‘Black Adam’ Ascends to Top Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam 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 Jan. 7.

The DC superhero film stars Dwayne Johnson as the title antihero, an ancient warrior freed from a 5,000-year imprisonment. It made $168 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 62% of total Black Adam unit sales, with 22% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 40% from regular Blu-ray.

The arrival of Black Adam marks the end of Top Gun: Maverick‘s streak of nine weeks atop the overall disc sales chart. The Paramount Home Entertainment sequel dropped to No. 2 on both charts in its 10th week.

The previous week’s top Blu-ray seller, Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends, slipped to No. 3 on both charts. Cinedigm’s horror sequel Terrifier 2 slipped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

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No. 5 on both charts was Warner’s House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller, and No. 6 on the overall sales chart, was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil, a horror film about a nun who trains to become the first female exorcist. It earned $19.8 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray formats accounted for 62% of its first-week unit sales, with 16% from 4K disc and 46% from regular Blu-ray.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 8 also had Black Adam at No. 1, pushing Universal’s Ticket to Paradise to No. 2 after three weeks in the top spot.

Prey for the Devil debuted at No. 3, followed by Sony Pictures’ The Woman King at No. 4, and Top Gun: Maverick at No. 5.

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‘Black Adam’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Prey for the Devil’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Black Adam debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 8.

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. 3 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil, a horror film about a nun who answers a calling to become the first female exorcist.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ticket to Paradise, the top disc rental the previous three weeks, was No. 2 on both charts.

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No. 4 on both charts 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.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick was No. 5 on both charts.

The No. 3 title on the Redbox On Demand chart was Lionsgate’s Knives Out, the 2019 mystery comedy from director Rian Johnson. The film has been getting a boost due to the Netflix debut of the second cinematic adventure of celebrity detective Benoit Blanc, Glass Onion.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 8:

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

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 8:

  1. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  2. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  3. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  4. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  5. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  6. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  7. Fall — Lionsgate
  8. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  9. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal
  10. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn — Screen Media

 

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Merchandising: ‘Black Adam’ Exclusives Unleashed

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Black Adam arrived at retail Jan. 3 with exclusive editions offered by all three major national brick-and-mortar home entertainment retailers.

The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Dwayne Johnson as an ancient champion awakened in modern times after a 5,000-year imprisonment for using his powers for vengeance.

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Walmart released a gift set of the film’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in a gift set with a Funko Pop of the Black Adam character for $39.96.

Best Buy, as usual, offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K combo pack for $35.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Black Adam’ 4K Steelbook

Target had the Black Adam Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with exclusive box art and collectible character cards for $26.99. Fans could easily order the set online if their local Target didn’t bother to reset the new-release shelf on time.

Target’s ‘Black Adam’ Blu-ray with character cards

Jan. 3 New Releases Include ‘Black Adam,’ ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,’ ‘Prey for the Devil’ on Blu-ray

Titles newly available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc the week of Jan. 3 include Black Adam, Prey for the Devil and the first volume of “Star Trek: Prodigy” episodes.

The DC Comics superhero film Black Adam arrives on 4K Ultra HD disc, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 3 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on characters from DC Comics, the film stars Dwayne Johnson (“the “Jumanji” films, “Moana”) as Black Adam, Aldis Hodge (TV’s “City on a Hill,” One Night in Miami film) as Hawkman, Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi (TV’s “Sex/Life,” Rush Hour 3) as Adrianna, Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express, The Mummy) as Ishmael, Quintessa Swindell (Voyagers and TV’s “Trinkets”) as Cyclone, Bodhi Sabongui (TV’s “A Million Little Things”) as Amon, and Pierce Brosnan (the “Mamma Mia!” and James Bond franchises) as Dr. Fate.  In the film, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. Read a review here. The film earned $167.87 million at the domestic box office.

