‘Tenet’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Straight Week

Warner Bros.’ Tenet topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week the week ended Jan. 16. The latest thriller from Christopher Nolan has been No. 1 four of the five weeks since it arrived on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15.

The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Without much in the way of big new releases, the top seven titles remained unchanged from the previous week. So Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 4.

Ranking fifth through seventh were the three seasons of Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” with season three at No. 5, season one at No. 6, and season two at No. 7, just like the previous week.

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At No. 8 was Warner’s eight-movie “Harry Potter” collection, up two spots from the previous week, while Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series dropped a spot to No. 9.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 10, was Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, about a black Marine veteran working as a school janitor who takes the law into his own hands after his son is killed by a police officer who is cleared of any charges.

Also new to the chart were No. 17 Songbird, the pandemic thriller from STX Entertainment; No. 18 The Dissident, a Vertical Entertainment documentary about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; and Viva Pictures’ animated comedy 100% Wolf at No. 20.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Honest Thief (Universal)
  3. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  4. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  10. American Skin (Vertical)
  11. The Informer (Vertical)
  12. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  13. The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  16. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  17. Songbird (STX)
  18. The Dissident (Vertical)
  19. Spell (Paramount)
  20. 100% Wolf (Viva)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 16.

‘Tenet’ Repeats at No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Parallel’ Sole New Entry

With few new releases, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart remains largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet is again No. 1 on the chart for the week ended Jan. 9, while Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa switched places their sophomore week to place at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Paramount’s Love and Monsters is the week’s biggest gainer, moving up to No. 4 from No. 9 the previous week due to its Jan. 5 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film also was the week’s top disc seller (see related story).

Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic action film about a man (Dylan O’Brien) traveling through a world populated by monsters in order to reconnect with his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick). The monsters were created when chemical fallout from the destruction of an asteroid headed for Earth caused all cold-blood creatures to mutate into ferocious monsters. Love and Monsters was released theatrically and on VOD in October 2020.

Rounding out the top five is season three of perennial favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Warner Bros. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy re-entered the chart at No. 16. The set made its 4K Ultra HD debut in December 2020.

The sole new entry on the “Watched at Home” chart was Lionsgate’s Parallel, bowing at No. 20. A Vertical Entertainment release, Parallel revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” only to discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. The film’s cast includes Alyssa Diaz, Kathleen Quinlan Martin Wallstrom, David Harewood and Georgia King.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Honest Thief (Universal)
  3. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  4. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  8. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  9. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  10. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  16. The New Mutants (20th Century)
  17. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)
  18. The Phenomenon (1091)
  19. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  20. Parallel (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 9.

Newer Releases ‘Tenet,’ ‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Now that Christmas is over, home viewers are done with holiday classics and eager for newer hit movies to watch.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet shot up from No. 3 to take the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2, while Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa and Honest Thief debuted at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Honest Thief, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, was the only new release of the three, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 29 — two weeks after it became available for purchase or rent from digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox on Demand. The film stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The War With Grandpa made its disc debut the week before, on Dec. 22, just one week after its release through digital channels. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.”

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Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, had debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19, four days after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office. It subsequently slipped to No. 3 as viewers shifted to holiday films such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which succeeded Tenet in the top spot.

Christmas Vacation fell out of the top 20 entirely, as did each of the eight other holiday movies on the chart the previous week, including Elf (No. 2), A Christmas Story (No. 4) and Home Alone (No. 6).

Rounding out the top five on this week’s chart were The Office: The Complete Series, from Universal, which moved up to No. 4 from No. 16 the prior week on the eve of its streaming shift from Netflix to NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Season 1 of perennial chart favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Other new releases on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2 were Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy (No. 12); the Vertical Entertainment thriller The Informer (No. 13); Warner’s original 2017 Wonder Woman (No. 18), drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max success of the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which came out Dec. 25; and IFC’s Hunter Hunter (No. 20).

