‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Keeps Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 held at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 10.

The DC-comic-based film, repeating in the top spot for a second week, continued to get a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released though digital retailers on March 16 (a release preceded by PVOD and a simultaneous Christmas Day 2020 debut in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the WorldThe Croods: A New Age and Monster Hunter all repeated in spots two through four, in order, from the previous week. The Oscar-nominated Promising Young Woman, which jumped from No. 6, rounded out the top five.

The comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, co-starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), entered the chart at No. 10 after coming out on Blu-ray and DVD April 6. Also new to the chart for the week was Willy’s Wonderland, starring Nicolas Cage, dropping in at No. 11. Shadow in the Cloud, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, returned at No. 18 after its April 6 DVD and Blu-ray release in an otherwise steady chart.

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The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and 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).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 3) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 4) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

Promising Young Woman (No. 5), nominated for five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  4. Monster Hunter (Sony)
  5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  6. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  7. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Soul (Disney)
  10. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  11. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  12. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)
  13. Let Him Go (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  16. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  18. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical Entertainment)
  19. The Vault (Lionsgate)
  20. Tenet (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 April 10.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Lassos Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 flew to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 3.

The film, which leapt from No. 6 the previous week, got a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released on digital March 16 (preceded by PVOD release and simultaneous release in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the World, The Croods: A New Age, Monster Hunter and Soul all fell one spot, in order, from the previous week to round out the top five spots.

The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and 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).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 3) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 4) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

Disney’s Soul (No. 5) is a Pixar Animation Studios film that as a result of the pandemic bypassed theaters and was released directly through the Disney+ streaming service Dec. 25. Soul was made available on disc and digital sellthrough March 23.

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Meanwhile, Paramount’s classic The Ten Commandments, director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic starring Charlton Heston, entered the chart at No. 10 following its 4K Ultra HD disc debut March 30.

The 2019 monster flick Godzilla: King of the Monsters also entered the chart at No. 12 for the week, drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max release of Godzilla vs. Kong.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  4. Monster Hunter (Sony)
  5. Soul (Disney)
  6. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  7. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  8. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  9. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)
  11. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)
  12. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Tenet (Warner)
  16. Let Him Go (Universal)
  17. The Vault (Lionsgate)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  19. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (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 April 3.

‘News of the World’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Soul’ Debuts at No. 4

Universal Pictures’ News of the World climbed to No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended March 27, bolstered by its March 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. It had been No. 13 the previous week and No. 11 the week before that following its March 9 bow via digital sellthrough.

The Western stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns, whose travels get sidetracked when he is encounters a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians, and is tasked with returning her to her family. It earned $12.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age, which had topped the Watched at Home Chart for four straight weeks, dropped to No. 2.The DreamWorks Animation sequel features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

That pushed Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world, to No. 3 on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The week’s top newcomer to the list was Disney’s Soul, the lauded Pixar Animation Studios film that as a result of the pandemic bypassed theaters and was released directly through the Disney+ streaming service Dec. 25, though it did make $116.8 million at the international box office in territories where Disney+ isn’t available. Soul was made available through disc and digital sellthrough March 23.

Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Promising Young Woman. The revenge thriller starring Carey Mulligan slipped a spot from the previous week.

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Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, which became available for digital sellthrough March 16, dropped two spots to No. 6, but should get a boost in the coming week thanks to its release on all disc formats March 30.

Warner’s 2014 Godzilla movie made its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart at No. 17 thanks to a March 23 re-release of the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in the lead-up to the March 31 U.S. release of Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters and on HBO Max.

No. 20 was another newcomer, Vertical Entertainment’s The Devil Below, a monster movie about four amateur explorers who pay a visit to Shookum Hills, a town in the remote Appalachian Mountains that was abandoned decades ago due to a mysterious coal mine fire. It has been available for digital purchase and VOD since March 5.

  1. News of the World (Universal)
  2.  The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3.  Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Soul (Disney)
  5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  6. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  7. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  8. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  9. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Wrong Turn (2021) (Lionsgate)
  11. Tenet (Warner)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  13. Let Him Go (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  16. Crisis (Quiver)
  17. Godzilla (2014, Warner)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  20. The Devil Below (Vertical)

 

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 March 27.

DEG Adds 12 New Member Companies; Announces Tech Awards Event

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has added 12 new companies to the organization’s membership. They include AMC Networks, Azure, Breaker, Cinedigm, Movies Anywhere, Pixelogic, Respeecher, ScreenHits TV, SmithGeiger, Starz, Verizon Business Group and Vuulr.

