Top March 12 New Releases Include ‘Aquaman,’ Anyone But You,’ ‘Poor Things,’ ‘Wish,’ ‘Color Purple,’ ‘Ferrari’ on Disc

Several notable new releases arrive at retail on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, including Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Anyone But You, Poor Things, Wish, The Color Purple and Ferrari.

The DC superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12. Directed by James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring, Saw), Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom features Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Dune, “Game of Thrones”) reprising his role as Arthur Curry along with returning stars Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen), Amber Heard (Aquaman, Zombieland), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Matrix: Resurrection) and Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge, The Others). In the film, Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa) is balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father. Orm (Wilson), Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin. The film earned $124.5 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the romantic comedy Anyone But You on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12. In the rom-com, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell) look like the perfect couple, but after an amazing first date something happens that turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold — until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.   The film earned $88 million at the domestic box office.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things will be available on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, with exclusive bonus content. From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes a tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. The film won four Oscars, including Best Actress for Stone, Best Production Design, Best Costumes, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The film earned $34 million at the domestic box office.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wish arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12. In the animated musical-comedy, Asha, a sharp-witted idealist in the kingdom of Rosas, makes a powerful wish that’s answered by Star, a ball of boundless energy. Soon, Asha and Star must face a formidable foe — the ruler of Rosas — to save her community and prove that when one brave human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things happen. The voice cast includes Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as King Magnifico, Alan Tudyk as Valentino, Angelique Cabral as Queen Amaya, Victor Garber as Sabino, Natasha Rothwell as Sakina, Jennifer Kumiyama as Dahlia, Evan Peters as Simon, Harvey Guillén as Gabo, Ramy Youssef as Safi, Niko Vargas as Hal, Jon Rudnitsky as Dario, and Della Saba as Bazeema. The film earned $64 million at the domestic box office. The 4K edition is a Steelbook combo available exclusively from Walmart. Read a review here.

Warner Bros.’ The Color Purple, a new take on the story based on the novel by Alice Walker and the musical stage play, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc March 12 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The film follows Celie (Fantasia Barrino in her major motion picture debut, reprising her 2005 Broadway role), who is torn apart from her sister Nettie (Halle Bailey) and her children and faces many hardships in her life, including an abusive husband simply called Mister (Colman Domingo). With the support of sultry singer Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson) and stand-her-ground stepdaughter Sofia (Danielle Brooks, Tony-nominated for the role on Broadway), Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood. The film earned more than $60.6 million at the domestic box office.

Decal will release will release director Michael Mann’s biopic Ferrari  on Blu-ray and DVD starting March 12. The film, which stars Adam Driver, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley, earned $18.6 million at the domestic box office. The film is set in the summer of 1957. Behind the spectacle of Formula 1, ex-racer Enzo Ferrari is in crisis. Bankruptcy threatens the factory he and his wife Laura built from nothing 10 years earlier. Their volatile marriage has been battered by the loss of their son Dino a year earlier. Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Lardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion to win pushes them to the edge as they launch into the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.

The mystery thriller Double Blind will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Epic Pictures and MVD Entertainment Group. In the film produced in 2022, when an experimental drug trial goes horribly wrong, seven young test subjects, after being kept awake for days, must face the terrifying side effect of the drug: if you fall asleep you die. Trapped in an isolated medical facility, they desperately try to find a way to reverse the side effects of the trial, as one by one they succumb to sleep and death. Panic quickly takes hold and they to turn on each other. It’s up to Claire, the group’s unlikely leader, to keep them together, find a way to escape, and somehow manage to stay awake. Double Blind stars Millie Brady (Roadkill), Pollyanna McIntosh (“The Walking Dead”), Akshay Kumar (Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead). The film won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Sound at the 2023 Filmquest festival and Best Cinematography at the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release Rick and Morty: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12. The season will also be available on Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging. The sets will include all 10 episodes of the 2023 season of the Adult Swim series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The animated half-hour comedy follows sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez, who drags his inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

Screen Media will release the crime drama Bad Hombres on DVD March 12. Directed by John Stalberg Jr., the film features an ensemble cast the includes Luke Hemsworth (“Westworld”), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off), Tyrese Gibson (The Fast and The Furious), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Hemky Madera (“Queen of the South”) and Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”). Bad Hombres follows the story of two immigrants who take a simple job. When their employers reveal themselves to be criminals, surviving becomes the most difficult job of their lives.