The horror film Prey for the Devil arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and VOD Jan. 3 from Lionsgate. Directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), the film stars Jacqueline Byers (“Salvation,” “Roadies,” Bad Samaritan), Colin Salmon (Mortal Engines, Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil), Christian Navarro (“13 Reasons Why,” Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Bushwick), Lisa Palfrey (“Cobra,” “Sex Education,” “Chloe”), Nicholas Ralph (“All Creatures Great and Small,” The Most Reluctant Convert), Ben Cross (Star Trek, First Knight, Chariots of Fire), and Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Best Supporting Actress, Sideways, 2004; Candyman; “Designated Survivor”). In the film, Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist — but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until she arrives, such schools had only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism, but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realizes that evil has been expecting her. The film earned $19.8 million at U.S. theaters.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment release Star Trek: Prodigy — Season 1 Vol. 1 on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 3. The set includes the first 10 episodes of the animated series, from “Lost and Found” to “A Moral Star.” “Star Trek: Prodigy” follows a group of young aliens who discover the experimental U.S.S. Protostar and fly the starship into space in search of new adventures, aided by a holographic version of Capt. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew). The release includes bonus materials and collectible art cards.

The crime actioner The System will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 3 from Vertical Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. In the film, when a young soldier newly returned from war gets caught up in a drug bust, he is recruited by the authorities to go undercover in a notoriously dangerous prison in order to figure out what is really going on. The film stars Tyrese Gibson, Jeremy Piven, Terrence Howard and Lil Yachty.

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Disney will serve up the Searchlight Pictures dark satire The Menu through digital retailers Jan. 3. Directed by Mark Mylod (“Succession”), the outrageous tale of fine dining has earned Golden Globe nods for Best Actor for Ralph Fiennes and for Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy. In the film, a young couple (Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. The film also stars Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light and John Leguizamo. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17.

Dark Sky Films will release the sci-fi thriller Landlocked via VOD, digital purchase and in select theaters Jan. 6, 2023. A unique combination of documentary and narrative filmmaking, Landlocked incorporates actual home movies into a horrifying fictitious storyline. Summoned to his soon-to-be demolished childhood home, a man discovers an old VHS camera that can see into the past, driving him to record as many memories as possible before the doomed house is destroyed. The film, the directorial debut of Paul Owens, took 10 years to complete using his own home movies, casting his real-life family to play fictionalized versions of themselves, and filmed in the actual locations where he spent his youth.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Black Adam

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 1/3/23;
Warner;
Action;
Box Office $167.87 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of strong violence, intense action, and some language.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, Pierce Brosnan.

Turmoil surrounding the DC Comics film franchise put Black Adam in an unenviable position. On the one hand, it has the baggage of being connected to a cinematic universe many fans aren’t satisfied with. On the other, it was released just before creative changes at the studio fueled speculation that the whole franchise would be rebooted, which isn’t exactly an incentive for the remaining fans of the DC universe to rush out to see it.

The film was a passion project for star Dwayne Johnson, who said Black Adam was his favorite character growing up.

In the comics, Black Adam was the arch-enemy of Shazam — a malevolent force from ancient times whose powers derive from the same magic as Shazam. In more recent times he has been depicted as less of an all-out supervillain and more of an antihero. His existence is alluded to in the 2019 Shazam movie, though he doesn’t make a full-fledged appearance.

Black Adam’s own film thus depicts his origins as the champion of the fictional Middle East nation of Kahndaq, which in ancient times was ruled by a tyrant who enslaved his people to mine for a powerful ore. The Council of Wizards sought a hero of the people to imbue with their powers, but they were instead corrupted by Teth-Adam (Johnson), who used them to seek revenge against those who wronged him. As punishment, Adam was imprisoned by the wizards within the Rock of Eternity.

In the present day, 5,000 years later, Kahndaq is controlled by a criminal conglomerate known as Intergang, which similarly exploits the nation’s resources in search of the legendary Crown of Sabbac, which would give them untold power. A group of resistance fighters led by Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) hopes to find the crown first to keep it from falling into the wrong hands, but in doing so end up freeing Adam from his tomb and unleashing him upon the modern world.

As a safeguard, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) from some of the other DC films enlists members of the Justice Society to neutralize Adam. The team is led by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), whose cinematic depiction is something of a combination of Marvel’s Falcon, Thor and Iron Man; Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), who is basically DC’s version of Doctor Strange, but also has visions of people’s futures; Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo), the Ant-Man equivalent who can grow very large; and Cyclone (Quinessa Swindell), who can manipulate wind not unlike the X-Men’s Storm.