AMC Networks, Azure, Cinedigm, Movies Anywhere, ScreenHits TV, SmithGeiger, Starz, Verizon Business Group and Vuulr will also join DEG’s D2C Alliance Council. The D2C Alliance, a working community within DEG, represents the global direct-to-consumer media industry and supports its members to help create a robust marketplace to lead the new era of content consumption.

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“This diverse slate of companies reflects the expanding home entertainment landscape,” Amy Jo Smith, president/CEO of DEG, said in a statement. “We welcome these 12 new members and are delighted to collaborate on their goals of delivering consumers engaging content, transformative technologies and the highest quality entertainment experience.”

The trade group also announced finalists for its inaugural Technology & Operations Awards.  The program was created to recognize exceptional technology accomplishments in the digital supply chain achieved by both companies and individuals.

The three main categories to be awarded are: Technology Leadership, Technology Achievement, and Technology Innovation. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award that spans categories and business segments will be presented.

“We are pleased to recognize all the outstanding finalists for the inaugural DEG TechOps Awards,” said Smith. “As key members of the industry’s technology and operations teams, each is deserving of this honor for the significant role they play in delivering the highest quality premium digital content to entertainment-loving consumers across a variety of platforms. Kudos to all of the finalists!”

The DEG TechOps Awards will be presented virtually on April 28 at 3 p.m. PT.

Technology Leadership Award honors a company, individual, or team that has demonstrated leadership by implementing a technical advancement that had an impact on the digital supply chain within the last two years.

Finalists are:
Ellen Goodridge, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Erin Hughes, WarnerMedia
Bill Kotzman, Google Play
Dave Lindsay, Disney Streaming Services
NBC Universal Team: Rosemarie Cordero, Kenesha Luney, Cassandra Moore, Estela Serrano
Craig Seidel, Pixelogic
Sony New Media Solutions Team
Kip Welch, MovieLabs

Technology Achievement Award honors adoption, leadership and engagement since the inception of DEG’s Technology & Operations Committee. Recipients will have significantly contributed to the
committee’s goal of realizing technological advancements.

Finalists are:
Kacy Boccumini, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Kelly Bouchey, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Richard Kroon, EIDR
Justin Parkinson, WarnerMedia
Jason Peña, Google
Josh Perkins, WarnerMedia

Technology Innovation Award honors a team that identified a problem and created a novel solution; the solution is completed or in process.

Finalists are:
Amazon Team – Nathan Bartel, Jude Fitzmorris, Erol Kalafat, Joe Pavey (formerly Amazon)
Disney+ Team – Matt Krone, Dave Lindsay, Philip Richards, Alex Vargo, Madeleine Wright
Google Play Movies & TV Team – Austin Norausky, Lead
Iyuno Media Group Team
Lionsgate Content Operations Team – Justin Paulson, Lead
MovieLabs Team– Jim Helman and Raymond Drewry
Premiere Digital Team – Christine Lim, Alex Liu, Carrie Moore, Vijay Nikam, Mangesg Pawar, Samy
Pugazhend, Debbie Tongyoo
Sony New Media Solutions Development Team
Verizon Business Group, Advanced Technology Team – David Pirrocco, Lead
Vubiquity Cloud Content Team – Dan Brown, Andrew Gayter, Reuven Elmalem, Anand Varadan

Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Dolby honors and recognizes an individual or team that has demonstrated consistent results in technology leadership, technology achievement or technology innovation.

Finalists are:
Andrea Kalas, Paramount Pictures
Craig Seidel, Pixelogic
Christopher Stefanidis (formerly The Walt Disney Company)

‘Croods’ Sequel Leads ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Fourth Straight Week; ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Joins the List at No. 3

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age again took the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended March 20. A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The CroodsA New Age, distributed by Universal Pictures, has topped the Watched at Home chart for four straight weeks and five out of six since it debuted on digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It arrived on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 23. The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world, spent a third-straight week at No. 2 on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The only newcomer making its first appearance in the top 20 during the week was Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, which became available for digital sellthrough March 16 in advance of its March 30 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot reprising the title superheroine, this time facing a global crisis after a corrupt businessman obtains a magical stone that grants wishes to everyone in the world. It earned $45.6 million at the domestic box office during a theatrical run that saw it available simultaneously for streaming on HBO Max starting on Christmas. It was then released through premium VOD Feb. 12.

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Oscar nominee Promising Young Woman moved up six spots to No. 4 following its March 16 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release. The revenge thriller from Universal Pictures stars Carey Mulligan as a former medical student who was headed for success until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.

Rounding out the top five was STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures. The sci-fi drama, which stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter when comets threaten to wipe out life on Earth, was ranked third the previous two week and has been a top-five title for eight straight weeks.

