Samba TV: Movie Streaming Access May Undercut TVOD Consumer Spending

Media companies that own branded subscription streaming video services love to promote the arrival of tentpole theatrical releases onto their respective platforms. But what impact does streaming access have on a movie’s transactional sales?

New data from Samba TV suggests quite a bit.

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 generated 1.3 million U.S. households streaming on Disney+ during the first five days (L+4D window) of the movie’s streaming access. At the same time, 482,000 U.S. households watched the movie on Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox Digital or another online platform, according to Samba, which tracks viewership intel across 48 million connected televisions worldwide.

Almost 170% more U.S. households opted to stream Guardians on Disney+ than buy or rent the movie, according to Samba.

Looking at some other movies that were released theatrically, then on VOD, followed by streaming: About 2.1 million U.S. households streamed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Disney+ in the first five days, while 2.6 million U.S. households streamed Avatar: The Way of Water on Disney+ and Max during the same window.

More than 811,000 U.S. households streamed The Super Mario Bros. Movie on Peacock during the initial four-day window.

Samba didn’t report the VOD household viewership for the aforementioned three movies.

Guardians made a successful landing on Disney+ over its opening weekend on the platform … prov[ing] that Disney+ Marvel fans will soak up new content from the franchise as it hits the streamer,” Cole Strain, VP of measurement products at Samba TV, said in a statement.

Gen Z households (ages 20-24) and younger millennials (ages 25-34) households both overindexed based on viewership of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 streaming during the L+4D window at plus 4% and plus 7%, respectively.

Younger millennial households overindexed by the highest margin (plus 17%) based on viewership of The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Peacock) during the L+3D window. Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Seattle overindexed the most (plus 39%), followed by Sacramento, Calif., (plus 36%) and Denver (plus 34%) for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

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‘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 Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was 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 Feb. 25.

The comic book movie outsold the week’s No. 2 title, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, by a three-to-one-margin. Of course, while Wakanda Forever has been available on disc only for three weeks, Maverick has been on shelves for 17 weeks.

No. 3 on both charts was another recent superhero movie release, Warner’s Black Adam, which had been the top seller for four of the five weeks before Wakanda Forever‘s release. (Maverick was No. 1 for nine weeks before Black Adam‘s release).

The one title since the beginning of November to top the charts that isn’t Maverick or a comic book adaptation with “Black” in its name, Universal’s Violent Night, was No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart. It was the top seller the last week of January, breaking up Black Adam‘s reign.

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No. 4 on both sales charts, down two spots from the previous week, was Universal Pictures’ The Fabelmans, director Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical story of a teenage filmmaker dealing with family problems.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Warner’s The Batman, which was No. 11 on the overall disc sales chart.

The week’s top new release, at No. 7 overall but No. 26 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s The Old Way, the first Western to star Nicolas Cage. It had 29% of its total sales come from Blu-ray Disc sales formats.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 26 had The Old Way at No. 1, pushing Wakanda Forever to No. 2.

Screen Media’s The Locksmith dropped to No. 3, followed by Cinedigm’s Devil’s Peak at No. 4, and Black Adam at No. 5.

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Nielsen: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Topped Weekly Household Streaming Through Feb. 5

The Disney+ streaming debut of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever dominated weekly household streaming through Feb. 5, according to new data from Nielsen.

The sequel to the 2018 box office hit Black Panther totaled more than 2.26 billion minutes, easily topping Netflix’s prior-week chart topper You People with 1.55 billion minutes at No. 2. Re-runs of hospital drama series “New Amsterdam” tracked 1.25 billion minutes across 76 episodes.

Four episodes of HBO Max post-apocalyptic drama “The Last of Us” generated 1.19 billion minutes, followed by Universal Pictures’ licensed Minions: The Rise of Gru on Netflix with 1.18 billion minutes.

Netflix again led all streamers, accounting for 80% of the Nielsen top 10 streaming chart, with Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock filling in the rest. Nielsen also tracks Hulu, Prime Video and Apple TV+ across household televisions.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed (Millions)
1 Disney+ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 1 2,269
2 Netflix You People (2023) 1 1,550
3 Netflix / Peacock New Amsterdam 76 1,253
4 HBO Max The Last Of Us 4 1,190
5 Netflix Minions: The Rise Of Gru 1 1,184
6 Netflix The Walking Dead 177 901
7 Netflix Ginny & Georgia 20 900
8 Netflix Cocomelon 18 790
9 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 770
10 Netflix NCIS 339 721

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Prime Video, AppleTV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Remains No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts; ‘Fabelmans’ No. 2

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remained No. 1 for a second 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 Feb. 18.

