DEG: Q1 2019 Consumer Spending on Home Entertainment Up 6.4%

Fueled by digital — subscription streaming as well as transactional  — home entertainment spending in the first quarter of 2019 rose 6.4% from the first quarter of the previous year, to $6.04 billion, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Subscription streaming, led by Netflix, rose 21% in the quarter to an estimated $3.6 billion, DEG said, citing IHS Markit estimates.

The increase shows that with the reliance by streamers on original and TV content, the at-home sector is becoming increasingly impervious to the whims of the box office.

The theatrical value of films that came to the home market in the first quarter, according to DEG, was down nearly 20%.

Take streaming out of the equation and consumer spending on home entertainment was down 9.3%.

Consumer spending on digital transactional video, both purchase (electronic sellthrough, or EST) and limited-time viewing, came in at nearly $1.23 billion, up 4.6% from just under $1.18 billion in the first quarter of 2018.

EST sales rose 6.7% to $665.5 million, up from $623.7 million, while limited-time VOD, the digital equivalent of rental, generated an estimated $564.1 million in consumer spending, up 2.3% from $551.6 million.

Disc sales continued to decline, falling below the $1 billion mark in the first quarter of 2019 to an estimated $822.25 million, a drop of 23% from $1.06 billion in the first quarter of 2018 — pretty much in line with the decline in the collective box office earnings of movies that were released to the home market in the same time frame, to $2.89 billion from $3.59 billion in the year-ago quarter.

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The disc rental market fared better, with consumers spending just under $400 million to rent DVDs and Blu-ray Discs from Redbox kiosks, freestanding video rental stores and Netflix’s disc-by-mail rental option. That’s down 14.6% from the prior year’s first quarter.

Citing CTA numbers, DEG noted “there is continued significant growth among 4K Ultra HD hardware products,” with Ultra HD TVs now in about 53.4 million households, an increase of 55% from a year ago. The number of households with at least one 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback machine rose 63% to 14 million.

The top-selling disc release of the first quarter, according to NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service, was 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The top 10 DVD and Blu-ray Disc sellers of 2019, through March 31:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. The Grinch (Universal)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  10. Creed II (Warner)

Source: NPD Group

‘Aquaman’ Claims Top Spot on March 2019 Disc Sales Charts

The superhero movie Aquaman, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The film managed to top monthly sales despite being released at the end of the month, on March 26.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, released March 12, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a March 19 release, was No. 3 for the month.

Another March 19 release, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, was No. 4 on the March sales chart.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, released at the end of February, landed at No. 5.

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Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the No. 8 seller for the month, maintained its place among the top sellers for the year to date. Aquaman moved into the No. 2 spot for the year, while Ralph moved up a spot to No. 3.

Grindelwald entered the year-to-date chart at No. 4, while Warner’s A Star Is Born remake is now the year’s No. 5 seller.

 

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

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  4. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  5. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  6. Creed II (Warner)
  7. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  9. Instant Family (Paramount)
  10. Mortal Engines (Universal)

 

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

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. The Grinch (Universal)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  10. Creed II (Warner)

 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocked the Sales Charts for February 2019

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocked the Sales Charts for February 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox’s biopic of the rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for February 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The film was the top seller its first week in stores following its Feb. 12 debut and has been in the top five ever since.

Universal’s animated The Grinch, released on disc the week before Bohemian Rhapsody, was No. 2 for the month.

Warner’s latest remake of A Star Is Born, on shelves Feb. 19, was the month’s No. 3 seller.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, released at the end of February, landed at No. 4.

The Feb. 19 release of Lionsgate’s Robin Hood remake came in at No. 5.

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February’s top four sellers sold well enough to take over the top four spots on the year-to-date sales charts as well, in the same order.

Universal’s reboot sequel Halloween, the top seller for January, slipped to No. 5 for the year to date.

Disney had three titles in the top 10 for February, as did Fox in its final full month as an independently operated studio before its acquisition by Disney was finalized March 20. That effectively gives Disney control of six of the month’s top 10.

