DEG: Streaming Again Fuels Surge in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending in 2021

Consumer spending on home entertainment in 2021 rose nearly 8% from the prior year to a record $32.3 billion, fueled once again by a surge in subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), or streaming, according to estimates released Feb. 7 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The trade group says consumer spending on streaming climbed 20% to an estimated $25.3 billion, or more than 78% of the total.  

Consumer spending in all other segments declined in 2021, after rising significantly in 2020 due to movie theater closures and stay-at-home orders triggered by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales were down 19.5% to an estimated $1.97 billion, from $2.45 billion in 2020. Disc rentals fell 21.2% to $822.7 million, from $1.04 billion the prior year.

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Digital transactional sales were off 19.2% to an estimated $2.42 billion, from nearly $3 billion in 2020, while digital transactional rentals slipped 23.8% to $1.77 billion, from $2.32 billion the year before.

The DEG cautions, however, that digital spending totals do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD) revenue. The trade group pegs PVOD revenue at about $525 million, not counting Disney+ Premier Access. (Media Play News stopped carrying the weekly Watched at Home chart because Disney does not provide revenue for disc and transactional digital titles that were initially released to home audiences at a premium VOD price.)

In the fourth quarter, the DEG reported, total consumer spending on home entertainment rose more than 11% to $8.6 billion, the highest growth rate of the year’s four quarters.

Streaming once again led the way, with spending up more than 19% to an estimated $6.64 billion.

Transactional spending fared significantly better in the fourth quarter than in any of the year’s previous three-month periods, with digital sales down less than 3% and rentals down 6.2%. The DEG notes that “purchases of TV product were particularly strong in Q4, rising to $258 million, an 11% increase above the same quarter in 2020, and 54% over the 2019 quarter.” Season four of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” was the top revenue generator of the year across all transactional formats, with the “Yellowstone” franchise bringing more than $61 million in fourth-quarter consumer spending.

Digital rentals of theatrical new releases through internet retailers such as Vudu, Google Play and Redbox On Demand in the fourth quarter rose about 3% from the same period in 2020, and 29% over spending in the pre-pandemic fourth quarter of 2019.

Physical media also did much better in the fourth quarter, with sales down just 14.2%. Consumer spending on 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs, the DEG reported, was up more than 6% in the quarter.

Top titles across both physical and digital transactional formats included The Croods: A New Age; F9: The Fast Saga; Free Guy; Godzilla vs Kong; Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection; Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard; Monster Hunter; No Time to Die; A Quiet Place Part II; Venom: Let There Be Carnage; Wonder Woman 1984; and all four seasons of “Yellowstone.”

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Scores Third Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place Part II held on to score a third week at No. 1 on the U.K. Official Film Chart through Sept. 8, following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

With 71% of its total this week made up of physical copies, A Quiet Place Part II denied Warner Home Video’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It the top spot, though the horror sequel did take the title of the week’s biggest digital download.

Oscar-winner The Father (Lionsgate) climbed four places to No. 3, thanks to its release on disc, landing just ahead of the highest new chart entry, Universal Pictures’ Nobody at No. 4.

The actioner stars Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell, a dad who finds himself the target of a vengeful drug lord after he intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men. The formerly non-confrontational father is then forced to head down a brutal path in order to save his family.

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David Lynch’s original 1984 Dune (Sanctuary) made a top 10 debut at No. 6 thanks to its re-release via a new 4K Ultra HD package. Finally, A Quiet Place:2-Movie Collection soared 23 places to a new peak at No. 8 thanks to its release on physical formats.

This week’s Official Film Chart online show features a preview of crime thriller The Birthday Cake starring Ewan McGregor, available to download and keep from Sept. 13.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 8, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 A QUIET PLACE PART II PARAMOUNT
2 2 THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT WARNER
3 7 THE FATHER LIONSGATE
4 New NOBODY UNIVERSAL
5 4 PETER RABBIT 2 SONY PICTURES
6 New DUNE SANCTUARY
7 5 CRUELLA DISNEY
8 31 A QUIET PLACE 2-MOVIE COLLECTION PARAMOUNT
9 3 LUCA DISNEY
10 6 GODZILLA VS KONG WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘A Quiet Place 2’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II remained atop the weekly Official Film Chart in the U.K. through Sept. 1, despite competition from new releases, Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Disney/Pixar’s Luca.

