‘Lion King’ Rises Over Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Stuber’ Remains On Demand No. 1

Disney’s The Lion King remake took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 27. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The live-action-style version of the animated classic earned $543.2 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s Toy Story 4, which was the top title the previous week, in its third week slipped back to No. 2, where it had debuted two weeks prior.

Stuber, from 20th Century Fox, slid to No. 3 on the disc rental chart but remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The No. 4 disc rental was Paramount’s Crawl, which was No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home slid to No. 5 on the disc chart but rose to No. 2 on the digital chart.

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Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum stayed No. 8 on the rental chart and rose to No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

Warner’s Annabelle Comes Home slipped to No. 7 on the disc chart and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 27:

  1. The Lion King — Disney
  2. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  3. Stuber — Fox
  4. Crawl — Paramount
  5. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  6. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  7. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  8. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. 3 From Hell — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 27:

  1. Stuber — Fox
  2. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  3. Crawl — Paramount
  4. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  5. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  6. Yesterday — Universal
  7. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  8. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  9. Ma — Universal
  10. The Hustle — MGM

‘Toy Story 4’ Takes Over Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Stuber’ Tops On Demand

Disney’s Toy Story 4 took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 20. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The animated sequel had debuted at No. 2 on the chart two weeks earlier before hitting the second spot in its second week.

Stuber, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart and No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. The film, about a cop teaming up with a rideshare driver, earned $22.4 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 3 disc rental was Paramount’s Crawl, which was No. 2 on the On Demand chart. It earned $39 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top rental and digital title, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home, slid to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

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Disney’s remake of Aladdin was No. 5 on the disc rental chart.

Warner’s Annabelle Comes Home slipped to No. 6 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum dropped to No. 8 on the rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 20:

  1. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  2. Stuber — Fox
  3. Crawl — Paramount
  4. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  5. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  6. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  7. 3 From Hell — Lionsgate
  8. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 20:

  1. Stuber — Fox
  2. Crawl — Paramount
  3. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  4. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  5. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  6. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  7. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  8. Yesterday — Universal
  9. The Hustle — MGM
  10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox

Fox Finds ‘Bernadette’ on Home Video in November

The comedy Where’d You Go, Bernadette will be available through digital retailers Nov. 19, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 26, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the bestseller by Maria Semple, the film stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette Fox, a loving wife and mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

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Directed by Richard Linklater, the film earned $9.2 million at the domestic box office.

Bonus material includes a gallery and the featurettes “Bringing Bernadette to Life” and “Who Is Bernadette?”

More Fox, Disney Layoffs — Five Months After Closure of Sale

Two days after Media Play News reported head of marketing Julia Howe as the latest high-profile 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment departure, multiple sources Aug. 29 said the company — now owned by the Walt Disney Co. — has been racked by more layoffs, including division veterans Jennifer Chai and Kavita Smith.

Jennifer Chai

Chai held the title of SVP of worldwide brand marketing for the home entertainment arm. She led worldwide brand marketing and strategy for the entire Fox new release theatrical slate and third-party titles for both the physical and digital business. She also was involved with the cross-studio Movies Anywhere service as well as other digital strategic initiatives. Chai has been at Fox since 2000, joining after three years as brand manager at what was then Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the Walt Disney Co.’s home entertainment arm.

Smith was VP, global marketing communications and publicity. According to her LinkedIn profile, she joined Fox as director of publicity in November 2005 and was elevated to executive director in September 2012. She was promoted to VP in August 2014. She will stay on through October, sources said.

Reports say the layoffs — nearly 60 — have occurred in both the home entertainment and TV distribution divisions, encompassing both Disney and Fox employees. 20th Century Fox TV Distribution EVP of worldwide marketing Greg Drebin also is exiting.

Fox president of worldwide home entertainment Keith Feldman is staying on with Disney, sources told Media Play News, although his contract has not been finalized.

Howe is said to be leaving the company in November.

The new departures come on the heels of previous high-profile exits in the wake of the Disney acquisition.

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Mike Dunn, for years the top home entertainment executive at 20th Century Fox, was among a handful of high-ranking studio executives to leave the studio on March 21, a day after the acquisition closed.