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. The War with Grandpa  (Universal)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  7. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical Entertainment)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. Fatman (Paramount)
  16. The New Mutants (Fox)
  17. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  18. Wonder Woman (Warner, 2017)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 2.

‘Christmas Vacation’ Visits No. 1 Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The week of Christmas fittingly saw Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation move into the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 26. The 1989 comedy, the third in the raunchy “Vacation” series, had been No. 4 the previous week.

The previous week’s most-watched title, director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, also distributed by Warner, dropped to No. 3 on the chart that tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Warner’s Elf remained in the No. 2 spot.

Another holiday classic getting a bump from Christmas week was Warner’s A Christmas Story. The family comedy from 1983 rose to No. 4, up from No. 10 the previous week.

Completing a clean sweep for Warner in the top five was the eight-film “Harry Potter” collection.

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Among catalog titles new to the chart were 20th Century Studios’ Die Hard, the Christmas-set action classic starring Bruce Willis, at No. 14, and the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, from Paramount, at No. 19.

The glut of holiday movies pushed season two of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” off the top 20 for the first time since June. The other two seasons remained on the chart, with season three at No. 10 and season one at No. 18.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  2. Elf (Warner)
  3. Tenet (Warner)
  4. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. Home Alone (20th Century)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Love Actually (Universal)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  11. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  12. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  13. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (20th Century)
  14. Die Hard (20th Century)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Warner, 1966)
  16. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  19. Scrooged (Paramount)
  20. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 26.

‘Tenet’ Debuts at No. 1 on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19. The latest film from director Christopher Nolan arrived on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough Dec. 15 following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office.

The next two titles switched places from the previous week as holiday titles continued to sell in the lead-up to Christmas on the chart that tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. No. 2 was Warner’s Elf and No. 3 was Universal’s animated The Grinch.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moved up a spot to No. 4, while another Warner title, The Polar Express, jumped three spots to No. 5.

Paramount’s “Yellowstone” continues to do well with home viewers, with the third season, dropping to No. 6 after topping the chart the previous week after its Dec. 8 disc release. Season one was No. 8 and season two was No. 16.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Elf (Warner)
  3. The Grinch (Universal)
  4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  5. The Polar Express (Warner)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Home Alone (20th Century)
  10. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  11. Fatman (Paramount)
  12. Love Actually (Universal)
  13. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  14. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Warner, 1966)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  17. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (20th Century)
  20. Buddy Games (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 19.

‘Yellowstone’ Rides Back to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart After Season 3 Disc Release

The third season of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” jumped back into the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 12, boosted by its Dec. 8 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The season previously topped the chart in June following its premiere on the Paramount Network.

The latest season of the popular series, which stars Kevin Costner as a man in charge of the largest ranch in America, helped raised interest in the previous two seasons as well, as all three dominated the Watched at Home chart during the summer.

The chart, presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data.

For the week, season one was No. 4, and season two was No. 14; a week earlier they were No. 14 and No. 17, respectively. Season three, the week before its disc release, was No. 16.

Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 17 reported it has sold more than 1 million combined copies of the three seasons of “Yellowstone” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Yellowstone: Season 3 was also No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales its first week on shelves.

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The remainder of the Watched at Home chart was populated mostly by holiday catalog titles getting a boost in the lead-up to Christmas.

No. 2 was Universal’s animated The Grinch, No. 3 was Warner’s Elf, and rounding out the top five was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The previous week’s most-watched title, Warner’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, dropped to No. 7.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. Elf (Warner)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Home Alone (20th Century)
  10. Fatman (Paramount)
  11. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  12. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  13. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  16. The Phenomenon (1091)
  17. Selena (Warner)
  18. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  19. Love Actually (Universal)
  20. Buddy Games (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 12.

Comcast’s Matt Strauss Discusses How Peacock Spread Its Wings During a Pandemic

Launching NBCUniversal’s new flagship streaming service Peacock might have seemed a daunting task under normal circumstances — but it took on new challenges during a pandemic.