The week’s top new release, selling about 27% as many copies as the superhero movie, was director Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans, which was No. 2 on both charts. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of the family life of a teenager who wants to grow up to become a filmmaker.

Another big new release for the week, Disney’s animated Strange World, debuted at No. 4 on both charts.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, while No. 5 was Warner’s Black Adam.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 64% of Fabelmans sales, with 40% from the 4K combo pack and 24% from regular Blu-ray. For Strange World, 52% of unit sales came from Blu-ray formats — 38% from regular Blu-ray and 14% the 4K combo pack.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 19 had Wakanda Forever in the top spot for the first time. Screen Media’s The Locksmith was No. 2, and The Fabelmans was No. 3. 

The previous week’s top rental, Universal’s Violent Night, slid to No. 4, while Black Adam was No. 5.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Grabs Top Spot on Redbox Disc Rental Chart

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Feb. 19. The sequel, which deals with Wakanda protecting itself from a hidden underwater kingdom in the wake of King T’Challa’s death, was released on disc Feb. 7 but didn’t make it to Redbox kiosks until Feb. 14.

The No. 1 Redbox On Demand title was Screen Media’s Poker Face, a thriller written by, directed by and starring Russell Crowe, who plays a wealthy art collector and gambler who, upon learning he’s dying of cancer, arranges a poker night with his buddies hoping to teach them a lesson for secretly slighting him, only for his house to be attacked by art thieves.

Screen Media’s The Locksmith, about a former prisoner (Ryan Phillippe) who is pulled back into a world of crime despite wanting to settle down with his detective girlfriend (Kate Bosworth) and their daughter, was No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions. The film was the top digital title a week earlier, and is available early on disc through Redbox kiosks, as it won’t receive a wide disc release until March 14.

Universal’s M3GAN remained No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart in its penultimate week as a premium sellthrough and VOD release.

The No. 3 disc rental was Universal’s director Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans, about the family life of a young man who grows up wanting to be a filmmaker.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Violent Night , slid to No. 4 on the disc chart, but appeared in the No. 8 spot on the digital chart. The actioner depicts a drunken Santa (David Harbour) who stumbles upon a mansion during an armed heist and must fight his way out.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam slid to No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart, and was No. 7 on the digital chart.

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The No. 4 digital title was Lionsgate’s Plane, an actioner about a pilot (Gerard Butler) who saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island, and then must team with an accused murderer (Mike Colter) to free the passengers after they are taken hostage by dangerous rebels.

No. 5 on the digital chart and No. 9 on the disc chart was Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, the rom-com starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as divorced parents trying to stop their lovestruck daughter from getting married.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 19:

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  — Disney/Marvel
  2. The Locksmith — Screen Media
  3. The Fabelmans — Universal
  4. Violent Night — Universal
  5. Black Adam — Warner
  6. House Party (2023) — Warner
  7. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  8. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  9. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  10. Angry Neighbors — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 19:

  1. Poker Face — Screen Media
  2. M3GAN — Universal
  3. The Locksmith — Screen Media
  4. Plane — Lionsgate
  5. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  6. Alice, Darling — Lionsgate
  7. Black Adam — Warner
  8. Violent Night — Universal
  9. Fifty Shades of Grey — Universal
  10. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate

 

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Merchandising: ‘Wakanda Forever’ Exclusives Arrive

Feb. 7 saw the release of Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc, and there were a few retailer exclusive editions from which fans could choose.

Best Buy had two of them, both exclusive Steelbook editions of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with separate box art from artist Dorothea Taylor, one featuring Wakanda warriors and the other, the underwater world of Talokan. Best Buy’s in-store display implored shoppers to “Collect Them Both!” — an easy enough suggestion for the retailer to make at $38.99 apiece.

Best Buy’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Steelbooks

Walmart offered an exclusive 4K Ultra HD edition with custom artwork and a limited-edition Black Panther enamel pin for $34.96.

Walmart’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Blu-ray with enamel pin

Target didn’t have an exclusive for the Wakanda Forever Blu-ray, but did offer an exclusive version of the film’s soundtrack on vinyl for $38.99, as well as 30% off select “Black Panther” toys.

In addition, Target ran a buy-one-get-one-50% off promotion on qualifying movies, books, video games, puzzles, board games and activity kits.

