’80 for Brady’ Grabs No. 1 Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Paramount Home Entertainment’s 80 for Brady debuted at No. 1 on the Circana 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 May 6.

The film stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field as four elderly friends who decide to take a road trip to see Tom Brady play in the Super Bowl. It earned $39.3 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top seller, Lionsgate’s faith-based Jesus Revolution, dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about 61% as many copies as 80 for Brady.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Universal Pictures’ horror comedy Cocaine Bear.

Another newcomer was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, Universal’s Champions, a sports comedy about Woody Harrelson as a basketball coach assigned to lead a team of players with special needs. It earned $16.3 million from U.S. theaters.

No. 5 overall was Universal’s creepy android doll thriller M3GAN, which was No. 9 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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On the Blu-ray chart, No. 3 was Warner’s Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen — Part One, a direct-to-video animated crossover movie in which members of DC Comics’ Justice League visit the world of RWBY. It was No. 12 on the overall disc chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which was No. 18 on the overall disc chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 29% of total 80 for Brady unit sales, while Champions had just 15% of its sales come from Blu-ray, a tally low enough to keep it outside the list of top 30 Blu-ray sellers. Neither title was available on 4K Ultra HD disc.

The top-selling 4K title was Paramount’s new edition of the 1993 comet aimed at Earth disaster movie Deep Impact, a reissue that pushed the film to No. 19 on the overall chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 7 had Champions in the top spot, with Cocaine Bear at No. 2.

The No. 3 rental was Lionsgate’s weather-chaser thriller Supercell, followed by Lionsgate’s Plane at No. 4, and Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance at No. 5.

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New Home Video Titles for May 2 Include ’80 for Brady,’ ‘Champions’ on Disc, ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ ’65’ Digitally

Newly available home entertainment options arriving May 2 include 80 for Brady and Champions on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, while digital retailers have 65 available at regular pricing, and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves for premium VOD and sellthrough.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the comedy 80 for Brady on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 2. Inspired by a true story, the film follows four best friends (played by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field) living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play. The film also stars Tom Brady, Billy Porter, Rob Corddry, Alex Moffat, Guy Fieri, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Sara Gilbert, Jimmy O. Yang, Ron Funches and Matt Lauria. The film earned $39.3 million at the domestic box office.

Also starring Tomlin and Fonda is the comedy Moving On, which arrives for digital purchase May 2 from Lionsgate. In the revenge comedy from Academy Award-nominated writer Paul Weitz, Claire (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda) and Evelyn (Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin) are estranged friends who reunite to get even with Howard (Malcolm McDowell), the petulant widower of their recently deceased best friend. Along the way, Claire reunites with Ralph (Richard Roundtree), her great love from her younger years, as each woman must make peace with her past and learn to treasure the value of a good friend. It arrives on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD May 16.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the sports comedy Champions on Blu-ray and DVD May 2. Woody Harrelson stars in the film about a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Ernie Hudson and Kaitlin Olson. Champions earned $16.3 million at the domestic box office.

The fantasy action comedy Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves arrives for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital purchase (PEST) May 2 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Regé-Jean Page, the film, based on the classic board game, follows a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers who undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic. But things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. It will be released on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 30.

The science-fiction thriller 65 will be released for regular digital purchase May 2 (after a premium digital rental and purchase run) from Sony Picture Home Entertainment. In the film, after a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth — 65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive. From the writers of A Quiet Place, the sci-fi thriller is produced by Sam Raimi, Deborah Liebling, Zainab Azizi, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 30.

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The disaster film Deep Impact arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD May 2 for its 25th anniversary from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on May 8, 1998, Deep Impact grossed nearly $350 million worldwide. The film depicts humanity’s response as a comet hurtles through space on a collision course with Earth. Directed by Mimi Leder and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Maximilian Schell and Morgan Freeman. Fully remastered and boasting Dolby Vision and HDR-10, the Deep Impact 4K Ultra HD release includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray, access to a digital copy of the film, and legacy bonus content including commentary and featurettes delving into the making of the film. 