Still, Matt Strauss and his team knew there were many ways Peacock could spread its wings.

Strauss, chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at Comcast, is responsible for all aspects of Peacock, among other duties. The AVOD/SVOD hybrid service has gathered 26 million total subscribers, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell revealed Dec. 8.

Strauss told attendees Dec. 15 at DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s virtual pre-CES event that Peacock, which launched in July, is designed to fill an important niche in the increasingly competitive streaming marketplace — and that it has a long-term strategy.

“When we launched Peacock, we really wanted to keep our heads down,” he said. “It was really about execution. We thought that there was an opportunity to surprise and delight people with something that we believe is unique in the market, but at the same time, one of our mantras has really been it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”

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One initial curveball during launch was the postponement of the Olympics, which had been designed as must-see programming on the new streaming service, to be boosted by an elaborate marketing campaign.

“I’m always a very optimistic person by nature, and I always look for a silver lining,” Strauss said. “I think that there was a silver lining because the week that we were planning to launch nationally for the Olympics — it would have been great in many respects — but at the same time it was a kind of very concentrated way that we were going to launch during the few weeks of the Olympics, and what we ended up doing is coming up with a similar plan, but we spread it out across the back half of the year, and I think that that gave us this ongoing cadence and drumbeat that, from a marketing standpoint, I believe, was actually better than what we had initially planned.”

There was another bright side.

“We actually thought that in a small way Peacock could benefit with everything that was going on in the world, giving people another entertainment option,” he said.

Another advantage Peacock had was companywide expertise and products supporting a service that “really taps into every part of Comcast,” he said. The platform is built from Sky’s Snap TV OTT service, NBCUniversal powered a lot of the programming, and Comcast’s cable unit offered on demand knowledge.

“I myself come from Comcast cable,” he said. “I’ve been at Comcast for 16 years, so I’ve had a front row seat in the evolution that we’ve gone through as a company with the development of X1 and Flex, broadband products. When it came to Peacock, you really had stakeholders from all the different parts of the company with different experiences that were brought to the table when it came to design.”

Peacock tapped Comcast’s X1 and Flex (Internet-only) customers to refine the user interface by offering its premium service to them first at no additional cost in April.

“It was a really interesting sandbox, and we wanted to use three months to really harden the application,” he said.

Executives didn’t want Peacock to be a “me too” service, so they combined the experience of watching linear TV with on-demand components and a unique “trending” feature, tapping into how younger generations interact with video. They also decided to offer ads, in a departure from other new services Disney+ and Apple TV+, as well as established SVOD player Netflix.

“We know the trends that everybody else is looking at,” he said. “You’re continuing to see pay-TV decline, not really because people don’t like pay television, but because they’re getting priced out. The average cable or satellite bill is $85 a month. And then you’re looking at a service like Netflix, which has done a very good job at creating a good price-value equation, that others are moving towards, and you know there’s a lot of competition in the streaming space and it’s only grown in past 18 months, and a lot of it is trying to go after Netflix, and we realized that that wasn’t really where we thought the opportunity was for us.”

They decided on offering a free, ad-supported component to combat this subscription fatigue.

“At some point, when you’re paying for internet and now two, three or four subscription services, I think for some people it becomes frustrating,” he said.

The Peacock team also concentrated on offering a unique product.

“Our ambition with Peacock is to really position ourselves as the premium ad-supported aggregation streaming service,” he said. “We didn’t call ourselves NBC+. We didn’t call ourselves that for a reason — because we wanted to position ourselves as an aggregator that can go beyond the boundaries of our catalog and our content. But we also believe as we continue to produce more programming, add more content, that there’s also an opportunity for us to migrate customers to subscription.”

They also knew there was an opportunity to address a need in the advertising community as more eyeballs were moving to streaming.

