three (38%) U.S. respondents said they were aware of the Apple TV+ product, already higher than some peer group services — such as HBO Max — at 30%. Awareness among Apple device owners was 51% versus 25% for non-Apple device owners, and skewed towards a younger demographic. While younger Apple owners said they were the most likely to subscribe, their lack of interest in Apple TV+ original content presents a potential barrier to sign-ups, according to Ampere.

“The core target group for Apple TV+, in the short term at least, will be existing device owners aged 18-34,” said Minal Modha, consumer research lead at Ampere, in a statement. “Given the popularity of Apple devices in households, there’s already a large potential customer pool in the U.S. To sustain subscriber growth for TV+ in the longer term, Apple will want to move beyond its own device universe, and ensure it appeals to those outside its brand ecosystem.”

Apple’s decision to include the TV+ service with new device purchases appeals particularly to the younger consumer. Ampere found that 21% of Apple device owners are likely or highly likely to subscribe (compared to 13% of non-Apple owners). This rose to 29% of the 18-24 age group, and dropped to 14% of those 55-64, and 9% of those over 65.

Indicating a potential boost to Apple’s hardware business, 9% of respondents said they would buy a new Apple device to get a year’s free access to Apple TV+ and a further 9% said it would encourage them to replace their existing Apple device sooner. Ampere estimates that there are 81 million Apple device-owning households and if 10% were to replace their device six months earlier than planned because of TV+, it would generate an additional $400 million in net device margin for Apple. The same analysis for non-Apple customers suggests potential net device margin of nearly $120 million. Even under conservative device purchase and replacement assumptions, Apple will be able to offset significant sums of its U.S. content expenditure, according to Ampere.

The survey found that “The Morning Show,” a comedy drama series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, would appeal to 35% of Apple customers (versus 25% of non-Apple device owners). “See,” a futuristic sci-fi drama starring Jason Mamoa, has a similar and strong appeal.

The survey highlighted lack of interest in Apple TV+ content as the biggest barrier to subscribing, alongside households saying that they already have enough SVOD services to keep them happy. Apple’s competitive price point of $4.99 was not a seen as a barrier.

“Apple has a different business model from the other new platform launches in that it is able to use Apple TV+ to incentivise and accelerate device replacement — and therefore generate larger cash flow through those sales to fund content spend,” Modha said in a statement. “While the research found that the main barrier to uptake of the service is a lack of interest in the content on offer, this is mainly due to Apple being new to the original content space and consumers not knowing what to expect. As Apple TV+ begins to roll, we expect this barrier will be overcome.”

Final Season and Complete Series Set of ‘Poldark’ Among Titles Coming to Disc and Digital From PBS in November

The final season and the complete series set of “Poldark,” The Chaperone and the documentary Flint’s Deadly Water are among the titles coming to disc and digital from PBS Distribution in November.

Due Nov. 12 is Poldark: Season 5 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital and the complete series set on DVD and digital. The critically acclaimed series, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as the Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery Demelza, follows the thrilling story of soldier Ross Poldark after his return to Cornwall from fighting in the American Revolution. Once he is back in Cornwall he realizes that his life at home has been completely turned upside down — his father is dead, his lands are gone, and the love of his life has agreed to marry someone else.

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The Chaperone comes out on DVD and digital Nov. 26. It follows Louise Brooks, who would become a 1920s silver screen sensation of the Jazz Age, a few years before her fame. A 15-year-old student in Wichita, Kan., she has the opportunity to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe. Her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone, and Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.

The documentary Flint’s Deadly Water hits DVD and digital Nov. 19. While the Flint water crisis has become known for the lead poisoning of thousands of children, this program reveals the story of another deadly problem with the water happening at the same time that few people know about, documenting an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the water crisis that has continued to claim lives in the city five years later.

N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 26, examines the enigmatic life and mind of National Medal of Arts-winner Navarro Scott Momaday, the Kiowa novelist, short-story writer, essayist and poet. His Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawnled to the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. The documentary delves into the psyche behind the celebrated author and visually captures the essence of Momaday’s writings.

Unfolding as a love letter from filmmaker and young mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter, the documentary For Sama, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 19, tells the story of Waad’s life through five years of the uprising in rebel-held Aleppo, Syria. Waad falls in love, gets married and gives birth to her daughter Sama — all while filming the cataclysmic conflict raging around them.

In Odyssey: The Great Music Society in Greece, coming Nov. 5 on DVD and digital, artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, led by its artistic directors, David Finckel and Wu Han, embark on a journey to Greece, the country where so many of the classical arts were first developed. Viewers will go on an adventure that shows the unique intimacy of chamber music performances in extraordinary locations, while highlighting the Greek cultural influences that still resonate within our language, arts, philosophy and civic life.

