Netflix Inks Streaming Deal with Thai Boys Soccer Team Rescued from Underwater Cave

Netflix has signed a deal with the Thailand “Wild Boars” boys soccer team and their coach for a future miniseries about their rescue from an underground cave.

Netflix and SK Global Entertainment inked a deal with 13 Thamluang, an LLC established by the boys (ages 11 to 16) and their 25-year-old coach following their 17-day ordeal being trapped underground in a cave filled with rain water.

The exasperating rescue effort garnered global attention as the ordeal went on and a Thai Navy Seal diver drowned.

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The series will be directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Nattawut Poonpiriya.

“The story combines so many unique local and universal themes which connected people from all walks of life, from all around the world,” Erika North, director of international originals at Netflix, told Reuters.

The miniseries follows Netflix’s strategy focusing on localized content with global appeal. Recent hits include Germany’s “Dark” and India’s “Sacred Games.”

“Thailand is a very important market for Netflix and we are looking forward to bringing this inspiring local, but globally resonant story … to life,” North said.

To date, two books and one feature-film have been completed on the saga.

“We look forward to working with all involved parties to ensure our story is told accurately,” said assistant coach Ekkapol “Ake” Chantapong.

‘Venom’ Debuts at No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 23.

With a domestic gross of $213 million the year’s No. 10 movie, Venom 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, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 4 on the digital chart was another new release, Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy film based on the 1973 book of the same name. The film, about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro. It grossed $68.5 million in North American theaters.

Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (and No. 5 on the disc-rental chart). A black comedy about a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich and mysterious best friend, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding and earned $53.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Sony Pictures revenge-thriller sequel The Equalizer 2 slipped to No. 3 on both charts, a week after its debut at No. 1.

Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group, finished its second week of availability at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart (down from No. 2) and No. 7 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (down from No. 3).

Peppermint, another revenge thriller starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel, slipped to No. 6 from No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 from No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Holiday favorite Home Alone, from 20th Century Fox, shot up to No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart during the week before Christmas.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom (new)
  2. The House With a Clock in its Walls (new)
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. Smallfoot
  5. A Simple Favor (new)
  6. Peppermint
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. The Nun
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. Mile 22

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom
  2. A Simple Favor
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  5. Peppermint
  6. The Predator
  7. Smallfoot
  8. Home Alone
  9. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  10. Crazy Rich Asians

 

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‘Equalizer 2,’ ‘Smallfoot,’ ‘Peppermint’ Take Top Three Spots on Redbox Charts

For the second consecutive week, three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2, a revenge-thriller sequel starring Denzel Washington that earned $102.1 million in North American theaters.

A sequel to the 2014 original, The Equalizer 2 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 disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group. The film, about a group of Yeti who come across a human and don’t quite know what to make of him, came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $82.5 million.

And Peppermint, another revenge thriller – this one starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel – debuted at No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The film, released by Universal Pictures, earned $35.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

Warner’s The Nun slipped from No. 2 to No. 5 on the kiosk chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians took the No. 5 spot, down from No. 3 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2 (new)
  2. Smallfoot  (new)
  3. Peppermint (new)
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. The Nun
  6. The Happytime Murders
  7. Crazy Rich Asians
  8. Mile 22
  9. The Meg
  10. The Incredibles 2

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2
  2. Peppermint
  3. Smallfoot
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. The Nun
  7. The Happytime Murders
  8. The Meg
  9. Searching
  10. Mile 22

 

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Three Newcomers Atop Redbox Charts

Three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 9, led by Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latest Tom Cruise actioner based on the 1966 – 1973 TV series.

The sixth, and highest-grossing, film in the “M:I” franchise 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 disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Warner Bros.’ The Nun, the latest of five inter-related supernatural horror films in “The Conjuring Universe.”

And The Happytime Murders, a quirky crime comedy – starring both puppets and humans – in which police set out to solve a series of murders of retired sitcom stars, debuted at No. 3 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Crazy Rich Asians, from Warner Bros., slipped to No. 4 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart after two weeks at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point. The film slipped to No. 5 after two weeks at No. 3.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Sony Pictures’ Searching, which had debuted the prior week at No. 4.  Set mostly on smartphones and computer screens, the film is about a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing teen daughter (Michelle La) with assistance from a police detective (Debra Messing).

A fourth new release, Operation Finale, from Universal Pictures, debuted at No.10 on the Redbox disc-rental chart. The historical drama film follows Israeli intelligence officers as they seek to capture former SS officer Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (new)
  2. The Nun (new)
  3. The Happytime Murders (new)
  4. Crazy Rich Asians
  5. Mile 22
  6. The Meg
  7. The Incredibles 2
  8. Searching
  9. Alpha
  10. Operation Finale

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  2. The Nun
  3. Crazy Rich Asians
  4. The Happytime Murders
  5. Searching
  6. The Meg
  7. Mile 22
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. The Heat
  10. Alpha

 

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Redbox Customers Still ‘Crazy’ About ‘Rich Asians’

For the second consecutive week, Crazy Rich Asians, the surprise blockbuster from Warner Bros. that earned nearly $174 million in North American theaters, took the top spot on the two Redbox charts for the week ended Dec. 2.