The horror film Night Swim will be released through digital retailers March 12 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The home version of the film, from James Wan’s Atomic Monster and Blumhouse, will come with new bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at filming the underwater pool sequences, transforming “Marco Polo” into an eerie game of terror, and more. In Night Swim, Wyatt Russell stars as a former major league baseball player, forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, who moves into a new home with his wife (Oscar nominee Kerry Condon) and their two children. The new home comes complete with a backyard swimming pool, but a deep secret surfaces and unleashes a malevolent force that will drag the family into the inescapable depths of terror. Night Swim was directed by Bryce McGuire and also stars Amelie Hoeferle, Gavin Warren, and Jodi Long. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 9.

The road trip caper Drive Away Dolls, the solo directorial debut of Academy Award winner Ethan Coen (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Big Lebowski), is available for premium digital rental and sale from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film earned $5.2 million at the global box office. The comedy stars Primetime Emmy Award nominee Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Matt Damon (Oppenheimer, Ford v Ferrari), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart, Lady Bird), Colman Domingo (The Color Purple, Sing Sing) and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Camp ( “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Night Of”). Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, the film follows Jamie (Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Viswanathan), who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

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Mill Creek Entertainment will release the six-part documentary series Icons Unearthed: Star Wars on Blu-ray Disc March 12. From the earliest screenplay draft to the silver screen, the series esplores how the most iconic film franchise in history was made. The series features Michael Pennington, Marcia Lucas, George Lucas, Richard Edlund, Anthony Daniels, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Paul Hirsch, Phil Tippet, Rick Baker, Ben Burtt, Steven Spielberg, Kurt Russell, Francis Ford Coppolla and Christopher Walken.

The animated series Sonic Prime: Season One will be available for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the season, Sonic attacks Eggman and accidentally creates a multiverse of parallel worlds that will scatter into oblivion unless Sonic saves the day. The show features the voices of Deven Christian Mack, Ashleigh Ball, Vincent Tong, Kazumi Evans, Brian Drummond, Seán McLoughlin, Ian Hanlin, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hoffstetter, Shannon Chan-Kent and Adam Nurada.

Shout! Studios March 12 will release the Western Quigley Down Under on 4K Ultra HD disc as part of its Shout Select line. The 1990 film stars Tom Selleck as American sharpshooter Matthew Quigley, who takes a job in Australia to hunt wild dogs. However, when he realizes that his mission is to eradicate Aborigines from the property of a wealthy cattle baron (Alan Rickman), Quigley refuses, and soon finds himself at war against his former employer. The cast also includes Laura San Giacomo, Chris Haywood, Ron Haddrick, Tony Bonner, Jerome Ehlers, Roger Ward and Ben Mendelsohn. The new combo pack includes the film on both 4K disc and regular Blu-ray with a new 4K scan of the original camera negative. The Blu-ray presentation includes English DTS-HD master audio 2.0 stereo.

The 1974 horror flick Impulse, starring William Shatner, will be released on Blu-ray Disc March 12 from Grindhouse Releasing and MVD Entertainment Group. In the film, Shatner stars as Matt Stone, a deranged gigolo who preys on rich women, unable to control his murderous psychosexual urges. Directed by legendary exploitation filmmaker William Grefé (The Death Curse of Tartu), and co-starring Jenifer Bishop (Al Adamson’s The Female Bunch), Ruth Roman (Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train), Harold “Oddjob” Sakata (Goldfinger) and William Kerwin (Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast), the film is restored in 4K from rare archival 35mm film elements.

The Argentinian action film Punto Rojo will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12 from MVD Entertainment Group. The film follows Diego (Demian Salomon, Terrified, When Evil Lurks), who is a crook and a hooligan for “Racing Club,” one of Argentina’s greatest soccer teams. While sitting in his car in the middle of nowhere and participating in a quiz show about his beloved football team, a man suddenly falls from the sky and into his windshield. When a tough as nails female secret agent (Moro Anghileri, On the Third Day) arrives to confront Diego and asks about the dangerous con man keeping a dark secret who happens to be kidnapped in the trunk of his car, all hell is about to break loose. The film won the Apima Award (Best Film) and the Jury Prize for Best Actor (Demian Salomon) and Best Screenplay at the 2021 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2021 Mar Del Plata Film Festival, Best Actor (Salomon) at the 2022 Fantaspoa Film Festival, and the Jury Prize at the 2021 Biarritz Film Festival.