 

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

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. Robin Hood (2018) (Lionsgate)
  6. Widows (Fox)
  7. The Little Mermaid: Signature Collection (Disney)
  8. Overlord (Paramount)
  9. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  10. Once Upon a Deadpool (Fox)

 

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

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  6. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  7. Goosebumps 2 (Sony Pictures)
  8. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  9. Robin Hood (2018) (Lionsgate)
  10. Hunter Killer (Lionsgate)

 

‘Halloween’ Tops Disc Sales for January 2019

‘Green Book,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Black Panther’ Lead Oscar Winners

The big story of the 91st Academy Awards Feb. 24 is that Hollywood isn’t quite ready to crown Netflix with its highest honor just yet, as another traditional studio film, Universal Pictures’ Green Book, earned the Oscar for Best Picture from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Green Book, which is available now for digital download and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD March 12, also earned Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali (his second win in the category after 2016’s Moonlight).

Many prognosticators had pegged Netflix’s Roma as the favorite for Best Picture, but Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical reflection of his childhood in Mexico City still ended up with three historic Oscars. Cuarón won for both Best Director and Best Cinematography, the first individual to win both awards. Cuarón also accepted Roma’s award for Best Foreign-Language Film, though technically the win is attributed to the home country — in this case, Mexico, the first film for the country in the category.

Universal’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of the rock band Queen, rode its musical stylings to four Oscars, with Best Actor Rami Malek leading the way with his performance as Freddie Mercury. The film also won for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, while John Ottman won his first Oscar for Best Film Editing. The film is available now on disc and digital.

Meanwhile, the ceremony took on a bit of a comic book flair, as Marvel’s Black Panther set a new mark for most Oscar wins by a superhero movie, with three, passing the two won by 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2004’s The Incredibles. The film, available now on disc and digital from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, won for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Score. The wins represent the first Oscars for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which arrives digitally Feb. 26 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 19, won for Best Animated Feature.

Pixar’s Bao, included with Disney’s home video release of Disney’s Incredibles 2, won for Best Animated Short.

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Best Actress went to Olivia Colman for The Favourite, which is available now digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD March 5. Colman, who plays Queen Anne in the film, will play Elizabeth II in the upcoming third season of “The Crown” on Netflix.

Best Supporting Actress went to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, which arrives digitally March 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 26.

Best Documentary Feature went to Free Solo, which is available for digital download now and arrives on DVD March 5 from National Geographic. The film chronicles a rock climber’s attempt to summit Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan without equipment.

Spike Lee won his first Oscar as part of the writing team for BlackKklansman, which won Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is available now digitally and on disc from Universal.

A complete list of winners is available here.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sings to No. 1 Debut on Home Video Charts

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 16.

The film, from 20th Century Fox, dramatizes the formation and success of the rock band in the 1970s and ’80s, with particular focus on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury. It earned more than $212 million at the domestic box office and has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek as Mercury.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch, the top title from the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, selling 32% as many copies as newcomer Bohemian Rhapsody.

Another new release, Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool, the latest comedy from Tyler Perry, bowed at No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s heist thriller Widows slid to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came in at No. 5 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Bohemian Rhapsody unit sales, with 13% coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version. For Nobody’s Fool, Blu-ray comprised 37% of sales. The second week of sales for The Grinch saw 60% of sales from Blu-ray, down from 66% in its first week.

Bohemian Rhapsody also took No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 17. Nobody’s Fool debuted at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Grinch, slipped to No. 3, with Widows at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-16-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 2-17-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-16-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-16-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-16-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 2-18-19

 

Fox’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Champion of Redbox Charts

The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the Redbox charts the week ended Feb. 17.

The 20th Century Fox film debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming.

The critically acclaimed story of the lead singer of the rock band Queen received five Oscar nominations, including Best Actor for Rami Malek in the role of Mercury, and earned more than $212.2 million in theaters.

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The Grinch, the latest take on the classic children’s Christmas story from Universal Pictures, fell to No. 2 on the disc chart its second week in physical release. It landed at No. 4 (falling from No. 1) on the digital chart.

The only other new release on the disc chart for the week, Paramount’s Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool, debuted at No. 3. It came in at No. 2 on Redbox’s digital chart. The film, starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg, earned $31.7 million in theaters.

