January 8, 2021
Now that Christmas is over, home viewers are done with holiday classics and eager for newer hit movies to watch.
Warner Bros.’ Tenet shot up from No. 3 to take the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2, while Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa and Honest Thief debuted at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.
Honest Thief, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, was the only new release of the three, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 29 — two weeks after it became available for purchase or rent from digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox on Demand. The film stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.
The War With Grandpa made its disc debut the week before, on Dec. 22, just one week after its release through digital channels. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.”
Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, had debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19, four days after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office. It subsequently slipped to No. 3 as viewers shifted to holiday films such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which succeeded Tenet in the top spot.
Christmas Vacation fell out of the top 20 entirely, as did each of the eight other holiday movies on the chart the previous week, including Elf (No. 2), A Christmas Story (No. 4) and Home Alone (No. 6).
Rounding out the top five on this week’s chart were The Office: The Complete Series, from Universal, which moved up to No. 4 from No. 16 the prior week on the eve of its streaming shift from Netflix to NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Season 1 of perennial chart favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.
Other new releases on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2 were Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy (No. 12); the Vertical Entertainment thriller The Informer (No. 13); Warner’s original 2017 Wonder Woman (No. 18), drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max success of the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which came out Dec. 25; and IFC’s Hunter Hunter (No. 20).
- Tenet (Warner)
- The War with Grandpa (Universal)
- Honest Thief (Universal)
- The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
- Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
- Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
- Unhinged (Lionsgate)
- Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
- Love and Monsters (Paramount)
- Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
- The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
- The Informer (Vertical Entertainment)
- Buddy Games (Paramount)
- Fatman (Paramount)
- The New Mutants (Fox)
- The Upside (STX, 2019)
- Wonder Woman (Warner, 2017)
- The Phenomenon (1091)
- Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)
Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 2.