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Adrianna and her son, Amon (Bodhi Sabongui), want to help Adam rid their country of Intergang, putting them in conflict with the Justice Society, who claim Adam’s power is too dangerous. Meanwhile, agents of Intergang plot to steal back the crown to unleash the powers of the ancient demons that can defeat Adam.

So, the set-up is a bit similar to 1999’s The Mummy, though Adam’s personality is much more complex. Seeing Adam acclimate to modern technology is amusing, especially as Amon tries to tutor him in how to be a superhero (complete with a coming up with a catch-phrase). On the other hand, Adam’s instinct to kill his enemies first and ask questions later cause quite a bit of friction with the Justice Society.

Stylistically, director Jaume Collet-Serra imbues the film’s confrontations with the sensibilities of a spaghetti western, a conscious choice he discusses in the bonus materials. The film also benefits from the undercurrents of a flashback structure that tells the parallel story of Adam in both ancient and modern times, representing thematically how the meaning and interpretation of historical artifacts can be misconstrued.

The film maintains its distance from the Shazam side of the DC franchise, aside from the fact that their powers derive from the same source (and Djimon Hounsou reprises his role as the wizard who guards over the magic). This also means several characters say the word “Shazam” to activate the powers, which makes it a bit weird that no one would mention that being the name of another superhero (particularly Amon, who has a sizeable collection of superhero merchandise, including a Shazam action figure). But it would probably be a bit less confusing if the hero known as Shazam were still allowed to go by his original moniker from the 1940s, Captain Marvel, before rights issues involving the ownership of different comic book companies made that name the purview of Marvel Comics.

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Still, as its own standalone movie, Black Adam is a slick-looking adventure with a lot of delicious visual effects that stay true to their comic book influences. Most of the supporting characters arrive with exposition-heavy explanations of their powers, hinting at complex backstories that make them seem like they wandered in from other movies that were never made. And that ultimately is what Black Adam feels like — an addendum to the larger DC franchise cobbled together from components of other characters’ stories. It’s entertaining for what it is, making it disappointing to think there won’t be much follow-through on the story points it establishes.

The Blu-ray includes more than 70 minutes of behind-the-scenes materials, in the form of 10 separate featurettes covering everything from the history of the characters, to the development of the film, and the design of the costumes, sets and visual effects. In the 4K combo pack, the extras can be found only on the regular Blu-ray.

 

Samba TV: ‘Black Adam’ Streaming Debut Falls Short of Other Superhero Movies

The Dec. 16’s debut of Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam on HBO Max generated 1.2 million U.S. households over the first three days, to rank as the No. 1 movie on the streaming platform, according to Samba TV data.

That said, the Dwayne Johnson-starrer, which generated $391 million at the global box office, did not exceed, let alone equal other recent superhero movie release debuts on streaming.

Adam finished behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which generated 2.1 million Disney+ households, Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings with 1.7 million homes, and Thor: Love and Thunder with 1.5 million homes.

In fact, the movie didn’t rival the debut of fellow DC superheroes The Batman (4.1 million households), Wonder Woman 1984 (3.2 million) or Zack Snyder’s Justice League with 2.2 million, according to Samba.

“While the streaming debut on HBO Max fell short compared to [other] superhero films, it was a hit with younger and diverse audiences,” Dallas Lawrence, SVP at Samba TV, said in a statement.

Laurence said black households were more likely to watch the adventure film than the national average by nearly 25%, and Gen Z and Millennial audiences also over-indexed on viewership.

“Appealing to these younger, more diverse audiences is critical as Max continues to find new growth opportunities and widen its subscriber base,” he said.

‘Black Adam’ Threepeats Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam for the third consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 11.

The film, based on the DC Comics, became available for premium digital purchase and rental Nov. 22. In the actioner, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was the true-story-based She Said, costarring Zoe Kazan and 2023 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nominee Carey Mulligan. The film, about the New York Times investigation at the center of the #MeToo movement, is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Rising from No. 4 to No. 3 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, available for digital purchase. In the film, when the Primm family moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. That changes when he discovers Lyle — a singing crocodile who loves baths, caviar and great music — living in the attic of his new home.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was the horror film Smile, which is available for digital purchase and rental. The Paramount hit stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide.

