‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Bounds to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Clifford the Big Red Dog leaped to a No. 1 debut on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom through March 16. The live-action film based on the children’s book series moved atop the weekly retail chart based on digital downloads only.

Steven Spielberg-directed West Side Story (20th Century Studios) danced up five spots to reach a new peak chart position at No. 2, following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray – becoming the highest-selling movie on disc of the week.

Former chart-toppers, Disney’s Encanto (No. 3), Warner’s Dune (No. 4) and MGM/Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s No Time to Die (No. 5) all dropped a spot, while the previous week’s No. 1 The King’s Man (20th Century Studios) finished five spots down at No. 6.

The rest of the top 10 featured movement from recent favorites Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), down one spot to No. 7, Universal’s House of Gucci, which dropped four spots to No. 9, and Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which rounded off at chart at No. 10. Warner/DC’s The Suicide Squad held on at No. 8.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 16, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
2 7 WEST SIDE STORY 20TH CENTURY
3 2 ENCANTO DISNEY
4 3 DUNE (2021) WARNER
5 4 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL
6 1 THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY
7 6 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
8 8 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
9 5 HOUSE OF GUCCI UNIVERSAL/MGM
10 9 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Clifford’ New to Disc Feb. 1, ‘Gucci’ Available Digitally

Feb. 1 sees the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Clifford the Big Red Dog on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, while House of Gucci becomes available for digital purchase.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Feb. 1 becomes available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The next chapter in the original “Ghostbusters” universe, from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, it follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather, an original Ghostbuster, left behind. (Read a review here.)

Also due Feb. 1 is the “Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection 4K Ultra HD Set,” with Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, plus two discs of special features. The set includes more than 20 hours of behind-the-scenes and archival footage, including the full preview cut of the original movie. Presented in collectible “ghost trap” packaging with lights, it includes a 220-page reprint of the 1985 “Making Ghostbusters” book. Digital copies of the three films and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call are also included (see controversy).

The family film Clifford the Big Red Dog becomes available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the film based on the book series, when Emily discovers her little red puppy named Clifford has grown to 10-foot-tall overnight, she turns to her eccentric Uncle Casey for help. But when a mad scientist tries to capture the larger-than-life pup, it takes the entire neighborhood to hide Clifford as they race across the city. (Read a review here.)

MGM releases House of Gucci for digital purchase Feb. 1. From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian Gucci fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and, ultimately, murder. The cast also includes Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino. It earned $52.9 million at the domestic box office. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 22.

RLJE Films and Shudder Feb. 1 release the animated horror film The Spine of Night on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook that includes a DVD and standard Blu-ray. The film premiered in theaters, on demand and through digital retailers in October. Both RLJE Films and Shudder are owned by AMC Networks. The Spine of Night stars Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”). The film was co-written and co-directed by Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King. The film is an epic fantasy about the history of a land that never was. It begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He falls to its darker temptations and, in so doing, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, it falls to people of different ilk and culture to attempt to stop him. Among those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.

RLJE Films Feb. 1 releases the Shudder horror film Superhost through digital platforms and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Directed and written by Brandon Christensen, Superhost stars Sara Canning (“9-1-1”, “Nancy Drew”), Osric Chau (“The Flash”, “Nancy Drew”), Gracie Gillam (“Z Nation,” “Scream Queens”) and Barbara Crampton (Jakob’s Wife). In the film, Teddy and Claire are travel vloggers who run a channel called “SUPERHOST,” where they travel and share their experiences in and around vacation homes. Their initial success, however, has begun to ebb, and with a dwindling subscriber count they decide to create viral content around a fascinating woman named Rebecca, their most recent host. Bad choice.

The Bruce Willis action thriller Deadlock will be released on DVD Feb. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film is already available for digital purchase and on demand. In Deadlock, Willis stars as Ron Whitlock, a wanted criminal leading a team of mercenaries on a mission of vengeance. Convinced that the government is working against them, the merciless group brutally seizes an energy plant and holds everyone inside hostage. With a nearby town on the brink of massive flooding and destruction, it’s up to retired elite army ranger Mack Karr (Patrick Muldoon) to save thousands of innocent lives before it’s too late.