The Criterion Collection March 12 releases 1941’s All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster) on Blu-ray Disc. Based on the classic short story by Stephen Vincent Benét. In the film, Jabez Stone (James Craig) is a hardworking farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to make a deal with the devil (Walter Huston). In exchange for seven years of good fortune, Stone promises “Mr. Scratch” his soul. But when the troubled farmer begins to realize the error of his choice, he enlists the aid of the one man who might save him: the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold). The Blu-ray includes a new 4K digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras include commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Steven C. Smith, biographer of composer Bernard Herrmann; a new restoration demonstration; a reading of the original short story by Alec Baldwin; an episode of the Criterion Channel series “Observations on Film Art” about the film’s editing; a comparison of the differences between the July 1941 preview version of the film, Here Is a Man, and the film’s 1943 rerelease as The Devil and Daniel Webster; the Columbia Workshop’s radio adaptations of Benét’s short stories “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent,” both featuring music by Herrmann; the film’s trailer; and an essay by author Tom Piazza and a 1941 article by Benét.

Also due March 12 from Criterion on Blu-ray Disc and DVD is 2022’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras’s story of art, activism and survival. Made in collaboration with artist Nan Goldin, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed entwines the mission of PAIN — an advocacy group she founded to raise awareness about the billionaire Sackler family’s role in the ongoing crisis of opioid overdoses — with an intimate journey through Goldin’s life, from her rebellious adolescence and immersion in New York City’s thriving underground arts scene to her personal experiences of addiction and the AIDS epidemic. Through it all, her photographs and candid reflections on memory and trauma reveal her unyielding solidarity with marginalized communities. The release includes a new high-definition digital master, approved by Poitras and Goldin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include a new interview with Poitras; two conversations from the 2022 New York Film Festival, one featuring Poitras, Goldin, co-producer and PAIN activist Megan Kapler, PAIN activist Harry Cullen, and lawyer and PAIN member Mike Quinn discussing the making of the film, and the other featuring Goldin on art and activism; the film’s trailer; and an essay by author and activist Sarah Schulman.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 3/12/24;
Warner;
Action;
Box Office $124.44 million;
$19.99 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray, $29.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some language and sci-fi violence.
Stars Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Randall Park, Temuera Morrison.

Director James Wan’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom represents the end of the road for the so-called DC Extended Universe. Not that you’d know it from the film itself, which makes no references to the larger franchise, even as the world is threatened to such a degree that the Justice League would probably get involved.

The film is a direct sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, and even accounts for the fact that it’s been five years since that film was released. Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), aka Aquaman, splits his time between saving the world, serving as king of Atlantis, and raising his baby son alongside his wife, Mera (Amber Heard). However, Atlantis is threatened by a revenge-minded Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who has spent years search for it only to discover a lost kingdom where he finds a powerful trident that infuses him with the essence of an ancient warlord.

When Black Manta seizes control of an ancient power source that destroys Earth’s atmosphere and mutates living creatures, Aquaman seeks help from his half-brother and former rival to the throne, Orm (Patrick Wilson).

What unfolds is essentially a buddy cop movie with Aquaman as the wise-cracking hotshot and Orm as the serious and mannered sidekick. Their relationship is pretty much the best part of a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and plays pretty fast and loose with the fantastical nature of the Atlantean mythos, which serves as a handy excuse for some flashy and colorful visual effects.

Fans who enjoyed the first Aquaman will no doubt enjoy this continuation the most, as the two films present a nice little duology that isn’t too dependent on the larger context of the now-defunct DCEU.

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The film’s Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD disc presentation includes about an hour of behind-the-scenes material in the form of seven featurettes that are pretty typical for this kind of thing. The primary making-of featurette is the 21-minute “Finding the Lost Kingdom.” The 10-minute “Aquaman: Worlds Above and Below” looks at creating some of the new locations in the film; the six-minute “Necrus: The Lost Black City” focuses specifically on the hidden civilization buried beneath Antarctica, while the eight-minute “Escape From the Deserter World” examines the sequence in which Aquaman frees Orm from his sandy prison, and the four-minute “Brawling at Kingfish’s Lair” showcases an undersea pirate haven. The 10-minute “It’s a Manta World” focuses on the villain, while the two-minute “Oh TOPO!” delves into the expanded role for Aquaman’s octopus sidekick, TOPO, and the four-minute “Atlantean Blood Is Thicker Than Water” spotlights Arthur and Orm’s unique bond.

These extras are also available through most digital platforms, some of which also offer Aquaman Through Fire and Water, a seven-minute motion comic that serves as a loose prequel to the film.

‘Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom’ to Start Streaming on Max Feb. 27

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will make its streaming debut on Max on Feb. 27, more than a month after its PVOD bow (Jan. 23) and two weeks before its arrival on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (March 12).

The DC superhero sequel earned $378.3 million at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing DC film of all time.