The documentary Beyond Human Nature will be released on digital May 2 from Screen Media. The documentary chronicles the grisly Tom Monfils homicide investigation of 1992 through the eyes of the people who lived it. In the story, when a man is murdered by drowning in a paper pulp vat, a small mill town clamors for justice and his brother comes face to face with the slippery nature of objective truth. Directed by Michael Neelsen, Beyond Human Nature features interviews with Mike Piaskowski, Randy Winkler, Cal Monfils, John Zakowski, Steve Kaplan, Francine Enright, Steve Stein, Amanda Williams, Earl Kellner, Denis Gullickson, Brian Kerhin and Ann Klemm.

Two Trinity crime thrillers, Essex Boys Retribution and A Small Fortune, will be released on digital May 2 in the United States and Canada from Distribution Solutions. In the British thriller Essex Boys Retribution (2013), 20 years after the Range Rover murders, which saw three of the country’s most notorious killers shot dead in a desolate field, the next generation of Essex Boys vie for control of the local drug trade, as revenge is sought by all sides. Directed by Paul Tanter (Age of the Living Dead, Escaping Paradise), the film stars Billy Murray (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video game, “Ransom’s Law,” Renegades), Ian Virgo (Black Hawk Down, The Raven, Blood on The Crown), Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, The Loss Adjuster, Red Devil) and Ryan Winsley (“Robin Hood” TV series, We Go in at Dawn, Bone Breaker).

In A Small Fortune (2021), Prince Edward Island becomes a crime scene when a desperate man finds a bag of lost money off the shores of the island and keeps it secret. Directed by Adam Perry (Jiggers, A Blessing from the Sea), the film stars Andrea Bang (“Kim’s Convenience” TV series, “A Million Little Things” TV series, “Running With Violet” TV series), Liane Balaban (Definitely, Maybe, One Week, New Waterford Girl), and Joel Thomas Hynes (“Little Dog” TV series, “Orphan Black” TV series, Cast No Shadow). The film won Best Screenplay at Manchester International Film Festival (MANIFF).

Also May 2, as part of the Disney 100th anniversary celebration, Best Buy will have exclusive Steelbook editions of the 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo packs for Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, with box art reflecting Disney 100 branding.

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

’80 for Brady’ Available on Paramount+ April 4

Paramount+ March 31 announced that the football-themed comedy 80 for Brady will be available to stream on the service beginning Tuesday, April 4, in the United States and Canada. International availability will be announced at a later date.

Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin and winners Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field star in the comedy inspired by a true story about four lifelong friends who set out on a journey to see Tom Brady play in Super Bowl LI, in which he led one of sports greatest comebacks as the New England Patriots won after being down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Brady appears as himself in the film, alongside a supporting cast that includes Billy Porter, Rob Corddry, Alex Moffat, Guy Fieri, Harry Hamlin, Bob Balaban, Glynn Turman, Sara Gilbert, Jimmy O. Yang, Ron Funches and Matt Lauria.

The film earned $39.3 million at the domestic box office and has been available through digital retailers and PVOD since March 7.

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Universal’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Ends ‘Avatar 2’ Box Office Reign With $14.2 Million Debut

Universal Pictures’ thriller Knock at the Cabin halted the seven-week No. 1 box office reign of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water — generating as estimated $14.2 million in revenue in its weekend debut through Feb. 5.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and headlined by Dave Bautista (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Army of the Dead), Cabin is on track to be Shyamalan’s lowest-generating movie debut behind 2021’s Old with $16.8 million.

The movie largely out-legged the debut of Paramount Pictures’ 80 for Brady ($12.5 million) due to the weather and the studio/exhibitors’ decision to discount ticket prices to lure senior moviegoers to the sports-themed comedy. The movie’s cast is led by 80+ year-olds Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin.

Paramount said the movie over-indexed in the Midwest and Southeast  while under-indexing in the West. The studio contends the polar vortex arctic chill kept much of title’s audience at bay in the northeast until the thaw starts today. With strong critical reviews, 80 for Brady grossed $1.27 million in sneak Thursday screenings.

Avatar 2 finished No. 3, adding $10.8 million to a global box office haul of $2.17 billion after eight weekends — and is projected next week to pass the No. 3 all-time box office release, Titanic, also directed by James Cameron.

Universal/DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish added almost $8 million in ticket sales to up its global tally past $368 million after seven weekends. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST, priced at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

Lionsgate’s actioner Plane, starring Gerard Butler, continued on a profitable flight path over the weekend, adding an estimated $2.21 million in revenue to up its global tally near $29 million. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST.