Disney Expands Home Video Market Dominance in 2018

Despite generating four of the top-selling DVD/Blu-ray Disc titles in 2017 – including Top 3: Moana, Beauty and the Beast and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story –  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment upped its game in 2018.

The studio is primed to end the year with six titles in the Top 10, including Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Coco in the top three with combined disc sales of exceeding $243 million, according to The-Numbers.com.

The home entertainment studio ended the fiscal year (ended Sept. 29) with $1.75 billion in revenue – down 3% from revenue of almost $1.8 billion during the previous-year period.

Revenue reflected a 5% decrease from lower unit sales, partially offset by an increase of 3% from higher average net effective pricing. Lower unit sales were driven by the success of Moana and Finding Dory in the prior-year period compared to Coco and Cars 3 in the current year.

These decreases were partially offset by the release of three Marvel titles and two Lucasfilm titles (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story) in the current year compared to two Marvel titles and one Lucasfilm title (Rogue One) in the prior year. The increase in average net effective pricing was due to higher rates and a higher sales mix of Blu-ray discs, partially offset by a lower mix of new release titles.

Through the end of the fiscal year, the studio had about 1,500 produced and acquired titles, including 1,100 live-action titles and 400 animated titles, in domestic retail channels, according to a Nov. 21 regulatory filing. Disney had approximately 1,600 produced and acquired titles, including 1,100 live-action titles and 500 animated titles, in the international marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Home Video Sales Spur Q4 Disney Studio Results

Home entertainment sales of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (physical and digital) helped increase Walt Disney Studios’ fourth-quarter (ended Sept. 30) operating income 64.5% ($378 million) to $596 million from $218 million during the previous-year period. Revenue increased 50% to $2.15 billion from $1.43 billion last year.

Infinity War has sold $90.5 million via 2.7 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units since its Aug. 14 retail debut, according to The-Numbers.com. The title is the sixth best-selling title of the year – but only the fifth best Disney title!

Other significant home entertainment titles included Solo: A Star Wars Story, released Sept. 25, while the prior-year quarter included Beauty and the Beast.

For the year, Black Panther, Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco and Thor: Ragnarok rank among the top-five home entertainment releases in 2018.

“We’re very pleased with our financial performance in fiscal 2018, delivering record revenue, net income and earnings per share,” CEO Bob Igersaid in a statement. “We remain focused on the successful completion and integration of our 21st Century Fox acquisition and the further development of our direct-to-consumer business, including the highly anticipated launch of our Disney-branded streaming service late next year.”

Separately, Iger revealed the pending direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney +, featuring original content from Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.

 

 

Disney Ups Q2 Home Entertainment Revenue on ‘The Last Jedi’

Strong home media sales of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok and Coco in the second quarter (ended March 31) contributed to Walt Disney Studios generating a 21% increase in revenue to $2.5 billion, and segment operating income increasing 29% to $847 million.

Studio income grew as well due to increases in theatrical and TV/SVOD distribution results, partially offset by higher film cost impairments.

The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the blockbuster success of Black Panther, with no comparable Marvel title in the prior-year quarter. This increase was partially offset by the performance of A Wrinkle in Time compared with Beauty and the Beast in the prior-year quarter.

Growth at home entertainment was driven by higher average net effective pricing and an increase in unit sales, both of which reflected the successful March 27 retail release of The Last Jedi.

The studio generated higher Last Jedi Blu-ray and DVD unit sales compared with disc unit sales of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the prior-year third quarter. In addition, Thor: Ragnarok and Coco outperformed Moana and Doctor Strange in year-over-year results.

Indeed, Coco and Thor: Ragnarok rank first and third among the top-selling discs in 2018, according to The-Numbers.com, which calculates the titles have brought in than $74 million in combined revenue.

Higher TV/SVOD distribution results were due to international growth and the domestic free television sale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the current quarter.

“Our ability to create extraordinary content like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and leverage it across all business units, the unique value proposition we’re creating for consumers with our [direct-to-consumer] platforms, and our recent reorganization strengthen our confidence that we are very well positioned for future growth,” CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

As expected, Disney’s equity stake in Hulu, which it co-owns with 21st Century Fox, Comcast and Time Warner, generated higher losses for its corporate partners than in the previous-year period. The loss at Hulu was driven by higher programming, marketing and labor costs, partially offset by growth in subscription and advertising revenue.

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sings Its Way to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Just in time for the Oscars, the week that ended March 3 was a big one for new releases:  Five newly issued DVD/Blu-ray Disc titles debuted among the top 10 home entertainment sellers in the week leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Walt Disney’s Coco, the latest animated blockbuster produced by Pixar Animation Studios, easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Finishing a distant second was 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake, which made roughly half as much as Coco in U.S. theaters ($102.8 million versus $208.6 million) but only sold 17% as many units its first week in stores.

Also popping up in the top five was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, the 1955 animated classic that was polished up as a lavish “Walt Disney Signature Collection” Blu-ray  Disc, DVD and digital combo pack. The film was last released on disc in 2012 as a Diamond Edition release but has been unavailable for several years.

The Lady and the Tramp re-release debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Lionsgate’s Wonder, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 5 on both charts.

A fourth new release, the Universal Pictures war film Darkest Hour, debuted at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

And a fifth newcomer, best picture nominee Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, bowed at No. 7 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Aside from Lady and the Tramp, available only in combo packs, the new release with the highest percentage of Blu-ray Disc sales was Coco at 72%, according to VideoScan, followed by Darkest Hour at 64%, Three Billboards at 58% and Murder at 55%.

At 10%, Three Billboards had the highest percentage of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc sales for the new releases, followed by Murder at 7% and Coco at 5%.

