‘42’ Joins ‘Black Panther’ on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as Viewers Remember Chadwick Boseman

A second movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Warner’s 42, debuted in the top 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 5, joining the Disney-distributed Black Panther, which joined the chart the prior week.

Chadwick died of cancer at the age of 43 on Aug. 28. In 42, he portrays baseball great Jackie Robinson; in Black Panther, he plays a Marvel superhero. Coincidentally, Major League Baseball Aug. 28 celebrated Jackie Robinson day, with all players wearing No. 42, which no doubt added exposure to that particular Boseman film.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, saw 42 debut at No. 9. Black Panther, which had been No. 9 a week earlier, rose to No. 6.

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Robin’s Wish, a Vertical Entertainment documentary about the life and death of late comic actor Robin Williams, bowed at No. 16 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Two films newly released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc, Lionsgate’s action thriller Rogue, with Megan Fox as a battle-hardened mercenary, and the political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, also appear on the chart for the first time.

Rogue (No. 12) finds Samantha O’Hara (Fox) leading a team of soldiers-for-hire on a daring mission to rescue hostages from their captors in rural Africa.  They wind up stranded and have to battle not only brutal rebels but also a horde of enraged lions.

Irresistible (No. 19) was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. The film, from Focus Features, was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

Both Rogue and Irresistable were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Sept. 1.

Also new to chart is Warner Bros.’ Beetlejuice (No. 18), spurred by the film’s Sept. 1 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The top five remain unchanged from the prior week. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, with RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector remaining at No. 4 and Universal’s The King of Staten Island again at No. 5.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  5. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  6. Black Panther (Disney)
  7. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  11. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  12. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  13. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  14. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (MGM)
  15. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  16. Robin’s Wish (Vertical Entertainment)
  17. 1917 (Universal)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. Irresistible (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 5.

Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ Tops British Home Video Chart

The passing of actor Chadwick Boseman continues to refuel consumer interest in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which rose eight places to top the weekly Official Film Chart in Britain through Sept. 9.

The Disney movie, which was first released before the Official Film Chart launched, entered the Top 10 last week in ninth spot as Panther fans continue to look back at the career of Boseman, who died on Aug. 28.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog (2), Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour (3), eOne’s 1917 (4) and Warner Home Video’s Joker (5) held their respective chart positions, with Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moving up four spots to sixth.

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Warner’s Birds of Prey (7) and Universal’s Dolittle (8) each fell one spot as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level moved up three spots to ninth, followed by the studio’s Bad Boys For Life at No. 10.

Further notable Top 20 entries include Warner’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at No. 13; The Goonies (1985) at No. 16 following the retail release of a new Steelbook edition, and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, which shot up 16 spots to No. 18.

‘Mulan,’ ‘Cinderella’ Among Top Content Streaming on Disney+

The Walt Disney Co. has not released sales data for the highly-publicized Sept. 4 release of the live-action remake of Mulan on Disney+ at a premium rental rate of $29.99.

But app research firm Sensor Tower told Yahoo Finance that downloads of the Disney+ app rose 68% between Sept. 4 and Sept. 6 compared with the prior weekend. Consumer spending in the app soared 193%, a gain attributed to the Mulan rental.

Other observers contend the $200 million production ranked among the top titles streaming on subscription streaming video-on-demand service’s top trending content through Sept. 6 — behind the 2015 live-action Cinderella and “The Simpsons” — the latter finishing No. 1, according to blogger WhatsonDisneyplus.com.

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Mulan generated about $6 million in theatrical releases in select foreign regions without Disney+. Heading into last weekend, Omdia found that 17% of survey respondents said they would pay a premium to watch Mulan at home, compared with 21% who said they would rather see the movie in theaters opening weekend. Omdia polled consumers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Mexico and China.

The Aug. 28 passing of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman resulted in renewed consumer interest in several Marvel movies featuring the late star, including Captain America: Civil War (No. 30), Avengers: Infinity War (No. 28), Avengers: Endgame (No. 13) and Black Panther (No. 6).