The four-part Life From Above, due on DVD and digital Nov. 19, shows viewers new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet, providing fresh insights into our planet by expanding the range of perspectives from which to look at it. Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity. In addition to stunning satellite photography from space, drones were employed to generate footage, while helicopters and cameras on the ground provide more conventional vantage points.

Wild Metropolis, coming to DVD and digital Nov. 26, reveals the world’s most extraordinary wildlife living in the newest and fastest changing habitat on the planet — cities. It features a diverse cast of animals that are adjusting to this new world better than we could have predicted, not only applying their natural born skills and abilities to life in the city, but also making amazing physical or behavioral adaptations. From humpback whales breaching in New York’s Hudson Bay to huge colonies of megabats in Adelaide; from penguins nesting in Cape Town to Burmese pythons living on the streets of Bangkok, the series explores some of the world’s most-loved and familiar cities through fresh eyes: the eyes of the animals that live in them.

TV Time: Disney+ and Apple TV+ Originals on List of Top Anticipated New Shows

Netflix dominated the list of top anticipated returning shows, while originals from upcoming streaming services Apple TV+ (launching Nov. 1) and Disney+ (bowing Nov. 12) made the list of top anticipated new shows on TV Time’s November charts.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Traditional TV entrant “His Dark Materials,” a magical adventure based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels and starring Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda, took the top spot on the anticipated new shows chart. It premieres Nov. 4 on HBO in the United States and Nov. 3 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.

Coming in at No. 2 on that new show chart was “The Mandelorian” from Disney+, bowing with the service Nov. 12. Set in the Star Wars universe and created by Jon Favreau, the series follows an independent bounty hunter on the outskirts of the galaxy — far from the authority of the New Republic.

Two shows launching with Apple TV+ Nov. 1 came in at Nos. 3 and 4 on the new show chart. Taking the bronze was “See,” starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, which is set in a dystopian future where surviving humans are blind. “The Morning Show,” which came in at No. 4, is a drama about morning TV that stars Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell.

Rounding out the top five anticipated new shows was DC Universe’s “Harley Quinn,” an animated series based on the DC comic book character. Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) lends her voice to the series.

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Among returning shows, Netflix took three of the top five spots. “The End of the F***ing World,” the second season of which bows Nov. 5, came in at No. 1. “The Crown,” the third season of which launches Nov. 17, took No. 3. And “Atypical,” also in its third season and debuting Nov. 1, came in at No. 4.

Adult Swim’s highly anticipated and delayed fourth season of the animated hit “Rick and Morty” (due Nov. 10) took the silver on the returning chart, while Amazon Prime’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” the second season of which debuts Nov. 1, rounded out the top five.

Most Anticipated New Shows for November:

  1. “His Dark Materials” (HBO) — Nov. 4 (Nov. 3 on BBC One)
  2. “The Mandelorian” (Disney+) — Nov. 12
  3. “See” (Apple TV+) — Nov. 1
  4. “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+) — Nov. 1
  5. “Harley Quinn” (DC Universe) — Nov. 29

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for November:

  1. “The End of the F***ing World” (Netflix, Channel 4) — Nov. 5 (Nov. 4 on Channel 4)
  2. “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) — Nov. 10
  3. “The Crown” (Netflix) — Nov. 17
  4. “Atypical” (Netflix) — Nov. 1
  5. “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Amazon Prime) — Nov. 1

Samsung Adds CBSN to Ad-Supported VOD Service

Samsung Electronics America Oct. 31 announced the addition of CBSN to its free ad-supported video service Samsung TV Plus.

CBSN joins more than 70 TV channels on the Samsung TV Plus service, which delivers free, ad-supported programming across millions of 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs.

Established in 2016 in the United States, Samsung TV Plus is pre-installed on all 2016-2019 Samsung Smart TVs. Users can access TV content with just an Internet connection — no download, additional devices or credit card needed.

The platform mirrors AVOD efforts by The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Shout! Factory TV, and IMDb TV, among others.

“As viewership trends continue to shift, we feel it is important to offer consumers a live and linear TV experience that is completely free and deeply integrated into our Samsung Smart TV platform,” Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships and business development for Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

About 34% of U.S. households will not have a traditional cable subscription by the end of 2019, according to the Convergence Research Group.

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With the addition of CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service, Samsung TV Plus provides consumers with an alternative way to access and watch the same news content in the home.