“There was a pent-up demand that was growing with advertisers looking for the ability to participate,” he said. “But they want to participate with premium content, and there weren’t a lot of options in the streaming space that they could participate in that way, and we saw that as a sweet spot for us.”

In contrast to other ad-supported streaming services, Peacock has a more user-friendly ad load of no more than five minutes of ads per hour, he said.

“We felt really fortunate that we were able to secure 10 premium launch sponsors with Peacock, and the benefit is that they get an uncluttered environment,” he said. “They also have a seat at the table as we’re developing the product because in many respects our ambition is really not just to look at this as a 15-second spot or a 30-second spot but how do we start to find other creative ways through ad innovation that we can bring the advertisers to light.”

Unlike other services, Peacock also avoids repeating ads to a customer over and over again.

“Even if it’s a limited ad load, there’s nothing more frustrating in my opinion than seeing the same ad in different pods while you’re watching a show,” he said.

Looking into 2021, Strauss sees a wealth of programming coming, in part due to production slowdowns and the Olympics delay.

“The Olympics got shifted, and now next year, we’ll almost have two Olympics within a relatively short amount of time,” he said. “Even though we were able to launch over a dozen original series this year, we had more planned, and now we’re going to have more next year than we had initially contemplated because of COVID.”

The service in January will serve up a Wild Card game with the NFL, and then there’s the sitcom juggernaut “The Office,” which also hits the service that month. NBCUniversal outbid Netflix, on which “The Office” reigned as one of the top programs, to bring the comedy to Peacock.

“We’ve got some exciting things in how we can present ‘The Office’ in a way that’s maybe a little bit more unique than what people have seen in the past,” he said.

The first two seasons (2005-06) of the series will be available for free with ads, while subsequent seasons, in addition to “Superfan Episodes,” will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99 monthly with ads; $9.99 without ads. The “Superfan Episodes” offer unseen footage, extended cuts and deleted scenes.

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Having tried to launch an on-demand service almost 20 years ago, Strauss said he feels “almost like a kid in a candy store” with the technology and marketplace Peacock is in today.

“I feel fortunate that I was almost given an opportunity to do it again, but to do it in a way where the technology has evolved, clearly audiences and users have evolved, and the distribution has grown significantly,” he said.

Starting a streaming VOD service from scratch has been a unique opportunity, he said.

“I’ve got this sandbox,” he said. “I can really try to push the envelope to where I think the puck is going with what people are looking for, and the bar’s lower because I’m starting with almost no subscribers, so it’s an opportunity for us to iterate quickly, learn quickly.”

‘Lord of the Rings Trilogy’ Journeys to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy climbed to No. 1 the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 5. It had been No. 14 the week before.

A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set of the theatrical and extended cuts of the three fantasy films (just the 4K discs, not regular Blu-rays, plus digital copies) arrived in stores Dec. 1.

Similarly, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray set of The Hobbit Trilogy also became available, boosting the “Lord of the Rings” prequels to No. 7 on the chart that tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Moving up three spots to No. 2 was the eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, also from Warner.

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Warner’s Elf, the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell as a man returning to society after being raised at Santa’s workshop, moved up a spot to No. 3, while Warner holiday title, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, dropped two spots to No. 5.

The previous week’s top title, the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged, slid to No. 4.

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  2. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  3. Elf (Warner)
  4. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  6. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  7. The Hobbit Trilogy (Warner)
  8. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  9. Fatman (Paramount)
  10. The Grinch (Universal)
  11. Home Alone (20th Century)
  12. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  13. The Polar Express (Warner)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  18. The Undoing: Season 1 (Warner/HBO)
  19. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  20. Iron Mask (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 5.

‘The New Mutants’ Most-Watched Movie in Homes

The New Mutants, the 13th and final installment of the popular sci-fi “X-Men” series produced under Fox, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Nov. 21, spurred by its release from 20th Century Studios and Disney Media Distribution on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD, as well as through digital retailers.

The film was released theatrically in August despite many theaters still being closed. It earned a domestic box office gross of just over $23 million.