Cinderella was added to Disney+ just ahead of Mulan and moved into the second spot, while Mulan was also able to make the podium despite requiring subscribers to pay a significant fee to access the movie ahead of its “free” access on Dec. 4.

Jeremy Conrad with MCUCosmic.com contends Mulan PVOD results could determine whether Disney releases upcoming Marvel’s Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, early direct-to-consumer or in theaters on Nov. 6.

The trending chart with previous-week standings in parenthesis:

  1. The Simpsons (-)
  2. Cinderella (New)
  3. Mulan (New)
  4. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (3)
  5. Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against The Universe (New)
  6. Black Panther (re-entry)
  7. Moana (4)
  8. Phineas & Ferb (-)
  9. Frozen 2 (5)
  10. Jessie (9)
  11. Beauty and the Beast (5)
  12. Frozen (11)
  13. Avengers: Endgame (21)
  14. Hamilton (12)
  15. Toy Story 4 (13)
  16. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (15)
  17. Puppy Dog Pals (-)
  18. Aladdin (23)
  19. Star Wars: The Mandalorian (18)
  20. The One And Only Ivan (2)
  21. Incredibles 2 (7)
  22. The Greatest Showman (10)
  23. Avengers: Infinity War
  24. Toy Story (25)
  25. Onward (14)
  26. Coco (Re-entry)
  27. Alice Through The Looking Glass (Re-Entry)
  28. Avengers (New)
  29. Cars (Re-entry)
  30. Captain America: Civil War (New)

‘Black Panther’ Shoots Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart in Wake of Actor Chadwick Boseman’s Death

The unexpected death of actor Chadwick Boseman sent his hit movie Black Panther back into the top 10 of the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Aug. 29, even though his passing of cancer at age 43 came with just one day left in the tracking period.

Black Panther, distributed to home audiences through the Walt Disney Co., debuted at No. 9 on the chart.

Two other older movies also appeared on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, from 1989, debuted at No. 14, while its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, bowed at No. 13.

Demand for the two titles was sparked by the Aug. 28 theatrical and PVOD launch of the third installment in the franchise, Bill & Ted Face the Music, with original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their roles as two time-traveling slackers.

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Also new to the chart: the complete “Game of Thrones” series, from Warner, at No. 17, and Tesla, the IFC Films biopic that stars Ethan Hawke as visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, at No. 18.

Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, took the top three spots on the chart, with Season 1 at No. 1.

RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector dropped to No. 4 after three weeks in the top spot, while DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed digitally and on disc to home audiences by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, slipped to No. 6 from No. 2 — exiting the top five for the first time since it debuted on the chart in late June.

Rounding out the top five, at No. 5, was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, which soared up from No. 14 the previous week after its Aug. 25 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  5. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  6. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  8. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  9. Black Panther (Disney)
  10. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  11. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  13. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (MGM)
  14. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (MGM)
  15. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  16. The Rental (IFC Films)
  17. Game of Thrones: S1-8 (Warner)
  18. Tesla (IFC)
  19. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  20. 1917  (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 29.

ABC TV’s Commercial-Free Broadcast of ‘Black Panther’ Tribute to Late Actor Chadwick Boseman Generated 6 Million Views

Disney-owned ABC Television’s commercial-free Sunday night (Aug. 30) broadcast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther following actor Chadwick Boseman’s death on Aug. 28 after a lengthy battle against colon cancer, generated more than 6 million viewers — tops among all networks.

The subsequent tribute, “Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King” generated 4.7 million viewers. The program featured numerous Black Panther co-stars, Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige and Disney executive chairman Bob Iger, among others.

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“He was having this immense success, in a strata of his own, humble hardworking, always smile on his face,” actor Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron-Man in the Avengers franchise, said about Boseman. Downey called Black Panther “the crowning achievement” of the Marvel cinematic universe.

‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who generated acclaim for his portrayal of strong black characters and the lead in Disney/Marvel Studios’ groundbreaking Black Panther, died Aug. 28 at age 43 after a lengthy battle against colon cancer.