Once again directed by James Wan, who also helmed the original, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom features Jason Momoa returning as Arthur Curry/Aquaman. Other returning cast members include Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman.

In the film, Black Manta (Abdul-Mateen II), having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time but still driven by a desire to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm (Wilson), the former king of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

Animated ‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ Swims to DVD and Digital June 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the HBO Max miniseries Aquaman: King of Atlantis as a full-length animated movie on DVD and for digital purchase June 21.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the mini-series premiered Oct. 14, executive produced by James Wan, director of the live-action Aquaman movie, through his Atomic Monster production. The playful reimagining of the iconic DC Super Hero and tells an original tale about Aquaman’s first adventures as King of Atlantis.

On his first day as the new king, Aquaman has a lot of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up: the scholar Vulko, and Mera, the water controlling warrior princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman must rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects — and to himself — that he’s worthy of the throne.

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Cooper Andrews (“The Walking Dead,” Shazam!) leads the cast as Aquaman, joined by Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) as Mera, Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”) as Vulko, Dana Snyder (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force”) as Ocean Master, Andrew Morgado Mortikov, Kevin Michael Richardson as the Royal Announcer, Flula Borg (The Suicide Squad) as Mantis, and Kimberly Brooks (“DC Super Hero Girls”) as Hammer. Also providing voices are Chris Jai Alex, Trevor Devall, Armen Taylor, Kaitlyn Robrock, Regi Davis, Ludi Lin, Robbie Daymond, Erica Lindbeck, Laila Berzins and Erica Ash.

Update (4/14/22): Street Date Changed From April 26 to June 21.

 

Warner Posts Uptick in 2019 Home Entertainment, Video Game Revenue

Warner Bros. Jan. 29 said fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue for video games and related home entertainment product increased 0.2% to $565 million, from $564 million in the previous-year period. For the fiscal year, revenue ballooned 84.6% to $2 billion, from $1 billion in 2018.

The studio consists of the production, distribution and licensing of television programming and feature films, the distribution of home entertainment products and the production and distribution of games.

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Top-selling home entertainment titles included Aquaman and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Indeed, Aquaman was the No. 2 selling disc in 2019 behind Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, according to the VideoScan tracking service.

Television revenue in Q4 increased 8.5% to $1.98 billion, from $1.82 billion. For the year, revenue skyrocketed 75.8% to $6.4 billion, from $3.6 billion in 2018.

Despite the critical and box office success of Joker, quarterly theatrical revenue fell 24.7% to $1.6 billion from $2 billion. For the year, box office increased 49% to $5.9 billion from $4 billion in 2018.

 

Home Entertainment, TV, Games Offset Q3 Warner Theatrical Dip

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s major retail releases occurred earlier this year, but they apparently keep producing on the bottom line.

WarnerMedia cited home entertainment, initial TV telecast revenue and video games, among “other revenue” sources helping offset a 10.4% year-over-year decline in third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) studio revenue to $3.3 billion.

“Games and other revenue” topped $497 million, up 14.2% from revenue of $435 million during the previous-year period. WarnerMedia does not break out home entertainment revenue separately.

The media company, created by AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, reported Warner’s revenue drop was due to the mix of current releases, as the prior-year quarter included The Meg, The Nun and Crazy Rich Asians.

Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, A Star is Born and The Lego Movie: The Second Part are among the studio’s bestselling discs in 2019.

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Warner Bros.’ operating expenses totaled $2.7 billion, down 12.7% versus the third quarter of 2018, driven by lower film and television production costs. Warner’s operating income margin was 17.6% compared to 15.5% in the year-earlier quarter.

Third-quarter 2019 operating revenue were $7.8 billion, down 4.4% versus third-quarter 2018, with segment operating contribution of $2.5 billion, up 0.6% versus the year-ago quarter.

The company posted a $588 million operating profit, up 2.1% from last year with an operating income margin of 17.6% compared to 15.5% in the year-ago quarter.

WarnerMedia segment operating income margin was 32.2%, compared to 31.3% in the year-earlier quarter.

 

Strong ‘Aquaman’ Home Entertainment Sales Up Warner Bros. Q2 Operating Income

Strong retail sales of Warner Bros.’ ocean-based superhero Aquaman contributed to the studio increasing second-quarter (ended June 30) operating income 30% to $440 million from operating income of $338 million during the previous-year period.

Video game (which included the Mortal Kombat 11 release) and home entertainment revenue increased nearly 28% to $552 million from $432 million a year ago.

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Theatrical revenue grew 13.4% to $1.52 billion from $1.34 billion last year. Television product revenue decreased almost 15% to $1.31 billion compared to $1.53 billion last year.