The New Mutants focuses on five young people with special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution. But it’s soon clear that their containment is part of a much bigger battle between the forces of good and evil.

The Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged debuted at No. 2 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Unhinged, distributed by Lionsgate, also was made available for home viewing on Nov. 17, arriving in a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, digital and on demand. Oscar-winner Crowe stars alongside Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson and Gabriel Bateman in a psychological thriller about road rage. Rachel (Pistorius) is running late to work when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a stranger (Crowe) whose life has left him feeling powerless and invisible. Soon, Rachel finds herself, and everyone she loves, the target of a man who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons.

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The two films knocked the prior week’s top title, the Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, from Warner Bros., to No. 4.

Rounding out the top five: The romantic comedy After We Collided, from Open Road Films, at No. 3, down from No. 2 the previous week, and perennial holiday favorite Elf, from Warner Bros., at No. 5, up from No. 11.

Other holiday films on the “Watched at Home” chart included National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 10, up from No. 19; Home Alone at No. 12, down from No. 6; and Polar Express at No. 17, up from No. 20.

Also new to the chart was the 2011 film Megan Is Missing (No. 6), from Lionsgate, which went viral on TikTok in the form of a challenge to see how long viewers could watch its graphic scenes; Recon (No. 7), a thriller set in the mountains of Italy at the close of World War II, from Brainstorm Media; and The Dark and the Wicked (No. 13), from Shudder, about two siblings who return to the family home to take care of their dying father, only to be plagued by waking nightmares that lead them to suspect something evil is taking over the family.

The complete series of “Friends,” consisting of all 10 seasons of the classic sitcom, reappeared on the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 15.

  1. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  2. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  3. After We Collided (Open Road)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Elf (Warner)
  6. Megan is Missing (Lionsgate)
  7. Recon (Brainstorm Media)
  8. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  11. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  12. Home Alone (20th Century)
  13. The Dark and the Wicked (Shudder)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  16. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  17. The Polar Express (Warner)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  19. Paw Patrol (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
  20. Trolls World Tour (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Nov. 21.

 

Holiday and Catalog Fare Continues to Dominate ‘Watched at Home’ Chart, Led by ‘Harry Potter’

The Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection climbed to No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Nov. 14, a period dominated by catalog titles and winter favorites.

The “Harry Potter” set, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, had been No. 6 the previous week on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

A mishmash of movies and TV content, the list does not account for disc rentals or premium VOD movies.

Romantic drama After We Collided, from Open Road Films, dropped to No. 2 after three weeks in the top spot.

Holding steady at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Antebellum in its second week, while political documentary Trump Card, from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, remained No. 4.

Rounding out the top five was the first season of Paramount Networks’ “Yellowstone,” a contemporary Western drama starring Kevin Costner that is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders. Season two was No. 8 and season three was No. 12.

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Among the winter-themed, holiday and seasonal catalog fare on the list are Disney-owned 20th Century’s Home Alone at No. 6, Warner’s Elf at No. 11, Disney’s Frozen II at No. 13, Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 19, and Warner’s The Polar Express at No. 20.

Warner’s “Game of Thrones” complete series collection, recently released as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set, dropped from No. 2 to No. 18. Meanwhile, Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series, which was re-released as a Blu-ray set Nov. 10, was on the chart at No. 16.

Interestingly, neither of the major new DVD and Blu-ray Disc movie releases for the week — Disney’s like-action Mulan remake and Warner’s disc of MGM’s BIll & Ted Face the Music — made the DEG’s top 20. Mulan was the top-selling disc during the same time period, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

  1. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  2. After We Collided (Open Road)
  3. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  4. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Home Alone (20th Century)
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Paw Patrol (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
  10. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  11. Elf (Warner)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  13. Frozen II (Disney)
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  15. Ava (Vertical)
  16. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  17. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  18. Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection (Warner)
  19. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  20. The Polar Express (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Nov. 14.