Warner Bros. Discovery Studios’ Q4 Content Sales Revenue Dropped 19%

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Studios business segment reported fourth-quarter content sales revenue of $2.9 billion, down 19% from revenue of $3.6 billion in the previous-year period.

Content sales, which include distribution across streaming, cable, satellite and broadcast networks, local television stations, and airlines, also encompass Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The latter oversees the global distribution of content through physical discs (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online, and mobile distribution channels.

TV content revenue declined primarily due to the impact of last year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA labor strikes, and comparisons with certain large content licensing deals in the prior year period. Theatrical revenue increased due to a larger release slate in the current year quarter (Wonka, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and The Color Purple). Games revenue increased due to the continued performance of Hogwarts Legacy, including the Q4 launch on the Nintendo Switch platform.

The top-selling Warner digital and packaged media release in 2023 was Barbie (released Oct. 17, 2023), followed by the disc release of the DC Comics anti-hero film Black Adam on Jan. 3, 2023.

Total studios revenue declined 17% to $3.17 billion from $3.84 billion. Operating income fell 29% to $543 million from $768 million.

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Studios operating expenses decreased 15% to $2.63 billion compared to $2.28 billion in the prior year quarter. Costs of revenue decreased 26%, primarily driven by lower TV content expense, including strike-related impacts, partially offset by higher games content expense. SG&A expenses increased 38%, primarily driven by higher theatrical marketing expense due to the larger release slate.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops February Disc Sales

Black History Month was dominated by two “Black” superhero movies.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for February 2023, according to Circana’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions. The comic book movie sequel was the top-selling title on the weekly charts the first three weeks after its Feb. 7 release on disc.

The top seller for January, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam, was No. 2 for February, having been the top seller the first week of the month and within the top five each week of the month.

Black Adam remained the No. 1 disc seller for the year to date, while Wakanda Forever took over the No. 2 position.

The month’s No. 3 seller, continuing its strong home entertainment performance, was Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick. The fighter jet sequel had been No. 2 in January after topping the charts for both November and December. It also slipped a spot to No. 3 on the year-to-date chart.

February’s No. 4 seller was Universal Pictures’ Violent Night, the Die Hard– and Home Alone-inspired Christmas actioner in which Santa Claus has to fight off a team of armed robbers from a mansion. It had been No. 6 in January having arrived on disc Jan. 24.

The No. 5 seller for the month was Universal Pictures’ Oscar-nominated The Fabelmans, director Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical story of a teenage filmmaker and his troubled family. It arrived on disc Feb. 14 but didn’t crack the yearly top 10.

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The arrival of Wakanda Forever was the only change in which titles were in the year’s top 10, as 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story got pushed off the list, and some other titles shuffled around. 

Universal’s Halloween Ends and Ticket to Paradise each slipped two spots to No. 5 and No. 7, respectively; the original 1986 Top Gun climbed two spots to No. 6; awards-season plaudits helped push Warner’s Elvis up two spots to No. 8; Sony Pictures’ The Woman King dropped five spots to No. 9; and HBO’s House of the Dragon: Season 1 fell three spots to No. 10.

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According to Circana, the February 2023 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Black Adam (Warner)
  3. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  4. Violent Night (Universal)
  5. The Fabelmans (Universal)
  6. Top Gun (Paramount)
  7. Elvis (Warner)
  8. E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal)
  9. Ted & Ted 2: Thunder Buddies Collection (Universal)
  10. Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol (Paramount/Nickelodeon)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through February 2023):

  1. Black Adam (Warner)
  2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney/Marvel)
  3. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  4. Violent Night (Universal)
  5. Halloween Ends (Universal)
  6. Top Gun (Paramount)
  7. Ticket to Paradise (Universal)
  8. Elvis (Warner)
  9. The Woman King (Sony Pictures)
  10. House of the Dragon: Season 1 (Warner/HBO)

 

‘Black Adam’ Starts 2023 as January’s Disc Top Seller

‘Black Adam’ Starts 2023 as January’s Disc Top Seller

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam was No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for January 2023, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions. That’s hardly surprising given that the comic book movie was the top-selling title on the weekly charts the first three weeks after its Jan. 3 release on disc.

No. 2 in January was the top seller the previous two months, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick.

The No. 3 seller for the month was the horror sequel Halloween Ends, released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on disc at the end of 2022, on Dec. 27.

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Sony Pictures’ The Woman King took the No. 4 slot in January in its first full month of release. The film about a powerful African nation in the 18th and 19th centuries had been No. 8 in December after a Dec. 13 disc release.

Similarly, the No. 5 spot went to another Dec. 13 disc release, Universal’s Ticket to Paradise, the rom-com starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney as a former married couple tried to prevent their daughter from repeating their mistakes.