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Paramount Home Entertainment releases the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook on Feb. 1 for the film’s 30th anniversary.  Originally released on Feb. 14, 1992, the film marked the feature debut of Wayne and Garth, characters originated by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live.” A send-up of pop culture, the film also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere and Alice Cooper. Directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Myers and Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, Wayne’s World follows Wayne and Garth as they try to promote their public-access cable show. The film ultimately earned more than $183 million at the worldwide box office and spawned the sequel Wayne’s World 2. A double feature of the two films also will be available on Blu-ray. The Wayne’s World Blu-rays include access to digital copies of the films.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop Feb. 1 release Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: All Around the Neighborhood on DVD and for digital purchase. The film features two hours of “Elmo’s World” shorts, teaching preschoolers about doctors, newspapers, machines, factories, ramps, sports, getting dressed, bowling, veterinarians, nighttime, maps, blocks, transportation, measuring and photographers.

Kino Lorber Feb. 1 releases a Blu-ray Disc collection of 1986’s F/X and its 1991 sequel, F/X2. In the original F/X, Bryan Brown stars as Rollie Tyler, the best special effects artist in showbiz, who is recruited by the Justice Department to stage the assassination of an important underworld witness. After he pulls the illusion off, he is dumbfounded to learn that he’s being pinned for the murder and is soon hunted by those who hired him, with just is knowledge of visual trickery. Brian Dennehy plays Leo, a detective who stumbles upon the plot as he investigates the collateral damage from the efforts to kill Rollie. The cast also includes Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach and Tom Noonan. In F/X2, Rollie has left the special effects business and now designs sophisticated electronic toys for a living. But when his girlfriend’s ex-husband, a police detective, persuades him to devise an illusion to capture a serial killer, Rollie is once again lured into the lethal world of make-believe. And soon, he finds himself trapped in a murderous maze of deceit and treachery in which he must depend on his ingenious tricks and his friendship Leo to expose an underworld conspiracy. The cast includes Rachel Ticotin, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco and Kevin J. O’Connor.

The documentary Julia, about cookbook author and television star Julia Child, becomes available through digital retailers Feb. 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives and cutting-edge food cinematography, the documentary traces Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose — and her fame — at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey. The film was an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, AFI Fest, among other film festivals. It was nominated at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards for Best Historical or Biographical Documentary and Best Score. It arrives on DVD Feb. 15.

The documentary 100 Years From Mississippi will be released on VOD and for digital purchase Feb. 1 from Virgil Films. The film chronicles the experiences of Mamie Lang Kirkland, who was 7 years old when she fled Ellisville, Miss., in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend John Hartfield escaped an approaching lynch mob. Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.

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

Clifford the Big Red Dog

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/1/22;
Paramount;
Family;
Box Office $48.59 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for impolite humor, thematic elements and mild action.
Stars Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Russell Wong, Izaac Wang, Kenan Thompson, Tovah Feldshuh, Paul Rodriguez, Russell Peters, Horatio Sanz, Rosie Perez, Alex Moffat, Jessica Keenan Wynn, John Cleese.

Based on the long-running children’s book series of the same name, the Clifford the Big Red Dog movie is a prime example of stretching the source material to fit the feature-length format.

In this case, it’s the adventures of a giant dog and the little girl who owns him.

The plot is a bit like the live-action Dumbo, with a framing device involving John Cleese as a narrator talking about love and magic, which is very reminiscent of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.

Clifford is a bright red puppy who is left on the streets when the rest of his doggy family is taken to the pound. He gets scooped up by Mr. Bridwell (Cleese, whose character is named for Clifford’s creator, Norman Bridwell) and taken to his traveling exhibit of rescued animals.

Meanwhile, sixth-grader Emily (Darby Camp) is left in the care of her irresponsible uncle (Jack Whitehall, getting some serious exposure between this and Jungle Cruise) when her mother (Sienna Guillory) is called away on business. On the way to school, Emily sees Bridwell’s tent and is enamored with Clifford, who somehow ends up in her backpack.

Since her apartment doesn’t allow pets, she has to take him back the next day, but overnight he grows up to be 10 feet tall, but still as playful as a puppy. And Bridwell, being a mysterious Mary Poppins magical type character, has disappeared.

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While Emily and her pals try to find Bridwell to see if Clifford can be returned to normal, his playful demeanor in public makes the news, attracting the attention of the owner of a biotech firm trying to genetically engineer larger animals for food. So he wants to capture Clifford and study him to see why he’s so big. And the chase is on.

