Lionsgate Q1 Retail Movie Sales Revenue Increased Nearly 30%, Including Uptick in Packaged Media

Lionsgate reported first quarter (ended June 30) total home entertainment revenue from the sale of original and licensed movies of $200 million, which was up almost 30% from revenue of $154.3 million in the prior-year period due to higher revenue from theatrical slate titles, in particular John Wick: Chapter 4.

Specifically, Lionsgate generated $174.1 million in digital retail revenue, including $131.3 million from original releases and $42.8 million from licensed and catalog titles.

In a shocker, sales of packaged-media movies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc increased more than 17% to $25.9 million, from $22.1 million a year earlier. Original movies accounted for $20.8 million in revenue, with $5.1 million from licensed content.

Theatrical revenue increased $55 million due to an increase of $54.9 million from Lionsgate original releases, and to a lesser extent a greater number of theatrical slate releases.

On the flipside, home entertainment revenue from the sale of television content decreased $20 million, or 62.1%, to $12.2 million, due to a decrease of $13.6 million from digital media intersegment revenue from the licensing of Starz original series to Starz Networks, and digital media revenue in the prior year’s quarter for “The First Lady” season one.

Packaged media accounted for $400,000 in TV content revenue, down from $900,000 a year ago. Digital generated $11.8 million, down 62.3% from $31.3 million in the previous-year period.

DEG International Renews ‘Les VODays’ Showcasing Hollywood Movies in France

The Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI), and the Syndicat de l’Edition Vidéo Numérique (SEVN), Jan. 16 announced the return of “Les VODays,”’ a week-long marketing campaign to jumpstart digital retail sales of Hollywood and European movies in the French market.

French consumers will be offered a selection of new and classic movies at discounted prices from Universal Pictures Video France, Sony Pictures Entertainment France, SND Films and Warner Bros. Discovery France.

Titles will be available across both digital sellthrough and transactional VOD, allowing consumers to buy or rent movies. The selection of both Hollywood and local movies include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the “Spider-Man” saga, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Joyeuse Retraite! 2, among others.

Participating digital platforms include the Apple TV app, CanalVOD, Filmo, Microsoft Movies & TV, VOD from Orange TV, Premiere Max, Prime Video, Rakuten TV, UniversCine and VIVA.

Les VODays” is backed by a nationwide media campaign that includes Facebook, Instagram and Catch-up TV on MyTF1 & 6play, with additional visibility across the ALLOCINE network.

“‘LesVODays’ in 2022 was a bold activation that delivered new and lapsed customers to the French market,” Liz Bales, CEO at DEG International, said in a statement. “The next iteration of the campaign will benefit from the learnings of last year, and will see the 2023 activity designed to highlight the breadth of titles across the digital format as well as the convenience of digital transaction.”

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Due on Digital Sept. 8, Disc Sept. 27

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will hit digital retail channels on Sept. 8, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. The movie, co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, will also stream on Disney+ Sept. 8.

The movie generated more than $738 million at the global box office, including $333 million in North America.

Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit), from a screenplay by Waititi & Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder was produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum.

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Bonus Features

  • Gag reel includes fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew
  • Audio commentary by director/writer Taika Waititi.

 

Featurettes

  • “Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor” traces Hemsworth and Portman’s journeys to becoming Thor and The Mighty Thor, respectively. The costars speak about the preparation behind embodying their legendary roles and describe how they combine their unstoppable forces.
  • “Shaping a Villain” introduces Love and Thunder’s primary antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher (Bale). Shining a light on the man who brings the character to life, this piece highlights his recruitment and process. Then fellow cast and crew reveal personal anecdotes.
  • “Another Classic Taika Adventure” looks back on Taika Waititi’s journey taking over the Thor franchise and reinventing the God of Thunder. Revisit the moment Taika was announced as the new custodian of Thor and follow Taika through the production of Thor: Love and Thunder.

 

Deleted Scenes

  • Looking for Zeus — Thor, Valkyrie and Korg run into a few characters while seeking an audience with Zeus.
  • Wasting Time — Star-Lord and Mantis convince Thor to help their cause.
  • A Safe Vacation — A nonchalant Thor chats with a panicked Star-Lord and Mantis in the middle of chaos. An explosion thrusts Korg into the scene.
  • Fighting For You — Zeus gifts Thor a special tool after overhearing a heartfelt conversation.

Paramount’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Flying to Digital Retail Channels Aug. 23, Disc on Nov. 1

Top Gun: Maverick, the world’s No. 1 box office movie in 2022, is headed to retail channels, beginning with digital on Aug. 23, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray on Nov. 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The Top Gun sequel, again starring Tom Cruise, has generated more than $1.3 billion in global box office receipts in 12 weeks of release and is the highest-grossing film of the producer/actor’s acclaimed career. The movie was No. 2 at the North American weekend box office through Aug. 14.