In its second week at No. 1 due to digital sales only, A Quiet Place Part II finishes 10,000 units ahead of the runner-up — the third “Conjuring” movie and eighth installment of the “Conjuring” universe franchise.

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At No. 3, animated family friendly adventure Luca entered the chart following its release on disc and is the biggest seller of the week across DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Meanwhile, Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in psychological drama The Father at No. 7. Hopkins’ performance won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an aging man struggling to deal with his progressing dementia.

Finally, the Tobey Maguire-starring 2002 Spider-Man film landed on the Official Film Chart for the first time ever at No. 9, thanks to the buzz around the recent trailer release for upcoming theatrical release Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 1, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 A QUIET PLACE PART II PARAMOUNT
2 New THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT WARNER
3 New LUCA DISNEY
4 3 PETER RABBIT 2 SONY PICTURES
5 2 CRUELLA DISNEY
6 5 GODZILLA VS. KONG WARNER
7 New THE FATHER LIONSGATE
8 4 SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW LIONSGATE
9 New SPIDER-MAN (2002) SONY PICTURES
10 8 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts for Third Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II remained No. 1 on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Aug. 15, its third consecutive week atop both charts.

The top new release on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Paramount’s The Misfits at No. 2. Pierce Brosnan stars in the movie about a band of modern-day Robin Hoods who want to steal millions in gold bars stashed underneath one of the world’s most secure prisons. It was No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead slipped a spot to No. 3 on the disc-rental chart.

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Screen Media’s Till Death, starring Megan Fox, debuted at No. 4 on the disc-rental chart and moved up to No. 4 on the digital chart as well.

MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man dropped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, but remained No. 2 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga dropped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Also making its first appearance on the disc-rental chart, at No. 7, was supernatural comedy sequel The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 15:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. The Misfits — Paramount
  3. Those Who Wish Me Dead — Warner
  4. Till Death — Screen Media
  5. Wrath of Man — Warner
  6. Luca — Disney
  7. The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 — Lionsgate
  8. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  9. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  10. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 15:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. Wrath of Man — MGM
  3. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  4. Till Death — Screen Media
  5. The Misfits — Paramount
  6. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  7. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  8. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  9. Nobody — Universal
  10. Don’t Breathe — Sony Pictures

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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts for Second Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II remained No. 1 on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Aug. 8, its second consecutive week atop both charts.

The top new release on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead at No. 2. The thriller stars Angelina Jolie as a firefighter protecting a traumatized 12-year-old boy from assassins.

That pushed MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man to No. 2 on the disc rental chart. It remained No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 2 On Demand title for a second week was Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth entry in the primary “Fast & Furious” film series, which became available for on-demand viewing July 30.

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Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw was No. 4 on both charts. Midnight in the Switchgrass, also from Lionsgate, dropped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart and remained No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake dropped to No. 6 on both charts.

Other newcomers on the disc rental chart included Sony Pictures’ Here Today at No. 7, and Disney’s Luca at No. 10.

Here Today is a romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish, while Luca is the latest animated adventure from Pixar, which premiered exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service in lieu of a pandemic theatrical release.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 8:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. Those Who Wish Me Dead — Warner
  3. Wrath of Man — Warner
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  6. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  7. Here Today — Sony Pictures
  8. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  9. Nobody — Universal
  10. Luca — Disney

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 8:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Wrath of Man — MGM
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  6. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  7. Nobody — Universal
  8. Till Death — Screen Media
  9. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  10. The Forever Purge — Universal

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‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II 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 31.

The suspenseful sequel has earned $159 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 58% of first-week A Quiet Place Part II unit sales, while the specific 4K Ultra HD version comprised 25% of its total.

