DEG: Streaming Now Accounts for 80% of Home Entertainment Spending

Consumer spending on home entertainment in the third quarter of 2021 rose to nearly $8 billion, a gain of almost 10% from the prior year’s July through September period, according to estimates released Nov. 8 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Just over 80% of that total, or an estimated $6.4 billion, was spent on subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+.

Total spending on home entertainment for the first nine months of the year, through Sept. 30, was pegged by DEG at $23.6 billion, a year-over-year gain of more than 6%. The DEG’s report notes that this spending gain “came amid a nearly 63% drop in box office.” An estimated $18.6 billion, or 79% of total consumer home entertainment spending, came from streaming, a figure that’s up 19.5% from the first nine months of 2020.

On the transactional side, total consumer spending on disc and digital sales and rentals in the third quarter was down 13% to $1.576 billion, although for the first nine months consumer spending on physical and digital media transactions sunk more than 24% to an estimated $5 billion, compared with more than $6.6 billion in the first nine months of 2020.

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Digital sales of movies, TV shows and other filmed content came in at $557.8 million for the quarter and $1.7 billion for the first nine months of the year, down 13.5% and 24.5%, respectively, from the prior year.

Sales of DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays generated an estimated $430.5 million in the third quarter and $1.4 billion in the first nine months of 2021, down 11% and 21.6% from the comparable periods in 2020, respectively.

Digital rentals during the third quarter fell 15.3% to $388.7 million, and 28.5% to $1.3 billion year to date, with disc rental revenues down 11.7% to $198.7 million and 21.3% to $629 million during the same time frames.

According to DEG, “factors limiting growth in the first nine months of 2021 include few new theatrical releases, which are historically a key driver of home entertainment spending, particularly in the earlier part of the period. However, with pandemic conditions improving as the year progressed and theatrical releases restarting, spending on home purchases of theatrical new releases has begun to pick up. It is expected to continue in a positive direction as theatrical releases across the industry return to a typical pattern.”

The trade group noted that during the third quarter of 2021, physical media sales of new theatrical releases rose 38%, with digital sales up 73%, “according to one reporting source.”

It is important to note that DEG numbers do not include revenue from premium VOD releases, in which new films command a higher sales and/or rental price shortly after their theatrical bow, but before their traditional release to home entertainment channels. Earlier this year, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment president Michael Bonner in a DEG presentation estimated “there’s a billion dollars in consumer spending that is not captured” in the trade group’s numbers.

“And those numbers are not insignificant,” he said. “We’ve seen tremendous engagement from consumers in that product that’s made available in early windows.”

DEG Slates Entertainment Technology Event for February 2022

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has announced a new entertainment technology conference for early next year as in-person events start to return.

DEG’s EnTech Fest 2022 will be held Feb. 15 and 16 at an as-yet-unspecified location, with an opening reception, exhibits, networking and presentations.

The trade association describes EnTech as “an in-person B2B trade and networking event inviting technology companies to display and demo products for all DEG studio and platform members.”

DEG says more information will come soon.

DEG Hosts Virtual Discussion on Supply-Chain Innovation

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is hosting a high-level discussion Sept. 30 on supply chain innovation.

Speakers will discuss supply chain transformation, including the cloud innovation cycle and what comes next.

Featured speakers include Darcy Antonellis of Amdocs Media; content operations executive Susan Cheng, most recently with WarnerMedia; John Footen of Deloitte Consulting; Eric Iverson of Amazon Web Services; Arjun Ramamurthy of Ateliere; David Sugg of WarnerMedia; and Phil Wiser of ViacomCBS.

The virtual event, which starts at 10:30 a.m. PT, is sponsored by Whip Media and is not open to the press.

To register,  click here.

DEG’s Fifth Annual Hedy Lamarr Innovation Award Will Go to Dolby’s Poppy Crum

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group Aug. 24 announced Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories, as the 2021 recipient of the Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology.

In its fifth year, the Hedy Lamarr Award recognizes female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

At Dolby, Crum is responsible for integrating neuroscience and data science into algorithm design, technology development and technology strategy. She is also an adjunct professor at Stanford University, focusing on the impact of modern technologies and immersive environments such as augmented and virtual reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

The 2021 Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology, honoring a female college student whose studies in the fields of entertainment and technology have shown exceptional promise, will be presented to Shambhavi Mishra, an undergraduate student at Carnegie-Mellon University who is double majoring in humanities analytics and music composition. Brianna Seaburg, a communications major at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC), is runner up. Both will receive a financial award to continue their education.

The awards will be presented during an online event Dec. 6.