  1.  The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2.  Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  4. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  5. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  6. Wrong Turn (2021) (Lionsgate)
  7. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  11. Tenet (Warner)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. News of the World (Universal)
  14. Let Him Go (Universal)
  15. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  16. Crisis (Quiver)
  17. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  18. Paw Patrol (Paramount/Nickelodeon)
  19. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  20. The Office: The Complete Series (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 March 20.

‘Croods’ Sequel Leads ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Straight Week

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age again took the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended March 13, which saw all of the top nine releases stay in place.

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).

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The CroodsA New Age, distributed by Universal Pictures, has topped the Watched at Home chart for three straight weeks and four out of five since it debuted on digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It arrived on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 23. The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Repeating at No. 2 was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich. And repeating at No. 3 was STX Films’ Gerard Butler-starring disaster film Greenland, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Promising Young Woman, which just picked up five Oscar noms on top of its four Golden Globe nominations, moved up two spots to No. 10. The revenge thriller, which debuted on digital March 2, is distributed by Universal. It stars Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan as a former medical student who was headed for success until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. It hit Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 16, just after the chart’s reporting period.

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The week’s top newcomer was Universal’s Tom Hanks Western News of the World, about a former Army captain in the 1870s who moves from town to town sharing the news and agrees to help reunite a girl kidnapped by the Kiowa with her family. It picked up Oscar noms for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Sound, but not one for Hanks in the lead role. It ranked No. 11 on the Watched at Home chart in its digital sellthrough debut.

The other newcomers were thrillers Crisis (No. 17) and Death Saved My Life (No. 18,) as well as the 2012 Christopher Nolan DC superhero film The Dark Knight Rises, which landed at No. 19.

  1.  The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2.  Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  3. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  4. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  5. Wrong Turn (2021) (Lionsgate)
  6. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Tenet (Warner)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  11. News of the World (Universal)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Freaky (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Let Him Go (Universal)
  16. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  17. Crisis (Quiver Distribution)
  18. Death Saved My Life (A+E)
  19. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner)
  20. Silk Road (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 March 13.

‘Croods’ Sequel Returns to Top of ‘Watched at Home List’; ‘Wrong Turn’ Reboot Top Newcomer

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age returned to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 27 thanks to its Feb. 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was previously No. 1 the week ended Feb. 13 following its digital sellthrough release Feb. 9, then slipped to No. 2 the next week. A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The movie that displaced A New Age the week ended Feb. 20, STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped back to No. 2 on the Watched at Home chart, which 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. The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter remained No. 3. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Freaky at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6, was Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

Sony Pictures’ 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Spider-Man: Homecoming made its way onto the list for the first time at No. 17, fueled by news that new franchise installment Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive on Christmas.

Warner’s Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob debuted at No. 18 following its Feb. 23 release on DVD. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Freaky (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)
  7. Let Him Go (Universal)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  11. When Calls the Heart: Season 8 (Cinedigm)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  13. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  14. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  15. Supernova (Bleecker Street)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
  18. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (Warner)
  19. Snowfall: Season 4 (FX)
  20. Songbird (STX)

 

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 Feb. 27.

‘Greenland’ Climbs to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, jumped up to the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 20.

Greenland, in which Gerard Butler plays a man trying to get his family to get his family to a military shelter while comets threaten life on Earth, had been in second place a week earlier on the Watched at Home chart, which 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. This is its fourth week on the chart, having started in the fourth spot at the end of January and moved up one spot each week since.

The previous week’s most-watched title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2.

The top newcomer to the chart was No. 3 Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Monster Hunter became available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Let Him Go at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The only other title making its first appearance on the chart during the week was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, was released through digital channels at the beginning of the year and is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox (though the Watched at Home chart doesn’t account for disc rentals).

  1. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Let Him Go (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Freaky (Universal)
  7. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  12. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  13. Honest Thief (Universal)
  14. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  20. Come Play (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 Feb. 20.

DEG Forms New Committees, Defines Terms for Direct-to-Consumer Market

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s D2C Alliance Steering Committee Feb. 25 released a list of industry terminology endorsed by its members to help standardize communication about the various digital streaming models and services and to align the messaging regarding their features and benefits.