Boseman died at his home surrounded by his wife and family, according to a statement by his publicist Nicki Fioravante on social media. The actor had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which had worsened to stage IV.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the statement read. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

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Boseman is most well-known for playing King T’Challa in Marvel Studios’ 2018 superhero movie Black Panther, which went on to win three Oscars and generate more than $1.347 billion at the global box office. The movie was the top-grossing release of the year, besting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Boseman originated the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and reprised it in Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the latter becoming the highest-grossing box office film of all time (unadjusted for inflation).

His performance in Black Panther earned an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, and a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He also won MTV Movie Awards for Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero.

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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in ’42.’

Boseman first came to mainstream attention playing Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, which depicted the civil rights icon’s breaking of the Major League Baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Coincidentally, the MLB had been celebrating Aug. 28 as Jackie Robinson Day, marking the day in 1945 Dodgers GM Branch Rickey told Robinson he was being prepped for integrating the league (baseball’s usual Jackie Robinson Day to mark his MLB debut on April 15 was wiped out this year when the league delayed starting its season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic).

Aug. 28 is also the birthday of Black Panther co-creator Jack Kirby.

TNT, TBS, and truTV Airing ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Just Mercy’ Special Combo Event to Promote Social Justice

In an affort to continue dialog on social justice, WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS, and truTV June 19 are partnering for a special one-night-only on-air broadcast of critically acclaimed movies, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Just Mercy, along with reflections from distinguished guests about the personal impact these films had on their lives and the culture.

With limited commercial interruption, Black Panther, which won three Oscars in 2019, will air at 7 p.m., followed by Just Mercy.

Host Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) will be joined by guests, including Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (whom Just Mercy is based on), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and CNN’s W. Kamau Bell. Additionally, Andra Day will perform her Grammy-nominated song “Rise Up.”

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Reginald Hudlin, who wrote for the “Black Panther” graphic novel series, serves as executive producer of the special content, along with executive producer Phil Gurin and co-executive producer Byron Phillips.

In Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the hidden high-tech African nation of Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king, following the death of his father. But when a man named Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) appears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Pitted against his own family, the king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger.

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Just Mercy is based on the thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds — and the system — stacked against them.

Disney: ‘Captain Marvel’ Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue Comes Up Short to ‘Black Panther’

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel has sold about 2 million discs since its June 11 packaged-media release, according to industry estimates.

Despite the strong start, that’s about half what Marvel’s Blank Panther sold last year following its disc release May 15, 2018.

Disney Aug. 6 attributed the difference between them to why it posted lower third-quarter (ended June 29) home entertainment revenue.

Meanwhile, total studio revenue increased 33% to $3.8 billion while operating income increased 13% to $792 million.

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Higher operating income was due to an increase in theatrical distribution results and lower film cost impairments at legacy operations. These improvements were partially offset by a loss from the 21CF businesses and lower TV/SVOD and home entertainment distribution results.

The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the performance of Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 in the current quarter compared with Avengers: Infinity WarIncredibles 2, Black Panther and Solo: A Star Wars Story in the prior-year quarter.

Operating results at the 21CF businesses reflected a loss from theatrical distribution driven by the performance of Dark Phoenix, for which Disney also recorded a film cost impairment, partially offset by income from TV/SVOD distribution.

Direct-to-Consumer & International revenue for the quarter increased from $827 million to $3.85 billion and segment operating loss increased from $168 million to $553 million.

The increase in operating loss was due to the consolidation of Hulu, the ramp up of investment in ESPN+, which was launched in April 2018 and costs associated with the upcoming launch of Disney+.

Results for the quarter also reflected a benefit from the inclusion of the 21CF businesses due to income at the Fox and National Geographic international channels, partially offset by a loss at Star India.

Starting on March 20, 100% of Hulu’s operating results are now included in the Direct-to-Consumer & International segment as a result of Disney’s acquisition of a controlling interest in SVOD and online TV platform.

Previously, Disney’s ownership share of Hulu results was reported as equity in the loss of investees.

Regardless, Disney’s acquisition of Fox resulted in the revenue elimination increase from $148 million to $737 million and segment operating income eliminations went from income of $6 million to a loss of $133 million driven by eliminations of licenses of ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television programs to Hulu.