Best Buy had another exclusive during the week in the form of a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack for Disney’s Encanto, with artwork marking the Walt Disney studio’s 100th anniversary, for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Encanto’ 4K Disney 100 Steelbook

Walmart had its own Disney 100-year exclusives, offering the new Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts Vol. 1 Blu-ray, as well as catalog titles such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Frozen and Toy Story on Blu-ray packed with a collectible pin for $19.96 each.

New Releases of Feb. 7 Include ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ on Disc, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody,’ ‘Empire of Light’ Via Digital

The Feb. 7 slate of new DVD and Blu-ray Disc arrivals includes Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Legion of Super-Heroes, while digital releases include Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Empire of Light.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ box office hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and 4K UHD Blu-ray on Feb. 7. The sequel to the original Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman,made $453.47 million at the domestic box office. In the film, as the nation of Wakanda mourns the death of T’Challa, Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and General Okoye (Danai Gurira) investigate the threat of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his long-hidden underwater kingdom of Talokan, whose cultural heritage might hold the secret to restoring the legacy of the Black Panther. The cast also includes Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and Dominique Thorne. Read a review here. Walmart will offer an exclusive 4K Ultra HD edition with custom artwork and a limited-edition Black Panther enamel pin. Best Buy will feature the 4K Ultra HD combo pack with two separate Steelbook designs from artist Dorothea Taylor, one featuring Wakanda warriors and the other, the world of Talokan.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release Legion of Super-Heroes, the latest animated adventure in the DC Universe franchise, for digital purchase and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 7. In the film, Supergirl (voiced by Meg Donnelly) travels to the 31st century to help adjust to life on Earth by attending the Legion Academy, where heroes hone their powers with hopes of joining the Legion of Super-Heroes. Supergirl quickly makes new allies, as the Legion must confront a mysterious group known as the Dark Circle that seeks a powerful weapon stored in the Academy’s vault. The voice cast also includes Harry Shum Jr. as Brainiac 5, Cynthia Hamidi as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond as Timber Wolf &and Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal as Mon-El, Eric Lopez as Cosmic Boy and Chemical King, Darin De Paul as Brainiac and Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin as Arms Fall Off Boy and Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson as Invisible Kid and Brainiac 3. In addition, Darren Criss, Matt Bomer and Jensen Ackles reprise their roles as Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively, from previous entries in the ongoing Justice League continuity of movies.

Walt Disney Animation Studios releases Mickey & Minnie: 10 Classic Shorts Vol. 1 in a Blu-ray Disc combo pack (which includes a digital copy and a DVD) and standalone DVD Feb. 7. The release is part of the planned releases coming in 2023 to celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary. The new collection gathers together 10 classic animated shorts for the first time, including the iconic “Steamboat Willie,” and features new introductions from Mickey and Minnie for each short. “Steamboat Willie” is the first cartoon with synchronized sound, in which the character of Mickey Mouse was first introduced as a deckhand on a riverboat commanded by the tyrannical Captain Pete. Also included are “Brave Little Tailor,” featuring Mickey as a medieval tailor given a daunting task; “Mickey’s Delayed Date,” in which the tardy mouse relies on his faithful pup Pluto to get him to a dance with Minnie; “Hawaiian Holiday,” which finds Mickey and his pals vacationing on a beautiful island; and “On Ice,” in which, along with friends, Mickey and Minnie glide through a romantic date on a frozen river.

Shout! Factory in collaboration with Toei Company Ltd. Feb. 7 releases the Blu-ray of Kamen Rider Ryuki: The Complete Series, the 14th installment in the “Kamen Rider” franchise that originally aired in Japan beginning in 1971. The long-running Japanese show follows the exploits of a masked, motorcycle-riding hero who fights the forces of evil. The complete “Kamen Rider Ryuki” series, the third entry in the Heisei era, will be available in an eight-disc set. Advance orders may be placed now at ShoutFactory.com. Fans who order from Shout! Factory will also receive a poster while supplies last. Having premiered in Japan in 2002, “Kamen Rider Ryuki” is set in a “mirror world” that exists beyond an invisible mirror in space where only monsters can dwell. Evil monsters frequently cross the mirror and attack our world, but only Kamen Riders who make contact with a specific monster and obtain its special power can enter the mirror world. Shinji Kido, a journalist, contracts with a dragon and becomes Kamen Rider Ryuki. He fights a fierce battle with the evil monsters, but when other Kamen Riders appear, it becomes a fight to the last man because only one Kamen Rider can remain. The set contains all 50 episodes from the original Japanese masters, as well as the director’s cut of the film Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final.

