‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Among Top Titles New to Disc and Digital July 27

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and a slew of titles from Lionsgate top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray July 27, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 and a new animated Batman movie become available through digital retailers.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The second installment, written and directed by John Krasinski, picks up where the first left off, as the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. It earned $157.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate July 27 releases the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass on Blu-ray and DVD. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Also arriving on DVD July 27 from Lionsgate is the family comedy Joey & Ella. When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. The story begins when two bumbling jewel thieves lose a mysterious diamond when it is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella (Jennifer Michele), a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech.

American Gods: Season Three hits Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from Lionsgate. Based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the Starz fantasy series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. In the 10 episodes of the third season, dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be.

Lionsgate also releases a DVD of V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series. Based on the best-selling novels from V.C. Andrews, the collection includes the Lifetime movies Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel. The series follows the story of Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno) as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal. All four movies aired in March 2021 on Lifetime.

Screen Media releases the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27. In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf makes its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Scream Factory also releases a new collector’s edition of the 1983 Stephen King Adaptation The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and directed by David Cronenberg. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the film and a slew of new bonus materials, including four audio commentaries.

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On the digital side of things, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 27 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase. The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A Blu-ray of Part Two arrives Aug. 10, while a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of both parts edited into a single film will arrive in 2022.

The thriller Profile comes out on digital July 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

Later this week, on Friday, July 30, the musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 31.

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

Data: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ Top Streamed Movie, TV Show in June

With their sequels fairing well at the post-pandemic box office, original movies A Quiet Place from Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard ranked the top two most-streamed movies in June, according to new data from JustWatch, the international streaming guide that tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users per month across 47 countries, including the U.S.

Other movies among the Top 10 included Nobody (released on disc June 22 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment), In the Heights and Wrath of Man (both Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). The latter is available on disc on July 22.

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Among the most-streamed TV shows in June, animated series “Rick and Morty” on Hulu and HBO Max topped viewership in the U.S., followed by new series “Kevin Can F**k Himself” on AMC+, “Yellowstone,” “Manifest,” the canceled NBC mystery series that recently ranked No. 1 on Netflix, and the streamer’s new series “Sweet Tooth.”

Paramount’s ‘A Quiet Place Part 2’ Theatrical Release Bumped Up

In a switch, Paramount Pictures has moved forward the release date of oft-delayed sequel A Quiet Place Part 2 to Memorial Day weekend (May 28) from its previously delayed Sept. 4 debut.

The move means that the John Krasinski-directed follow-up to his original 2018 sleeper hit, A Quiet Place, starring his wife Emily Blunt in a post-apocalyptic world where sound can get someone killed, will stream earlier than expected on new subscription streaming service Paramount+. The first movie generated $340 million in global ticket sales, including $188 million domestically.

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A Quiet Place Part 2, along with Mission: Impossible 7, starring Tom Cruise, have both been tagged by Paramount with shortened theatrical windows (45 days) in order to expedite streaming access into consumer homes.

Paramount made the decision after Universal Pictures pushed back again the theatrical (and PVOD) release of F9, or Fast & Furious 9, from May 22 to June 25 due to the pandemic’s ongoing economic impact on movie theaters. F9 was originally slated to launch May 22, 2020. Universal also pushed the next installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru, to 2022.

Paramount also moved the theatrical release of sci-fi thriller Infinite, co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to Sept. 24.

2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.


Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843


*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

Paramount Pictures Q4 Home Entertainment Revenue Declines

Paramount Home Media Distribution Nov. 16 reported fourth-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $157 million – down 17% from revenue of $190 million from the previous-year period.

Domestic revenue from sales of physical and digital movies and TV shows reached $103 million, compared to $118.5 million last year. International sales totaled $54 million, down 22% from $65.9 million in the previous-year period.

The studio attributed the drop in part to timing of releases and product mix.

Indeed, Book Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, has generated $6.8 million in combined DVD, Blu-ray Disc sales since its Aug. 28 retail release. The title ranks just 54thin sales in 2018, according to The-Numbers.com.

A Quiet Place, the top-performing theatrical horror/thriller in the past decade, ranks 25thon the year with $12.6 million in disc sales.

By comparison, top home entertainment releases in 2017 included Star Trek Beyond, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Arrival, among others.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount’s top-performing theatrical title of 2018 – and highest grossing title in the franchise – doesn’t reach retail shelves until Dec. 4.

