‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Tops May Disc Sales

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for May 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The third film in the animated “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD May 21.

Another animated sequel, Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, released May 7, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit, a May 14, release, was No. 3 for the month.

The Universal Pictures comedy The Upside, a remake of a French film, was No. 4.

Paramount’s’ What Men Want debuted at No. 5 on the monthly list.

A catalog movie, Warner’s 1985 adventure classic The Goonies, jumped up to No. 9 for the month. It was No. 14 the previous month.

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Dragon entered the list of the year’s top 10 disc sellers at No. 10.

The top nine titles for the year remained mostly the same, with Warner’s Aquaman at No. 1 and Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 2.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald moved up to No. 3 while Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet slipped to No. 4.

Warner’s Creed II fell out of the top 10.

According to NPD, the May 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner)
  3. Cold Pursuit (Lionsgate)
  4. The Upside (Universal)
  5. What Men Want (Paramount)
  6. Aquaman (Warner)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  9. The Goonies (Warner)
  10. Glass (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through May 2019):

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)

 

‘Aquaman’ Tops April Disc Sales, Becomes No. 1 Seller for First Four Months of 2019

‘Captain Marvel’ Powers Up On Disc Sales Charts

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, distributed by Disney, dominated the home video charts the week ended June 15.

The 21st film in the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe 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 by a wide margin, outselling the next 44 titles combined.

Captain Marvel, which is set in 1995 and serves as a prequel to the “Avengers” movies, earned $426.7 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral slid to No. 2 on the overall sales chart, selling 8% as many copies as Captain Marvel during the week. The latest Tyler Perry-directed comedy was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Aquaman in its 12th week on shelves.

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, distributed by Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The new release Five Feet Apart, a romantic drama distributed by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 9 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 73% of first-week Captain Marvel sales, compared with 40% for Five Feet Apart. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format comprised 17% of total Captain Marvel unit sales.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 16, Captain Marvel also debuted at No. 1.

The previous week’s top rental, A Madea Family Funeral, slipped to No. 2.

Five Feet Apart debuted at No. 3, followed by Universal’s The Upside at No. 4 and Dragon at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 6-15-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 6-16-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 6-15-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 6-15-19

 

‘Big Bang Theory’ Final Season on Disc Nov. 12

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release The Big Bang Theory: The Twelfth and Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 12.

The set will include “From Script to Screen” featurette about the final episode with behind-the-scenes and cast interviews, a gag reel, the CBS special “Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell,” and a digital copy of the episodes.

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Also due Nov. 12 is The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series on Blu-ray and DVD.

The limited-edition Blu-ray will include all 279 episodes with nearly 12 hours of extras plus an additional disc with three never-before-seen featurettes, including a retrospective; a premium lay-flat book with pop-up art featuring the entire cast; a 32-page episode guide with an introduction from creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre; and digital copy offer for every episode.

‘Intruder’ Invades Homes in July

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Intruder digitally July 16, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 30.

The thriller focuses on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buy their dream house but find themselves dealing with the home’s seller (Dennis Quaid) whose attempts to infiltrate their lives grows more intense.

The film earned $35.2 million at the domestic box office.

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Bonus materials include the featurette “Making a Modern Thriller,” deleted scenes and an alternate ending, a gag reel, and feature commentary with Good, Ealy, director Deon Taylor, writer David Loughery and producer Roxanne Avent.

‘Captain Marvel’ Awes Redbox Charts

The week ended June 16, Disney’s Captain Marvel debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The superhero film stars Brie Larson as the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Jude Law. Captain Marvel has grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the first female-led superhero film to pass the billion-dollar mark.

The previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral, slipped to No. 2.

Lionsgate’s Five Feet Apart, a romantic drama about two young cystic fibrosis patients who fall for each other despite having to keep a distance between them, debuted at No. 3.

Rounding out the disc chart were two Universal Pictures releases: The Upside at No. 4 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at No. 5.

Other newcomers to the top 10 included Vertical’s The Professor and the Madman at No. 6 and Universal’s Captive State at No. 9.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, saw Paramount’s What Men Want take the top spot. The comedy has been available digitally since April.

Five Feet Apart landed at No. 2 on Redbox’s digital chart, followed at No. 3 by The Upside, No. 4 by A Madea Family Funeral, and No. 5 by Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 16:

  1. Captain Marvel — Disney
  2. A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  3. Five Feet Apart — Lionsgate
  4. The Upside — Universal
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — Universal
  6. The Professor and the Madman — Vertical
  7. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  8. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  9. Captive State — Universal
  10. Drunk Parents — Lionsgate/Quiver

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 16:

  1. What Men Want — Paramount
  2. Five Feet Apart — Lionsgate
  3. The Upside — STX
  4. A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  5. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  6. The Mustang — Universal
  7. Captive State — Universal
  8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — Universal
  9. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  10. Fighting With My Family — MGM

Merchandising: ‘Wonder Park,’ ‘Us’ Gain Slight Retail Interest

For the week of June 18, most stores still had their displays focused on Blu-rays of Walt Disney Studios’ Captain Marvel, released the previous week. Still, a couple of the week’s new releases managed to earn exclusive editions at some of the big retailers.

Walmart’s ‘Wonder Park’ Blu-ray with plush

Walmart was selling a gift set of the Blu-ray Disc combo pack of Paramount’s animated Wonder Park that included a plush “Wonder Chimp Backpack Clip” for $24.96.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Universal Pictures’ horror movie Us for $32.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Us’ 4K Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy is also taking preorders on a slew of upcoming Steelbook editions for movies that are still in theaters. Titles listed at $34.99 include 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbooks of Fox’s Dark Phoenix, Disney’s Avengers: Endgame and Aladdin, Warner’s Shazam! and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Paramount’s Rocketman and Pet Sematary, Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, Lionsgate’s Hellboy, as well as a 3D/4K combo pack of Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel.