Screen Media will release the horror film Cryptid on DVD Feb. 7. In the film, a small rural town in Maine is shocked as a mysterious animal leaves a local resident brutally ripped apart. Deemed to be a random bear attack by town officials, freelance journalist Max Frome suspects it might be something more. Written and directed by Brad Rego, the film stars Nicholas Baroudi (The Hating Game, “Person of Interest”), Ellen Adair (“Homeland,” “The Sinner”), Chopper Bernet, Kevin O’Rourke, Kate MacCluggage and Jeanine Bartel. The film won Best Narrative Feature and Best of the Fest at the Adirondack Film Festival and Best Director at Shockfest and was an Official Selection at the 2022 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody through digital retailers Feb. 7. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, with a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, writer of Bohemian Rhapsody, comes the story of the career of Whitney Houston, played by Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), from New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded singers of all time. The cast also includes Stanley Tucci as Whitney’s producer, Clive Davis; Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown, her husband; Tamara Tunie and Clarke Peters as Cissy and John Houston, her parents; and Nafessa Williams as Robyn Crawford, her friend and assistant. The film earned $23.4 million at the domestic box office and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 28.

The Oscar-nominated film Empire of Light will be released via digital retailers Feb. 7 from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures. The film, which will also be available to stream on HBO Max Feb. 7, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. From director and writer Sam Mendes (1917, Skyfall), Empire of Light is a drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema and community. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 21.

The drama Match will be released Feb. 7 via digital sellthrough and VOD from Virgil Films. From director Sean McGinly (Two Days, The Great Buck Howard), Match is a story about two people who meet on an online dating site. What starts as a casual flirtation quickly becomes intimate and intense. The story is told using only the emails and texts the characters send to one another. The result is a voyeuristic experience that uses graphics as well as the actors’ performances to take you into the minds of two people in a way that says something about modern dating culture. The film stars Austin Nichols (“John From Cincinnati,” “Ray Donovan,” “The Walking Dead”) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help, “The Morning Show,” Where The Crawdads Sing) with a special appearance by Spencer Garrett (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, “Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty”).

The Australian thriller Line of Fire will be released via VOD and digital sellthrough Feb. 7 from VMI Releasing. In the film, when policewoman Samantha Romans (award-winner Nadine Garner, “Savage River,” “The Doctor Blake Mysteries”) fails to intervene in a shooting where her own son dies, she draws the condemnation of her colleagues and community as well as the attention of ambitious journalist Jamie Connard (Samantha Tolj). Keen to reignite the career she put on hold to have children, Jamie ignores Romans’ pleas to be left alone and pursues her relentlessly. With nothing to lose, Romans retaliates by forcing Jamie into a night of terror that threatens everything Jamie holds dear. The film was nominated for Best Indie Feature at the 2022 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The drama The Wedding Hustler will be released via digital retailers Feb. 7 from 1091 Pictures. The film follows an Asian-American wedding planner (​​Christine Chang) who knows her “thang” on bargaining the best price. When she learns about a couple (Chris Soriano and Hillary Soriano) who rescheduled their wedding three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she decides to help the groom surprise his fiancée with the perfect wedding. With barely any money, the groom and the planner navigate through the street vendors of Los Angeles to piece together the wedding of his fiancé’s dreams. Written and directed by Chris Soriano (Almighty Zeus), the film also stars Kane Lim (Netflix’s “Bling Empire”) with a cameo by Heart Evangelista.

Also due Feb. 7 from 1091 Pictures is the horror film They Wait in the Dark. Written and directed by Patrick Rea (Nailbiter, I Am Lisa), the film stars Sarah McGuire, Patrick McGee, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Paige Maria, Chris Bylsma and Meagan Flynn. In the film, Amy (McGuire) and her adopted son Adrian (McGee) are on the run from Amy’s abusive ex-girlfriend Judith (Winkel). Desperate to stay hidden, they take refuge in the abandoned farmhouse of Amy’s family outside her Kansas hometown. Soon, though, a supernatural force from Amy’s dark past begins haunting Adrian. With the vengeful Judith in pursuit, Amy and Adrian find themselves locked in a showdown between the threats both outside and in. The film was an Official Selection — Fright Fest 2022, Official Selection — Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2022, and Official Selection — HorrorHound Film Festival 2022. 