The Samsung TV Plus lineup includes channels spanning news, sports, kids, lifestyle, gaming and more, including: ET Live, Cheddar, WeatherNation, fubo Sports Network, Outside TV+, Moonbug, Tastemade, QVC, PeopleTV, This Old House, FailArmy, The Pet Collective and IGN.

WWE Streaming Video Service Losing Subs, Pins Hopes on Linear TV

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has new TV broadcast deals with Fox and Comcast, which couldn’t come at a better time for the showbiz promoter.

That’s because WWE’s forays into subscription-based over-the-top video to supplant waning packaged-media sales are flatlining.

The company’s flagship WWE Network averaged 1.51 million paid subscribers the third quarter (ended Sept.30), consistent with downward guidance through the first nine months of the fiscal year.

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Average paid subs decreased 9% primarily driven by the impact of lower subscriber additions earlier in the year. For the fourth quarter, WWE projects average paid subscribers of approximately 1.43 million, representing a year-over-year decline of 10%.

Digital video views increased 12% on a year-over-year basis to 25.6 billion and hours consumed increased 14% to 957 million hours across digital and social platforms.

Media revenue increased to $146.1 million from $142.1 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to the contractual escalation of core content rights fees, including license fees from the distribution of flagship programs “Raw” and “SmackDown,” as well as the timing and performance of WWE Studios’ portfolio releases.

That’s music to the ears of WWE founder/CEO Vince McMahon.

“With our flagship programming now spanning both broadcast and cable throughout the week in the U.S. and our expanding roster of international distribution partners, we remain excited about our ability to deepen the engagement with our fans around the world,” McMahon said.

 

Paramount’s Dan Cohen Adds Duties With Viacom/CBS Re-Merger

ViacomCBS announced a series of senior executive changes to go into effect following regulatory approval of the $30 billion re-merger between the two media  companies.

Dan Cohen, president of worldwide home entertainment and television distribution, Paramount Pictures, has been named president, global content licensing at ViacomCBS when the merger is finalized.

Cohen was promoted to worldwide home entertainment and television distribution president in February, assuming the role previously held by Mary Daily, who had overseen international theatrical marketing and home entertainment for Paramount since 2017, but was promoted to co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.

Previously, Cohen served as Paramount’s president of worldwide television licensing.

Before joining the studio in 2017, he spent more than 20 years at Disney-ABC, where served as EVP of pay television and digital for Disney-ABC worldwide home entertainment and television distribution. There, he licensed films and series, including across digital platforms, on behalf of Walt Disney Studios, ABC Studios and Disney Channel.

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Cohen reports to Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS global distribution group, and chief content licensing officer of CBS, who will also serve as chairman, global distribution and chief content licensing officer at ViacomCBS.

Nuñez will oversee all content licensing, including worldwide distribution and domestic syndication, for ViacomCBS-owned programming to third-party platforms.

“These appointments mark an important step in the integration of CBS and Viacom,” Bob Bakish, CEO of Viacom and soon-to-be CEO of the combined companies. “The seasoned executives we announced today will capitalize on ViacomCBS’s must-watch programming, iconic library and franchises, as well as its global production capacity to drive important new distribution, content licensing and advertising opportunities all over the world.”

 

AMC Networks’ RLJ Entertainment Narrows Q3 Operating Loss

RLJ Entertainment has struggled to be profitable ever since BET founder Robert L. Johnson acquired Acorn Media and Image Entertainment in 2012 to form the home entertainment distributor.

Spurred by over-the-top video successes of Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel (UMC), AMC acquired majority ownership of RLJ Entertainment in 2018 for $65 million.

AMC Oct. 31 reported RLJE posted third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) net revenue, operating loss and adjusted operating income of $31 million, $1 million and $3 million, respectively.

Robert L. Johnson

For the nine months of the fiscal year, RLJE recorded net revenue, operating loss and AOI of $79 million, $6 million and $5 million, respectively.

RLJE operates under AMC’s “International and Other” segment, which includes AMC Networks International, the company’s international programming businesses; Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC; Levity Entertainment Group, the company’s production services and comedy venues business; and IFC Films, the company’s independent film distribution business.

“We are optimizing the value and reach of our content in a variety of ways and executing on a plan that will enable us to thrive in a very dynamic and competitive environment,” Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks, said in a statement.

Indeed, Acorn TV recently surpassed 1 million subscribers in North America.

International and Other revenue for the third quarter increased 20.5% to $183 million, operating loss decreased $5 million to a loss of $12 million, and adjusted operating income (AOI) increased $6 million to $13 million, all compared to the prior year period.