The romantic dramedy, about an American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and is surprised to find they are “crazy rich,” again took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

The monster shark movie The Meg, also from Warner Bros., was again No. 2 on the Redbox kiosk chart but slipped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Sony Pictures’ Searching, the only new release in the top 10, debuted at No. 2 on the digital chart and No. 4 on the disc-rental chart.

Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point, was again No. 3 on the kiosk chart but slipped a notch to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was Walt Disney’s The Incredibles 2, down from No. 4 the prior week.

On the digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Alpha, a historical adventure film about a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last Ice Age. The film came in at No. 6 on the kiosk chart.

Two films that were original released to the home market in April, 20th Century Fox’s The Heat and MGM’s Creed, reappeared in the top 10 on the digital chart, coming in at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 2

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. The Meg
  3. Mile 22
  4. Searching (new)
  5. The Incredibles 2
  6. Alpha
  7. Kin
  8. Christopher Robin
  9. Skyscraper
  10. The Spy Who Dumped Me

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 2

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. Searching
  3. The Meg
  4. Mile 22
  5. Alpha
  6. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  7. The Heat
  8. Creed
  9. Skyscraper
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

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Black Friday Fuels Return of ‘Deadpool 2’ to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Post-Thanksgiving retail sales typically give older titles a chance to make hay on the home video sales charts, and 2018 was no exception.

Only one new release debuted in the top 50 the week ended Nov. 24,  as Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians landed at No. 36 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sellers, and No. 23 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The No. 1 title on both charts was 20th Century Fox’s ‘R’-rated superhero comedy Deadpool 2, which reached the top spot for the fourth time since it was released in August (having spent its first three weeks atop the charts as well). It had been the No. 27 overall seller the week before.

The resurgence of Deadpool 2 comes as a ‘PG-13’ re-edit of the film, dubbed Once Upon a Deadpool, is slated for a limited theatrical re-release just before Christmas.

No. 2 on the overall chart was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, which was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart for the week.

The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s Incredibles 2, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rose to No. 4 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s The Greatest Showman sang its way back to the No. 5 spot on both charts.

Despite being swamped by Black Friday catalog, Crazy Rich Asians had 58% of its first-week unit sales come in the Blu-ray format, with 2% of its tally coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Crazy Rich Asians was also the top title on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 25.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s The Meg, slipped to No. 2, followed by Universal’s Mile 22 at No. 3, Incredibles 2 at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Alpha at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 11-24-18
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 11-25-18
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 11-24-18
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 11-24-18
Sales Report for Week Ended 11-24-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-26-18

 

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Disc and Digital Redbox Charts

Crazy Rich Asians, the surprise blockbuster from Warner Bros. about an American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and is surprised to find they are, well crazy rich, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Nov. 25.

The romantic dramedy, which earned nearly $174 million in North American theaters, took the No. 1 spot on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

The monster shark movie The Meg, also from Warner Bros., slipped to No. 2 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point, slipped to No. 3, again on both charts. The film debuted at No. 2 the prior week.

Alpha, a historical adventure film about a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last Ice Age, finished the week at No. 5 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart, down a spot from its debut the prior week.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, the No. 4 spot went to Walt Disney’s The Incredibles 2, down from No. 3 the previous week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, an action comedy with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best friends on the run from assassins. The film spent two weeks at No. 1 before slipping to No. 4 last week.

Another new release, Lionsgate’s Kin, debuted at No. 6 on the disc-rental chart and No. 9 on the digital chart. Kin is a science-fiction film about a young boy who finds a strange weapon and his newly paroled brother. The film earned less than $10 million at the domestic box office.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 25

  1. Crazy Rich Asians (new)
  2. The Meg
  3. Mile 22
  4. The Incredibles 2
  5. Alpha
  6. Kin (new)
  7. Christopher Robin
  8. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  9. Skyscraper
  10. Ant-Man and the Wasp

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 25

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. The Meg
  3. Mile 22
  4. Alpha
  5. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  6. Creed
  7. Skyscraper
  8. Life of the Party
  9. Kin
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

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Asia Society SoCal Honoring Warner Bros. Boss Kevin Tsujihara

Asia Society Southern California announced it is honoring Kevin Tsujihara, chairman/CEO of Warner Bros., at the 2018 U.S.-China Entertainment Summit on Oct. 30 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Additional honorees include actress Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Elizabeth Daley, dean at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

A longtime home entertainment executive, Tsujihara was handpicked in 2013 by Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes to lead Warner Bros. in the digital age. As the first Japanese-American studio chief, Tsujihara has been an advocate for diversity in Hollywood to better reflect a rapidly changing global market and consumer.

Tsujihara helped spearhead recent Warner box office hit, Crazy Rich Asians, which marked a cultural watershed for Asian and Asian-American talent; and The Meg, the most financially successful U.S.-China co-production to date.

Asia Society is honoring Daley as an education pioneer. In 25 years as dean, Daley has built USC’s renowned film school through a commitment to diversity and global education. Among her many international initiatives include partnerships with Chinese universities.

Founded in 2010 as the U.S.-China Film Summit, the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit today attempts to facilitate co-productions, cross-border investment and the integration of Chinese and American talent in Hollywood. The 2018 Summit aims to look beyond film and TV to areas such as immersive entertainment and gaming, as well as digital technologies that are transforming media.