“It is an honor to recognize Poppy Crum, an outstanding female leader in neuroscience and technology, with this year’s Innovation Award. She is a true visionary working to better lives and society through the development of immersive technologies,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG’s president and CEO. “It is also a great pleasure to present the Achievement Award to Shambhavi Mishra to support her work toward ensuring that all voices and perspectives across the industry are heard equally. The 2021 Hedy Award winners are remarkable women in their field who clearly share Hedy’s passion for innovation.”

Crum said, “This honor represents a dedication to excellence in the field of technology initiated by Hedy Lamarr that continues to be led by many outstanding women who are committed to driving advancements that enhance our world and the experiences we have in it. It is truly gratifying to be recognized among them.”

Austrian-American actress Lamarr was a Hollywood legend who is best known for her roles in film classics including Samson and Delilah, The Strange Woman and Tortilla Flat. She was also a lifelong inventor whose innovative work included pioneering “frequency hopping,” which became the foundation for spread spectrum technology. Conceived by Lamarr and composer George Antheil for radio guidance systems and patented in 1942, this highly secure technology resists interference and dropout, and is utilized today for a variety of cellular, Wi-Fi and bluetooth applications.

Past honorees include Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Nonny de la Peña, CEO of Emblematic Group; Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS KIDS Digital.

To determine the award winners, DEG enlists its Canon Club Advisory Board, which comprises a cross-section of leaders representing the entertainment, technology, IT and consumer electronics industries.

DEG Panel: Transactional Business Strong Despite New-Release Slowdown

The home entertainment pie is getting bigger — and not just on the subscription streaming side, according to an Aug. 10 panel presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

“The story on SVOD services I think is really well told, and we’ve seen a lot of consumers come over through those subscriber numbers, but I don’t think there’s been much focus on consumers who’ve been coming into the transactional end of the business,” said Jim Wuthrich, president of home entertainment and content licensing at WarnerMedia.

After a year in 2020 that saw a big jump in at home entertainment viewing due to a pandemic, the transactional business — revenue from consumers who rent or buy titles either digitally or physically — has proven resilient, even though it has dropped from the pandemic highs of last year. Transactional spending was down 28.7% to an estimated $3.4 billion, from $4.8 billion in the first six months of 2020.

“I would say overall these numbers to me are remarkable,” said Michael Bonner, president of worldwide home entertainment at Universal Pictures.

Comparing the numbers to pre-pandemic 2019, transactional has grown its appeal, especially with catalog.

“We have evidence that the consumer adoption and engagement during the pandemic is up overall, and those levels are kind of maintaining,” Bonner said.

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“We had this big spike last year where consumers were looking for any content they could transactionally,” Wuthrich added. “This year we’ve come down, but we’re running against that big spike we had last year.

“The one drag that we’ve got for the first half of this year was really around new-release product because we don’t have a lot of new-release product.”

Still, Bonner noted that on a title-by-title basis, the new releases that have come out are performing well.

“If you look at it at on a title level, that product that is flowing in, it’s performing very well relative to historical,” he noted.

Then there’s premium rentals and sales (PVOD, PEST), which the DEG does not track. That segment of the business, which some industry pundits say helped the transactional market grow for the first time in a decade last year, has continued its appeal.

“Our estimate is there’s $1 billion of consumer spend that’s not captured in the numbers that you’re presenting,” Bonner said. “And those numbers are not insignificant. We’ve seen tremendous engagement from consumers on that product that’s made available early in its window. Again, some of that is to be expected — given where the box office has been over the past year — but the numbers, they’re fantastic.”

Wuthrich sees a strong last half of the year, as new releases flow into the transactional pipeline.

“Going into the back half of year, we’re pretty bullish around it,” he said.

“I think in Q3 and Q4, we’re not quite out of the pandemic yet, so I think there’s still going to be heavy engagement in the home, so I think the numbers should be strong again,” Bonner said.

While moves to put titles on streaming services early — and, in the case of Warner, on HBO Max concurrently with theaters — may shrink demand in the transactional realm, there are customers for every segment of the entertainment marketplace, said panelists.

“When it’s widely available on a streaming service, it does take some of the demand, but it also adds in other ways,” Wuthrich said.

“The reality is studios are all kind of making tradeoffs in terms of how to put product through different consumer offerings earlier than ever,” Bonner added. “We’re all trying to figure that out.”

Each segment of the business is finding an audience, panelists said.

“We see spikes in demand across each of those new offerings,” Bonner said. “There are consumers and there’s an audience out there for each of these.”

Even the physical business is holding its own, Wuthrich said.

