‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Headed to Both Disney+ and HBO Max Dec. 15

Diensy-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated theatrical comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong is set to stream on both Disney+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, in addition to digital retail channels, beginning Dec. 15. The action adventure, featuring the voices of Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Olivia Colman, generated $22 million domestically, $57.5 million worldwide.

As previously announced, the movie, about a socially awkward middle-schooler who receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” will be available a week earlier on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, beginning Dec. 7. It will be available for digital purchase starting Dec. 15, the same day it debuts on the subscription platforms.

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The unusual co-existing streaming access on both Disney+ and HBO Max is part of WarnerMedia’s amended Pay 1 distribution deal through 2022 with the former 20th Century Fox Studios (now 20th Century Studios) and existing Searchlight Pictures Disney acquired for $71 million in 2017.

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Heading Home on Disc Dec. 7, Digital Dec. 15

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7, followed by a digital sellthrough release Dec. 15.

Things go awry when Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), a socially awkward middle schooler, receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device called a B*Bot that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” which he calls Ron (Zach Galifianakis). Unwilling to allow Ron to be fixed to eliminate its uniqueness, Barney runs away with it, embarking on crazy adventures and discovering self-acceptance and courage along the way.

The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Marcus Scribner, Ricardo Hurtado and Thomas Barbusca.

The film earned $21.1 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include a music video for “Sunshine” by Liam Payne, and the featurettes “A Boy and His B*Bot: When Jack Met Zach, a discussion between Galifianakis and Grazer, and “Making Ron Right,” a look behind the scenes.

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‘Old’ Debuts Atop Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Free Guy’ Tops Digital Chart Again

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Old debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 24, and was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The latest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, which involves a group of people trapped on a secluded beach that rapidly ages them, earned $48.2 million at the domestic box office. It was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 19.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy. It’s the second consecutive week in the top digital spot for the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he is a video game character.

Another Oct. 19 disc release, Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The film provides an origin story for the ninja warrior known as Snake Eyes, who serves as a covert commando on the G.I. Joe anti-terrorist team. It earned $28.3 million at the domestic box office and was No. 5 on the digital chart.

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No. 3 on both charts was Lionsgate’s The Protégé, an actioner about a deadly assassin out for revenge that stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. It earned $7.4 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell, slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga slipped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 24:

  1. Old — Universal
  2. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  3. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  4. Joe Bell — Vertical
  5. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  6. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner
  7. The Forever Purge — Universal
  8. Pig — Decal
  9. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  10. Survive the Game — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 24:

  1. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  2. Old — Universal
  3. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  4. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  6. The Forever Purge — Universal
  7. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  8. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  9. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  10. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner

 

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‘Free Guy’ Debuts Atop DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was 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. 16.

The film is directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he’s a video game character and yearns to become more than his programming. It earned $121 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous three weeks, Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, slid to No. 2 on both charts, selling about 44% as many copies during the week as the newly released Free Guy.

Warner’s animation/live-action hybrid sports comedy Space Jam: A New Legacy slipped a spot to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 overall disc seller was Disney’s spooky 1993 family comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Widow slipped two spots to No. 5 on the overall disc chart, and no. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

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The only other newcomer in the top 10 sellers, at No. 6 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, a fantasy based on the adventures of medieval knight Sir Gawain, played by Dev Patel. It earned  $17.2 million at the domestic box office.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sellers was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s disc-release HBO Max’s director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League. It was No. 7 on the overall disc chart.

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A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Universal’s 2009 Quentin Tarantino World War II film Inglourious Basterds pushed the film back up the charts to No. 16 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The 4K edition accounted for 97% of its total sales.

Free Guy had 25% of its total sales from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, with 42% from regular Blu-ray and 33% from DVD.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 17 had Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell as the top title. The Mark Wahlberg drama was made available on disc a week early at Redbox Kiosks.

F9 dropped to No. 2 after three weeks in the top spot, followed by Space Jam: A New Legacy at No. 3, Universal’s The Forever Purge at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 5.

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‘Joe Bell,’ ‘Free Guy’ Top Redbox Charts

Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell topped Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 17, while Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy was the top Redbox On Demand title for the week.

