‘WW84’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ Debuts at No. 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonder Woman 1984 spent a third week atop the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray chart the week ended April 17.

Debuting at No. 2 was Screen Media’s Willy Wonderland, which in its first week sold about one-third as many copies as the superhero sequel. The comedic horror film stars Nicolas Cage as a stranded motorist who finds himself fighting for survival against the homicidal animatronic inhabitants of an abandoned family fun center.

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Dropping a spot on both charts was Disney’s Soul at No. 3, and Universal Pictures’ News of the World at No. 4.

The No. 5 disc seller was Lionsgate’s Shadow in the Cloud, which was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, which was No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 18, Wonder Woman 1984 was the top rental and News of the World was No. 2 for the third-consecutive week.

Willy’s Wonderland debuted at No. 3, pushing Universal’s The Croods: A New Age to No. 4.

No. 5 was another new release, Lionsgate’s The Penthouse, a thriller about a man seeking revenge against a couple for interfering in his relationship.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 4-17-21
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‘Charmed’ Season 3 Among Latest MOD Releases From Allied Vaughn

CBS Home Entertainment has tapped manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn for a Blu-ray of the third season of the original “Charmed,” to be released May 18.

The series ran for eight seasons, from 1998 to 2006, and starred starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano as the Halliwell sisters — witches who use their combined power to protect innocents.

The 2000-01 third season, Doherty’s last, would see many dramatic changes in the sisters’ lives. Prue (Doherty) seeks balance in her love life and in her role as the oldest Halliwell sister. Piper (Combs) and Leo (Brian Krause) plan to get married against the wishes of The Elders. Phoebe (Milano) gains the “active” power of levitation and becomes romantically involved with assistant DA Cole Turner/Belthazor (Julian McMahon) — a half human/half demon sent by evil The Triad to destroy the Charmed Ones. As Cole/Belthazor moves his way into The Charmed Ones’ lives, he becomes conflicted between his duty toward The Triad and his love for Phoebe.

Allied Vaughn is also producing Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut Blu-ray slated for release June 1.

The 1999 comedy directed by Jamie Babbit follows teenager Megan (Natasha Lyonne), whose suburban existence filled with friends, cheerleading and all-American fun is upended when her straight-laced parents suspect she may be a lesbian. In a panic, they send her to True Directions, a “rehabilitation” camp run by the strict and prudish Mary (Cathy Moriarty), to mount an intervention led by counselor Mike (RuPaul Charles). Megan dutifully follows the program until she develops feelings for another camper (Clea DuVall). The cast also includes Eddie Cibrian, Melanie Lynskey and Michelle Williams. The director’s cut, released in December 2020 to mark the film’s 20th anniversary, runs 91 minutes, six minutes longer than the theatrical cut.

Other new and upcoming Allied Vaughn titles include Paramount’s Cheech & Chong: Still Smoking Blu-ray April 20; Warner Archives’ Quick Change Blu-ray April 27; BMG’s Kicking the Hornet’s Nest, a documentary about a popular gynecologic device used to perform hysterectomies that has been inadvertently spreading cancer in patients for decades, on DVD April 27; and Random Media’s Jessica Watkins: Specialish comedy special on DVD May 11.

Season 4 of ‘MacGyver’ Reboot on DVD June 8

Lionsgate will release MacGyver: Season 4 on DVD June 8, containing 13 episodes from the CBS reboot of the classic action-adventure series.

Lucas Till stars as Angus “Mac” MacGyver, the resourceful government agents who fights crime with clever feats of engineering rather than lethal force. In the fourth season, ex-MI6 agent Russ Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) recruits former Phoenix Foundation members Mac, Riley (Tristin Mays), Bozer (Justin Hires), Matty (Meredith Eaton) and Desi (Levy Tran) to hunt down a bioweapon that’s planned to be used by a mysterious organization for a devastating attack on a major U.S. city.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ No. 1 on Redbox Charts for Third Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonder Woman 1984 continues to fly at Redbox. The superhero sequel spent a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 18.

Universal Pictures’ News of the World remained No. 2 on the disc rental charts but dropped to No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

No. 3 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Screen Media’s Willy’s Wonderland, making its debut on disc. The comedic horror film stars Nicolas Cage who must escape an abandoned family fun center where the animatronic characters have come to life. It also rose two spots to No. 3 on the On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The No. 2 On Demand title was Universal’s Nobody, an action thriller that stars Bob Odenkirk as a man who tracks down the thieves who broke into his house. The film was released in theaters March 26 on through digital channels April 16.

