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

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Grows Into Top October Seller

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp was the top seller in terms of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc units sold in October 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was one of five titles distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in the top 10.

Perennial Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus was No. 3, the spot where it camped out on the weekly charts most of the month. Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story was the month’s No. 6 seller, after debuting in the last week of September. The Nightmare Before Christmas was No. 8 and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was No. 9.

In fact, only three studios cracked the top 10, with Universal Pictures taking three spots: Skyscraper at No. 4, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at No. 5, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom slipped to No. 7 after topping the September chart.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment had the other two top 10 titles, with Hotel Transylvania 3 at No. 3 and Sicario: Day of the Soldado at No. 10.

For the year through October, the top 10 remained unchanged, with Disney continuing to hold the top five spots, led again by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which has been NPD’s top title of the year since April.

According to NPD, the October 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Ant-Man and The Wasp (Disney)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony Pictures)
  3. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  4. Skyscraper (Universal)
  5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal)
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney)
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  9. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  10. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Sony Pictures)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through October 2018):

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  5. Coco (Disney)
  6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  8. Justice League (Warner)
  9. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)

 

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Reigned in September

‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘Ant-Man’ Retain Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

A modest slate of new releases the week ended Nov. 3 was largely overshadowed by a pair of higher-profile favorites on the home video sales charts.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, for a second consecutive week, and dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney’s Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp was once again the top Blu-ray Disc seller, and was No. 2 on the overall chart in its third week, selling 98% as many discs as the Mamma Mia! sequel. The Marvel Studios film had been the top Blu-ray in its debut week before being displaced by the musical a week ago.

No. 3 on both charts was once again Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween favorite that has been entrenched in the top five for more than a month following the release of a 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray. Even more surprisingly, Hocus Pocus sold 97% as many copies as the top title during the week.

Holding onto No. 4 on the overall chart was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, which slipped to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top newcomer, Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedy earned $33.6 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s eagerly anticipated Blu-ray release of “Batman: The Animated Series,” presenting the popular 1990s animated series remastered in high-definition, was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller and No. 7 on the overall sales chart.

Tracking the other week’s new releases, Warner’s animated Teen Titans Go! to the Movies was No. 8 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart; RLJE’s Mandy, a well-regarded thriller starring Nicolas Cage, was No. 12 overall and the No. 11 Blu-ray; 20th Century Fox’s teen sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds was No. 13 on both charts; and the Sony Pictures horror movie Slender Man came in at No. 15 overall and No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 3, The Spy Who Dumped Me debuted at No. 1, pushing Ant-Man and The Wasp to No. 2.

Universal’s Skyscraper slipped to No. 3, while Hotel Transylvania 3 dropped to No. 4. Slender Man debuted at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 11-3-18
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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 11-3-18
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Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-5-18

 

‘Spy Who Dumped Me’ Bows at No. 1 on Both Redbox Charts

The Spy Who Dumped Me, a newly released action comedy from Lionsgate starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, topped both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov. 4.

The film, which follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their old boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent, earned $33.6 million in North American theaters.

The movie debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped to No. 2 after one week in the top spot. Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five were Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania at No. 4 and another Sony film, the new-to-disc Slender Man, bowing at No. 5.

A third new release, Warner’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, debuted at No. 6 on the Redbox disc-rental chart.

Slender Man, a critically panned horror film inspired by the creepy pasta Internet meme of a murderous, thin, faceless humanoid who stalks children, grossed $30.6 million domestically.

Teen Titans Go!, an animated superhero fantasy based on the TV series (and DC Comics characters) of the same name, earned $29.6 million in North American theaters.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again slipped to No. 7 after debuting at No. 4 the week before.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me took the No. 1 spot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which slipped to No. 4.

Skyscraper held onto the No. 2 chart position, while Hotel Transylvania repeated at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was Slender Man, which had been released digitally on Oct. 19, two weeks before its Oct. 30 DVD and Blu-ray Disc street date.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3
  5. Slender Man (new)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (new)
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  8. The First Purge
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  5. Slender Man
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Tops Redbox Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a musical comedy based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, took the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week ended Oct. 28.