Fox’s heist-thriller Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, slipped to No. 4 on the disc chart and to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart. The film, which took in $42.4 million at the box office, gathered plaudits for Davis and Debicki, but it was snubbed in the Oscar race.

Sony Pictures’ action-thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, starring Claire Foy, took the fifth spot on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts after landing at No. 3 on both charts the week before. A sequel to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the film earned $14.8 million theatrically.

Meanwhile, more than a year after its digital release, Universal’s Happy Death Day made an appearance on the Redbox On Demand chart at No. 8 as its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, came out in theaters Feb. 13.

Also popping back up on the digital chart at No. 10 about a month after its release was Warner’s A Star Is Born, which has received eight Oscar noms. The 91st Academy Awards takes place Feb. 24.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 17:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (New)
  2. The Grinch
  3. Nobody’s Fool (2018) (New)
  4. Widows
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  6. Hunter Killer
  7. First Man
  8. Night School
  9. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  10. Venom (2018)

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 17

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Nobody’s Fool
  3. Widows
  4. The Grinch
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  6. Hunter Killer
  7. Crazy Rich Asians
  8. Happy Death Day
  9. The Sisters Brothers
  10. A Star Is Born (2018)

Merchandising: Retailers Rock Out Over ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Target Bohemian Rhapsody booklet

The new-release week of Feb. 12 saw retailers go gaga over Bohemian Rhapsody on Blu-ray, with each of the big three offering an exclusive to entice fans of the Queen biopic.

Target offered a version of the Bohemian Rhapsody Blu-ray ($22.99) and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray ($27.99) with an exclusive 24-page gallery book featuring a look at the music, fashion and making of the film.

Best Buy Bohemian Rhapsody Steelbook

Target also offered a free $5 gift card with the purchase of the movie and soundtrack CD ($11.99) together.

Best Buy had the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc of Bohemian Rhapsody with exclusive Steelbook packaging.

Walmart Bohemian Rhapsody gift set with shirt

Walmart offered a $24.96 Bohemian Rhapsody “Ultimate Fan Gift Set” that included the Blu-ray combo pack and an official Queen T-shirt.

Walmart also had an exclusive Blu-ray version of Lionsgate’s animated sequel Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom at $14.96.

Target ran a “buy two, get one free” promotion on select movies, books, games and video games. The offer excluded new-release and pre-order movies, 3DS and select Nintendo Switch titles.

Best Buy touted Disney hits for under $20, as well as Steelbook preorders for Warner’s A Star Is Born ($34.99 4K UHD BD, $29.99 Blu-ray) and Creed II ($34.99 4K UHD BD), and Disney’s Feb. 26 release of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger as a 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook.

‘The Greatest Showman’ Home Entertainment Sales Spur Fox Studios Q2 Profit

Twentieth Century Fox Studios Feb. 6 reported second quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) operating income of $193 million, a 47% increase over the $131 million reported in the previous-year quarter.

Quarterly segment revenue decreased 4% to $2.16 billion from $2.24 billion, primarily reflecting lower home entertainment revenue at the film studio and lower syndication revenue at the television production studio.

Through half the fiscal year, revenue is down less than 6% at $3.97 billion compared to $4.2 billion in the previous-year period.

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Fox, which is in the process of closing its acquisition by The Walt Disney Co., said studio Q2 operating income reflected higher contributions from the worldwide theatrical performance of Bohemian Rhapsody (winner of two Golden Globes and nominated for five Academy Awards), lower theatrical releasing costs from a comparatively lower number of films released in the current quarter, and the worldwide home entertainment and pay-television performance of The Greatest Showman, partially offset by higher new series deficits and lower domestic syndication contributions at the television production studio.

The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, was the No. 2 selling DVD/Blu-ray Disc title in 2018 after Disney’s Black Panther, according to The-Numbers.com. The title generated $66.4 million in revenue from sales of more than 4.3 million combined discs.

Separately, Fox upped its quarterly Hulu equity loss to $115 million, compared to an equity loss of $108 million last year. Through six months of the fiscal year, Fox’s equity loss with Hulu tops $229 million compared to $170 million during the previous-year period.

Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Leads Oscar Nominations

The critically acclaimed film Roma from director Alfonso Cuarón scored a major victory in Netflix’s efforts to be taken seriously as a movie-distribution outlet, securing 10 Oscar nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards Jan. 22. Roma tied with Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, which also had 10 nominations.