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According to NPD, the January 2023 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Black Adam (Warner)
  2. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  3. Halloween Ends (Universal)
  4. The Woman King (Sony Pictures)
  5. Ticket to Paradise (Universal)
  6. Violent Night (Universal)
  7. House of the Dragon: Season 1 (Warner/HBO)
  8. Top Gun (Paramount)
  9. 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story (Paramount)
  10. Elvis (Warner)

 

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Led Disc Sellers in December; ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ No. 1 for 2022

‘Black Adam’ Returns to No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam returned to the No. 1 spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Feb. 4.

This is the fourth time in the top spot in five weeks for the comic book movie, having topped the chart the first three weeks after its debut before being displaced a week ago.

The title that pushed it aside for that one week, Universal Pictures’ Violent Night, slipped to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, selling around 90% as many copies as Black Adam. It was No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 3 overall seller and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, while the original 1986 Top Gun was the No. 4 disc seller.

Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once landed at No. 5 overall, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Lionsgate’s Mindcage, a thriller about two detectives who seek the help of an incarcerated serial killer to catch a copycat. It was released on disc only on Blu-ray formats and was No. 19 on the overall disc sales chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 5 had Mindcage at No. 1, pushing Violent Night to No. 2 and Black Adam to No. 3.

Lionsgate’s Angry Neighbors was No. 4, followed by Paramount’s Ticket to Paradise at No. 5.

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Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Retains Spot as Top-Selling U.K. Home Entertainment Title for Week Ended Feb. 1

Warner Bros.’s DC Comics antihero film Black Adam retained the No. 1 sales ranking in the United Kingdom for the week ended Feb. 1.

Starring Dwayne Johnson as the eponymous character, the movie leads the Official Film Chart on digital sales for another week, with 57% of its revenue made up of electronic sellthrough.

Separately, 20th Century Studios’ Oscar-nominated The Banshees of Inisherin moved up two spots to No. 2, with Paramount Home Entertainment’s former chart topper Top Gun: Maverick climbing back up to No. 3 for the week ahead of Warner’s Elvis at No. 4.

Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu, led by Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Hoult, moved up four spots to No. 5, while Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion jumped two spots to No. 6, ahead of Halloween Ends (No. 7) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (No. 8).

Lionsgate’s demonic horror Prey For The Devil (No. 9) entered the top 10 for the first time from No. 14. In the film, a nun (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a call to become an exorcist. As she battles to save the soul of a young girl, she discovers mysterious ties to her own past.

Finally, rounding out the top 10 was Universal’s family favorite Sing 2.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 1, 2023

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 BLACK ADAM WARNER
2 4 THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN DISNEY/SEARCHLIGHT
3 5 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
4 3 ELVIS WARNER
5 9 THE MENU DISNEY/SEARCHLIGHT
6 8 JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION UNIVERSAL
7 2 HALLOWEEN ENDS UNIVERSAL
8 7 LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE SONY PICTURES
9 13 PREY FOR THE DEVIL LIONSGATE
10 11 SING 2 UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2023

‘Black Adam’ Takes Top Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts for Third Week

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam remained No. 1 for a third week 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 Jan. 21.

The DC superhero film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title antihero, an ancient warrior freed from a 5,000-year imprisonment.

No. 2 on both charts for a third week in a row was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick.

The next two spots on the overall disc sales chart were taken up by new releases.

No. 3 on the overall disc chart, and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, was MGM’s Till, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The docudrama about Emmett Till’s mother searching for justice after his murder earned $9 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 4 overall disc seller, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu, the horror satire about an exclusive restaurant with a shocking menu. The film earned $38.2 million at the domestic box office.

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The No. 5 overall disc seller, and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart, was Warner’s biopic Elvis, which has been on disc since September but is back in the spotlight thanks to awards season, with star Austin Butler garnering multiple nominations for his performance as Elvis Presley.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray Disc sellers were a pair of catalog titles re-released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging. No. 4 was Paramount’s 2008 monster film Cloverfield, while No. 5 was Shout! Factory’s collector’s edition of John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi actioner They Live. They were also the top sellers in the same order on the dedicated 4K Ultra HD chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 22 also had Black Adam at No. 1, with Till at No. 2. Universal’s Ticket to Paradise was No. 3.

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil slid to No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Detective Knight: Redemption was No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 1-21-23
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 1-23-23

Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Tops Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart in Debut

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s DC Comics anti-hero Black Adam made a heroic sales debut at No. 1 on the U.K. weekly home entertainment sales chart for the period ending Jan. 25.

Starring Dwayne Johnson as the title role, Adam dropped Warner’s previous week chart topper, Elvis, to the No. 3 spot. The biopic just scored eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Austin Butler).