“We found there are still over 35 million households in the U.S. that are still transacting in physical,” he said, noting that Warner entered into a joint venture, Studio Distribution Services (SDS), with Universal to serve the continuing physical disc consumer.

“One of the reasons that people continue to buy physical media is it’s a habit. Another reason though is quality. You can’t beat the quality to the television of physical media, particularly around 4K with HDR,” Wuthrich noted. He added that physical consumers span all demos, young and old. Close to 60% is in the age range of 25-44, he said.

And retailers have maintained a lot of that shelf space for physical during the pandemic.

“I think longer term, this is a mature category, and you’ll see continued consolidation,” Wuthrich said. “I think of the retailers that have, particularly the large ones that have exited or shrunk the category, we see stabilization in that space. And that’s where it was particularly encouraging, at least some of our retailers held most of the space, even through COVID, even though there wasn’t a lot of new product that was flowing in. And it was because it was something that was desired by their customer. They were looking for distractions and such. So maybe they were only shopping for diapers and popcorn, but they were still going by and picking up physical.”

DEG: Streaming Again Triggers Surge in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending While Catalog Keeps TVOD Afloat

U.S. consumers spent an estimated $15.7 billion to watch movies, TV shows and other filmed content on home and mobile platforms in the first six months of 2021, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group reported Aug. 10.

The trade group reported the total spend was up 5.2% from the first half of 2020, when consumer spending on home entertainment was pegged at $14.9 billion.

The big winner, as expected, was subscription streaming, which posted a 21.4% gain to an estimated $12.2 billion.

The transactional segment, which includes a la carte disc and digital purchases and rentals, was down a whopping 28.7% to an estimated $3.4 billion, from $4.8 billion in the first six months of 2020.

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This reflects the pronounced lack of new product available to buy or rent in the first half of this year, when uncertainty about COVID-19 prompted the studios to hold back releases until they had more clarity. New theatrical releases, the DEG stated, have “historically [been] a key driver of home entertainment spending.” In January, virus cases were surging to record highs. Then came the vaccine and a swift drop-off in new cases, resulting in a gradual reopening of theaters. Movie houses in Los Angeles, the center of the film industry, didn’t begin to reopen until March.

Another key reason for the sharp decline in consumer transactional spending reported by the DEG is that the trade group does not track revenue generated from a premium rental or sales window that studios adopted in lieu of a theatrical release, even though this, too, is money spent on home entertainment consumption.

In a DEG presentation Universal Pictures Home Entertainment president Michael Bonner estimated “there’s a billion dollars in consumer spending that is not captured” in the trade group’s numbers.

“And those numbers are not insignificant,” he said. “We’ve seen tremendous engagement from consumers in that product that’s made available in early windows.”

Given the lack of theatrical new releases, spending on library titles “is notably strong,” the DEG stated. Over the past two years, digital catalog sales have grown at an annualized rate of 17%, a record high.

Popular catalog titles in the period included the eight “Fast & Furious” films and “The Office” TV series from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner’s “Game of Thrones” and Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections, Lionsgate’s John Wick Triple Feature disc set, and Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place and “Yellowstone” sets.

The DEG noted that the 5% increase in U.S. home entertainment spending in the first half of 2021 came amid a nearly 88% drop in box-office performance for the films released in the period, due to prolonged movie theater closures due to the pandemic.

Looking at the DEG’s defined home entertainment market that excludes PVOD revenue, subscription streaming’s share of total home entertainment revenue rose to 78% by the end of June 2021, up from a 67.6% market share a year ago.

That means that the disc market (sales and rentals) fell to 8.8% of the home entertainment picture in the first half of 2021, down from 12.4% a year ago, while transactional VOD (digital sales and rentals) was down to 13.2%, from 20% a year ago.

Disc sales on their own were down to 6% in the first half of 2021, down from 8.6% a year ago.

Among just transactional home entertainment sources, disc sales and rentals comprised 40%, up about 1.73% from a year ago, with TVOD comprising 60%.

DEG Elects New Board of Directors For Its 25th Year

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is entering its 25th year as the home entertainment industry’s leading trade association with a new board of directors the group says reflects the growing diversity of its membership.

DEG’s voting member companies elected the new board to serve for the 2021-22 fiscal year (Aug. 1 – July 31, 2022). Azure and Verizon Business Group are new DEG member companies and are newly represented on the DEG board, with MGM Studios returning. Azure is represented on the board by former Fox Home Entertainment executive Hanno Basse, MGM is represented by Andres Alvarez, and Verizon Business Group is represented by Steve Walter.