For the fiscal year, Paramount Home Media Distribution sales topped $622 million – down about 27% from $849 million last year.

Viacom CEO: We’re Seeing Incredible Turnaround at Paramount

Among major studios, Paramount Pictures has taken an outsized share of fiscal hits in recent years — only generating its first operating profit since 2015 in March.

Speaking Sept. 12 at Goldman Sachs 27th Annual Communacopia confab in New York, Bob Bakish, CEO of corporate parent Viacom, said Paramount is a very different place today — thanks in part to a trio of theatrical hits and increased television content production, among other initiatives.

Specifically, low budget titles A Quiet Place and romantic comedy Book Club, together with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the sixth installment in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, overperformed at the box office – with A Quiet Placeand Book Club now generating significant sellthrough revenue.

Indeed, A Quiet Place grossed more than $188 million domestically, making it the second-highest grossing horror film in the U.S. over the past decade. The film has earned more than $332 million worldwide with a production cost of approximately $20 million.

Released in May 2018, Book Club earned more than $68 million at the domestic box office — more than six times its $10 million acquisition cost. The titles were released in retail (digital and physical) channels on July 10 and Aug. 28, respectively.

“Both those films are killing it in transactions for us right now,” Bakish said.

The executive said that when combined with the global box office of Fallout– the largest in Mission: Impossible franchise history, Paramount has turned the fiscal corner.

“Take those three things together, and there’s no question the [Paramount] mountain is back,” Bakish said.

In addition to movies, Paramount Television has upped content production from nine series on broadcast and online to 16 shows this year and is poised to generate $400 million in revenue.

Notable series include “13 Reasons Why” for Netflix; “The Alienist” for TNT and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” from Amazon Prime Video. Original movie production for third-party SVOD players has begun with announcements pending, according to Bakish.

“Paramount is not only back in the TV production business, it’s a hit maker,” said Bakish. “It’s a great opportunity.”

What Viacom is not doing is developing a mass market SVOD service to compete with Netflix.

“That business is looking more and more crowded,” Bakish said. “It is a very capital-intensive game if you look what program expenses at those platforms are.”

Instead Viacom is approaching over-the-top video with strategy targeting niche SVOD services such as Noggin.com and distribution through third-party platforms such as Amazon Channels.

“Putting Noggin on Amazon Channels more than doubled subs rather quickly,” Bakish said. “And we’re in the late stages of adding other distributors. We think that’s a very effective strategy.”

Viacom is launching an ad-supported OTT video service featuring library content, and creating third-party licensed content featuring Viacom brands MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, etc.

Bakish says its “part promotion, part revenue,” with digital initiatives produced under Viacom Digital Studios, which launched nine months ago.

“We’re feeling very good about the momentum we have going into the [current] fourth quarter. We are very focused on operating the assets we already own. It’s a quest for scale both inside and outside the company,” he said.




Paramount Pictures Ups Q3 Profit

Paramount Pictures Aug. 9 reported third-quarter (ended June 30) operating income of $44 million, which was up 388% from operating income of $9 million during the previous-year period. Revenue declined about 9% to $772 million from $847 million last year.

Paramount Home Media Distribution reported revenue of $119 million, which was down 45% from revenue of $218 million.Home entertainment declines reflected the mix and number of titles in release. Domestic and international home entertainment revenue decreased 47% and 41%, respectively.

Significant current-year home entertainment releases included, Daddy’s Home 2 , compared to Star Trek Beyond, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Arrival in the prior year.

The studio attributed the overall revenue drop to a 33% decline in international revenue to $308 million. Domestic revenue increased 20% to $464 million.

Theatrical revenue dropped 21% to $208 million principally due to lower carryover revenue. Domestic theatrical revenue grew 58%, driven by the strong performance of current quarter releases A Quiet Place and Book Club, while international theatrical revenue decreased 58%, reflecting comparisons against the release of Transformers: The Last Knight and Ghost in the Shell in the prior year quarter.

Regardless, Paramount Pictures has improved adjusted operating income in six consecutive quarters and was profitable in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2018.

“Paramount is revitalized, with outstanding box office performance and growing television production revenues driving substantial gains in profitability,” Bob Bakish, CEO of corporate parent Viacom, said in a statement.

Indeed, A Quiet Place has grossed more than $188 million domestically to date, making it the second-highest grossing horror film in the U.S. over the past decade. The film has so far earned more than $332 million at the worldwide box office at a production cost of approximately $20 million.