Joe Bell, which earned $1.4 million at the domestic box office, stars Mark Wahlberg as a father who takes a road trip to bond with his gay son, who is being bullied at school. The film wasn’t be released on Blu-ray Disc or DVD until Oct. 19, but was available early at Redbox kiosks. It was No. 8 on the digital list.

Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he is a video game character, earned $120.8 million at the domestic box office. While the film was released on disc Oct. 12, it isn’t available for rent at Redbox kiosks. It was No. 7 on the digital chart a week earlier.

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga slipped to No. 2 on both the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The No. 3 title on the disc rental chart was Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, followed by Universal’s The Forever Purge at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 5.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions was No. 3 and The Forever Purge was No. 4. No. 5 was Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

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Other newcomers to the disc rental chart include Lionsgate’s Survive the Game, with Bruce Willis, at No. 6, and The Green Knight at No. 9. Also, appearing at No. 7 was the Nicolas Cage starrer Pig from Decal, available at Redbox kiosks several weeks prior to its wide Blu-ray and DVD release.

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney, fell to No. 8 on the disc rental chart.

Paramount’s animated Paw Patrol: The Movie landed at No. 10 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 17:

  1. Joe Bell — Vertical
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner
  4. The Forever Purge — Universal
  5. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  6. Survive the Game — Lionsgate
  7. Pig — Decal
  8. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  9. The Green Knight — Lionsgate
  10. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 17:

  1. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  4. The Forever Purge — Universal
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  6. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  7. Halloween (2018) — Universal
  8. Joe Bell — Vertical
  9. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  10. Paw Patrol: The Movie — Paramount

 

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Merchandising: Phoning in ‘Free Guy’ Exclusives

Best Buy and Target each offered exclusive editions of Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy Oct. 12.

The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who realizes he’s a video game character.

Target offered the 4K combo pack in an exclusive “Art Edition” with unique box art and two foil-etched prints for $34.99.

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook treatment, using the metal packaging for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Free Guy for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Free Guy’ 4K Steelbook

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Both chains also offered free copies of Free Guy with the purchase of select Mint Mobile prepaid wireless phone plans ranging from $45 to $90.

Target also had a buy-two-get-one-free sale on books and movies.

‘Free Guy,’ ‘Green Knight,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ Among Top Oct. 12 Disc and Digital Releases

Oct. 12 marks the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, while Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater become available for digital purchase.

Free Guy arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds has generated $119.6 million at the domestic box office and $327.4 million worldwide. Reynolds plays a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story — one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way, before it’s too late.

The fantasy adventure The Green Knight arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital Oct. 12 from Lionsgate. A new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the film stars Academy Award nominee Dev Patel, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Ralph Iverson. From writer-director David Lowery, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.

The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain arrives on DVD Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short. Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018.

Lionsgate releases the action thriller Survive the Game on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The film stars Swen Temmel as Cal, a cop whose partner, David (Bruce Willis) is injured in a drug bust gone wrong. Cal pursues the two criminals who shot David to a remote farm owned by troubled vet Eric (Chad Michael Murray). As Cal and Eric plot their defense, more of the gang arrives — along with a wounded David — and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, smarts, and marksmanship to take down the drug-dealing mob.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The collection includes all 18 episodes from the 2021 season of the CW series that chronicles the adventures of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who uses his super-speed powers to become the superhero known as the Flash, and his friends as they protect Central City from a variety of threats. The cast also includes Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Tom Cavanagh as Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile, Kayle Compton as Allegra and Brandon McKnight as Chester.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the gothic romance The Haunting of Bly Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The nine-part Bly Manor is primarily based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and serves as the second installment in Netflix’s “Haunting” anthology, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House. Returning cast members from Hill House include Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino and Kate Siegal, playing different characters. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.

Paramount Oct. 12 will also release The Haunting Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, containing both Hill House and Bly House.

