Home Video Lost in Disney Studio’s Q1 Fiscal Glow

With first-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue and operating income skyrocketing more than 100%, respectively, there was no mention of the Walt Disney Studio’s four titles finishing among the top 10 best-selling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units in 2019 — including top-seller Avengers: Endgame.

Studio revenue for the quarter increased from $1.8 billion to $3.8 billion, and segment operating income increased from $309 million to $948 million. Higher operating income was due to increases in theatrical and TV/SVOD distribution results at legacy operations, partially offset by a loss from the consolidation of the 20th Century Fox Film businesses.

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The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the performance of Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the current quarter compared with Ralph Breaks the Internet in the prior-year quarter. The previous-year quarter also included Mary Poppins Returns and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and the current quarter included Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

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Growth in TV/SVOD distribution results was due to sales of content to Disney+, partially offset by a decrease in pay-television sales to third parties. Operating results at the Fox businesses reflected income from TV/SVOD distribution, which was more than offset by a loss from theatrical distribution and general and administrative costs. TFCF theatrical releases in the current quarter included Spies in Disguise and Ford v Ferrari, as well as international distribution of Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate.

‘Aladdin’ Rides Magic Carpet to Top of September Sales Chart

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The musical fantasy was released on disc Sept. 10.

Lionsgate’s action-sequel John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, also released on disc Sept. 10, was the No. 2 seller for the month.

Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International, released early in the month on Sept. 3, took No. 3 on the chart.

The superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from 20th Century Fox, was No. 4 during the month.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, the previous month’s top title, dropped to No. 5 for the month.

Disney’s 1992 animated version of Aladdin jumped back onto the chart at No. 8 thanks to a new “Signature Collection” Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition released Sept. 10 to coincide with the new version.

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The list of the year’s top 10 disc sellers was unchanged from the previous month, with Avengers: Endgame maintaining its position as the top seller of 2019 so far.

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

  1. Aladdin (2019) (Disney)
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (Lionsgate)
  3. Men in Black: International (Sony Pictures)
  4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Fox)
  5. Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
  6. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal)
  7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  8. Aladdin: Signature Collection (Disney)
  9. Rocketman (Paramount)
  10. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner)

 

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

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

 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Jumps to Top Seller of 2019 After Dominating August Sales

 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Jumps to Top Seller of 2019 After Dominating August Sales

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, distributed by Disney, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for August 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The superhero movie was released to disc Aug. 13, and in just over two weeks sold enough copies to become the top-selling movie on disc for all of 2019 through the end of August.

No. 2 for August was Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which was released in the first week of the month.

Another Warner release, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was No. 3 for the month with just a few days of sales following its Aug. 27 release.

Likewise, Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, another Aug. 27 release, was No. 4 for the month.

Disney’s Descendants 3, a DVD-only release of the Disney Channel TV movie, was No. 5 for the month after an Aug. 6 release.

The previous month’s top seller, Warner’s Shazam!, was No. 6 in August.

Another late-month release, Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman, entered the monthly chart at No. 7.

Disney’s Captain Marvel was No. 8 for the month, while Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel dropped to No. 9, after debuting as the previous month’s second-best seller.

Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Batman: Hush, released Aug. 6, was No. 10 for the month.

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With Avengers: Endgame taking over the top spot on the yearly chart, the year’s top titles each move down one spot from the previous month, except for Captain Marvel, which overtook Bohemian Rhapsody to stay No. 3 for the year, with the Queen biopic dropping two spots to No. 4.

Warner’s Aquaman, which had been the year’s top seller most of the year, slipped to No. 2.

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

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner)
  3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  4. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal)
  5. Descendants 3 (Disney)
  6. Shazam! (Warner)
  7. Rocketman (Paramount)
  8. Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
  9. Alita: Battle Angel (Fox)
  10. Batman: Hush (Warner)

 

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

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

 

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45th Saturn Award Winners Announced

The 45th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other genres were announced Sept. 13 in Hollywood.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame won six awards, including Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best Actor for Robert Downey Jr.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won four, including Best Fantasy Television Series.

CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery” won three, including Best Streaming Science-Fiction, Action & Fantasy Series.

In home entertainment categories, Best DVD or Blu-ray Release went to King Cohen, on Blu-ray from La-La Land Records.