The Alliance-adopted terminology spans linear, transactional and subscription businesses:

  • AVOD: Ad-Supported Video-on-Demand services are usually free (no subscription fee) or discounted with the inclusion of advertising.
  • DTC: Direct-to-Consumer services deliver single- or multi-channel content to consumers directly from a network or provider.
  • DTO: Download-to-Own digital content is purchased or licensed from platforms like Amazon Prime and iTunes (similar to EST).
  • EST: Electronic Sell-Through enables standard or premium digital content to be streamed or downloaded by consumers for a fixed one-time fee over an extended period of time across multiple delivery points and devices.
  • FAST: Free Ad-Supported Television linear channels are delivered over the internet and available from third party platforms (e.g., Pluto, Tubi).
  • Linear TV: Linear TV refers to live or prerecorded television programs that are distributed in real time, rather than on-demand, by cable (e.g., Comcast), satellite (e.g., DirecTV), telco (e.g., Verizon Fios) or broadcast OTA (over-the-air) networks, as well as internet-delivered digital program distributors (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTubeTV, SlingTV).
  • MVPD: Multichannel Video Program Distributors offer a variety of different linear content channels from multiple providers over cable, satellite or telco services (e.g., Comcast, DISH, DirecTV, Verizon Fios) on a subscription basis. Virtual MVPDS (vMVPDs) offer channels through internet-delivered services (e.g., Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV).
  • O&O: An abbreviated way to reference a broadcast station that is “owned-and-operated” by the network or company that it’s affiliated with. NBC 4 Los Angeles, for example, is owned and operated by NBCUniversal.
  • OTT: Over-the-Top services bypass traditional cable, broadcast and satellite TV platforms and use the internet to deliver or “stream” video directly to viewers. Netflix, Apple TV, and YouTube are all examples of OTT services.
  • PEST: Premium Electronic Sell-Through for a one-time fee offers a specific piece of digital content to be purchased or licensed earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • PVOD: Premium Video-on-Demand services permit limited-time access, for a one-time fee, to a specific piece of content earlier than its traditional release “window.”
  • SVOD: Subscription Video-on-Demand services require a periodic fixed fee (most often monthly) for accessing and viewing content an unlimited number of times while a subscriber (e.g., Disney+, Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock).
  • TVOD: Transactional Video-on-Demand services charge a one-time fee for viewing a specific piece of content for either a limited rental period (typically 24 or 48 hours), or an extended collection period (EST).

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The DEG’s D2C Alliance is focused on identifying the issues pertaining to both SVOD and AVOD services, including (but not limited to) definitions and standards; uniform messaging; activation and adoption; research and data analytics; consumer consumption patterns; improved quality of service; and generating greater overall awareness about the direct-to-consumer experience.

To this end, the Alliance also recently activated two new committees: TV & Connected Devices and DTC Targeted Services.

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The members of the TV & Connected Devices committee include Amazon, Google, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Electronics, TiVo, Verizon and Xfinity. The TV & Connected Devices committee seeks open communication with platforms and services as a way to improve the overall consumer streaming experience.

The DTC Targeted Services committee is comprised of specialized content companies, such as A+E Networks, AMC Networks, BBC Studios, FilmRise, National Geographic, The Great Courses, PBS Distribution and ScreenHits TV. The goal of the DTC Targeted Services committee is to ensure that the perspective of specialized services is represented in the key industry issues outlined above.

DEG’s D2C Alliance is guided by a group of Steering Committee executives, including Matt Strauss, chairman direct-to-consumer and international at NBCUniversal, as chair; Ron Lamprecht, director corporate business development at Amazon Prime, as vice chair; and Jonathan Zepp, M&E global partnerships, Google Platforms & Ecosystems, and Dan Cohen, president, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, as board officers. The officers were elected by the full D2C Alliance Steering Committee.

“Establishing accepted industry terminology is an important early step in both industry relations and consumer outreach,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO, in a statement. “This is an important milestone for the D2C Alliance as it moves forward with a strong base of support across platforms and services, device makers and content owners and distributors.”

Also Feb. 25, the DEG is presenting “The Maturing D2C Landscape,” an event to provide more insights about the emerging DTC ecosystem. The virtual event features experts from across the industry speaking about the targeted services landscape and the role connected devices play in consumer experience.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Moves to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age made its debut on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 13.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was made available for digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It was released Nov. 25 in U.S. theaters and topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks before becoming available through premium VOD Dec. 18, then returned to the top of the box office charts this past weekend (Feb. 12-14), pushing its domestic cume to $49 million.

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The Croods: A New Age was the only title during the week to make its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart, which 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.

Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, which had been No. 1 the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 4 on the Watched at Home.

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STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, moved up a spot to No. 2, while Let Him Go slipped a spot to No. 3.

Another Universal release, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, returned to the chart at No. 5 after it too was released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Let Him Go (Universal)
  4. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  5. Freaky (Universal)
  6. Honest Thief (Universal)
  7. Tenet (Warner)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. The Office: Complete Series (Universal)
  11. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  12. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  14. Synchronic (Well Go)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  18. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  19. Come Play (Universal)
  20. 100% Wolf (Viva Pictures Distribution)

 

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 Feb. 13.