The decrease was primarily due to lower licensing revenue as parent company WarnerMedia holds back content from third parties such as Netflix for its pending subscription streaming video service, HBO Max.

Total WB studio revenue increased 2.5% to $3.39 billion compared with $3.3 billion last year.

‘Aquaman’ Tops April Disc Sales, Becomes No. 1 Seller for First Four Months of 2019

The superhero movie Aquaman, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for April 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

It’s the second consecutive month the film has topped monthly sales, after leading in March as well. The title has remained near the top of the weekly sales charts after debuting at No. 1 following its March 26 release and returned to the top spot in its fourth and sixth weeks amid a lull in significant new disc releases.

As a result, Aquaman also took over the year-to-date No. 1 spot on the top sellers for 2019.

Paramount’s Bumblebee, released April 2, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Universal’s Glass, an April 16, release, was No. 3 for the month.

Another April 16 release, Funimation’s anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, was No. 4.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse slipped two spots to No. 5 for the month.

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Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which had been the year’s top seller heading into April, slipped to No. 2 for the year to date, while Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet remains the year’s No. 3 seller.

Likewise, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and A Star Is Born remake held firm at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, for the year.

Bumblebee enters the yearly chart at No. 9.

Universal’s Halloween remake, which had been the year’s top seller after January, fell out of the top 10.

According to NPD, the April 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  3. Glass (Universal)
  4. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Funimation)
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  6. The Mule (Warner)
  7. A Dog’s Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  10. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through April 2019):

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  10. Creed II (Warner)

 

‘Aquaman’ Claims Top Spot on March 2019 Disc Sales Charts

‘Aquaman’ Swims Back to Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

Amid another light week for new releases, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman returned to the top spot on the national disc sales chart for the third time in its six weeks on shelves.

The week ended May 4 saw Aquaman at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for the week ended May 4.

Aquaman barely edged out Universal Pictures’ Glass, which sold 99.8% as many copies in its third week on shelves. Glass had been the top title the week before.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart was Paramount’s Bumblebee, which sold 90% as many copies as the top title.

The top-selling Blu-ray Disc for the third straight week was Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which was No. 4 overall.

Aquaman was the No. 2 Blu-ray, with Glass at No. 3 and Bumblebee at No. 4.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was No. 5 on both charts.

The top new releases for the week were Sony Pictures’ Miss Bala remake at No. 7 (No. 10 Blu-ray), Universal’s Serenity at No. 9 (No. 8 Blu-ray) and Lionsgate’s Dragged Across Concrete at No. 10 (No. 7 Blu-ray).

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 5, Serenity debuted at No. 1, with Miss Bala at No. 2.

Glass dropped to No. 3 after two weeks in the top spot. Sony Pictures’ Escape Room took No. 4 and Warner’s The Mule was No. 5.

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‘Aquaman’ Tops Disc Sales Chart, Though More People Bought ‘Glass’

A retail exclusive had a big impact on the national home video sales rankings the week ended April 20.

Nominally, the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, saw Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman return to the top spot in its fourth week on shelves.

Debuting at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal Pictures’ Glass, the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that serves as a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split. It earned $111 million at the domestic box office.

However, Walmart offered an exclusive triple-feature Blu-ray containing the three films, an option chosen by many consumers to obtain their copy of Glass.

The standalone version of Glass sold 90% as many copies as the No. 1 overall title, and the trilogy sold 14%. Combined, that would mean more people bought Glass during the week than any other movie.

The top reported Blu-ray Disc seller was the newly released anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which earned $30.7 million at the domestic box office. Aquaman was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The standalone Glass sold 79% as many copies as Broly, while the trilogy sold 20%, so the combined tally wouldn’t have been enough to make it the top seller.

No. 4 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, followed at No. 5 by Paramount’s Bumblebee.

Among the week’s other new releases, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Justice League vs. The Fatal Five debuted at No. 12 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s The Kid Who Would Be King debuted at No. 11 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller Replicas bowed at No. 14 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 84% of first-week Broly sales, compared with 61% for Glass, 55% for Kid and 51% for Replicas.

Fatal Five, which was released only on Blu-ray combo pack formats, had 11% of its sales come from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray accounted for 12% of Glass sales and 6% for Kid.

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On Media Play News‘ rental chart for the week ended April 21, Glass debuted at No. 1, while Warner’s The Mule held onto the No. 2 spot.

Sony Pictures’ Holmes & Watson, the previous week’s top rental, fell to No. 3. Replicas debuted at No. 4 and Bumblebee slipped to No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 4-20-19
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