Universal’s The Croods: A New Age slid a spot on each chart to No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

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Other newcomers on the chart include Lionsgate’s The Penthouse at No. 5. The thriller focuses on a couple who live in a condo by a marina and intervene in the fight between a man and his girlfriend on a docked boat, but soon find themselves tormented by the man after his girlfriend vanishes.

The No. 7 disc rental is Phobias, a horror film from Lionsgate and Vertical Entertainment. The story involves five dangerous patients, who suffer from extreme phobias at a government testing facility, being put to the ultimate test under the supervision of a crazed doctor and his quest to weaponize fear.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 18:

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  2. News of the World — Universal
  3. Willy’s Wonderland — Screen Media
  4. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. The Penthouse — Lionsgate
  6. Soul — Disney/Pixar
  7. Phobias — Lionsgate/Vertical
  8. Greenland — Universal/STX
  9. Skyfire — Screen Media
  10. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 18:

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  2. Nobody — Universal
  3. Willy’s Wonderland — Screen Media
  4. News of the World — Universal
  5. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  6. City of Lies — Lionsgate
  7. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  8. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar — Liosngate
  9. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures
  10. Promising Young Woman — Universal

 

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Merchandising: Best Bay Touting Preorders for ‘Justice Society’ and New Steelbooks

The week of April 20 saw another light slate of new DVD and Blu-ray releases hitting shelves. With no current exclusives on display, Best Buy is taking preorders for some upcoming ones.

Arriving May 4 will be Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Speed, available with Steelbook packaging at Best Buy for $27.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Speed’ 4K Steelbook

Due May 11 is Warner’s Justice Society: World War II, offered at Best Buy as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a pack-in Flash figurine for $33.99.

May 18 sees the release of Best Buy’s Steelbook edition of Universal’s National Lampoon’s Animal House 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for $22.99.

And June 8 Best Buy will release Paramount’s and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 4-Film Collection as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook set for $99.99.

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Lionsgate Releasing Crime Thriller ‘Above Suspicion’ in May

Lionsgate will release the crime thriller Above Suspicion in select theaters, on VOD and via digital sellthrough May 7, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release May 18.

Directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning), the film is based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) stars as Susan Smith, a young woman desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a Kentucky coal mining town. When a newly minted FBI agent named Mark Putnam (Jack Huston, “Boardwalk Empire”) recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case, she believes her bad luck may finally be changing. But as Susan and Putnam’s relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting them both on a collision course with deadly consequences.

The cast also includes Sophie Lowe, Austin Hébert, Karl Glusman, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Kevin Dunn, Thora Birch and Johnny Knoxville.

The film is rated ‘R’ for sexual content and drug use throughout, language and some strong violence.

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‘Little Things,’ ‘Crisis’ Top New Digital, Disc Releases April 20

In another light week for home video releases, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Little Things tops the list of new digital sellthrough titles April 20, while Quiver Distribution’s Crisis and Shudder’s The Mortuary Collection lead the list of titles now for sale on disc.

The crime drama The Little Things becomes available for digital purchase in advance of its Blu-ray and DVD release May 4. The film was released in theaters Jan. 29, earning $15.2 million at the domestic box office, and was simultaneously available for a month on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max SVOD service. It became available on premium VOD March 19. Written and directed by John Lee Hancock and based on his own original screenplay, the psychological thriller stars Academy Award winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, and involves a pair of sheriffs tracking a serial killer in Los Angeles.

Quiver’s Crisis arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 20. It was been available as a Redbox exclusive on disc since March 5. The film tells multiple stories about people dealing with how drug trafficking and drug abuse affects their lives. The cast includes Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Cudi, Luke Evans, Lily-Rose Depp, Indira Varma and Mia Kirshner.

RLJE Films April 20 presents Shudder’s The Mortuary Collection on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, VOD and digital sellthrough. Written and directed by Ryan Spindell, The Mortuary Collection stars Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer and Jacob Elordi. Set in the phantasmagorical town of Raven’s End, The Mortuary Collection focuses on a misguided young girl who takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary, where she meets an eccentric undertaker who chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales.