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Director Rob Marshall’s musical Chicago, winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook due Feb. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on Jan. 24, 2003, the musical was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won not only Best Picture, but also Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.   An adaptation of the Broadway musical, the film stars Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly and Christine Baranski. In Chicago, two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity and a sleazy lawyer’s attention. 

The 2001 crime thriller Training Day will be released in 4K through digital retailers Feb. 7 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Detective Alonzo Harris and Ethan Hawke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Office Jake Hoyt in the gritty drama set in the morally ambiguous world of undercover police work. In the film, every day a war rages between drug dealers and cops on the streets of America’s inner cities. With every war come casualties, none greater than 13-year veteran Los Angeles narcotics officer Alonzo Harris, whose questionable methods blur the line between legal and corrupt. Alonzo gets a new partner, idealistic rookie Jake Hoyt, and Jake has one day — and one day only — to prove his mettle to his fiercely charismatic superior. Over 24 hours, Jake will be dragged into the ethical mire of Alonzo’s logic as both men risk their careers and their lives to serve conflicting notions of justice. The Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer) from a screenplay by David Ayer (The Fast & the Furious). The film also stars Scott Glenn (Silverado, Backdraft), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), Dr.  Dre (Set It Off), Snoop Dog (The Wash) and Eva Mendes (Ghost Rider, The Women). A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack arrives Feb. 28.

Best friends come together to find love at a beach resort in the romantic comedy One Year Off, available via on demand and digital sellthrough Feb. 7 from Lionsgate. The film stars Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” Alita: Battle Angel), Nathalie Cox (Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop, Clash of the Titans) and Chad Michael Collins (“Sniper” series). The film follows Claire (Nathalie Cox) and her pals, who are invited to the West Indies by their friend Ben (Jeff Fahey), who just inherited an island getaway. To pass the long days, they start a business hosting beachfront weddings, resulting in both awesome success and hilarious disaster. Meanwhile, the sun and scenery put Claire, Ben, and their posse in the mood for romance. 

The documentary To the End, about the fight for a Green New Deal, arrives for digital purchase and via on demand Feb. 7 from Lionsgate. Directed by Rachel Lears (Knock Down the House), the documentary follows four bold environmental leaders — activist Varshini Prakash, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright and political strategist Alexandra Rojas — as they traverse the country, fighting to bring climate change and its effect on future generations to the forefront of America’s political debate and the nation’s consciousness. Filmed over four years, To the End lifts the veil on the battle for the future of our world, and gives viewers a front-seat view of history in the making.

Breaking Glass Pictures releases Nana’s Boy from director Ashton Pina via digital sellthrough and VOD Feb. 7. Nana’s Boy is the story of Amari, who, on the morning of his 30th birthday, struggles to make a decision on what’s next and questions his purpose in life. The day takes a rattling turn when an explosion cuts off utilities across New York City, forcing the city into a mandatory lockdown. Amari’s relationship with his partner Q is tested as the couple grapples with memories of the past that could shatter their plans altogether. Starring David J. Cork (P-Valley) and Jared Wayne Gladly (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the film had its world premiere at the 2022 Inside Out Film Festival. It went on to play at Reeling 2022: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Newfest, aGLIFF’s Prism LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and Out on Film Atlanta, and took home the Best Narrative Feature award at both the Black Alphabet Film Festival and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. It arrives on DVD on Feb. 23.

The French murder mystery Jean-Denis Bonan’s A Woman Kills makes its Blu-ray Disc debut Feb. 7 from Radiance Films, an independent film distributor specializing in rare cinema. Filmed during the French civil unrest of May 1968, A Woman Kills never found distribution due to controversy around the director’s first film.  Producer Anatole Dauman was unable to find distribution for the film for 45 years until Luna Park Films brought it back to life in a new restoration. The new wave-influenced serial killer film presents its narrative in an almost true crime approach yet focuses more on the psychological aspect with echoes of German Expressionism and Franju, set to a discordant, jazzy score. The Blu-ray of A Woman Kills will feature a brand-new HD restoration of the feature, along with newly produced and archival bonus features.

Best Buy Feb. 7 will have an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition of 2013’s Warm Bodies, marking its 10th anniversary. The film, which stars Nicholas Hoult as a zombie who falls in love with the daughter (Teresa Palmer) of the military leader tasked with wiping out the undead, was previously released on 4K in 2017.