In the 30 years since the 1986 original, Top Gun: Maverick finds Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot. Yet, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past when he returns to Top Gun to train a group of elite graduates and comes face-to-face with Lt. Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late best friend, “Goose.” Bitter rivalries ignite as the pilots prepare for a specialized mission, which will require the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.

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The digital release takes viewers deep inside the making of the actioner with more than 110 minutes of bonus content. Features include the cast’s intense flight training program, behind-the-scenes videos of aerial sequences, and insights into the experimental aircraft specially designed for the movie.  Cruise shares his passion for aviation as he pilots his own aircraft and discusses his career at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Finally, the release includes two music videos from Lady Gaga and OneRepublic.

Specific digital release bonus material includes:

  • “Cleared For Take Off” — Witness the most intense film training program as the cast prepare themselves for filming while pulling multiple G’s in a fighter plane.
  • “Breaking New Ground — Filming Top Gun: Maverick” — Prepare to take flight as you go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick on a journey to capture the most spectacular aerial sequences ever!
  • “A Love Letter to Aviation” — Tom Cruise shares his passion for aviation as he pilots his own aircraft, a vintage World War II P-51 Mustang, which would have been the Top Gun aircraft of its day.
  • “Forging The Darkstar” — Pushing the limits beyond Mach-10, the future of aviation is unveiled through an impressive experimental aircraft specially designed for the movie.
  • “Masterclass with Tom Cruise — Cannes Film Festival” — Tom Cruise discusses his incredible career at the flagship event of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
  •  “Hold My Hand” — Lady Gaga Music Video” — Lady Gaga’s music video for her standout lead single hit on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack.
  •  “I Ain’t Worried” — OneRepublic Music Video” — Music video to the original new song from OneRepublic.
  • “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One Teaser Trailer” — Watch the official teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One starring Tom Cruise, coming to theaters in 2023.

 

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR).  The film will also be available in a 4K Ultra HD SteelBook. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as “Cleared for Take Off,” “Breaking New Ground — Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter to Aviation,” “Forging the Darkstar,” “Masterclass with Tom Cruise — Cannes Film Festival,” and the two music videos.

The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with Dolby Atmos. The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film as well as “Cleared for Take Off,” “Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter to Aviation,” “Forging the Darkstar,” and the two music videos.

The DVD includes the feature film in standard-definition.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

A24’s multiverse fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once led the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 10.

The film, newly available for digital rental, stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a flustered immigrant mother who is contacted from a parallel universe and told that only she can save the world. The film is also available for digital purchase.

Remaining at No. 2 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Landing at No. 3 was Open Road Films’ Liam Neeson actioner Memory, also newly available for digital rental. Also offered for digital purchase, the film follows an expert assassin caught in a moral quagmire.

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Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, available for digital purchase beginning June 22, fell from the top spot to No. 4 on the chart. The Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses and is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power.

Landing at No. 5 on the chart was Universal’s The Northman, available for digital purchase and rental. Based on the Viking legends that inspired Hamlet, it tells the story of a deposed Viking prince who returns from hiding to seek revenge against his uncle for murdering his father.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 10, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. Memory
  4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  5. The Northman
  6. Last Seen Alive
  7. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  9. Morbius
  10. Ambulance

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fourth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 10.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about at risk, including M.J. (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing Spider-Man villains from other universes.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Rising to No. 3 from No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Rising to No. 4 from No. 7 on the chart was MGM’s Dog, available for premium digital rental. The film, starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum, follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on a road trip. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 10, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. The Contractor
  4. Dog
  5. Sing 2
  6. The Outfit
  7. Jackass Forever
  8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  9. Scream (2022)
  10. Death on the Nile

Buddy Comedy ‘Dog’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The canine buddy comedy Dog led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 13.

Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 2 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, was recently made available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Paramount Pictures’ new Scream horror flick, which became available for digital rental and purchase March 1, took the bronze on the chart, dropping from the top spot. It reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles from the original series. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original attacks.

The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in Warner Bros.’ “Matrix” franchise, landed at No. 4 on the chart. The film, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max, is available for regular digital purchase after a premium-priced digital run. It follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003 and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines that he thought he ended. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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Falling from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart was the Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight, available for premium digital rental. The film follows a government operative with a shadowy past who discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens and finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once protected.

