Netflix: Seven-Year-Old ‘Despicable Me 3’ Tops Weekly Streaming Through Feb. 11

In a slow week for Netflix original content, seven-year-old Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 took the top spot overall and on the English language movie chart with 15.9 million views through Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 11).

It was a good week for the franchise, with three other releases — Minions 2015), Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) — all placing in the Top 10 English language movie chart.

The original limited series “Griselda,” starring and executive produced by Sofía Vergara, created by Eric Newman and directed by Andrés Baiz, spent its third week at No.1 on the English-language TV chart with 10.3 million views.

South Korean Action-adventure Badland Hunters remained atop the non-English language movie chart for the third consecutive week with 6.1 million views.

The Chilean crime thriller “Baby Bandito” claimed No. 1 on the non-English language TV chart with 3.3 million views.

“One Day,” the new limited series starring Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall, and adapted from David Nicholls’ romance novel, debuted in third place with 5.3 million views on the English language TV chart, reaching the Top 10 in 75 countries.

Returning to the chart were the docuseries “Alexander: The Making of a God” at No. 3 (3.5 million views), Harlan Coben’s crime thriller “Fool Me Once” at No. 5 (3.3 million views), the true crime docuseries “American Nightmare” at No. 6 (3 million views), and season two of “Love on the Spectrum U.S.” at No. 10 with 1.2 million views. 

DreamWorks Animation’s Orion and the Dark, the animated family film directed by Sean Charmatz and written by Charlie Kaufman, took second place on the English-language movie chart with 12.7 million views in its second week.

It was a big week for documentaries on the chart. The true crime Lover, Stalker, Killer entered the chart at No. 3 with 10 million views, and The Greatest Night in Pop, Bao Nguyen’s doc behind the making of the charity single “We Are the World,” landed at No. 8 (5.1 million views). The actioner Lift, starring Kevin Hart, took 10th place in its fifth week on the chart with 3.8 million views. 

Making their chart debuts were the Turkish romantic thriller Ashes at No. 2 with 4.8 million views and the gritty Indian thriller Bhakshak at No. 5 with 2.4 million views. Spain’s Best International Film Oscar nominee Society of the Snow, from director J.A. Bayona, took third place in its sixth week on the chart with 4.1 million views. The movie, which recently won 12 Goya Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, also rose to second place on the Most Popular Non-English Films Chart.

New non-English language TV charters included the South Korean crime thriller “A Killer Paradox” in second place (3.1 million views), the French true crime docuseries “Raël: The Alien Prophet” in the third spot (2 million views), and the Spanish comedy “Alpha Males” in the 10th spot with 900,000 views.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Revenue Declines

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 23 said fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) revenue decreased 14.3% to $315 million from $368 million, reflecting the DVD/Blu-ray Disc and digital retail success of several releases in the prior year period, including Despicable Me 3, partially offset by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in the recent fourth quarter.

For the year, home entertainment revenue topped $1 billion, down almost 19% from revenue of $1.28 billion in 2017.

Fallen Kingdom generated $57.3 million in revenue from the sales of 2.9 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units, according to Mamma Mia generated $17.7 million on sales of 1 million discs.

By comparison, Despicable Me 3 generated $35.7 million in revenue on sales of 2.1 million discs in 2017. The Fate of the Furious generated $46.5 million on sales of 2.3 million discs.

For the fiscal year, revenue from Universal Pictures decreased 5.8% to $7.2 billion compared to 2017, reflecting lower home entertainment, theatrical, other and content licensing revenue. Pre-tax earnings decreased 42.5% to $734 million compared to 2017, reflecting lower revenue as well as higher operating expenses.

Meanwhile, theatrical revenue increased 189.3% to $547 million from $189 million, reflecting the performances of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Halloween in the just-concluded fourth quarter.