Roma is available now for viewing on the SVOD service, having qualified for the Oscars with a brief theatrical run at the end of 2018. Its nominations include Best Picture, Best Foreign-Language Film (representing Mexico), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress for Marina de Tavira, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Its 10 nominations tie it with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for most nominations by a foreign-language film.

Another Netflix-distributed film, the Coen Bros.’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, earned three nominations, including adapted screenplay, original song for “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” and costume design.

The Favourite earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Olivia Colman (who takes over as Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown” later this year), Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

An aggressive marketing push from Walt Disney Studios helped secure seven nominations for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, including for Best Picture, the first comic-book based superhero film to earn such an honor (a decade after the snub of The Dark Knight supposedly prompted the Academy to increase the Best Picture field from five nominees to up to as many as 10 – there were eight this year). Black Panther also earned noms for Best Original Score, Best Original Song for “All the Stars,” Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The film is readily available through digital channels and on Blu-ray and DVD. It was the No. 3-selling disc of 2018, according to the NPD Group.

And in a bit of a double whammy for comic book movies, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature, alongside Disney’s Incredibles 2 (available now on disc and digital) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (available digitally Feb. 12 and on disc Feb. 26), Fox’s Isle of Dogs (available now on disc and digital), and Gkids’ Mirai.

Other Best Picture nominees include Universal’s BlackKklansman (available on disc and digital), which earned six nominations; Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody (on digital now, disc Feb. 12), which earned five noms, including Best Actor for Rami Malek; Universal’s Green Book (on digital Feb. 19, disc March 15), which earned five noms; Warner’s A Star Is Born (available now digitally, on disc Feb. 19), which earned eight noms, including Best Original Song for “Shallow”; and Annapurna’s Vice.

Like Roma, Cold War also was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, representing Poland, and Best Director, for Paweł Pawlikowski, marking the first time two foreign-language nominees were also nominated in the directing category. The other foreign-language nominees were Lebanon’s Caparnaum, Germany’s Never Look Away and Japan’s Shoplifters (due on Disc and Digital Feb. 12 from Magnolia Home Entertainment).

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available at Oscars.com.

Fox Mounts Series of Promotions for Home Release of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is preparing for the upcoming home release of the hit music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody with a series of promotions celebrating the film and the music of Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody arrives on digital Jan. 22, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Feb. 12.

 

Rock Like Queen Tour Bus

Fans in New York City (Jan. 25), Austin (Jan. 30), Las Vegas (Feb. 5) and Los Angeles (Feb. 12, the day the disc becomes available in stores) will have a chance to hop on board the double-decker Rock Like Queen Tour Bus and sing along to their favorite Queen songs. Fans can sign up for a spot on the Rock Like Queen Tour registration site (click here to access).

 

“Get Loud” Extravaganza

The Rock Like Queen Tour will culminate in Los Angeles with a celebration at the legendary Whiskey A-Go-Go on the famed Sunset Strip. The celebration will include musical tributes to Queen and the late lead singer Freddie Mercury, a performance by the Queen Extravaganza tribute band, and more. Free tickets are available online by clicking here.

 

“Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!”

Fans who can’t make the Rock Like Queen Tour  can join the fun at home via a new Amazon Alexa skill that allows fans to sing “Ay-Oh” with Freddie Mercury when they call out “Alexa, play Ay-Oh live!” It’s a recreation of the band’s celebrated 1985 Live Aid 1985, which is prominently featured in the film. Fans can activate the skill via Amazon Alexa devices Jan. 22 through March 31.

 

#StompforQueen Social Media Celebration

Fox is mounting a social media promotion, inviting fans to “Stomp, Stomp, Clap.”  To join #StompforQueen fans can re-share the just-released video found on Bohemian Rhapsody official channels (Facebook/Instagram @bohemianrhapsodymovie and Twitter @BoRhapMovie) or post their very own “Stomp, Stomp, Clap” on any social platform. Fox may include some of the videos in a tribute video to Mercury, launching in February. A worldwide $100,000 donation will be made to the Mercury Phoenix Trust founded by Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor in memory of Mercury.