‘Cocaine Bear’ No. 1 on April Disc Sales Chart; ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Takes Over Top Spot for 2023

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cocaine Bear debuted at No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for April 2023, according to Circana’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions. 

The comedic take on horror films is based on a real incident and involves a bear in the Georgia woods that gets addicted to cocaine jettisoned by drug smugglers, and goes on a rampage in search of more. It earned $64.4 million at the domestic box office and arrived on Blu-ray and DVD April 18.

No. 2 in April was the Lionsgate actioner Plane, starring Gerard Butler as a commercial airline pilot who must team with a ruthless criminal to rescue his passengers after they crash land in a hostile country. It arrived on disc at the end of March, where it was No. 12 for that month, and proceeded to top the sales charts for three consecutive weeks before being upended by Cocaine Bear. It grossed $32.1 million at U.S. theaters.

The top seller for March, Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, slid to No. 3 in April. The DreamWorks Animation sequel, in which the swashbuckling kitty from the “Shrek” movies seeks a magical wish to restore his nine lives, arrived on disc at the end of February and remained a relatively strong seller.

April’s No. 4 seller was Lionsgate’s Jesus Revolution, which arrived on disc toward the end of the month on April 25. The film, about the revival of a church in the 1970s, earned $52.1 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 5 seller in April was Universal Pictures’ creepy robotic doll thriller M3GAN, which had been No. 5 in March as well after arriving on Blu-ray and DVD March 21.

The only other new release in the monthly top 10 for April was Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance, an April 18 disc release. The film continues the trilogy starring Channing Tatum as the title stripper.

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On the year-to-date chart, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever moved into the top spot, displacing Warner’s Black Adam, after securing the No. 9 spot for April.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish climbed to No. 3 for the year, pushing Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick to No. 4.

Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto remained No. 5 for the year, while Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero moved up a spot to No. 6.

Best Picture Oscar winner Everything Everywhere All at Once climbed a spot to No. 7, while Universal’s Violent Night was down three spots to No. 9.

New to the year-to-date top 10 were M3GAN, which rose four spots to No. 8, and Plane, which grabbed the No. 10 spot having been No. 42 following its brief run in March.

That pushed the original 1986 Top Gun and Universal’s Halloween Ends out of the No. 10.

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According to Circana, the April 2023 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Cocaine Bear (Universal)
  2. Plane (Lionsgate)
  3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/DreamWorks)
  4. Jesus Revolution (Lionsgate)
  5. M3GAN (Universal)
  6. A Man Called Otto (Sony Pictures)
  7. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (Crunchyroll)
  8. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  9. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney/Marvel)
  10. Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through April 2023):

  1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Black Adam (Warner)
  3. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/DreamWorks)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
  5. A Man Called Otto (Sony Pictures)
  6. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (Crunchyroll)
  7. Everything Everywhere All at Once (Lionsgate)
  8. M3GAN (Universal)
  9. Violent Night (Universal)
  10. Plane (Lionsgate)

 

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Tops March Disc Sales

‘Cocaine Bear’ Repeats Atop Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cocaine Bear spent a second week at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended April 30. The horror comedy, based on an actual incident, involves a bear becoming addicted to cocaine dumped by smugglers into the woods of Georgia, and rampaging through a national park in search of more. It earned $64.4 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 1 title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third film starring Channing Tatum as the male stripper of the title. It was No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks.

Lionsgate’s Plane dropped a spot to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, and remained No. 3 on the disc chart.

No. 4 on the disc chart, and No. 3 on the digital chart, was Lionsgate’s Jesus Revolution, a faith-based film about the revival of a languishing church in the 1970s.

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The No. 5 disc rental was Screen Media’s Fear, a horror film about a group of friends whose weekend getaway at a remote and historic hotel turns into terror as each must confront their own worst fear. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water slid to No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 30:

  1. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  2. Magic Mike’s Last Dance — Warner
  3. Plane — Lionsgate
  4. Jesus Revolution — Lionsgate
  5. Fear (2023) — Screen Media
  6. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  7. M3GAN — Universal
  8. Marlowe — Universal
  9. Ambush — Paramount
  10. Missing — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 30:

  1. Magic Mike’s Last Dance — Warner
  2. Plane — Lionsgate
  3. Jesus Revolution — Lionsgate
  4. Fear (2023) — Screen Media
  5. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  6. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  7. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania — Disney/Marvel
  8. The Whale — A24
  9. 80 for Brady — Paramount
  10. Missing — Sony Pictures

 

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Roars Atop DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cocaine Bear debuted at No. 1 on the Circana 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 April 22.

The horror-comedy film, about a bear that goes on a rampage in the 1980s after becoming addicted to cocaine smugglers dropped from a plane into a Georgia national park, earned $64.4 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on both charts was another newcomer, Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third installment in the franchise starring Channing Tatum as a male stripper. It drew $26 million from U.S. theaters and sold about 38% as many units as the top title.

The top seller the previous three weeks, Lionsgate’s Plane, dropped to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s Marlowe, also newly released during the week, debuted at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart. It stars Liam Neeson as famed detective Philip Marlowe from the mystery novels by Raymond Chandler.

No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart was Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. The DreamWorks Animation sequel was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

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On the Blu-ray chart, No. 3 was the previous week’s top Blu-ray, Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. It was No. 8 overall.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Warner’s Rebel Without a Cause, which was newly released on 4K disc. It was No. 13 on the overall chart, but with nearly 100% of its total unit sales coming from the new 4K version, it was No. 1 on the dedicated 4K disc chart.

Blu-ray disc formats accounted for 43% of total Cocaine Bear unit sales, 40% for Magic Mike’s Last Dance, and just 27% for Marlowe. Those titles were not released with a 4K disc option.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 23 also had Cocaine Bear at No. 1 and Magic Mike’s Last Dance at No. 2.

Plane dropped to No. 3 after three weeks in the top rental spot, with Marlowe debuting at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto sliding a spot to No. 5.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Plane’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cocaine Bear debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended April 23. The horror comedy, based on an actual incident, involves a bear becoming addicted to cocaine dumped by smugglers into the woods of Georgia, and rampaging through a national park in search of more. It earned $64.4 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s Plane retained the No. 1 spot on the Redbox On Demand chart. This marks the third consecutive week as the top digital title for the actioner, which stars Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle. It was No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks.

The No. 2 disc rental was Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third film starring Channing Tatum as the male stripper of the title.

The No. 2 title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, released through digital channels April 18. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment finds team Ant-Man being transported to the Quantum Realm, where they encounter the villainous Kang, a warlord with plans to conquer the multiverse.

That pushed Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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The No. 4 disc rental was Universal’s Marlowe, starring Liam Neeson as Philip Marlowe, the fictional detective from the books of Raymond Chandler.

Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto slid a spot to No. 5 on the disc chart, and stayed No. 5 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Paramount’s 80 for Brady, which has been available through digital channels since March 7 but recently offered at a discount. The film involves four elderly women who travel to the Super Bowl to meet Tom Brady.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 23:

  1. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  2. Magic Mike’s Last Dance — Warner
  3. Plane — Lionsgate
  4. Marlowe — Universal
  5. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  6. M3GAN — Universal
  7. Transfusion — Lionsgate
  8. Missing — Sony Pictures
  9. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  10. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 23:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania — Disney/Marvel
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  4. 80 for Brady — Paramount
  5. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  6. The Whale — A24
  7. Missing — Sony Pictures
  8. 65 — Sony Pictures
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. Creed III — MGM

 

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JustWatch: ‘Cocaine Bear,’ ‘Jury Duty’ Top Weekly Digital Activity Through April 23

Universal Pictures’ dark comedy Cocaine Bear continues to attract digital consumers. The film was the top viewed movie for the week ended April 23, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the streaming video habits, including digital retail and rental, of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The movie topped the digital debut of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and Apple Studios’ Ghosted, co-starring Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Adriene Brody and Ryan Reynolds, among others.

The new Amazon Freevee show “Jury Duty,” about a fake court deliberation that includes one real juror who believes the entire case is real, moved up to No. 1 on the episodic programming chart, after finishing No. 2 in the previous-week period. The series topped Netflix’s “Beef” and “The Diplomat,” co-starring Cocaine Bear’s Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell, among other shows.

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Cocaine Bear

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/18/23;
Universal;
Horror Comedy;
Box Office $64.38 million;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence and gore, drug content and language throughout.
Stars Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, Matthew Rhys, Ray Liotta.

Whatever expectations a title like Cocaine Bear might conjure in the mind’s eye, the resulting film more or less delivers. As director Elizabeth Banks describes the film in the bonus materials, Cocaine Bear is a comedy wrapped up in a horror film, the title taken as literally as possible to gift the audience with some dumb, goofy fun that pokes at what otherwise might be considered sensitive subjects.

The film is based on a true incident from 1985 in which a dead black bear was found to have ingested a duffel bag of cocaine that had been thrown out of a plane that crashed and whose pilot died after bailing out. That bear was later stuffed and put on display in a Kentucky mall.

The movie takes the premise and runs with it, reimagining the scenario as the bear becoming addicted to the white powder and then going on a rampage to find more.

The concept of characters on the hunt for cocaine already suggests a 1980s vibe, which the film further enhances with its music and wardrobe choices.

The tone is set from the outset, with Matthew Rhys as Thornton, seemingly having a party as he blissfully tosses duffel bags of cocaine out of his plane, then manages to knock himself out as he jumps.

The drug-filled bags land throughout the Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest for an assortment of characters to find. Eventually, they all encounter the bear who will do anything to maintain its high.

As the bear cuts through the cast through an increasingly violent and cartoonish level of gory death scenes, the film is basically left with two groups trying to escape the woods. One is a mother (Keri Russell) searching for a couple of kids who got lost in the woods trying to escape from the bear. The other is a drug gang led by Syd (Ray Liotta in one of his final roles) trying to recover the cocaine.

According to Banks in the bonus materials, from her perspective the bear is the hero of the film, as the human characters are responsible for whatever mayhem is unleashed upon the forest.

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Most of Banks’ insights into the film are delivered in a commentary track shared with her husband Max Handelman, who also serves as one of the film’s producers alongside Banks.

Other behind-the-scenes materials on the Blu-ray include the nine-minute featurette “All Roads Lead to Cokey: The Making of Cocaine Bear” and the eight-minute “UnBEARable Bloodbath: Dissecting the Kills.”

A four-minute “Doing Lines” featurette is an amusing piece in which the cast and filmmakers read lines from the Cocaine Bear script, which is infused with an irreverence for the material befitting the subject matter.

There’s also an alternate ending, which wouldn’t have worked very well, and three deleted scenes that run four-and-a-half minutes. One is an extended clip of Russell and one of the kids trying to cross a river, in which the kid discusses his love of the “Rocky” movies, which expands on why he’s wearing a championship belt throughout the film.

Rounding out the extras is a two-minute gag reel.

JustWatch: ‘Cocaine Bear’ Roars to Top of Weekly Movie Streaming Chart Through April 16

Universal Pictures’ move to expedite theatrical releases on the Peacock streaming platform is paying dividends. The studio’s black comedy horror flick Cocaine Bear knocked off of the original John Wick movie and Best Picture Oscar winner Everything Everywhere All at Once as the No. 1 streamed movie through April 16, according to new data from JustWatch.

The Berlin-based analytics company tracks the streaming video habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

New Netflix series “Beef” moved up to No. 1 among episodic programming, pushing the previous week’s chart topper “Yellowjackets” (Showtime Anytime) down to No. 4. New Amazon Freevee show, “Jury Duty,” about a fake court deliberation that includes one real juror who believes the entire case is real, moved up to No. 2, just ahead of the final season of award-winning “Succession,” which moved up from No. 6 the week before.

