‘Friday the 13th’ Collection Tops Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Halloween continues to be top of mind among home viewers, with Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray Disc boxed set of “Friday the 13th” movies catapulting to the top of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart during the week ended Oct. 17.

The 16-disc set with a limited run (initially set at 13,000 copies) is the first boxed set to ever top the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The chart was created in April.

Released to mark the 40th anniversary of the original “Friday the 13th” film by Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, the collection includes all 12 films in the franchise — the first eight released by Paramount Pictures and the latter four by New Line Cinema.

Scream Factory’s “Friday the 13th” collection

Two other Halloween-themed titles remained on the chart: Disney’s Hocus Pocus, which slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the prior week, and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, from Warner, which fell to No. 13 from No. 8.

The rest of the chart reflects the continued lack of new theatrical releases, which studios are attempting to counter through aggressive catalog movie and TV show promotions. Indeed, catalog sales are up nearly 50% from the same week last year, according to the DEG.

Warner Bros.’ eight-film collection of “Harry Potter” movies soared to No. 2 from No. 10 the prior week, pushing last week’s most-watched film, Vertical Entertainment’s Ava, to No. 3.

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Also debuting in the top five was Universal Pictures’ boxed set of all nine seasons of popular sitcom “The Office,” which debuted on the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 5. Universal initially released the collection on DVD in 2014 and again in 2018; on Nov. 10, the series makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc.

Middle Earth 6-Film Collection (including “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies), from Warner Bros., debuted at No. 9. The collection has been rolled out over the past few years in several configurations, ranging from a six-disc set of the theatrical versions of the six films to a massive 30-disc set of extended editions, with hours of extras. The version that hit the chart is the six-disc edition of theatrical cuts.

Game of Thrones: The Complete Series, also from Warner, reappeared on the chart at No. 15. (The “Game of Thrones” set briefly appeared on the chart in early September, at No. 17).

  1. The Friday the 13th Collection (Shout! Factory)
  2. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  3. Ava (Vertical)
  4. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  5. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Middle Earth 6-Film Collection: Theatrical (Warner)
  10. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  11. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  12. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  13. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  14. Batman: Death in the Family (Warner)
  15. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner)
  16. The Phenomenon (1091)
  17. Star Trek: Picard: Season One (Paramount)
  18. Alone (Magnolia)
  19. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 17.

Halloween Movies Race Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Holiday Nears

With catalog titles enjoying a resurgence of interest due to the lack of new theatrical films, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart shows several Halloween classics gaining home viewership as the holiday approaches.

Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial favorite this time of year, continues to climb up the chart, moving up two notches to No. 2 during the week ended Oct. 10. Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, from Warner, rose to No. 8 from No. 11 the prior week. And the 2018 remake of Halloween, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 19 on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Aside from Halloween, there are four other new titles on the chart. Season one of “Star Trek: Picard,” from Paramount Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 7; the documentary The Phenomenon checked in at No. 9; the romantic comedy Then Came You bowed at No. 12; and the sci-fi drama 2067 debuted at No. 18.

“Star Trek: Picard,” the eighth series in the “Star Trek” franchise, premiered in January on the streaming service CBS All Access. Two more seasons are on the way. Patrick Stewart stars as Picard, reprising his role from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The cast also includes Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, and Santiago Cabrera. Season one became available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Oct. 6.

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The Phenomenon, from 1091, is director James Fox’s controversial documentary about unidentified flying objects, or “unidentified aerial phenomenon.” Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film includes interviews with high-ranking government and military officials, NASA astronauts, and other sources. The Phenomenon is only available through digital retailers for rental or purchase.

Then Came You, a Vertical Entertainment release, is a rom-com written by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford. She plays a lonely widow who travels around the world with her husband’s ashes, until she meets a Scottish innkeeper who forever changes her life. The film, too, is available through digital retailers only.

2067 stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (X-Men Apocalypse, Let Me In) and Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood,” “Sacred Lies”). In the film, by the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte.” Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

2067 will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17 from RLJE Films. Bonus features includes director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette, including an in-depth look at the story, cast, director, the look of the film, costumes and makeup, the time machine, editing and VFX, and music.

Elsewhere on the chart, the No. 1 title for the third consecutive week was Ava, a thriller from Vertical Entertainment that stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin. The movie is also available to rent on disc exclusively from Redbox. However, the Watched at Home chart does not account for rental data.

The rest of the top 20 wasn’t much different from the previous week, with Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream and all three available season sets of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” remaining in the top six.

  1. Ava (Vertical)
  2. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. Star Trek: Picard: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  9. The Phenomenon (1091)
  10. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. Alone (Magnolia)
  12. Then Came You (Vertical)
  13. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  14. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  15. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  17. The Secret Garden (Universal)
  18. 2067 (RLJ Entertainment)
  19. Halloween (Universal, 2018)
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 10.

‘Ava’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Second Week, While ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart for Third

The thriller Ava topped the Redbox disc rental chart for the second week in a row the week ended Oct. 11. Available exclusively on disc from Redbox kiosks, the film starring Jessica Chastain as an assassin had been No. 2 in its first week. It fell a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, for a third consecutive week. It dropped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

No. 2 on both charts was RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector, a gritty drama about a pair of street thugs who collect protection money getting caught in the middle of a turf war.  While already available digitally, it was released on disc Oct. 6.

No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing, a thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis about a hunter tracking down the man who may have kidnapped his daughter years earlier.