Best DVD or Blu-ray Classic Film Release went to Warner’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Best DVD or Blu-ray Special-Edition Release was Waterworld: Limited Edition from MVD and Arrow Video.

Best DVD or Blu-ray Television Movie or Series Release was Kino Lorber’s Blu-rays of the first two seasons of “The Outer Limits.”

Best DVD or Blu-ray Collection was Universal Pictures’ Universal Classic Monsters 30-Film Collection.

More information is available at SaturnAwards.com

 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Remains at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame held the top spot 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 Aug. 24.

The Disney-distributed superhero blockbuster had debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier.

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu held onto the No. 2 spot on both charts in its third week, selling about 16% as many copies as the top title.

The top newcomer of the week, at No. 3 on both charts, was Sony Pictures’ Brightburn, a superhero-themed horror movie. It earned $17.3 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to 2017’s A Dog’s Purpose, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. It earned $22.6 million at U.S. theaters.

No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart was the Universal comedy The Hustle, a female-centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that earned $35.4 million at the domestic box office. It was No. 6 on the Blu-ray sales chart.

Disney’s Captain Marvel was the No. 5 Blu-ray seller.

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The only other new release in the top 10 was Lionsgate’s The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season, which was No. 8 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 75% of Brightburn sales, 42% of Dog’s Journey, 47% of The Hustle and 42% of Walking Dead.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 25, Avengers: Endgame took over the top spot after debuting at No. 2 a week earlier.

The Hustle debuted at No. 2, followed by A Dog’s Journey at No. 3. Detective Pikachu dropped to No. 4, while Brightburn debuted as the No. 5 rental.

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Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Highest-Grossing First-Week Digital Sales in the U.K.

As expected, Disney/Marvel Studios’s release of superhero movie Avengers: Endgame is setting retail and rental records worldwide.

The title ended its first week (eight days) of release in the United Kingdom as the highest-grossing digital title ever with 335,400 downloads, according to The Official Charts.

The tally topped the previous record-setter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody with 265,000 downloads.

Previous Avengers movie Avengers: Infinity War holds the third spot as the best-selling U.K. digital release with first-week unit sales of 253,000 in 2012.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Dominates Disc Sales

The disc debut of the all-time worldwide box office champ dominated the national home video sales charts, and it wasn’t even close.

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame 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 Aug. 17.

The Disney-distributed superhero film, the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the culmination of several storylines developed throughout the franchise over the past 11 years, earned $858 million at the domestic box office and nearly $2.8 billion globally.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 80% of first-week Endgame sales, with a whopping 25% of its total unit sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

At retail, Avengers: Endgame sold more copies than the combined total of the rest of the top 20 by a more-than 3-to-1 margin, and the top 50 by more than 2-to-1.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, slid to No. 2 on both the overall sellers and Blu-ray Disc charts, selling 7.6% as many total copies as Endgame.

No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s Shazam! in its fifth week, selling few than 3% as many copies as Endgame.

No. 4 on the overall sales chart was the DVD version of the Disney Channel TV movie Descendants 3.

Another Disney-owned superhero movie, Captain Marvel, landed at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart in its 10th week on disc.

Rounding out the top five Blu-rays was Warner’s animated Batman: Hush, which was No. 9 on the overall sales chart.

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The home video arrival of Endgame heralded a number of other MCU films climbing back up the charts, with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War jumping back up to No. 10.

Disney also released the three “Iron Man” movies and the first two “Thor” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray to coincide with the disc release of Endgame. As a result, the 2008 original Iron Man was No. 17 for the week and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. And the No. 12 through No. 15 Blu-rays were, respectively, Thor, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

A boxed set of all four “Avengers” films, available as a Steelbook Blu-ray at Best Buy, was No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week, however, Detective Pikachu held onto the top spot for a second week, with Endgame debuting at No. 2. This reflects both Endgame‘s strong demand in the sales market, and the murky distribution of Disney titles at Redbox kiosks.

The Lionsgate political comedy Long Shot held onto the No. 3 rental spot, while Warner’s The Curse of La Llorona dropped two spots to No. 4. Sony Pictures’ The Intruder slipped a spot to No. 5.

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Merchandising: The ‘Endgame’ of Exclusives

The biggest movie of all time, Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, landed on Blu-ray Aug. 13 and was unsurprisingly accompanied by a number of retailer exclusives.