Black Comedy ‘Cocaine Bear’ Streaming on Peacock Platform April 14

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform April 7 announced that Universal Pictures’ black comedy Cocaine Bear will be made available to stream on the SVOD platform beginning April 14 — the same day the movie is made available for regular digital purchase. The movie will be released on packaged media April 18.

Cocaine Bear has been available for premium digital purchase and rental since mid-March.

The movie, which generated $83 million at the global box office ($64 million in North America), follows NBCUniversal’s strategy expediting select theatrical releases into retail channels, often concurrent with streaming access on the subscription-based Peacock platform, which ended 2022 with 20 million paid subscribers.

The latest film from director Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect 2) is inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the 500-pound black bear that ate it in a Georgia forest.

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Cocaine Bear stars Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Emmy winner Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), late Emmy winner Ray Liotta ( “The Many Saints of Newark”), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Kristofer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Christian Convery (Sweet Tooth), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and newcomer Scott Seiss.

Quirky Horror Comedy ‘Cocaine Bear’ Now Available on PVOD

The quirky horror comedy film Cocaine Bear is now available for digital rental and purchase, at a premium price, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment confirmed.

The film, about a failed cocaine drop in the Georgia forest in which the drugs were consumed by a bear, has earned $53.3 million in the United States and Canada and $68.5 million worldwide.

Cocaine Bear can be rented for $19.99 and purchased for $24.99 from most digital retailers, including Vudu, Redbox On Demand, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Xfinity, Microsoft, DirecTV, YouTube, Verizon, Spectrum, Row8 and AMC Theatres On Demand.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, Cocaine Bear opened theatrically on Feb. 24.The film is based on the true story of drug smuggler Andrew Thornton II, who on Sept. 11, 1985 jumped from an auto-piloted Cessna after dropping packages of cocaine in the forest near Blairsville, Georgia. Thornton died when his parachute failed to open, while much of the coke was believed to have been ingested by a bear, who promptly died.

In the movie version, the bear does not die; instead, he becomes addicted to the white powder and embarks on a killing spree while chasing after more.

The cast includes Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklynn Prince. Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, and, in his final film appearance, the late Ray Liotta.

It was released digitally March 14, 17 days after its theatrical debut, per Universal’s new windowing policy.

‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives ‘Ant-Man 3’ a Scare at the Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ horror-comedy Cocaine Bear was the big winner at the box office this weekend, debuting at No. 2 with a projected domestic gross of $23 million — significantly higher than its expected $17 million to $19 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania remained No. 1 at the box office through Feb. 26 for its second consecutive win. But its projected gross of $32 million signaled a steep drop of nearly 70% from its opening weekend tally.

Cocaine Bear boosted its earnings with an additional $5 million overseas.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks and based in part on a 1985 incident in which a deceased black bear was found in Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia with 70 pounds of ingested cocaine in its stomach, the movie is the third in a trio of studio releases (M3GAN and Violent Night) marketing farcical storylines to box office success.

“It’s an outrageous comedy that absolutely delivers on its premise,” Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution at Universal, said in a statement. “People were ready to see something over the top.”

No. 3 at the box office was Lionsgate’s faith-based Jesus Revolution, which opened to $15.5 million in ticket sales — easily topping projected revenue projections.

To reach its audience, Lionsgate worked to build word-of-mouth among faith-leaning audience sectors organizing viewing to tens of thousands across the country via church screenings, University screenings, and other initiatives, including outreach to CCM music artists, among other grassroots efforts.

Like Lionsgate’s recent hit Plane, given its budget, financial model and marketing campaign, Jesus Revolution appears well-positioned to become another fiscal hit for the studio distributor.

Kelsey Grammer in Jesus Revolution

Rounding out the top 5 was 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water and Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Director James Cameron’s Avatar sequel sold about $4.7 million worth of tickets to up its global haul to $2.267 million, third all-time.

The Last Wish added $4.1 million to reach $442 million globally after 10 weeks of release. The movie is concurrently available in the home across premium VOD and premium electronic sellthrough retail channels.

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