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The Criterion Collection April 20 releases a new collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD of the 2003 Korean police procedural Memories of Murder, the second feature from director Bong Joon Ho, who won the 2019 Best Director Oscar for Parasite. Based on the true story of a string of serial killings that rocked a rural community in the 1980s, Memories of Murder stars New Korean Cinema icon Song Kang Ho as the local officer who reluctantly joins forces with a seasoned Seoul detective (Kim Sang Kyung) to investigate the crimes. The Criterion edition includes a new 4K digital restoration, deleted scenes, two 2009 commentaries, Bong’s 1994 student film Incoherence, an essay by critic and novelist Ed Park, promotional spots, and several featurettes, including new interviews with Bong and Guillermo del Toro.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection’ Takes Top Honors in 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 earned the top prize in the 2021 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which honor the best home disc, digital and streaming releases of 2020. It won Title of the Year and Best Packaging.

Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Shout! Factory’s Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition, which also won Best Boxed Set. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set won TV on Disc of the Year. Warner Bros.’ The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy won Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

On the digital side, Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut won Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters earned Best Premium Video on Demand Release. Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 was selected as Best New Streaming Movie, while Disney+ series The Mandalorian: Season 2 won Best Season of a Scripted Series.

In other award categories, Lionsgate’s Knives Out was a triple winner, selected as Fan-Favorite Title of the Year, Best New Movie on Disc and Best Audio/Visual Quality.

Vintage TV shows also were hailed, with Shout! Factory’s “The Carol Burnett Show” picking up a streaming win as Best Binge Series and Mill Creek’s Return of Ultraman honored as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in conjunction with an online consumer vote for eligible titles submitted for consideration by studios, distributors and industry professionals.

The annual home entertainment honors are presented by Media Play News, one of five Hollywood trades and the only one to focus exclusively on the home. The awards have been presented in various forms by Media Play News and its predecessor publications for nearly 20 years.

2021 Home Entertainment Media Play News Winners:

Title of the Year
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

TV on Disc of the Year
Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Blu-ray Disc of the Year
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition
Shout! Factory

Fan-Favorite Title of the Year
Knives Out
Lionsgate

 

PACKAGED MEDIA

Best New Movie on Disc
Knives Out
Lionsgate

Best Catalog Movie on Disc
Jaws: 45th Anniversary Edition
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Recent TV Season on Disc
Watchmen
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/HBO

Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series
Return of Ultraman
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Boxed Set
Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition
Shout! Factory

Best Complete Series Set
Mission: Impossible — The Original TV Series
CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Indie Studio Disc Release
I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Collector’s Edition
Ronin Flix

Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Audio/Visual Quality
Knives Out
Lionsgate

 Best Extras/Bonus Material
Tremors: Limited Edition
Arrow Video

Best Disc Upgrade
Ghost in the Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition
Lionsgate

Best Retailer Exclusive
Best Buy’s Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection
Lionsgate

Best Packaging
Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best Box Art
Gamera: The Complete Collection
Arrow Video

GENRE

Best Documentary Movie
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Magnolia Home Entertainment

Best Documentary Series
The Last Dance
ESPN/The Walt Disney Company

Best Action/Adventure Release
Midway (2019)
Lionsgate

Best Comedy Release
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series
Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Drama Release
A Confession
BritBox

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Release
Total Recall 30th Anniversary Edition
Lionsgate

Best Horror/Thriller Release
The Invisible Man (2020)
Universal

Best Release of a Western
Yellowstone: Season 3
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Animation Release
Frozen II
The Walt Disney Co.

Best Kidvid Release
Sesame Street: Monster Hits — Rock & Rhyme With Elmo
Shout! Factory

Best Faith-Based Content Release
I Still Believe
Lionsgate

 Best Music/Performance Home Release
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection
Time Life

Best Musical Home Release
The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage!
Nickelodeon/Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Sports Release
The 2020 World Series Film
Shout! Factory

Best War Movie Home Release
The Outpost
Screen Media

Best Historical Drama Home Release
Victoria: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 & 3
PBS Distribution

Best Home Release of a Mystery
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection
Acorn Media

 

MIXED MEDIA

Best International Release
Ip Man 4: The Finale
Well Go USA

Best Restoration
Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy 4K Ultra HD
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Best Extended Edition/Alternate Cut
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone
Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Marketing Initiative
Knives Out 35mm Egyptian Theatre World Premiere
Lionsgate

Judges’ Award
The Call
Cinedigm

 

DIGITAL

Best Digital Sellthrough Release
But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut
Lionsgate

Best Premium Video on Demand Release
Love and Monsters
Paramount

 

STREAMING

Best Season of a Scripted Series
The Mandalorian: Season 2
Disney+

Best Nonfiction Movie or Series
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian
Disney+