On Media Play News’ weekly rental chart for the week ended March 4, Daddy’s Home 2 remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

Coco debuted at No. 2, bumping Wonder to No. 3.

Darkest Hour debuted at No. 4, while the No. 5 went to Just Getting Started, an action comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo and released by Broad Green Entertainment.

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‘Coco Day in L.A.’, Feb. 27, 2018

The city of Los Angeles declared Feb. 27 “Coco Day in L.A.” in celebration of the home entertainment release of Disney/Pixar’s animated feature film Coco. Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who represents the city’s First District, presented the honors at City Hall to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson.  Additional voice talent in attendance included Anthony Gonzalez (the voice of Miguel), Renee Victor (the voice of Abuelita), Gabriel Iglesias (voice of the Clerk), Alfonso Arau (the voice of Papa Julio), Selene Luna (Voice of Tia Rosita), Lombardo Boyar (voice of Mariachi/Gustavo), Blanca Araceli (voice of Emcee), Dyana Ortelli (voice of Tia Victoria) and Carlos Moreno Jr. (the voice of a handful of characters including Corn Man).

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‘Coco Day in L.A.’ Celebrates Release of Latest Disney/Pixar Animated Hit

The city of Los Angeles declared Feb. 27 “Coco Day in L.A.” in celebration of the home entertainment release of Disney/Pixar’s animated feature film Coco, issued that day on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand. (The film was released two weeks earlier digitally on HD, 4K and Movies Anywhere).

Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who represents the city’s First District, presented the honors at City Hall to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson.  Additional voice talent in attendance included Anthony Gonzalez (the voice of Miguel), Renee Victor (the voice of Abuelita), Gabriel Iglesias (voice of the Clerk), Alfonso Arau (the voice of Papa Julio), Selene Luna (Voice of Tia Rosita), Lombardo Boyar (voice of Mariachi/Gustavo), Blanca Araceli (voice of Emcee), Dyana Ortelli (voice of Tia Victoria) and Carlos Moreno Jr. (the voice of a handful of characters including Corn Man).

Coco tells the story of Miguel, a 12-year-old aspiring musician, who finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead after a mysterious chain of events. This is the first-ever animated feature to include an almost entirely Latino voice cast, including many who reside and grew up in the City of Los Angeles.

Coco is nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song “Remember Me,” and also won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. The film topped the domestic Thanksgiving holiday weekend box office, became the highest-grossing film of all time in Mexico, and broke records in China.

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Coco

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street 2/27/18;
Disney;
Animated;
Box Office $207.56 million;
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray, $44.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements.
Voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Gabriel Iglesias, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Edward James Olmos.

Pixar’s latest adventure is a visually stunning treat with a heartwarming story about family and following your dreams.

The film follows a young boy in Mexico named Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician despite his family frowning on such artistic endeavors. Long ago, his great-great-grandfather left the family to pursue his own musical dreams, leading his great-great-grandmother to encourage her daughter (his great-grandmother), Coco, and other descendants to swear off music as she started a multi-generational enterprise making shoes.

Miguel sneaks away to compete in a festival to commemorate the Day of the Dead holiday, but finds himself trapped in the Land of the Dead after trying to steal a guitar out of desperation. Though his ancestors could send him home, he rejects their condition of denouncing music and sets out to find his great-great-grandfather on the belief he will send him back with the encouragement to become a musician.

The film is at its most creative in establishing the world of the dead, where the inhabitants look like the sugar skulls that often symbolize Day of the Dead celebrations. This isn’t a spooky or scary land, but simply a vibrant civilization governed by a unique set of rules cleverly established by the filmmakers based on Day of the Dead lore and other Mexican folk traditions.

True to form for Pixar, the Blu-ray is loaded with bonus materials highlighting the film’s many strengths, from the artistic designs to the music to the story details, starting with a commentary by director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina.

There are about 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes spread across two discs, covering the extensive research conducting by the filmmakers in visiting Mexico, to the animation process, casting and more. About 20 minutes of these are on the first disc.

For those interested more in how the story was crafted, the first disc offers 33 minutes of deleted scenes and early story concepts that changed as the film evolved.

In addition to 60 minutes of making-of featurettes, the second disc also offers the film’s trailers and some fun animated vignettes, plus a short video about a guitar maker who constructed a replica of an iconic guitar central to the story.

Finally, for the artistic-minded, the Blu-ray offers some arts and crafts activities — a video on how to draw a skeleton on disc one, and a guide to creating a papel picado (a paper cutout decoration) on disc two.

Disney’s ‘Coco’ Due on Home Video in February

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Pixar’s Coco digitally in HD, 4K and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand Feb. 27.

Coco, the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s journey to the magical land of his ancestors in Mexico, earned $193.5 million at the domestic box office and won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture.

The Blu-ray and digital formats include deleted scenes; promotional trailers for the film; commentary from director Lee Unkrich, co-director Adrian Molina and producer Darla K. Anderson; and several featurettes: “The Music of Coco”; “Paths to Pixar: Coco,” featuring how the filmmakers’ personal stories resonate with the themes of the film; “Welcome to the Fiesta,” a musical exploration of the skeletons from the Land of the Dead; “A Thousand Pictures a Day,” a tour of Mexico with the filmmakers; “Mi Familia,” about developing the Riveras; “Land of Our Ancestors,” about re-creating many eras of Mexican architecture; “Fashion Through the Ages,” about the costumes; “The Real Guitar,” about the design of the central guitar in the film; “Dante,” about the inspiration for the dogs that inspired the character; “How to Draw a Skeleton”; “How to Make Papel Picado,” a look at the traditional papel picado art form; and “Un Poco Coco,” a montage of original animated pieces used to promote Coco.

The DVD includes the commentary, “Dante” and “About Coco.”