There’s also a listing for a $59.99 Steelbook 4K Blu-ray of HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 8.

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‘Banana Splits Movie’ Splatters to Home Video in August

Bingo, Fleegle, Snorky and Drooper are back with a vengeance in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Banana Splits Movie, due digitally Aug. 13, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 27.

The cult-favorite animal rock-band from Hanna-Barbera’s 1968 “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour” variety show returns with a twist. What once was a lively puppet show for kids has been revived as a bloody horror movie.

The film follows a boy named Harley and his family as they go to a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which takes an unexpected turn when the Splits start slaughtering the audience. The cast includes Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund and Sara Canning, with Eric Bauza voicing the Banana Splits.

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The movie, which will air on Syfy later this year, is rated ‘R’ for horror violence and gore.

The DVD, Blu-ray and digital versions will include a “Banana Splits: Behind the Horror” featurette. The digital and Blu-ray editions will also include “Terror on Set” and “Breaking News! The Banana Splits Massacre” featurettes.

Dumbo (2019)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 6/25/19;
Disney;
Family;
Box Office $114.03 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG’ for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language.
Stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins.

With a running time of just 64 minutes, Disney’s original 1941 animated classic Dumbo is a bit thin on the source material required for a full-bore live-action remake.

To pad out the details, Disney turned to screenwriter Ehren Kruger, veteran of several “Transformers” movies, and director Tim Burton, who previously directed 2010’s Alice in Wonderland for the studio.

The end result is a remake that is equal parts reimagining of and sequel to the original classic.

The core of the story still focuses on the baby circus elephant named Dumbo who learns to use his oversized ears to fly. After his mother is locked up for aggressively defending him from the crowds picking on him for his large ears, he yearns to reunite with her.

However, whereas the bulk of the original film dealt with Dumbo learning how to fly and building his confidence, in the new version he figures out how to fly relatively quickly. Instead of a mouse to handle him, he is looked after by returning World War I veteran Hot Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his two young children, and soon becomes a star for the small traveling circus run by Max Medici (Danny DeVito)

Dumbo’s exploits gain the attention of entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who offers to buy out Medici in order to make Dumbo the headliner of his circus-themed amusement park, Dreamland. Meanwhile, the children hope to use Dumbo’s earnings to find his mother and bring her back to him.

The Vandevere storyline gives the film the air of self-parody, as his theme park is clearly an analog for Disneyland. What’s more, the plot turns on a corporate merger in which the smaller company is to be swallowed up and the bulk of its staffers laid off — a detail rife with parallels to the Disney-Fox merger that was completed shortly before this film hit theaters.

Keaton playing the slimy businessman is also a bit of a switch from his pairing with DeVito in another Burton film, 1992’s Batman Returns, in which DeVito was the one playing the bad guy.

These are clever details for what is ultimately a kids movie, and while Burton’s visual flair and penchant for oddity may amuse adults in the audience for a time, the film mostly settles in as a piece of inconsequential family fare that should keep younger viewers entertained.

Hardcore Disney fans can also take it to the next level in searching for the many subtle references to Disney history, particularly the 1941 film, layered throughout. To this end, the Blu-ray includes a four-minute “Easter Eggs on Parade” featurette.

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Other featurettes include the eight-minute “Circus Spectaculars,” featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers; “The Elephant in the Room,” a six-minute recount of the process of updating the story of the animated film; and “Built to Amaze,” an eight-minute look at the film’s production and costume design.

The Blu-ray also includes nine deleted scenes running eight minutes in total; a two-minute “Clowing Around” gag reel; and a “Baby Mine” music video featuring Arcade Fire’s update of the Oscar-nominated song from the original film.

The digital copy of the film available through Movies Anywhere and select digital retailers also includes a breakdown of the creation of the Dreamland parade sequence.

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Long Shot’ Home in July

Lionsgate will release the comedy Long Shot digitally July 16, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 30.

The film stars Seth Rogen as a hard-partying journalist who has a fling with a presidential candidate (Charlize Theron) who hires him as a speechwriter. The cast also includes O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Lisa Kudrow and Alexander Skarsgård.

Long Shot earned $30.3 million at the domestic box office.

The home video edition will include several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The Blu-ray features Dolby Atmos audio.

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‘Madea Family Funeral’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Chart

Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended June 8.

The latest film directed by Tyler Perry, the 11th and reportedly final installment in the franchise featuring him playing Madea, earned $73.3 million at the domestic box office.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, however, Madea landed at No. 3, as just 26% of sales of the film were of the Blu-ray Disc format.

The week’s top Blu-ray Disc seller for a third consecutive week was DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, distributed by Universal Pictures. The third “Dragon” film dropped to No. 2 for the week after two weeks in the top spot, selling about 60% as many copies as the debuting Madea.

The week’s No. 3 overall seller and No. 2 Blu-ray was another newcomer, the animated direct-to-video superhero adventure Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a crossover featuring the popular characters that was distributed by Warner Bros. and produced with the assistance of TMNT rights holders Nickelodeon. Blu-ray Disc comprised 82% of its first-week sales.

No. 4 on both charts was Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in its fourth week on shelves.

Another Warner title, Aquaman, was No. 5 on both charts in its 11th week of disc availability.

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The 2016 animated movie The Secret Life of Pets, from Universal, jumped back into the top 20 at No. 18 overall, boosted by the June 7 theatrical release of its sequel.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 9 also had Madea Family Funeral debut in the top spot.

Universal’s The Upside slipped a spot to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Dragon slipped to No. 3, while Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic dropped to No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Drunk Parents held at No. 5.

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