‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Makes No. 1 Debut on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore finished No. 1 in its debut on the Official Film Chart, the U.K. weekly home entertainment retail sales chart, through July 20.

The third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise, which once again stars Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, nabbed the pole position based on sales of digital downloads only, finishing just ahead of Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which debuted at No. 2.

The comedy stars Nicholas Cage as a fictionalized version of himself who channels his iconic characters from over the years while caught between a dangerous superfan and a CIA agent.

Meanwhile, Warner’s The Batman (No. 3) and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (No. 4) maintained their previous-week positions, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s historical action-adventure The Northman rose one spot to No. 5.

The previous week’s No. 1, The Lost City (Paramount Home Entertainment), tumbled to No. 6, and the Colin Firth-starring Operation Mincemeat (Warner) fell to No. 7 as both movies finished just ahead of Morbius (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) at No. 8.

Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home returned to the top 10 at No. 9 after climbing two spots, while rounding out the top 10 for another week: Universal’s animated musical Sing 2.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – July 20, 2022

Last Week Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
2 NEW THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT LIONSGATE
3 3 THE BATMAN WARNER
4 4 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
5 6 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL
6 1 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
7 2 OPERATION MINCEMEAT WARNER
8 7 MORBIUS SONY PICTURES
9 11 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
10 10 SING 2 UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

U.S. Studios Dominate 2021 British Home Entertainment Awards

U.S. studios accumulated the major awards at the 2021 British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) Awards held earlier this month in person for the first time since the pandemic began. Twenty-eight awards were handed out to home entertainment distributors, retailers, media owners, individuals and suppliers from across the No. 2 movie retail market in the world.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was honored as the top packaged-media release of the year, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s Joker won for best digital release. Separately, Universal Pictures U.K. and Disney were honored for their respective physical and digital “Distributor of the Year” wins.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment led the winners list this year, taking home seven awards, with Universal securing five and StudioCanal snagging two. “Physical Retailer of the Year” went to British supermarket chain Tesco, while Amazon Prime Video took home “Digital Retailer of the Year” and “Retailer/Platform Initiative of the Year.”

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The 2021 iteration also saw the introduction of a new award to reflect changing consumer and category trends, rewarding innovation and risk-taking across the category. The inaugural winner of the “Campaign of the Year: New Release was SPHE, whose campaign for Bloodshot was celebrated for embracing an innovative approach.

“Being together to celebrate the category, the winners, and the work tonight was incredibly special,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said in a statement. “I extend a huge thank you to all of the guests for coming out to join us, to our many sponsors who enable us to stage this special event and the BASE team for delivering such a memorable night.”

Other BASE Awards winners included:

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR – HIGH VALUE/PREMIUM RELEASE/4K (NEW RELEASE)

The Irishman (Criterion Collection Release) – SPHE

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR TV:

The Crown: Season Three – SPHE

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR SPECIAL INTEREST:

Audrey – Universal Pictures Content Group & Les Misérables: The Staged Concert – Universal Pictures UK

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – UP TO £5 MILLION BOX OFFICE:

Trolls World Tour – Universal Pictures U.K.

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £5M – £9.99 MILLION BOX OFFICE:

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – StudioCanal

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – £10M – £19.99 MILLION BOX OFFICE:

Bad Boys For Life – SPHE

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR FILM – OVER £20 MILLION BOX OFFICE:

Little Women – SPHE

CREATIVE MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR:

“March Movie Nights Made Easy” – SPHE

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOG: SINGLE PRODUCT:

Flash Gordon: 40th Anniversary Edition – StudioCanal

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR FOR CATALOG: MULTIPLE PRODUCT:

Japanese Artwork Series – NBCUniversal

OUTSTANDING INNOVATION AWARD:

“The Digital Messaging Playbook” – SPHE

British Home Entertainment Launches ‘Biggest-Ever’ Marketing Campaign

The British Association for Screen Entertainment and Digital Entertainment Group International has launched its biggest ever cross-category marketing campaign, Unforgettable Entertainment, in an attempt to drive transactional engagement from new, lapsed and existing digital transactional consumers.

On the heels of previous “Mega Movie Week” campaigns, BASE/DEGI are working on a message targeting infrequent retail movie consumers. Spotlighting the simplicity, flexibility and ease of digital transaction, the educational campaign reinforces the fact that “Download and Keep” allows consumers to take advantage of the best in screen entertainment in their own homes without subscription.

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A week-long promotion with digital retailers showcases a range of movie/TV show offers consumers can access online. With titles such as Joker, the biggest U.K. home entertainment title of 2020, as well as BAFTA-winning TV series “Wolf Hall,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Disney’s Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame, and 1994’s Léon, the campaign seeks to perfect consumers with the “opportunity to enjoy the emotional connection and nostalgia” in screen entertainment.

Digital retailers participating in the campaign include Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app, Google Play, Microsoft Store, Rakuten TV, Sky Store and Virgin Media, supported by distributors from across the BASE and DEGI membership, including BBC Studios, Lionsgate, The Movie Partnership, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Spirit Entertainment, StudioCanal, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Audiences have demonstrated just how important home entertainment is to them over an incredibly challenging year, with more than 2 million new customers uncovering the flexibility and depth of choice digital transactional offers,” Liz Bales, CEO at BASE/DEGI, said in a statement. “The Official Film Chart has shown that consumers — when given the opportunity — look for movies and TV shows they may have missed during their initial runs.”

Rob Marsh, chair of BASE and VP of commercial (home entertainment) at Sony Pictures Entertainment, said the Mega Movie Week and current promotion drive a strategic agenda enabling conditions for “meaningful” growth in digital transactions.

“Unforgettable Entertainment continues with our purpose to broaden audience engagement, just as much as it provides an opportunity to build on the organic growth the category has been fortunate enough to enjoy,” Marsh said.