Lionsgate releases the History channel miniseries The Titans That Built America on DVD Oct. 12. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the three-part docudrama follows the rise and rivalries of five titans of industry — Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of World War I and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds the United States. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy. Narrated by Campbell Scott, the miniseries stars Gerald Kyd, Cillian O’Gairbhi, Peter O’Meara, Grant Masters and Ian Toner. It originally aired May 31 to June 2, 2021, on History.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 26.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release the drama Stillwater for digital purchase Oct. 12. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds. It arrives on DVD Oct. 19.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts six more classics on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever Oct. 12, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2. Films in the collection, only available on 4K as part of the set, include Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network. Each title includes special features. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new essays from writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce. The set also includes an exclusive Blu-ray bonus disc featuring 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high-definition. The shorts, curated from more than 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across both live-action and animation, from “The Three Stooges” to award-winning mid-century cartoons to titles from Sony Pictures Animation.

Kino Lorber Oct. 12 releases the complete “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” series, which aired on ABC during the 1974–75 season. Darren McGavin portrays wire service reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with supernatural causes. The series only aired for a single season but became a cult favorite during syndication.

Two classic Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich also are coming out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 12. Vera Cruz (1953) stars Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Elam. The film is set during the Franco-Mexican War, with Lancaster and Cooper teaming up on a dangerous journey to transport a countess — and a hidden cache of gold — to the city of Veracruz. The Last Sunset (1961) stars Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone. Famed author Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay, about a fugitive named Brendan O’Malley (Douglas) who crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder, pursued by Sheriff Dana Stribling (Hudson). He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone). Initially he aims to win her back, but winds up falling in love with her daughter (played by Carol Lynley). A terrible secret put a tragic end to their love affair.

Also from Kino Oct. 12 is a Blu-ray of 1978 British comedy The Hound of the Baskervilles, which spoofs the classic Sherlock Holmes novel of the same name. The film stars  Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as Dr. Watson.

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

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

Free Guy

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 10/12/21;
Disney/20th Century;

Comedy;
Box Office $119.68 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for strong fantasy violence throughout, language and crude/suggestive references.
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar.

The initial marketing campaigns for Free Guy suggested it would be another film attempting to present the story from the point of view of characters otherwise not considered alive. In this case, a non-player character (NPC) in a video game, making the film essentially a live-action spin on Wreck-It Ralph.

However, what appears at first to be another derivative story about video games is instead a smartly written, sharply funny sci-fi action comedy.

That isn’t to say the film is wholly original, but it blends recognizable elements from a number of sources in a way that works to give the film its own flavor.

Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, an NPC in a video game called Free City, which is also the name of the city that serves as the game’s primary location where players engage in all sorts of action-adventure missions such as car chases and bank heists. Guy works as a bank teller at the city’s bank that is always being robbed, but he dreams of a life of more than just needless repetition, and notes that the people having all the fun are wearing sunglasses.

So, one day, he confronts a bank robber and steals their glasses, and when he puts them on he discovers a whole new world that exists on top of his own, as he can now access the heads up display of the gamer, allowing him to engage them on their terms.

So, off the bat we get elements of The Lego Movie, with the conformist character’s desire to expand his horizons; The Matrix, with the simulated world where outsiders can manipulate time and space; and They Live, with the sunglasses unveiling the true nature of the world.

Guy then meets Molotovgirl (Jodie Comer), who fits all the parameters of Guy’s ideal woman, so he instantly falls in love with her. She’s a player who seems to be on a different mission than everyone else, and at first believes Guy is a another player like herself, so she gives him tips on how to level-up in the game in order to be able to help her.

In the real world she’s actually a programmer named Millie who once helped design an open world gaming code that was purchased by a larger company but then scrapped, though she believes it was used as the base code for Free City, so she’s trying to infiltrate the game to find proof (shades of Tron).

She and other gamers soon come to realize that Guy is in fact an NPC, which astonishes them, while alarming the owner (Taika Waititi) of the company that makes Free City, who is trying to stop Millie from uncovering the truth about the game.

It turns out there’s an actual story reason why Guy seems to be an NPC come to life, which not only plays into the larger narrative of what Millie is seeking, but also makes the film a legitimate piece of sci-fi with a message about pushing past the constraints that sometimes seem built into existence. But the film also pokes fun at gaming culture, including live-streaming game play.