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Halloween Ends returned from the dead and into the The Official Film Chart’s top 10 following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

After securing Oscar noms for stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon as well as writer-director Martin McDonagh, 20th Century Studios’ The Banshees Of Inisherin rose one spot to No. 4, while Paramount Home Entertainment’s Best Picture nominee Top Gun: Maverick dropped to No. 5.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s high-speed thriller Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as assassins, ricocheted back into the top 10 at No. 6.

After its digital release, 20th Century Studios’ black comedy-horror The Menu entered the chart for the first time at No. 9. Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star as a couple attending a master chef’s (Ralph Fiennes) invite-only restaurant, where things take a turn for the murderous.

Finally, up 13 spots from the previous week, Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era rounded out the top 10 chart.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 25, 2023

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW BLACK ADAM WARNER
2 21 HALLOWEEN ENDS UNIVERSAL
3 1 ELVIS WARNER
4 3 THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN 20th CENTURY
5 2 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
6 19 BULLET TRAIN SONY PICTURES
7 4 LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE SONY PICTURES
8 5 JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION UNIVERSAL
9 NEW THE MENU 20th CENTURY
10 14 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2023

‘Black Adam’ Tops Redbox Disc Rental Chart for Third Week

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam remained No. 1 for a third week on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 22, and also moved into the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart. The DC superhero film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title antihero, an ancient warrior freed from a 5,000-year imprisonment.

No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and No. 8 on the Redbox on Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Till, the docudrama about the mother of Emmett Till’s search for justice. It was distributed digitally by MGM and on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

No. 3 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil, a horror film about a nun who answers a calling to become the first female exorcist, was the No. 4 disc rental and No. 5 digital title.

The No. 5 disc rental was Lionsgate’s Detective Knight: Redemption, the second film from the “Detective Knight” action trilogy starring Bruce Willis, a disgraced New York detective who makes a deal to regain his badge in exchange with taking out Christmas-themed terrorists.

Rounding out the digital top five were Screen Media’s horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn at No. 2, and 20th Century Studios’ horror satire The Menu at No. 4.

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The No. 3 digital title was Universal’s animated sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, while No. 4 was Warner’s Elvis.

No. 5 on the digital chart and No. 6 on the disc chart was Sony Pictures’ The Woman King. The historical drama stars Viola Davis as the titular character and is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 22:

  1. Black Adam — Warner
  2. Till — Universal
  3. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  4. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  5. Detective Knight: Redemption — Lionsgate
  6. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  7. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  9. On the Line — Paramount
  10. Smile — Paramount

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 22:

  1. Black Adam — Warner
  2. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn — Screen Media
  3. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  4. The Menu — 20th Century
  5. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  6. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal
  7. Smile — Paramount
  8. Till — MGM
  9. Elvis — Warner
  10. On the Line — Paramount

 

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‘Black Adam’ Remains No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam remained 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 Jan. 14.

The DC superhero film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title antihero, an ancient warrior freed from a 5,000-year imprisonment.

No. 2 on both charts for a second week in a row was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, following its streak of nine weeks atop the overall disc sales chart.

The No. 3 overall disc seller was Paramount’s 1883, the miniseries prequel to “Yellowstone.” It was No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends slipped a spot to No. 4 on the overall disc chart, but remained No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 5 overall disc seller, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was Sony Pictures’ historical drama The Woman King.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller was Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, up from No. 20 the previous week after returning to the spotlight with a slew of awards-season wins. Overall it was No. 13, up from No. 54 a week earlier.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 18 overall, was Lionsgate’s disc collection of the seventh season of “Fear the Walking Dead.” It saw 30% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 15 also had Black Adam at No. 1, with Universal’s Ticket to Paradise maintaining the No. 2 spot.

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil remained No. 3, while Universal’s comedy The Estate debuted at No. 4 and Top Gun: Maverick was No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 1-14-23
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 1-16-23

‘Black Adam’ Remains Atop Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Ticket to Paradise’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam remained No. 1 for a second week on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 15. The DC superhero film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title antihero, an ancient warrior freed from a 5,000-year imprisonment.

No. 1 on the Redbox on Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil, a horror film about a nun who answers a calling to become the first female exorcist, was the No. 3 disc rental and No. 2 digital title.

The No. 4 disc rental, and No. 8 digital title, was Universal’s The Estate, a comedy about members of a twisted family scheming to get on their cancer-ridden aunt’s good graces to inherit her fortune.

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The No. 3 digital title was Universal’s animated sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, while No. 4 was Warner’s Elvis.

No. 5 on the digital chart and No. 6 on the disc chart was Sony Pictures’ The Woman King. The historical drama stars Viola Davis as the titular character and is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 15:

  1. Black Adam — Warner
  2. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  3. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  4. The Estate — Universal
  5. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  6. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  7. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  8. On the Line — Paramount
  9. Smile — Paramount
  10. Paradise City — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 15:

  1. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  2. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal
  4. Elvis — Warner
  5. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  7. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  8. The Estate — Universal
  9. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  10. Smile — Paramount

 

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