The movie has some fun dealing with some of the obvious issues that would arise with a gigantic dog (like how to give him a medical exam) while sidestepping others (like how much he would  have to eat to stay healthy at that size).

Like the dog at the center of it all, Clifford ends up being some harmless fluff that should keep young viewers entertained.

The Blu-ray of Clifford the Big Red Dog includes four behind-the-scenes featurettes and three deleted scenes.

The deleted scenes run nearly three minutes total and don’t amount to much more than a few additional moments of humor.

The six-and-a-half-minute “Part of the Pack” is a general making-of featurette, featuring interviews from the cast and filmmakers. The three-and-a-half-minute “Acting Is for the Dogs” focuses on the visual effects used to bring Clifford to life, particularly the puppeteers who provided a live reference model on set.

The seven-minute “The Magic of Bridwell” featurette focuses more on the original “Clifford” children books and how they were conceived of by creator Norman Bridwell, who appears via archive interviews (sadly, he died in 2014).

Finally, there’s the two-and-a-half-minute “Tips & Tricks for Taking Care of a 10-Foot Dog” is a tongue-in-cheek piece that is pretty much exactly what the title makes it sound like.

Originally published as a digital review Dec. 20, 2021.

‘Encanto,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Repeats to Headline Early December Box Office Lull

With no major studio new releases to open the early December weekend box office, Disney’s Encanto and Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife are projected to lead the domestic box office through Dec. 5.

Encanto, which opened to $40 million, remains a strong family-themed attraction, while Afterlife has shown consistency entering its third weekend with about $91 million in domestic ticket sales, $119 million worldwide.

While the major studios allow existing releases to widen their box office haul, Fathom Events is debuting faith-based Christmas With The Chosen: The Messengers across more than 1,500 screens nationwide. Fathom, which has created a niche market re-releasing classic movies in theaters backed by a live-event promotion, reported $1.5 million in advanced ticket sales for The Chosen.

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Other returning weekend box office titles include Lada Gaga in House of Gucci with a projected $7.5 million box office in its second weekend of release, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Eternals ($4.1 million), Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City ($2.7 million), and Paramount Pictures’ Clifford the Big Red Dog with $2.8 million.

ViacomCBS: ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Top-Streamed Movie on Paramount+

Paramount Pictures’ live-action movie Clifford the Big Red Dog was No. 2 at last weekend’s domestic box office with $24 million in global ticket sales. The first theatrical release based on the popular children’s book series is simultaneously streaming on Paramount+, and quickly became the most-streamed original movie on the platform, according to corporate parent ViacomCBS.

The media giant said the movie (along with a marketing campaign with T-Mobile) helped generate 1 million Paramount+ sign-ups in the past week. Global SVOD subscribers topped 47 million in the most-recent fiscal period when including Showtime OTT and Noggin, among other platforms.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog has wagged his way into the hearts and watchlists of Paramount+ subscribers,” Tanya Giles, chief programming officer of ViacomCBS Streaming, said in a statement. “The film’s incredible performance on Paramount+ speaks to the power of entertainment for families to enjoy together, and we look forward to continuing to bring our subscribers more exclusive family-friendly offerings.”

Although ViacomCBS isn’t releasing actual viewership numbers, “Clifford” has apparently bested previous original movies streaming on Paramount+ and released theatrically at the same time, including Paw Patrol: The Movie, Infinite and Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin.

Disney/Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Holds Off Paramount’s ‘Big Red Dog’ at Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie, Eternals, is expected to finish atop the Nov. 14 domestic weekend box office with estimated revenue of $27.5 million across more than 4,000 North American screens, its second week on top. The revenue projection tops Paramount Pictures’ live-action family film Clifford the Big Red Dog with $22 million, when including the film’s Wednesday opening.

Clifford, the first live-action adaptation of the children’s book series, is also streaming for free on Paramount+.

Eternals, which generated another $48 million in foreign ticket sales, has now generated more than $281 million globally. The film’s 61% second-weekend box office drop falls between other 2021 Marvel tentpole releases Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (52%) and Black Widow at 67%.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage became the second movie after Shang-Chi to top $200 million at the domestic box office in the COVID era with $4 million in ticket sales.

Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi reboot of Dune added $5.5 million across 3,200 screens to reach $93 million at the domestic box office. The movie is also streaming for free on HBO Max.