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The 4K Ultra HD combo pack includes the film on a 4K disc with no extras, and a regular Blu-ray with the film and all the extras, consisting of several behind-the-scenes featurettes, a five-minute gag reel and some deleted scenes.

The featurettes, which run about 45 minutes total, are pretty extensive and showcase how director Shawn Levy and his talented cast crafted them film using some unique visual effects techniques. There’s a 15-minute general making-of, a seven-minute piece on Comer, an eight-minute piece on Waititi, and a 15-minute examination of a key action sequence with Reynolds. There’s also a two-minute video about the visual effects contraption used to record some of the actors’ faces.

There are two minor deleted scenes — one runs about a minute and features Guy musing about the nature of the world, the other is a 30-second action gag — and a four-minute extended sequence.

The disc also includes three of the film’s trailers.

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Unfortunately, the disc doesn’t include any kind of commentary track, which could have been a fun one given the cast involved, especially if Reynolds and Waititi did one in character as their Marvel characters Deadpool and Korg, like they did for a YouTube reaction video to one of the trailers.

‘Candyman’ Doesn’t Disappoint, Topping Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ horror movie Candyman finished atop the weekend box office, besting projections of less than $20 million with $22.4 million in ticket sales across 3,569 North American screens through Aug. 29. The drama, which had an 85% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, has generated more than $27 million in worldwide ticket sales on a reported $25 million production budget.

A follow-up to the 1992 original Candyman, the film was directed by Nia DaCosta and features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II heading a largely black ensemble cast. The new Candyman supplanted Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, which earned $13.5 million across 3,940 screens. The Ryan Reynolds action comedy has realized $78 million in revenue in three weeks (more than $179 million globally).

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Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie finished in the No. 3 spot with $6.6 million, generating $24 million in North American ticket sales.

It remains to be seen if Universal will release Candyman into homes on PVOD within 17 days of release, as part of the studio’s agreement with major exhibitors for movies that generate less than $50 million in their opening box office weekend.

Regardless, the weekend box office undercut the previous two-month low of $59 million by 1.3% at $58.3 million. Other releases included Disney’s Jungle Cruise with $5 million ($100 million); Screen Gems’ Don’t Breathe 2 with $2.83 million ($24.5 million); MGM’s Respect with $2.1 million ($19.6 million); Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad at $2 million ($52.8 million); Lionsgate’s The Protege with $1.65 million ($5.7 million); Searchlight Pictures’ The Night House with $1.21 million ($5.7 million); and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Widow with $855,000 ($181.5 million).

‘Candyman’ Looking to Supplant ‘Free Guy’ Atop Weekend Box Office

With positive reviews, strong social media buzz and a star producer, Universal Pictures’ horror sequel Candyman is looking to knock off Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy from atop the domestic weekend box office through Aug. 29.

The “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 original Candyman, the new movie’s trailer on social media platforms (i.e. YouTube) has reportedly generated more than 60 million views. With a largely black ensemble cast and female director (Nia DaCosta, who is helming Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels), the movie’s marketing ace in the hole is producer Jordan Peele, whose resumé includes box office and critical hits Get Out and Us, among others.

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The title joins a heavy horror-themed 2021 release slate that includes movies such as Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw; The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner Bros.); The Forever Purge and Old (both Universal); and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions and Don’t Breathe 2 (Sony Pictures, Screen Gems).

Also impacting Candyman’s box office (reportedly to range from $16 million to $26 million), as well as other theatrical titles, is the ongoing pandemic, increasing Delta variant infections, and the fact Universal will release the movie in homes on premium VOD after 17 days if the first-week box office falls below $50 million.

Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds’ boyish charm continues to propel action comedy Free Guy, which has generated more than $117 million at the worldwide box office, including $64 million domestically. The movie has topped the domestic box office since its Aug. 11 release.

Other box office returners include Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie; Disney’s The Jungle Cruise; MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic Respect; Warner’s The Suicide Squad; Lionsgate’s The Protégé; opening weekend disappointment Reminiscence (Warner); and The Night House (Searchlight Pictures).