A Blu-ray two-pack of both “A Quiet Place” movies debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The top seller the previous two weeks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Mortal Kombat remake, dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling about one-third as many copies as the new “Quiet Place” entry.

Warner’s 1996 sports comedy Space Jam remained No. 3 on the overall disc chart and was No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw dropped two spots on each chart to No. 4, while Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong was No. 5 on both charts.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 1 also saw A Quiet Place Part II debut at No. 1, pushing Warner’s Wrath of Man to No. 2 after a couple of weeks in the top spot.

Lionsgate’s Midnight in the Switchgrass, a murder mystery with Megan Fox and Bruce Willis, debuted as the No. 3 rental, followed by Spiral at No. 4 and Mortal Kombat at No. 5.

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Paramount Pictures Bounces Back from 2020 COVID Quarter

With just one significant theatrical release in the quarter, Paramount Pictures was able to bounce back from a disastrous prior-year COVID quarter (ended June 30) that still undermines home entertainment.

The delayed release of A Quiet Place Part II helped increase theatrical revenue to $134 million, from just $3 million in Q2 2020. Through six months of the fiscal year, revenue is down 35%, from $170 million in the same time period in 2020.

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With the Quiet Place sequel releasing on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 27, and two weeks earlier digitally, its Q2 fiscal impact on retail was delayed to the third quarter.

As a result, “licensing and other” revenue decreased 17% year-over-year to $533 million due to lower home entertainment revenue as a result of the absence of theatrical releases due to the pandemic. That compared with revenue of $644 million in the prior-year when the studio filled retail channels with both new (Sonic the Hedgehog) and catalog titles.

Studio operating income in the quarter fell 38% to $72 million, from $116 million in the prior-year quarter.

Through six months, however, “licensing and other” revenue increased 19% to more than $1.5 billion, from $1.28 billion a year ago. Operating income increased 93% to $276 million, from $116 million.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II took over the No. 1 spot on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Aug. 1.

The suspenseful sequel has grossed $158.9 million at the domestic box office.

That pushed MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 2 On Demand title was Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth entry in the primary “Fast & Furious” film series, which became available for on-demand viewing July 30.

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Lionsgate’s Midnight in the Switchgrass, a murder mystery starring Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis, took No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw was No. 4 on both charts, while Warner’s Mortal Kombat reboot was No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 1:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. Wrath of Man — Warner
  3. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  7. Out of Death — Redbox
  8. Nobody — Universal
  9. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  10. The Marksman — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 1:

  1. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  2. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  3. Wrath of Man — MGM
  4. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  5. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  6. The Forever Purge — Universal
  7. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  8. Nobody — Universal
  9. A Quiet Place — Paramount
  10. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner

 

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Data: ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Tops ‘Jungle Cruise’ for Most-Streamed Movie Through Aug. 1

A Quiet Place Part II on Paramount+ and Apple TV+’s popular series “Ted Lasso” were the most-streamed movie and TV show for the week ended Aug. 1, according to new data from JustWatch.

The international streaming guide tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million monthly users across 47 countries, including the United States.

Notably, A Quiet Place Part II topped PVOD access to Jungle Cruise on Disney+, according to JustWatch. While Disney said the Premier Access release generated more than 1 million subs paying $29.99 to own the sequel, the reality that A Quiet Place Part II was available for free to Paramount+ subs drove viewership.

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In addition, the Nicolas Cage-starrer Pig on Hulu also topped Jungle Cruise. The low-budget drama generated more $2.6 million in limited theatrical run in the U.S.

Merchandising: Get a ‘Quiet Place 2’ Steelbook at Best Buy

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II was the most notable Blu-ray/DVD release of July 27, and sure enough Best Buy offered an exclusive Steelbook edition for it.

Best Buy’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the horror sequel was offered for $34.99.

Separately, Best Buy is running a promotion timed to the theatrical debut of Disney’s Jungle Cruise July 30, offering other Disney live-action movies such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films for as low as $5.99 on Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for $17.99 each.

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