‘House of Gucci,’ ‘King’s Man,’ ‘American Underdog’ Lead Feb. 22 List of New Home Releases

Titles new to Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 22 include Universal Pictures’ House of Gucci and The 355, 20th Century’s The King’s Man, and Lionsgate’s American Underdog, while Sony Pictures A Journal for Jordan arrives for digital purchase.

MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release House of Gucci on Blu-ray Disc and DVD release Feb. 22. From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder. The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino. It earned $53.7 million at the domestic box office.

The 20th Century Studios action thriller The King’s Man will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. Set during World War I, The King’s Man tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency, the Kingsman. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions across the globe, one man must race against time to stop them. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance. It earned $37.1 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. Also available digitally and in a Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook will be “The Kingsman Collection,” featuring all three films with bonus features together for the first time.

The sports biopic American Underdog arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Feb. 22 from Lionsgate. A 4K Ultra HD version is available exclusively from Amazon. Based on the true story of two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, the film comes from the Erwin Brothers (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine) and screenwriters Jon Erwin (I Still Believe, I Can Only Imagine), David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and Jon Gunn (I Still Believe). It stars Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Thor: The Dark World, Tangled), Academy Award winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, The Piano, 1993; “X-Men” franchise; The Irishman), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, “Charmed”), and Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Far From Heaven, In Good Company). Based on the book All Things Possible by Warner and Michael Silver, American Underdog tells the true story of a football player who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner’s unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player. With the support of his wife Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates, Warner perseveres.  It earned $26.5 million at U.S. theaters. Read a review here.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the female spy thriller The 355 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digitally. The film also becomes available to stream on Peacock that same day. Directed by Simon Kinberg, with a screenplay from Theresa Rebeck and Kinberg, the films starts when a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands. A wild-card CIA agent, Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with rival German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal mission to retrieve it. The unlikely team must also stay one step ahead of a mysterious woman, Lin Mi Sheng (Bingbing Fan), who is tracking their every move as the action rockets across the globe. It earned $14.6 million at the domestic box office.

The supernatural horror tale Fallen will be released for digital purchase, on demand and on DVD Feb. 22 from Lionsgate. The film follows Father Abraham, who was ready to save the world from an evil menace using exorcism — until tragedy struck. Years later, he lives on a remote farm with his daughter, haunted by the faces of those he saved and those he could not. After finding a pale humanoid creature lurking in the woods one night, he shoots and cremates the monster. But all too soon he discovers that the beast was not alone, and that his troubles have only just begun.

The horror flick Ditched will be released on Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22 from MVD Entertainment Group and Epic Pictures. In the film, Melina, a paramedic, wakes up in an overturned ambulance with no memory of the accident. She is trapped in the woods with two prisoner medical transfers and the police escort team, and they are all desperate to escape. The group quickly discover that they are the victims of an ambush with the perpetrators hunting them down one by one. The cast is led by Marika Sila, known for her roles in “The Twilight Zone” and “Lucifer.” Directed by Christopher Donaldson, the film also stars Mackenzie Gray, Lindsay Robinson and Kris Loranger. 

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The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is being released for digital sale Feb. 22 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray March 8.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases 1999’s The Green Mile on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Feb. 22. Written and directed by Frank Darabont, and based on the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name, the film stars Tom Hanks as a prison guard whose sense of humanity is re-awakened when he meets a death-row inmate (Michael Clarke Duncan) whose caring demeanor belies his gruesome murder conviction, and who seems to have a supernatural gift to heal living things. The cast also includes David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graeme Greene, Doug Hutchison, Sam Rockwell, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey DeMunn, Patricia Clarkson and Harry Dean Stanton.

The sequel John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. arrives on 4K Ultra HD on Feb. 22 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Released in 1996, the film is the follow up to Escape From New York. Kurt Russell returns as anti-hero Snake Plissken, who is called upon to save the world from a doomsday device after a 9.6 quake levels most of Los Angeles. Scenes include Snake surfing Wilshire Blvd., shooting hoops at the Coliseum and dive bombing the Happy Kingdom theme park. The supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson and Bruce Campbell. The disc contains an audio error, prompting Paramount to initiate a disc replacement program. Fans who purchase a disc with a white UPC barcode on the package and would like a replacement should email PHE_CustomerService@Paramount.com for instructions. The corrected product will be shipped free of charge. Corrected versions will have a yellow UPC code.

The 1982 horror film Deadly Games is heading to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Director Scott Mansfield’s oft-overlooked slasher Deadly Games is making its disc-debut. In the film, in a small American town, women fall victim to an unhinged masked maniac with a fondness for board games. Each time the dice is rolled, another victim meets a grisly end. Jo Ann Harris stars as a woman that gets caught up in the killer’s sadistic games after she returns home to mourn the murder of her sister. Sam Groom and Steve Railsback co-star. Made in 1980 but not released until 1982, Deadly Games has languished in relative obscurity for the last 40 years. The release includes a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative and new interviews with actor Jere Rae-Mansfield and special effects and stunt co-ordinator John Eggett. The first pressing includes a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian/author Amanda Reyes. A staple of the French New Wave scene, Claude Chabrol established himself as one of French cinema’s most influential directors despite often being overlooked throughout a career spanning more than 50 years.

The set Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol, highlighting five of the director’s best films, arrives on Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Arrow Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Entered into the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, Cop Au Vin is a crime film set in a small provincial French town. A butcher, a doctor and a lawyer agree to go into business with one another. But after obnoxious behavior leads to one of them ending up dead, the town’s police detective Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret) shows up to investigate. In 1986, Jean Poiret reprised his police detective role from Cop Au Vin in the sequel Inspector Lavardin. In the film, after a wealthy Roman Catholic writer is found dead on the beach of a small coastal town, Lavardin heads to the scene to solve the mystery. When Lavardin discovers that the victim’s widow is an old flame that he hasn’t seen in more than two decades, the investigation takes a turn. Based on Gustave Flaubert’s novel of the same name, Madame Bovary is the story of an attractive young woman (Isabelle Huppert) stuck in a lackluster marriage with a country doctor. To spice things up and escape the boredom of married life, she enters into multiple affairs, runs up countless debts and meets a tragic end. Madame Bovary earned a 1992 Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film and an Oscar nod for Best Costume Design. Betty follows a young, attractive alcoholic (Marie Trintignant) who spends her evenings hopping from bar to bar. One night she meets Laure (Stéphane Audran), an older alcoholic that decides to take Betty in and help her get her life back on track. Betty eventually becomes jealous of her new friend’s relationship and attempts to steal her lover. Torment is the story of a man who appears to have it all before obsession drives him mad. Paul (François Cluzet) owns and runs the successful Hotel Del Lac and is married to the beautiful Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart), a woman he believes to be way out of his league. After witnessing Nelly being friendly to a handsome hotel guest, Paul becomes convinced that she’s unfaithful and begins to follow his wife. His delusion and paranoia lead to tragedy. 

The 1936 musical Dancing Pirate will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Cinedigm and The Film Detective. Billed as the first ever 100% Technicolor dancing musical, Dancing Pirate stars Charles Collins as a dance teacher from Boston who is tricked into joining a band of pirates, leading him to be fitted for a noose in California. He catches a break when the mayor’s daughter demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz. Dancing Pirate earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction. The film features many familiar faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as the mayor, Steffi Duna (Waterloo Bridge) as his dancing daughter and Rita Hayworth (Gilda) in an early performance as a specialty dancer. The special-edition release features a new restoration from original 35mm archival material with a new 4K scan.

Two 1980s flicks, the action adventure 3:15 and the sci-fi fantasy Deep Space, are headed to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

The classic ’80s grindhouse film 3:15 (1986) heads to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. “The Cobras” rule Lincoln High and everyone in it — everyone except Jeff Hanna. Once the most feared member of the Cobras, Hanna got sick of fighting and got out of the gang. Now the Cobras have brutalized his new girlfriend and threatened to kill him for his disloyalty. It’s time for one last fight. The film stars a young Adam Baldwin (Independence Day, TV’s “Chuck” and “Firefly”) and Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl, April Fool’s Day), Gina Gershon, Danny De La Paz and Mario Van Peebles. The release features DTS-HD master audio stereo, a new 2019 HD master, an on-camera interview with actor Danny De La Paz, and the theatrical trailer.

Deep Space (1988) heads to Blu-ray Feb. 22 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group. A U.S. satellite transporting a secretly engineered creature crashes to Earth near Los Angeles. Police officers McLemore (Charles Napier, Last Embrace, One Eyed Monster) and Sandbourn (Ann Turkel, The Cassandra Crossing, Golden Rendezvous) are assigned to pursue the escaped mutant beast. Along the way, they clash with their superior, Capt. Robertson (Bo Svenson, Breaking Point, Final Chapter: Walking Tall, Delta Force), and the scientists behind the project. Psychic Lady Elaine Wentworth (Julie Newmar) also lends them a hand. The film also stars Ron Glass (“Barney Miller”), James Booth (Avenging Force, Zulu), Elisabeth Brooks (The Howling) and Norman Burton (Scorchy, The Terminal Man) and is directed by cult icon Fred Olen Ray. The release features a new 2018 HD master and audio commentary with the director.

Kino Lorber releases the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Gomorrah: Season Four Feb.  22. The gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale) is based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. “Gomorrah” is set in Naples in the 2010s. The series follows Ciro Di Marzio, a member of the Savastano Camorra clan of Secondigliano, headed by Pietro Savastano. When Pietro is arrested, an internal power struggle breaks out with his rivals as well as between the “old guard” of the clan and the “young guard” headed by his son, Gennaro Savastano. Kino Lorber released season one on Oct. 26 and season two on Dec. 7. In season four, Genny (Salvatore Esposito) needs to change his own life to save the family. As he turns into a businessman, he has to hand his kingdom over to Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna) and entrust his own life to a mob crew with ties to Donna Imma.

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

‘Death on the Nile’ Tops Sluggish Super Bowl Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ theatrical interpretation of the Agatha Christie novel Death on the Nile is projected to top a sluggish North American box office with an estimated $12.8 million across more than 3,200 screens. The movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, who co-stars alongside Gal Gadot, among others, generated an estimated $33.5 million worldwide.

The opening for Nile is less than half of the opening of Branagh’s previous run as Inspector Hercules Poirot in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which generated $28.6 million across its opening weekend, and $353 million worldwide through its theatrical run. That release did not have to contend with competing pandemic concerns and the Super Bowl.

Regardless, the Nile is a win for AMC Networks, which owns licensing rights to the Agatha Christie library following its acquisition of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment.

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The film also bested Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson’s new rom-com release Marry Me, which is projected to track just $8 million across 3,642 theaters ($16.5 million worldwide). Affecting the box office as well was the film’s concurrent availability on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

Paramount Pictures’ second-weekend release of prankster movie Jackass Forever is projected to finish No. 2 with an estimated $8.3 million; $37.4 million worldwide. Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home added another $7.1 million in ticket sales and is expected to surpass James Cameron’s Avatar for No. 3 on the all-time North American box office chart.

Meanwhile, among this week’s Best Picture Oscar nominations, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is expected to take in around $920,000 in ticket sales, easily topping Focus Features’ Belfast with less than $300,000. Other nominees, including King Richard, CODA, Dune, Don’t Look Up, The Power of the Dog, and Nightmare Alley are streaming on HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix and Hulu, respectively. West Side Story is coming to Disney+ in March.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Tops $600 Million North American Box Office

In its third weekend of release, Sony Pictures’ latest webslinger installment, Spider-Man: No Way Home, continued its box office domination, topping $52 million in projected New Year’s weekend revenue, and $609 million in projected North American ticket sales through Jan. 2.

The third movie in the franchise with Tom Holland playing Peter Parker’s alter ego ended 2021 as the top-grossing theatrical release globally with more than $1.2 billion in revenue. It now ranks as the 10th highest domestic release in history.

Notably, Spider-Man easily topped runner-up Disney/Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which, until just 18 days ago, was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. with $224 million.

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Among other box office releases, Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 generated $19.6 million across 3,892 screens, to bring its two-weekend haul to $40 million. Disney/20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man finished No. 3 with $4.5 million across 3,180 theaters, and $47.8 million overall.

Lionsgate’s Kurt Warner NFL biopic American Underdog generated $3.9 million across 2,800 screens to put its total ticket sales around $15 million.

‘Free Guy’ Hitting Disney+ Feb. 23

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy will be available on the Disney+ streaming service starting Feb. 23.

The adventure-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi was released in theaters Aug. 13 and has grossed more than $330 million worldwide. The film recently won a People’s Choice Award and received a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy.

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In Free Guy, 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.

Disney+ has also released video of titles headed to the service in 2022.

‘West Side Story’ Opening Underwhelms at Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ reported $100 million remake of West Side Story topped the weekend box office with a projected $10.5 million in ticket sales — below expectations — across more than 2,800 screens through Dec. 12. 

The movie was projected to make nearly $14 million its first weekend, based on director Steven Spielberg’s involvement and strong social media reviews.

Instead, the musical with an ensemble cast is set to open below Warner Bros. Pictures’ under-performing Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights, which generated $11.5 million back in June, while simultaneously streaming on HBO Max.

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The week’s other new release, STX’s National Champions, a sports-themed drama about college football players threatening to boycott a title game unless financially compensated, barely showed a pulse. The film, which generated just $300,000 across 1,000 screens, is being primed for a premium VOD release around the NCAA Division 1 national championship football game on Jan. 10, 2022.

Among returning theatrical releases, Disney’s Encanto generated $9.42 million in estimated third-weekend ticket sales, followed by $6.4 million in week four for Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife. United Artists Releasing’s House of Gucci saw $4 million in its third weekend of release, followed by Disney’s Eternals with $3.1 million in its sixth week.

Finally, Fathom Events’ faith-based film Christmas With the Chosen generated $1.63 million in its second weekend, followed by Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Raccoon City with $1.55 million, Warner Bros.’ Dune with $857,000, and Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage with $760,000.

‘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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