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With the holidays approaching, the 2018 animated The Grinch and the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas took the fifth and eighth spots on the chart. 

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Black Adam
  2. She Said
  3. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  4. Smile
  5. The Grinch (2018)
  6. Ticket to Paradise
  7. The Woman King
  8. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1
  10. Top Gun: Maverick

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Remains No. 1 Redbox Disc Rental for Fourth Week; ‘Black Adam’ Leads on Digital Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick was No. 1 for a fourth week on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Nov. 27.

The fighter jet sequel starring Tom Cruise slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The top Redbox On Demand title was Warner’s Black Adam, newly released through digital retailers. The DC comics flick stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character, an ancient superhuman who is freed from a magic prison by a group of archeologists.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bullet Train slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Screen Media’s Poker Face, a film directed by and starring Russell Crowe about a billionaire whose poker night is attacked by thieves. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nope slid to No. 4 on the disc rental chart, and No. 6 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 disc rental was Warner’s Three-Thousand Years of Longing, a romance fantasy about a professor who unleashes an ancient genie.

The No. 5 digital title was Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 27:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  2. Poker Face — Screen Media
  3. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  4. Nope — Universal
  5. Three-Thousand Years of Longing — Warner
  6. Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon — Shout! Factory
  7. Beast — Universal
  8. The Enforcer — Screen Media
  9. The System — Vertical
  10. Fall — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 27:

  1. Black Adam — Warner
  2. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  3. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  4. Poker Face — Screen Media
  5. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  6. Nope — Universal
  7. The Invitation — Sony Pictures
  8. Fall — Lionsgate
  9. Fatman — Paramount
  10. The Grinch — Universal

 

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JustWatch: ‘Wednesday’, ‘Black Adam’ Top Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 27

The Netflix original comedy series “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega as the character Wednesday Addams from “The Addams Family,” was the top-streamed episodic program through Nov. 27, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The freshman show topped perennial chart topper “Yellowstone,” on Peacock, and “The Walking Dead” on AMC+, among other streaming outlets.

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics’ Black Adam (HBO Max) topped a reconfigured movie chart, besting Disenchanted (Disney+) and the original Knives Out movie on Prime Video.

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Warner’s ‘Black Adam’ Hits Sluggish Weekend Box Office With $18.5 Million Punch

Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics superhero movie Black Adam delivered a projected $18.5 million punch to another slow box office, to up its global take to $250 million after three weekends. While the result counts as another win for Warner, fiscally conservative corporate parent Warner Bros. Discovery has to be second-guessing the movie’s reported $195 million production budget.

And with Disney/Marvel Studios’ bowing sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Nov. 11, Black Adam’s window of opportunity could be closing. Regardless, the movie easily topped Crunchyroll’s anime musical One Piece Film: Red, which is set to generate almost $10 million in its North American debut. The movie has already topped $141 million in global ticket sales since its Aug. 6 bow in Japan.

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Rounding out the podium is Universal Pictures’ adult romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, with an estimated $8.5 million in in ticket sales through its third weekend of release. The Julia Roberts/George Clooney movie has topped $137 million in global ticket sales, including more than $46 million across North American screens — strong numbers for a movie with a reported $60 million production budget.

Finally, Halloween might be over, but moviegoers still covet the horror genre. Paramount Pictures’ Smile topped $200 million at the global box office after six weeks in release. The low-budget film has to-date grossed more than $99.1 million domestically and more than $103.8 million internationally for worldwide tally of $202.9 million. 

Lionsgate’s Prey for the Devil took in an estimated $3.9 million this weekend. Through Sunday, the film will gross an estimated total of $13.6 million at the box office. The film held strong from last week (down only 46%) and was up better than projected (+49%) from Friday, grossing an estimated $1.7 million yesterday (off only -31% from Oct. 29) and finishing fifth overall in the domestic marketplace on Saturday.