AMC Theatres Q1 Loss Skyrockets, Revenue Falls

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame can’t come fast enough for AMC Theatres.

The world’s largest theatrical exhibitor, May 9 reported a first-quarter (ended March 31) net loss of $130.2 million compared to profit of $17.7 million in the previous-year period. Revenue dropped 13.2% to $1.2 billion from $1.38 billion last year.

Total attendance fell 12.2% to 79.8 million from nearly 91 million. In the U.S., attendance dropped 11.1% to 54.9 million from 61.8 million. Foreign attendance dropped 14.5% to 24.8 million from 29 million.

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In the quarter, AMC owned, operated, or had interests in 636 theatres in the U.S. and 365 theatres internationally.

The chain attributed the metrics declines due to a weak box office and comparisons with the previous-year quarter’s release of Black Panther, which was the second-highest grossing Q1 movie in history.

While AMC has usurped the ticket subscription market from MoviePass through its branded Stubs A-List program, its 4.8% decline in total average ticket price (2.4% decline on a constant currency basis) reflected implementation of the program and other promotional pricing initiatives, as well as declines in Imax and 3D volumes primarily due to the mix of films during the period.

Stubs A-List ended the quarter with more than 785,000 subscribers.

AMC implemented a 10% membership price increase in 10 states and a 20% price increase in five states. Based on the average frequency of subscribers, their associated full-price bring-along guest attendance, their food and beverage spend and the price increases in the first quarter, AMC contends the A- List program resulted in incremental profitability in the first quarter compared to estimated results if the program had not existed.

“This is largely attributable to the power of the AMC platform: stemming from experiential initiatives and enhancements at our theatres; a frictionless use of technology to communicate, engage and sell to our guests,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.

 

AMC Theatres, Imax Set Weekend Attendance, Box Office Records With Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Who said the theatrical window is dead?

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest exhibitor chain, and Imax April 29 announced record-setting attendance and box office revenue for Marvel Studios’ superhero epic Avengers: Endgame, which wraps up storylines for several of the franchise’s characters.

 The Disney release rewrote global weekend box office records, generating $350 million in North America ticket sales and $1.2 billion worldwide.

Endgame reportedly accounted for more than 80% of all domestic movie tickets sold over the April 28 weekend.

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AMC said the movie fueled an all-time single-day attendance record on Saturday (April 27) with more than 2.6 million tickets sold. The tally surpassed the previous single-day U.S. attendance record for AMC set during the opening weekend of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther 14 months earlier in 2018.

AMC said it set a new single-day domestic food and beverage revenue record April 26 of more than $13 million. That record lasted less than 24 hours before it was shattered April 27 with more than $15 million sold.

Indeed, a record-number 19 AMC locations were open around-the-clock from Thursday morning through Sunday night. The 63,000 Avengers: Endgame showtimes over the weekend topped by 16,000 the previous record for a single movie on opening weekend.

The chain put a weekend-record nearly 11 million tickets on sale from Thursday through Sunday for the movie. Demand was so strong that AMC added more than 5,000 showtimes.

Meanwhile, Imax Corp. announced Avengers: Endgame set a new all-time worldwide opening weekend record grossing approximately $91.5 million, surpassing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens by 92%.

Endgame was the second Hollywood film to ever be shot entirely with Imax cameras.

In China, Imax set an opening five-day record with $42.4 million, surpassing its previous record by 65% and outperforming the entire Imax China run of Avengers: Infinity War.

In addition, Imax set 50 opening weekend territory records, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The film is scheduled to open in additional territories, including Russia on April 29.

In North America, Endgame grossed $26.5 million in Imax, surpassing the opening of Avengers: Infinity War by 14% and marking Imax’s second-highest-grossing domestic opening weekend ever. The high-definition format reported hundreds of sellout screenings across its domestic network with the chain representing 21 of the film’s top 25 North America engagements.

“Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our decade-long relationship with Marvel has only strengthened over time with each film creating a deeper connection between these beloved characters and Imax audiences worldwide,” Imax CEO Richard Gelfond said in a statement.