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No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart was Universal’s The 2nd, an actioner about an agent protecting the daughter of a Supreme Court justice from kidnappers.

Rounding out the top five On Demand titles at No. 4 was Universal’s The Secret Garden remake, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

Other newcomers on the disc chart were Screen Media’s Black Water: Abyss at No. 6, and Universal’s American Pie Presents: Girls Rules, the latest direct-to-video “American Pie” spinoff, at No. 10. Redbox’s An Imperfect Murder jumped onto the On Demand chart at No. 8.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 11:

  1. Ava — Redbox
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. The 2nd — Universal
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  6. Black Water: Abyss — Screen Media
  7. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  8. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal
  9. Scoob! — Warner
  10. American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 11:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. Ava — Redbox
  4. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal
  5. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  6. The 2nd — Universal
  7. Homefront — Universal
  8. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  9. Death of Me — Lionsgate
  10. The King of Staten Island — Universal

 

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‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ Tops Newcomers on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Ava’ Remains No. 1

Comedy Central’s South Park: The Pandemic Special was the top new release on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, coming in at No. 13 the week ended Oct. 3.

The standalone hourlong special, which satirizes society’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, aired Sept. 30 on Comedy Central and became available on HBO Max and other online sources the next day. The special is technically the start of the show’s 24th season, although additional episodes have not yet been scheduled.

The No. 1 title on the chart for a second consecutive week was Ava, a thriller from Vertical Entertainment that stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin. The movie is also available to rent on disc exclusively from Redbox. However, the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, does not account for rental data.

The rest of the top 20 wasn’t much different from the previous week.

No. 2 was Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which moved up one spot from the previous week.

The three seasons of Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone” continued to occupy the top 10, with the third season at No. 3, the first season at No. 5, and the second season at No. 6.

No. 4 was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, climbing eight spots as Halloween-themed titles begin to assert themselves during October. Always a top seller around Halloween time, the 1993 film about three Salem witches who are resurrected in modern times was given a boost this year by a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release.

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Likewise, Warner’s 1988 spooky comedy Beetlejuice returned to the list at No. 11 after a few weeks off the list, which it was on a few weeks ago after its own 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release.

And Disney’s 1993 animated fantasy The Nightmare Before Christmas joined the list for the first time at No. 16.

  1. Ava (Vertical)
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. Alone (Magnolia)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  10. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  11. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  12. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  13. South Park: The Pandemic Special (Paramount/Comedy Central)
  14. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Lionsgate)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  17. Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
  18. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  19. The Silencing (Lionsgate)
  20. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 3.

‘Ava’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart

The thriller Ava topped the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 4. Available exclusively on disc from Redbox kiosks, the film had been No. 2 a week earlier. It also remained No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The film stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin.

The previous week’s top title, Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, dropped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing, a thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis about a hunter tracking down the man who may have kidnapped his daughter years earlier.

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No. 4 on the rental chart was Shout! Factory’s True History of the Kelly Gang. The Western has been available for sale on disc on several weeks but is appearing on the disc rental charts for the first time.

The No. 5 disc rental was Universal’s newly released Welcome to Sudden Death, a remake of the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Sudden Death.

Rounding out the top five On Demand titles were Magnolia’s Alone at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Homefront at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 4:

  1. Ava — Redbox
  2. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  4. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  5. Welcome to Sudden Death — Universal
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. Irresistible — Universal
  8. Rogue — Lionsgate
  9. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  10. You Should Have Left — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 4:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. Ava — Redbox
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. Alone — Magnolia
  5. Homefront — Universal
  6. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  7. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  8. The 2nd — Universal
  9. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  10. Guest House — Lionsgate

 

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Vertical Entertainment’s ‘Ava’ Tops Apple TV, Google Play Transactional VOD Charts

Jessica Chastain’s turn as femme fatale assassin in Vertical Entertainment’s Ava generated the most $6.99 transactional VOD purchases on Apple TV and Google Play as of Sept. 28.

The title, which was released on digital retail channels Sept. 25, finished second on FandangoNow to Lionsgate’s $19.99 VOD release of Antebellum. Both Fandango and subsidiary Vudu.com rank titles based on revenue generated; not transactions. Spectrum ranked Antebellum tops in transactions from Sept. 18-24.

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Ava, which features Chastain as a hit woman for a secret black ops organization, also stars Common, John Malkovich, Geena Davis, Colin Farrell and Joan Chen. The movie had a limited theatrical run over the summer (due to COVID-19) in Hungary and other international markets, generating $2.1 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

Apple TV

  1. Ava (Vertical) – $6.99
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Gravitas Ventures) – $5.99
  3. The Outpost (Millennium) – $0.99
  4. Father of the Bride (Disney) – $2.99
  5. Alone (Magnolia) – $6.99
  6. Antebellum (Lionsgate) – $19.99
  7. The Last Starfighter (Universal) – $3.99
  8. The King of Staten Island (Universal) – $5.99
  9. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Lionsgate) – $5.99
  10. Irresistible (Focus) – $5.99

 

Google Play

  1. Ava (Vertical) – $6.99
  2. Antebellum (Lionsgate) – $19.99
  3. Alone (Magnolia) – $6.99
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music (United Artists) – $13.99
  5. The King of Staten Island (Universal) – $5.99
  6. The Tax Collector (RLJE) – $6.99
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount) – $4.99
  8. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Gravitas Ventures) – $5.99
  9. The Silencing (XYZ) – $6.99
  10. Trolls World Tour (Universal) – $5.99