Released in May 2018, Book Club has gone on to earn more than $68 million to date at the domestic box office — more than six times its acquisition cost of $10 million.

The current fourth-quarter release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout grossed nearly $330 million globally in its first two weekends – the biggest opening ever for the franchise.


‘Ready Player One’ Tops Redbox Disc Rental, Transactional Video Charts

Warner’s Ready Player One, the latest sci-fi film from Steven Spielberg, debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox charts the week ended July 30.

The film, based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel, is set in 2045, a time when people use virtual reality software to escape the problems of the real world. A teen orphan named Wade Watts (portrayed by Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game promising full ownership of the software and winds up battling a large company out to do the same.

The film, which grossed nearly $138 million in U.S. theaters, took the top spot on both Redbox’s kiosk rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases and rentals.

Rampage, also from Warner, slipped to No. 2 on both charts after bowing at No. 1 the prior week.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Supertroopers 2 debuted at No. 3 on the kiosk disc rental chart but slipped to No. 5 from No. 4 on the transactional video chart. (The film’s digital release preceded its disc release by two weeks.)

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart were Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty at No. 4, down two spots from its No. 2 debut the prior week, and Paramount’s surprise horror hit A Quiet Place at No. 5, down from No. 3.

On the digital chart, A Quiet Place remained at No. 3 and I Feel Pretty slipped two notches to No. 4.

A third new disc release, 20th Century Fox’s Isle of Dogs, debuted at No. 9 on the disc rental chart. The stop-motion animated film written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson is set in a dystopian Japan.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending July 30

  1. Ready Player One (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. Super Troopers 2 (new)
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Blockers
  7. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  8. Traffik
  9. Isle of Dogs (new)
  10. Tomb Raider (2018)


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending July 30

  1. Ready Player One (new)
  2. Rampage
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. I Feel Pretty
  5. Supertroopers 2
  6. Blockers
  7. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
  8. The Equalizer
  9. Game Night
  10. Death Wish (2018)


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‘Rampage’, ‘I Feel Pretty’ Take Two Top Spots on Redbox Chart

Two new releases took the two top spots on both Redbox charts the week ended July 23.

Rampage, the sci-fi film starring Dwayne Johnson and based on the classic 1980s video game of the same name, rode its nearly $100 million North American box office gross to a No. 1 debut on both Redbox’s kiosk rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases and rentals.

Universal Pictures’ I Feel Pretty, the Amy Schumer comedy that earned just under $50 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 2, also on both charts.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place, the surprise horror hit about a family stalked by monsters that hunt by sound, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

A third new release, Universal’s Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, debuted at No. 5 on the kiosk disc rental chart and No. 6 on the transactional VOD chart. The Lucy Hale-starring supernatural horror film earned just over $40 million at the domestic box office.

And a fourth newcomer, Lionsgate’s Traffik, bowed at No. 6 on the kiosk chart and No. 8 on the digital chart.

Universal’s Blockers, about a trio of parents who try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night, slipped to No. 4 on the kiosk chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Supertroopers 2 shot up to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending July 23

  1. Rampage (new)
  2. I Feel Pretty (new)
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. Blockers
  5. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (new)
  6. Traffik (new)
  7. Tomb Raider (2018)
  8. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
  9. Escape Plan 2 – Double Feature
  10.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending July 23

  1. Rampage (new)
  2. I Feel Pretty (new)
  3. A Quiet Place
  4. Super Troopers 2
  5. Blockers
  6. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (new)
  7. The Equalizer
  8. Traffik (new)
  9. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
  10. Game Night


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‘A Quiet Place’ Makes a Noise on the Home Video Charts

Paramount’s A Quiet Place debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 14.

The film, about a family that must remain completely silent in their everyday life or else creatures will hunt them, earned $187.7 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on both charts was the previous week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ Blockers, which in its second week sold 31% as many units as A Quiet Place did in its first.

Rising back to No. 3 on both charts, in its 14th week on shelves, was 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman.

Lionsgate’s faith-based I Can Only Imagine was No. 4 on the overall chart, while Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney’s Black Panther was No. 5 on both charts.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 67% of A Quiet Place‘s total unit sales; 13% of its sales were of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 15, A Quiet Place and Blockers also landed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Warner’s Tomb Raider reboot at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Escape Plan 2: Hades at No. 4, and Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, also from Lionsgate, at No. 5.

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