A short time later, Janice Marinelli, head of home entertainment at Disney, set up an office at Fox, reportedly to acquaint herself with the studio’s home entertainment team and see how they operate. But July 16 the 34-year Disney veteran announced her exit.

Also in July, veteran division publicist James Finn, who recently had become co-head of marketing, quietly announced his departure in an email to friends and colleagues. “For nearly 20 years I’ve called Fox my home,” he wrote. “Thank you to my colleagues, my mentors, my family, my friends and my team for making it so much fun.”

After Fox’s sale to Disney closed in March, reports surfaced that as many as 4,000 people could ultimately lose their jobs.

‘Alita’ Battles On, Tops Disc Sales for Second Week

The 20th Century Fox sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel was No. 1 for a second consecutive week 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 Aug. 3.

The top three on both charts were unchanged from the previous week. Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake was No. 2 in its second week, followed by Warner’s Shazam! in its third.

The week’s top newcomer, the animated UglyDolls from Universal Pictures and STX Entertainment, debuted at No. 4 on both charts.

Another newcomer, the Lionsgate political romantic comedy Long Shot, entered the campaign at No. 5 on both charts.

The Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder bowed at No. 6 on the overall sales chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 4, Long Shot debuted at No. 1, followed by Intruder at No. 2.

Shazam! dropped to No. 3 after a couple of weeks in the top spot, while Alita slipped to No. 4 and Hellboy was No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 8-3-19
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Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 8-3-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 8-3-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 8-3-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 8-5-19

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Fights to Top of Disc Sales Charts

The 20th Century Fox sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel 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 July 27.

Based on a 1990s Japanese manga series, Alita earned $85.7 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s remake of Hellboy bowed at No. 2 on both charts. The film earned $21.9 million in U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Shazam!, dropped to No. 3 on both charts.

Fox’s faith-based Breakthrough slid to No. 4 on both charts.

Disney’s Captain Marvel maintained the No. 5 spot on both charts.

The animated movie Missing Link, from Fox, debuted at No. 6 after a $16.6 million haul at the domestic box office.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 82% of first-week sales for Alita. The 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc combo pack, which also included a 3D version of the film, comprised a whopping 30% of total Alita unit sales.

Hellboy had 68% of its sales come from Blu-ray, with 17% of its total sales from 4K UHD Blu-ray. Missing Link had 56% of its sales come from Blu-ray.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 28, Shazam! held onto the top spot for a second consecutive week.

Alita bowed at No. 2, with Hellboy at No. 3.

Breakthrough dropped to No. 4, while Paramount’s Pet Sematary remake slid to No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 7-27-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 7-28-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 7-27-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 7-27-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 7-27-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 7-29-19

‘Shazam!’ Remains Top Redbox Rental, ‘Alita’ Tops On Demand Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! remained No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 28.

The top newcomer on the disc rental chart was Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake, debuted at No. 3 on the kiosk chart.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough dropped to No. 4 on the disc chart.

Paramount’s remake of the horror film Pet Sematary slipped to No. 5 on the kiosk chart.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, saw Alita debut at No. 1, with Shazam! dropping to No. 2.

Hellboy was No. 3, Breakthrough was No. 4 and Universal’s Little was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Shazam! — Warner
  2. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  6. Little Universal
  7. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  8. Missing Link — Fox
  9. Captain Marvel — Disney
  10. Us — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  2. Shazam! — Warner
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Little Universal
  6. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  7. Aquaman Warner
  8. The Upside — STX
  9. Missing Link — Fox
  10. Us — Universal

Disney Shuttering FX+ Streaming Service

To make room for its pending Disney+ subscription streaming video service and global expansion of Hulu, Disney — as expected — has begun informing subscribers that 20th Century Fox’s FX+ streaming service will shut down Aug. 21.

Launched in 2017 as a $6 monthly add-on to pay-TV subscribers, Disney says FX+ viewers can still access catalog programing and catch-up shows on the FXNow app or at FXNetworks.com.

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With Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox, merger synergies are affecting more than Fox personnel. And Disney clearly is putting its resources behind Disney+ and Hulu, which it now owns outright.

That much was clear during Fox’s upfront presser in May.

“I think the possibilities of a platform like Hulu are much more exciting to us in the long run than trying to scale up a stand-alone version,” John Landgraf, CEO of FX, told the media. “It really expands the dimensions and what we can do.”