Best New Streaming Movie
Hamilton
Disney+

Best Stand-Up/Sketch Comedy
Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given
Netflix

Best Binge Series
“The Carol Burnett Show”
Shout Factory TV

 

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Finally Hits No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart

The Disney+ original Marvel Cinematic Universe series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” finally reached No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended April 17. The week of the release of its fifth episode, the show had a modest 0.6% gain in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 43.3 times the demand of an average series. It was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows. The fifth episode had a noteworthy cameo, and the show should maintain some buzz heading into its sixth and final episode.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” dropped a spot to No. 2, reaching 40.3 times average demand after a 1.9% drop in demand expressions. It was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

“WandaVision,” the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, slipped to No. 3 after another 2.5% drop in demand expressions, giving it 39.3 times average demand. It was No. 9 on the list of overall TV shows.

Disney+ had a third show in the top five digital originals with the live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” which held steady at No. 4, garnering 36.5 times the demand of the average show after a 1.4% dip in demand expressions.

Rounding out the top five for the fourth week was Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” with 30.2 times average demand and a 3.7% rise in demand expressions.

The death of Prince Philip gave some attention to Netflix’s “The Crown,” which moved up three spots to No. 7 with a 13.9% rise in demand expressions.

HBO Max’s animated “Harley Quinn” series climbed back into the top 10, up four spots to No. 10 thanks to a 6.3% rise in demand expressions.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 64.4 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

Godzilla vs. Kong

STREAMING REVIEW:

Warner/HBO Max;
Sci-Fi;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.
Stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir.

The title fight between two monster-movie heavyweights delivers pretty much what one might expect from such a premise: a lot of spectacle, flashy visual effects, rampaging destruction on a massive scale, and a completely disposable story to provide the flimsiest of excuses to set it all up.

The clash between Godzilla and King Kong is a rematch of sorts, the pair having faced off in 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, a Japanese production from the “Godzilla” creative team (and the third “Godzilla” movie to that point). But this is their first encounter in the new “Monsterverse” franchise that began with 2014’s Godzilla remake, which got a sequel in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters featuring Godzilla battling several of his traditional enemies. This Kong was introduced in 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, a 1970s-set adventure film in which humanity discovered the giant ape and all the strange creatures of his mysterious homeland.

Godzilla vs. Kong is under no illusions that it exists for any reason other than to put the two titans together. It even structures the opening credits as a tournament bracket showing which creatures each defeated in the previous movies.

The story, such as it is, involves Godzilla attacking research facilities of a company called Apex and putting the local population in danger. Apex wants to access the power source of the mythical “Hollow Earth” (a hidden underground world) to power a defense against Godzilla, and recruits a scientist named Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) to lead the expedition. To access Hollow Earth, they need two things: special vehicles that can withstand the gravitational fluxes of the subterranean barrier, and a Titan to locate an entrance. Lind knows a scientist (Rebecca Hall) who runs a facility on Skull Island where in the past 40 years they’ve managed to entrap Kong and keep him contained in a giant dome.

Anyway, the plan is to take Kong to Antarctica to locate a portal. But since Godzilla can sense the presence of other Titans, he can track Kong once the ape leaves the dome. So Godzilla attacks the fleet transporting Kong, and the Titans have their first throwdown on the deck of an aircraft carrier, and it’s pretty awesome.

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Meanwhile, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) from King of the Monsters joins up with a conspiracy podcaster to investigate why Godzilla would be attacking cities again, since she believes Godzilla is meant to protect the world. So they look into Apex and discover the company is building Mechagodzilla, the famed giant robot version of Godzilla.

Anyway, through some more plot mechanics, Kong ends up in Hollow Earth and finds his ancestral homeland and an ancient axe his ancestors once used to fight Godzilla’s ancestors in some ancient war between the Titans. The axe allows Kong to harness the same radiation Godzilla uses, which evens the playing field a bit since Godzilla is a lizard that can fire nuclear blasts from his mouth, while Kong isn’t much more than a big monkey.

But he’s a smart one, too, and to speed things along the movie treats Kong as another protagonist, communicating with a little deaf girl from his island in order to join forces with the humans against Godzilla.

So, Godzilla attacks the Apex facility that is building Mechagodzilla, and Kong returns to the surface to fight him again, and glorious destruction of many neon buildings ensues. It’s quite a sight to behold. And the facility is in Hong Kong, because of course King Kong has to end up in Hong Kong or else what is even the point of it all?

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While it plays in theaters, Godzilla vs. Kong is available on HBO Max until April 30.