Among other titles new to Vudu’s chart were the Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romcom Marry Me, Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Best Picture contender Nightmare Alley and the Peter Dinklage starrere Cyrano (Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design), ranked at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Dog
  2. Sing 2
  3. Scream (2022)
  4. The Matrix Resurrections
  5. Blacklight
  6. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  7. Marry Me
  8. Nightmare Alley
  9. Cyrano
  10. American Underdog

Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ Bowing for Digital Purchase Jan. 12, on Disc. Feb. 15

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals is set to make its retail debut on all major digital platforms Jan. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 15. The packaged-media releases will feature bonus material, including four deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Eternals, which has generated $161.9 million at the North American box office, and $396.1 million globally, follows a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the superheroes are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

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The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.

Bonus features include:

  • Audio commentary by director Chloé Zhao and producers Stephane Ceretti and Mårten Larsson.
  • “Immortalized” featurette — Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe launches into the reasons why Marvel wanted to immortalize these superheroes for the MCU.
  • “Walks of Life” unveils Marvel’s biggest and most diverse lineup of Super Heroes in one film. Hear reactions from the cast on being involved in the film and the instant sense of camaraderie that was felt on the day they all joined each other in their costumes.
  • Deleted Scenes: “Gravity” — Phastos and Jack have a conversation that leads to a breakthrough; “Nostalgia” — Sprite and Makkari reminisce about humankind while overlooking the ruins of Babylon; “Movies” — Gligamesh and Kingo connect over movies while crossing the Amazon River with the rest of the team; “Small Talk” — Sprite confronts Dane in the museum about his interactions with Sersi.

PlayStation Store Dropping Digital Movie and TV Show Sales and Rentals

The Sony PlayStation Store will drop the sale and rental of digital movies and TV shows, beginning Aug. 31. The platform, which has sold and rented studio movies since 2008, cited an increase in the consumer adoption of subscription streaming services and ad-supported VOD services, for the decision.

“At [Sony Interactive Entertainment], we strive to provide the best entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and that means evolving our offerings as customer needs change,” Vanessa Lee, head of video business for Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in a March 2 blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles.”

The PlayStation Store was not a member of Movies Anywhere, the studio-backed transactional retail platform that includes Vudu, Microsoft’s Movies & TV, DirecTV, Xfinity Store, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Verizon, FandangoNow and Row8.

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Users can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices, she wrote.

“We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation,” read the blog.

The move follows the 2019 shuttering of Sony PlayStation Vue, the  online TV platform that in 2015 followed Dish Network’s Sling TV into the nascent streaming market.

Ironically, Sony is pulling out of the TVOD retail market at a time when digital sales and rentals are at an all-time high, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic. According to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, digital sales of movies, TVs shows and other filmed content, known as electronic sellthrough, rose 16% to $3 billion. Digital rentals were up 18%, to $2.3 billion.

MPAA: Global Home Entertainment Market Up 16% in 2018

It’s an over-the-top video world and it’s got the revenue to prove it.

Global home entertainment consumer spending increased by 16% in 2018 to reach $55.7 billion from $48 billion in 2017, according to new data from the Motion Picture Association of America. The growth was driven by digital home entertainment, with U.S. digital spending increasing by 24% and international digital spending increasing by 34%. Since 2014, digital spending has increased 170% globally.

Much of the spending was driven by subscription streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, in addition to sales and rental of digital movies and TV shows.

Globally, the number of subscriptions to online video services reached 613 million, an up 27% from 2017. Subscriptions to online video services surpassed cable subscriptions for the first time in 2018.

The number of SVOD subscribers in the U.S. increased 17% to 186.9 million, according to the MPAA.

“More than 80% of U.S. adults watch movies and TV shows via traditional services, while more than 70% watch via online subscription services,” read the report.

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In 2018, overall spending on home entertainment in the U.S. increased to $23.3 billion, up 12% over 2017. Americans now spend 52% of their media time on a digital platform.

Indeed, global sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray content fell 14% to $7.3 billion from $8.4 billion in 2017. Domestic packaged media revenue declined 15% to $5.8 billion from $6.8 billion.

The MPAA, citing data from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and IHS Markit, found that when subtracting SVOD revenue from the equation, transactional revenue in the U.S. from packaged and digital media, video stores, kiosks, digital sellthrough and transactional VOD dropped 5% to $10 billion from $10.5 billion in 2017.

Citing The-Numbers.com, the MPAA report listed Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Black Panther as the top-selling disc in 2018. (The NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service has ranked Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War as the top-selling disc of last year.)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was listed as the top-rental title, citing comScore.

Meanwhile, box office ticket revenue in the U.S. — driven by Black Panther and Incredibles 2 — climbed 7% to a record $11.9 billion from $11.1 billion in 2017.

“In today’s dynamic marketplace, stories come to life for audiences in theaters, at home, and on the go,” Charles Rivkin, CEO of the MPAA, said in a statement. “Our companies continue to deliver content where, when, and how audiences want it – and the numbers released today speak volumes.”