The board also includes two seats representing DEG’s two Alliances, the D2C Alliance (D2CA) and the new Advanced Content Delivery Alliance (ACDA), both of which are involved in focusing DEG membership for the future and broadening the organization’s membership. The board D2CA director is Alison Hoffman of Starz, another new DEG member company. The ACDA board director is Jeremy Settle of AT&T.

DEG officers were elected to two-year terms in 2020 and will continue to serve through July 2022. Officers include chair Jim Wuthrich of WarnerMedia; vice chair Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group; CFO Andrea Downing of PBS Distribution; secretary Rick Hack of Intel; and chair emeritus Matt Strauss of Peacock.

“This is a highly engaged group focused on growing their own businesses and the industry as a whole through improving consumer choice, experience and value,” Wuthrich, president of home entertainment and content licensing at WarnerMedia, said in a statement.

DEG also has made two key staff appointments. Marcy Magiera has been promoted to executive director, from director, of communication and events, and Jean Levicki has joined DEG as director of community and member programs.

“We welcome all of our new DEG board directors and are thrilled about the expanding participation of advanced content delivery and direct-to-consumer companies,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO.

DEG BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers of the Board (Fiscal Years 2020-22)

Chair
Jim Wuthrich
President, Home Entertainment and Content Licensing
WarnerMedia

Vice Chair
Dan Cohen
President
ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

Chief Financial Officer
Andrea Downing
President
PBS Distribution

Secretary
Rick Hack
Head of Media & Entertainment Partnerships
Intel

Chair Emeritus
Matt Strauss
Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International
NBCUniversal and Peacock

Board Directors (Fiscal Year 2021-22)

Erol Kalafat
Senior Technical Product Manager
Amazon Prime

Jeremy Settle
Head of Service & Content Partnerships
AT&T

Hanno Basse
CTO, Media & Entertainment
Azure

Rebecca Heap
SVP Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services
Comcast

Alisa Bowen
SVP Operations
Disney + / Disney Streaming Services

Jonathan Zepp
Media & Entertainment, Global Partnerships
Google

Tim Alessi
Senior Director, Product Marketing
LG Electronics

Ron Schwartz
President Global Distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Lionsgate

Andres Alvarez
SVP Digital Distribution – Partner Engagement & Strategy
MGM

Pedro E. Gutierrez, Jr.
Director, Entertainment, Consumer Applications, & Advertising
Microsoft Corporation

Michael Bonner
President, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
NBCUniversal

Bob Buchi
President
Paramount Home Entertainment

Grace Dolan
VP Integrated Marketing, Samsung Consumer Business
Samsung Electronics

Alison Hoffman
President, Domestic Networks
Starz

Steve Walter
Global Practice Lead, Media, Entertainment & Technology
Verizon Business Group

DEG Slates Virtual Expo on ‘Localization’ on Thursday, June 17

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group this week will host a DEG Expo on the rapidly growing business of content localization, including viewpoints from content owners and technology providers.

The virtual event, called “The Expanding World of Localization,” will be held Thursday, June 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Featured speakers include Mark Howorth, president of the Iyuno-SDI Group, who will discuss the state of the localization industry. Dolby’s Tom McAndrew, senior technical manager of content relations, and Javier Foncillas, VP of commercial partnerships for Europe, will speak about the global demand for immersive audio.

An executive roundtable led by Vuulr CEO Americas Thomas Hughes will discuss the potential and pain points for localization, including workflows, terminology, talent management, DEI and the role of AI in content localization. Participants include James Hurrell, head of content and localization, global operations, for  BBC Studios; Chris Reynolds, EVP and GM of worldwide localization and fulfillment at Deluxe; Gray Ainsworth, EVP of global technical operations and servicing at Lionsgate; and Andrea Sconza, director of localization services at Vubiquity. More perspective on innovating with AI will be shared by Craig Seidel, CTO of Pixelogic, in conversation with Spherex CEO Teresa Phillips and Respeecher CEO Alex Serdiuk.

DEG Expo: The Expanding World of Localization is free to media industry professionals, but registration is required.

To register,  click here.

The full agenda can be found here.

‘Tom & Jerry’ Debuts at No. 1 on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry debuted at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 22.

The live-action/animation hybrid, which features the iconic cat and mouse duo’s feud disrupting a high-profile wedding at a trendy New York hotel, was released Feb. 26 concurrently on HBO Max and in theaters, where it made $45.6 million domestically. It became available through premium VOD April 16, and was released for digital purchase and on disc May 18, when the Watched at Home chart began tracking it.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, which is compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional activity related to digital purchases and VOD, as well as sales of disc formats such as DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

The previous week’s most-watched title, Universal Pictures’ The Marksman, dropped to No. 2. In the film, Neeson plays an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a young migrant boy to his family in Chicago despite being pursued by drug lords. It earned $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.’ crime drama The Little Things with Denzel Washington, slipped to No. 3, while Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age stayed at No. 4.

Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke as a woman living in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with a married FBI agent after agreeing to become an informant, rose eight spots to No. 5 following its May 18 Blu-ray and DVD release. It was released digitally May 7.

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A24’s Minari, a drama about a Korean family that moves to Arkansas, jumped up 14 spots to No. 6 after Lionsgate released the film on Blu-ray and DVD May 18.

The stalwart Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection held steady at No. 7.

Newcomer Chaos Walking, released through digital retailers May 14, entered the chart at No. 8. The sci-fi thriller set in the future stars Tom Holland as a man who discovers a mysterious girl played by Daisy Ridley has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. It earned $13.3 million at the domestic box office.

Also new to the chart, at No. 9, is Sony Pictures’ The Father, a drama about a man (Anthony Hopkins) who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages and begins to lose touch with reality. The film earned Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Hopkins. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD May 18.

Rounding out the top 10 was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland, the Best Picture Oscar winner was down five spots from the previous week.

Paramount’s 2018 thriller A Quiet Place made its first appearance in the top 20, at No. 11, in anticipation of the May 28 theatrical release of its sequel.

No. 12 was another new release, Vertical Entertainment’s Four Good Days, a drama starring Mila Kunis, Glenn Close and Stephen Root, about a mother helping her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse. It was released digitally May 21.

It should be noted that Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, which was the week’s top-selling disc by a wide margin according to the VideoScan tracking service, and was a top-five seller on most digital retailer charts, was not included in the compilation due to its initial release via the Disney+ Premier Access VOD option, which the DEG stated prevents it from being tracked regardless of window despite its availability through traditional retail channels.

  1. Tom & Jerry (2021, Warner)
  2. The Marksman (Universal)
  3. The Little Things (Warner)
  4. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  5. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)
  6. Minari (Lionsgate)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)
  9. The Father (Sony Pictures)
  10. Nomadland (20th Century)
  11. A Quiet Place (Paramount)
  12. Four Good Days (Vertical)
  13. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Land (Universal)
  16. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  17. The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)
  18. News of the World (Universal)
  19. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  20. The Vault (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 May 22.

Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Climbs to No. 1 on Watched at Home Chart

Universal Pictures’ The Marksman moved into the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 15.

The latest actioner from Liam Neeson had been No. 3 a week earlier following its April 27 digital sellthrough release, but moved into the top spot following its May 11 bow on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In the film, Neeson plays an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a young migrant boy to his family in Chicago despite being pursued by drug lords. It earned $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Aside from the reshuffling for the top spot, the top five remained the same on the weekly 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 previous week’s top title, Warner Bros.’ crime drama The Little Things with Denzel Washington, dropped to No. 2, while Warner’s superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which had topped the chart for five weeks prior to slipping to No. 2 a week ago, slipped again to No. 3. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age moved up a spot to No. 4, switching places with Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, which dropped to No. 5.

Warner’s direct-to-video Justice Society: World War II, based on the DC Comics characters, returned to the chart at No. 6 following a May 11 Blu-ray and 4K release (with a DVD-only release exclusive to Walmart). It dropped off the chart a week ago after debuting at No. 16 two following an April 27 digital release.

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Making its debut on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Land, the feature directorial debut of Robin Wright, who also stars as a woman who retreats from society to live in wilds of the Rockies following an unfathomable event. It was released on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD May 11, after being available for digital purchase since April 27.

Another newcomer to the chart was Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke as a woman living in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with a married FBI agent after agreeing to become an informant. It debuted at No. 13 after a May 7 digital release.

The martial arts action comedy The Paper Tigers will debuted at No. 18 after being released on VOD May 7. An homage to feel-good martial arts films such as The Karate Kid, the film follows three dedicated kung fu disciples who grow up into washed-up, middle-aged men. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties and old grudges to avenge his death. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Also making its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart was 2018’s Venom, which entered the chart at No. 11 after the trailer for its upcoming sequel, Venom: Let Their Be Carnage, was released May 10.

  1. The Marksman (Universal)
  2. The Little Things (Warner)
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. News of the World (Universal)
  9. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  10. Land (Universal)
  11. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)
  14. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  15. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  16. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  17. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  18. The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)
  19. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  20. Minari (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 May 15.