Former Fox Exec Hanno Basse Joins Live Planet

Live Planet, creator of systems for virtual reality and blockchain tracking of entertainment content, has appointed Hanno Basse, former chief technology officer at 20th Century Fox Film Corp., president of its Decentralized Media Solutions division.

“Basse brings Live Planet his extensive expertise in driving the adoption of emerging technologies to catalyze new media experiences and services, expanding the company’s innovations in immersive and linear video production, distribution and monetization,” according to a Live Planet press release.

Basse will expand the company’s global footprint, building on its end-to-end virtual reality video streaming and publishing solution and its blockchain-based video infrastructure platform, the VideoCoin Network.

He will be based in Los Angeles, reporting to Live Planet founder and CEO Halsey Minor.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to mark the next stage of growth for Live Planet with the addition of Hanno to our world-class team of media and technology experts. Hanno brings a truly unique level of senior experience to Live Planet that will be extremely valuable to us as we help our customers meet the increasing demands of streaming video and next-generation on-demand services,” said Minor in a statement. “The addition of a technology pioneer of Hanno’s caliber is emblematic of Live Planet’s strategic direction and I look forward to an incredibly exciting journey ahead.”

“The media processing and distribution technologies Halsey and his team have built are among the most groundbreaking I’ve seen. They provide the basis for a new generation of solutions that media, telco and corporations will eagerly embrace as our world moves toward increased decentralization, higher-speed communication and edge-based compute,” said Basse in a statement. “I cannot wait to show the world what we will deliver next.”

Basse was appointed chief technology officer at 20th Century Fox Film Corp. in 2012, At Fox, Basse was responsible for technology strategy for the film studio, covering production/post-production, theatrical distribution and home entertainment. He created partnerships with Samsung, Ericsson and Barco, among others, which led to the founding of the Fox Innovation Lab. While at Fox, he also served as the first chairman of the UHD Alliance where he helped launch the 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc format and, in partnership with Samsung, established High Dynamic Range technology as a consumer product. He also served as the Fox board member of Movielabs.

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Prior to joining 20th Century Fox, Basse was with DirecTV, where he served as SVP of broadcast systems engineering. In that role, he was responsible for the design and implementation of DirecTV’s broadcast infrastructure and served as the technical lead for the introduction of many technologies to DirecTV’s platform, including HD, 3D and on-demand services.

Basse studied radio communications technology at the Engineering College of the Soviet Air Defense Forces in Kiev, Ukraine, and received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Officer’s College of the Air Force in Kamenz, Germany.

The Live Planet VR System is an end-to-end solution for easily creating and delivering live and recorded picture-perfect stereoscopic VR video programming and applications, according to the company.

The VideoCoin Network provides video infrastructure for the blockchain-enabled internet, delivering decentralized video encoding, storage and content distribution.

DEG’s New ‘4 Cups of Coffee’ Mentoring Program

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on June 5 kicked off a new mentoring program, “4 Cups of Coffee,” at the “Cocktails & Coffee” event at Sony  Studios in the Norman Lear Commissary. Under the program, the DEG’s Canon Club will match women in search of mentors with one of its advisors or other women executives for 30-minute career conversations, either in person or over the phone, up to four times per year. The Canon Club was established by DEG to provide women at all levels and in all sectors of digital media the opportunity to share knowledge and build their business networks. Last month, the DEG announced the appointment of 10 advisory board members to provide input on Canon Club event programming, rotate as host at speaker-driven salons and social/networking events, serve as founding mentors in the “4 Cups of Coffee” program, and judge the annual Hedy Lamarr Awards for Women in Entertainment and Technology, among other responsibilities. The advisory board is led by chair Robin Tarufelli of Deloitte, and vice chair Meri Hassouni of Giant Interactive. Other members are Loren Nielsen, DTS; Sofia Chang, HBO; Dametra Johnson-Marletti, Microsoft; Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere; Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution; Cheryl Goodman, Sony Electronics; Nadia Haney, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and Darcy Antonellis, Vubiquity. Other Canon Club mentors include Beth Kearns, 20th Century Fox; Heathyr Jozel-Garcia, ABC Studios; Samara Winterfeld, DTS; Ken Williams, ETC@USC; Kejo Swingler, HBO; and Rachel Crang, Paramount Pictures.