The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming, the electronic equivalent to renting a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

The film, a belated sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, typically positioned inside or outside of supermarkets and mass merchants like Walmart.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again grossed more than $120 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

The Mamma Mia sequel was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 23, two weeks after it became available for digital purchase or streaming.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp moved up to No. 1 in its second week of availability, knocking Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper to No. 2 after two weeks as the most in-demand disc rental.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transvylvania slipped a spot to No. 3 after two weeks in the second chart position.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, which moved up a spot from No. 6 the prior week.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 both slipped a spot, to No. 2 and No. 3, to make way for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Warner’s Ocean’s 8 moved back up to 4 from No. 5 the previous week, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom taking its place, down two spots from the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 28

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (new)
  5. The First Purge
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Reprisal
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 28

  1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. The First Purge
  7. Tag
  8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  9. Hotel Artemis
  10. Unfriended: Dark Web

 

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‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Makes Big Debut on Disc Sales Charts

Marvel Studios’ latest superhero blockbuster, Ant-Man and The Wasp, easily 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 Oct. 20.

The sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, earned $216.6 million at the domestic box office. Ant-Man and The Wasp is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Slipping to No. 2 on both charts for the week was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, with Disney’s Hocus Pocus once again coming in at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal’s Skyscraper at No. 4 and Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story at No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 70% of first week Ant-Man and The Wasp unit sales, with the UHD Blu-ray format comprising 17% of the tally.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 21, Skyscraper held onto the top spot for a second week, followed by Hotel Transylvania 3.

Ant-Man at The Wasp debuted at No. 3, with Lionsgate’s Reprisal at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 10-20-18
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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 10-20-18
Sales Report for Week Ended 10-20-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 10-22-18

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp,’ ‘Reprisal’ Debut in Top 10 on Redbox Disc Rental Chart

Two new releases debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, the week ended Oct. 21.

But demand for neither Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and The Wasp nor Lionsgate’s Reprisal was strong enough to dislodge Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper and Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 from the two top chart positions.

Skyscraper, an action film starring Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI agent out to rescue his family from a newly built skyscraper that has been taken over by criminals and set on fire, remained at No.1 for the second consecutive week.

And Hotel Transylvania 3, the third film in computer-animated comedy film franchise, remained at No. 2.

Ant-Man bowed at No. 3 on the kiosk chart, while Reprisal debuted at No. 4.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 16. Disney and Redbox are embroiled in litigation over Redbox’s sale of digital copy codes; the studio is the only one that won’t sell DVDs or Blu-ray Discs directly to Redbox, forcing the company to buy copies at retail.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk chart was Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 also held onto the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Neither new release appeared on the digital chart. Ant-Man and The Wasp is not available through Redbox On Demand.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom moved back up to No. 3 from No. 5 the prior week, bumping Sicario: Day of the Soldado down a notch to No. 4.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, which moved up to No. 5 from No. 8 the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 21

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp (new)
  4. Reprisal (new)
  5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  6. The First Purge
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  9. Ocean’s 8
  10. Hotel Artemis

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 21

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  5. Ocean’s 8
  6. The First Purge
  7. Hotel Artemis
  8. Unfriended: Dark Web
  9. Tag
  10. Deadpool 2

 

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Art Show Marks 10 Years of Marvel Studios

To mark the home video release of Ant-Man and The Wasp on digital Oct. 2 and Blu-ray Oct. 16, Marvel Studios hosted an art exhibition at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles celebrating 10 years of artistry by its Visual Development Team.

The evening included a Q&A panel moderated by Alicia Lutes and featuring director Peyton Reed, head of visual development Ryan Meinerding, director of visual development Andy Park, and senior concept illustrators Rodney Fuentebella, Jackson Sze and Anthony Francisco. There was also a sneak peek at the digital exclusive bonus featurette “10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” which looks at the role concept artists play in bringing superheroes from comic book to screen.

The exhibit includes 30 pieces of artwork, 10 from Ant-Man and The Wasp and 19 from each of the other MCU films to date, and runs through Oct. 14 at Hero Complex Gallery.