Best Buy’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ 4K Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of the superhero movie for $34.99, as well as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook collection of all four “Avengers” films for $149.99 (Steelbook versions of the four films with a Steelbook outer case).

Best Buy’s ‘Avengers’ Steelbook boxed set

Best Buy also touted Steelbook 4K Blu-rays for previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

Target has the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the film in special packaging with an Avengers Initiative: A Look Back book for $34.99.

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Walmart didn’t focus on “Avengers” for its exclusives, but instead had a couple of two-packs pairing digital copies of new movies with a Blu-ray of a similar film.

For $29.96 fans could pick up the digital copy of Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, redeemable through Vudu, paired with the Blu-ray/DVD/digital code for 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets.

Another two-pack, priced at $22.96, had the Vudu digital copy of Paramount’s Rocketman paired with a digital version of the unrated version of Almost Famous and the theatrical cut of Almost Famous on Blu-ray.

Select Best Buy Locations Hosting Launch Events for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

As part of Marvel’s “We Love You 3000” tour celebrating the home video of Avengers: Endgame, several Best Buy stores across America will be hosting events tied to the Aug. 13 Blu-ray release of the film.

Best Buy’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ 4K Blu-ray Steelbook

Events will feature signings with Marvel Studios filmmakers or other Marvel Cinematic Universe talent; a special digital photo booth; specialty promotional giveaways, including MCU Funko Pop! yinyl figures and exclusive Avengers posters; and more. Fans can also buy Best Buy’s exclusive Avengers: Endgame 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition. The first 100 in line with proof of purchase of the Blu-ray at each location will receive a wristband for an autograph.

The tour kicked off at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

For more information, visit www.Marvel.com/WeLoveYou3000.

Store events include:

• Aug. 13, Los Angeles — Actor Sean Gunn will be on hand at the 3675 Pacific Coast Highway location in Torrance from 2 to 4 p.m. to sign Blu-rays and distribute special gifts including “We Love You 3000” pins, customized prints and MCU Funko Pop figures. Film props on display include the Infinity Gauntlet, a Rocket Raccoon maquette and Star-Lord’s Walkman.

• Aug. 13, Chicago — Director Joe Russo will be on hand to sign Blu-rays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 2100 N. Elston Ave. store. In-store displays will include Thor’s Stormbreaker axe, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s nanotech ARC reactor props from the film. Special gifts include “We Love You 3000” pins, customized prints, MCU Funko Pop figures and vouchers for a free McDonald’s Happy Meal with an Avengers toy. (while supplies last).

• Aug. 13, Miami — Executive producer Victoria Alonso will be the special guest from 6 to 7 p.m. at the 4001 W. 20th Ave. store in Hialeah. The in-store prop display will include Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s Endgame helmet and Captain America’s shield. Special gifts include “We Love You 3000” pins, customized prints and MCU Funko Pop figures.

• Aug. 14, Minneapolis — Director Anthony Russo will visit the Eden Prairie store at 11600 Leona Road from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to sign Blu-rays and hand out pins, prints and Pop figures. Prop displays will include Thor’s Stormbreaker axe, Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s nanotech ARC reactor.

• Aug. 15, Cleveland — Anthony Russo will be at the 7400 Brookpark Road location from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to sign Blu-rays and hand out pins, prints and Pop figures. The in-store prop display will include Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s Endgame helmet and Captain America’s shield.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Flies to Top of Fandango Now Charts

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame was the top film purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow’s charts for the week ended Aug. 4.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand site.

Released by Disney, the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes the first “Avengers” saga that spanned 11 years, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man. The film, in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, has earned $857.7 million at the domestic box office. Its $2.79 billion worldwide box office tally is the highest-ever.

Lionsgate’s political romantic comedy Long Shot, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, landed at No. 2. It earned $30.3 million domestically in theaters.

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, featuring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith, took the No. 3 spot. It earned $144 million at the domestic box office.

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The top films rented and/or purchased on FandangoNow the week ended Aug. 4 are:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney)
  2. Long Shot (Lionsgate)
  3. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner)
  4. Shazam! (Warner)
  5. Alita: Battle Angel (Fox)
  6. The Intruder (Sony)
  7. Avengers 1-4 Collection (Disney)
  8. UglyDolls (Universal)
  9. Hellboy (Lionsgate)
  10. Captain Marvel (Disney)