International and Other revenue for the nine months increased 30.2% to $533 million, operating loss increased $8 million to a loss of $53 million, and adjusted operating income increased $24 million to $35 million, all compared to the prior year period.

Third quarter revenue primarily reflected $31 million related to the acquisition of RLJE.

Third quarter operating loss and adjusted operating income reflected the increase in revenue as well as an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses were primarily attributable to the acquisition of RLJE.

As previously disclosed, in connection with the acquisition of RLJE, the AMC acquired RLJE’s 64% interest in Agatha Christie Limited (“ACL”), which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights based on the late author’s works.

As a result of the RLJE acquisition, AMC modified its definition of AOI to include majority owned equity investments. For the third quarter, the company recorded adjusted operating income of $1 million related to ACL. For the nine months of the fiscal year, AMC recorded adjusted operating income of $4 million related to ACL.

 

Charter Communications to Carry Acorn TV, Urban Movie Channel Streaming Services

AMC Networks Oct. 31 announced that Charter Communications will launch its full suite of subscription video-on-demand services as well as AMC Premiere, the company’s premium ad-free version of its AMC channel, to Charter’s Spectrum customers.

The launch of AMC Premiere, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel (UMC) affords Spectrum subscribers access to a wide variety of exclusive AMC Networks content, including the Emmy-Award winning “Killing Eve” (AMC Premiere), “Doc Martin” (Acorn TV), “Creepshow” (Shudder), the Emmy Award-winning “State of the Union” (Sundance Now) and Craig Ross Jr.’s “Monogamy” (UMC).

AMC Acquired UMC and Acorn TV through the majority $65 million acquisition of RLJ Entertainment in 2018 — the company formed through Robert L. Johnson’s purchase of Acorn Media and Image Entertainment in 2012.

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The services will be offered on the majority of Spectrum set-top boxes in the coming months.

The launch is part of a recent broader long-term agreement between the two companies that includes continued carriage of AMC Networks’ AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News linear television networks as well as an extension of a previously announced co-production arrangement between the companies.

“As both of our businesses continue to evolve, we are very pleased to expand our relationship by enriching Charter’s offering with our targeted SVOD services,” Ed Carroll, AMC Networks COO, said in a statement. “Our SVOD services serve passionate audiences with the content they love. We look forward to continuing to forge a new path with Charter, giving Spectrum customers access to our shows on whatever platform they choose.”

AMC Premiere delivers fans of AMC’s original programming with commercial-free viewing, early access to content and the opportunity to binge select series, including the Emmy- and Golden Globe-Award winning “Killing Eve,” “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Terror.”

AMC Networks’ SVOD services have experienced substantial growth over the past year, with its Acorn TV service, North America’s largest and most popular streaming service for British and international television, recently surpassing the 1 million paid subscriber milestone.

The growth has been driven by demand for acclaimed series “Line of Duty,” “Agatha Raisin,” “Doc Martin,” and Lucy Lawless in “My Life is Murder.”

AMC Networks’ other SVOD services include:

  • Shudder, an essential offering for fans of horror, thriller and suspense with an unmatched library of series and films, including the premiere of its newest original series, “Creepshow,” which set records in terms of viewers, subscriber acquisition and total minutes streamed, and was just renewed for a second
  • Sundance Now offers a rich selection of original and exclusive series from engrossing true crime to heart-stopping dramas and fiercely intelligent thrillers from around the world, including “Discovery of Witches,” “Riviera” and “Killing for Love.”
  • UMC (Urban Movie Channel), the first subscription streaming service created for African American audiences, features a broad mix of original series, network TV shows, classic sitcoms, and feature films, including Daytime Emmy-nominated series “Bronx SIU,” OWN’s “Black Love,” the LisaRaye McCoy and Duane Martin-led classic UPN sitcom “All of Us,” and the recent theatrical release of Master P’s I Got the Hook Up 2.

‘Goldfinch’ Arrives on Digital Nov. 19, Disc Dec. 3

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the coming-of-age story The Goldfinch through digital retailers Nov. 19, and on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 3.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name and directed by BAFTA Award winner John Crowley, the film stars Ansel Elgort as Theo, a man whose life was shattered as a 13-year-old when he lost his mother in a terrorist attack on an art museum, and now his last connection to her is a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.

The cast also includes Oakes Fegley as young Theo, Nicole Kidman, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson and Jeffrey Wright.

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The film earned $5.3 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include the featurette “The Real Goldfinch.” The Blu-ray will also include the featurette “The Goldfinch Unbound,” and more than 16 minutes of deleted scenes with commentary from director John Crowley.