The comedy Waitress! and the action adventure Divide & Conquer are being released on Blu-ray Feb 7 from Troma Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

In Waitress! (1981), an actress, a writer and a preppie wait on tables in a New York City restaurant. During their shift, the attractive women have to deal with inebriated customers and a slow chef, as well as mutinous patrons. Directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, the film features early on-screen appearances from Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”) and Scott Valentine (“Family Ties”). The release features “Chef’s Deliciously Mastered Feature Presentation”; a new intro by Lloyd Kaufman; commentary by Uncle Lloydie; “In the Kitchen” interviews with some of Troma’s staff; a “Foodporn” photo gallery; a “Before There was Toxie” DVD intro; “Gizzard Face 2: Troma Now” promo; and Troma trailers.

In Divide & Conquer (2021), three women warriors find themselves on the run and kicking in the teeth of every misogynist that dares to cross their path. Lloyd Kaufman calls it, “A feminist movie for the 21st century!” The estrogen fueled grindhouse tribute is written, directed and starring Mercedes the Muse (Honor Killing, Rose & Viktor: No Mercy). Special features include an introduction by Lloyd Kaufman; cast and crew commentary; “Making a Damn Movie: The Making of Divide & Conquer“; “The Three Muses” featurette; the Los Angeles premiere Q&A session; the premiere at the Balboa Theatre; trailers; and American Cinematheque honors Troma.

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 Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Most-Watched Marvel Studios Worldwide Movie Premiere on Disney+

Disney Feb. 6 announced that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the most-watched Marvel Studios’ movie premiere on Disney+ globally, based on hours streamed in its first five days of release.

The sequel to the 2018 Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, generated $842.3 million in worldwide ticket sales, including $453.5 million in North America.

In Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett’s first-ever Oscar nomination), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. The movie has been nominated for five Academy Awards.

Samba TV said 2.1 million U.S. households watched the movie during the L+4-day window. By comparison, 1.5 million households watched DC Comics’ Black Adam on HBO Max during the L+4D window, 2.1 million domestic homes watched Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney+) during the L+4D window, 2.2 million watched Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney+), and 2.6 million homes watched The Batman (HBO and HBO Max).

Of these movies, Wakanda Forever over-indexed by the highest margin among black households (+44%), Hispanic households (+27%), and A20-24 Gen Z households (+9%).

“Black households were more likely to watch Black Panther than other recent superhero franchises,” Cole Strain, VP of measurement for Samba TV, said in a statement. 

Strain said there was a significant over-index of 44% against the average U.S. household among Black households based on Wakanda Forever viewership in the first five days, surpassing that of the other films. The Black Panther sequel also caught fire with younger audiences, including Gen Z households who were nearly 10% more likely to tune in compared to the average household.

“The Black Panther franchise continues to make history [for] it’s diverse representation both on and off-screen, which drove black household viewership to over-index by strong double digits,” Strain said. 

Disney+ subs can watch behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of the making of the movie in “Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” on the platform, starting Feb. 8.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Headed to Digital Retail Feb. 1, Disc Feb. 7

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ box office hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit digital retail channels on Feb. 1, followed by release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and 4K UHD Blu-ray on Feb. 7.

The sequel to the original Black Panther, starring the late Chadwick Boseman, also begins streaming on Disney+ on Feb. 1, as previously announced.

In addition, a two-movie bundle of both “Black Panther” films will be available for purchase or rent on all major digital platforms.

In the film, as the nation of Wakanda mourns the death of T’Challa, Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and General Okoye (Danai Gurira) investigate the threat of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his long-hidden underwater kingdom of Talokan, whose cultural heritage might hold the secret to restoring the legacy of the Black Panther.

The cast also includes Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and Dominique Thorne.

Walmart’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Blu-ray with enamel pin

Bonus materials on disc and with select digital retailers include deleted scenes, a gag reel, the featurettes “Envisioning Two Worlds” and “Passing the Mantle,” and audio commentary from filmmakers Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole and Autumn Durald Arkapaw.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has made $445.4 million at the domestic box office and more than $827.2 million worldwide as of Jan. 8.

Walmart will offer an exclusive 4K Ultra HD edition with custom artwork and a limited-edition Black Panther enamel pin.

Best Buy will feature the 4K Ultra HD combo pack with two separate Steelbook designs from artist Dorothea Taylor, one featuring Wakanda warriors and the other, the world of Talokan.

Best Buy’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ 4K Steelbooks