‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel Conjures Top Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Chart for July; ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Still No. 1 for 2022

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness emerged as the No. 1 title on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for July 2022, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry was released to disc July 26 and spent two weeks atop the weekly sales charts.

The No. 2 July disc seller was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which had been No. 4 in June. The latest “Harry Potter” prequel arrived on shelves June 28, so a bulk of its continuing sales were in July, when it was the top seller for three of its first four weeks.

Universal Pictures’ sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, released on disc July 5, was No. 3 for the month. Another July 5 disc release, Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Paramount’s romantic-comedy adventure The Lost City, with Sandra Bullock, was No. 5 in July, having arrived on disc July 26.

The June No. 1 seller, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Morbius, slipped to No. 7.

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The year-to-date top 10 carried over the same one through nine titles from June, led by Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was No. 10 in July.

The only shift was that Paramount’s 1986 original Top Gun climbed to No. 10, pushing Disney’s Eternals out of the yearly top 10.

The fighter jet actioner was No. 8 in July and continued to get a big sales boost from the theatrical success of Top Gun: Maverick.

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According to NPD, the July 2022 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner)
  3. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Universal)
  4. Everything Everywhere All at Once (Lionsgate)
  5. The Lost City (Paramount)
  6. The Bad Guys (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Morbius (Sony Pictures)
  8. Top Gun (Paramount)
  9. The Batman (Warner)
  10. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through July 2022):

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
  3. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  4. Sing 2 (Universal)
  5. Encanto (Disney)
  6. The Batman (Warner)
  7. Uncharted (Sony Pictures)
  8. Yellowstone: Season Four (Paramount)
  9. No Time to Die (Universal/MGM)
  10. Top Gun (Paramount)

 

‘Morbius’ Lands Atop DVD and Blu-ray Sales Chart for June

‘Doctor Strange 2,’ ‘Lost City’ Remain Atop Disc Sales Charts

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 6.

No. 2 on both charts, selling 68% as many copies as the top seller, was again Paramount’s The Lost City, a romantic comedy adventure movie starring Sandra Bullock.

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No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

No. 4 was Paramount’s original 1986 Top Gun at No. 4 (No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart). Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home was No. 5 on both charts.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was Everything Everywhere All at Once, which was No. 9 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Aug. 7 had Lost City in the top spot again. Doctor Strange 2 made its first appearance on the rental chart at No. 2 after a week’s delay.

The Redbox-exclusive Vertical Entertainment thriller Last Seen Alive slipped to No. 3, Universal Pictures’ The Bad Guys dropped to No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Morbius remained No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 8-6-22
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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 8-6-22
Sales Report for Week Ended 8-6-22
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 8-8-22

Disney Content Sales/Licensing Posts Q3 Loss, Despite 26% Revenue Gain

The Walt Disney Co. on Aug. 10 said revenue in its “content sales/licensing and other” business segment increased 26% in the third quarter (ended July 2) to $2.1 billion from $1.66 billion in the previous-year period. The segment, which includes home entertainment, saw operating income of $132 million in the previous-year period reverse to a loss of $27 million this year.

The decrease in operating results was due to an unfavorable foreign exchange impact and lower TV/SVOD and home entertainment distribution results. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in Disney’s stage play business, as productions were generally shut down in the prior-year quarter due to COVID-19, and higher theatrical distribution results.
The decrease in TV/SVOD distribution results was due to a decrease in sales of theatrical film content primarily due to a shift from licensing content to third parties to distribution on Disney’s direct-to-consumer services.

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The decrease in home entertainment results was due to lower unit sales of catalog titles. The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the strong performance of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in the current quarter compared with Cruella in the prior-year quarter. Current quarter releases also included Pixar Animation’s Lightyear and The Bob’s Burgers Movie.

Disney’s top-selling packaged-media release through July 2 was the animated Encanto. Disney’s top box office release with more than $1 billion in ticket sales, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse, was released into packaged-media retail channels on July 26. Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder has topped $704 million at the global box office to become the highest-grossing Thor movie.

That said, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy said the home entertainment/licensing segment would see an additional revenue decline of $100 million in the current fourth quarter as the company transitions content licensing away from third-party licensees to the Disney+ and Hulu streaming platforms.

‘Doctor Strange 2,’ ‘Lost City’ Debut Atop Disc Sales Charts

When there aren’t many notable DVD and Blu-ray releases for a few weeks, it doesn’t take much for big newcomers to take over the national sales charts.

The week ended July 30 saw a few such titles dominate the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

At No. 1 on both charts was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange and the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. The movie finds Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as the master of the mystic arts, now tasked with preventing a malevolent force from capturing a young girl who has the power to travel between the realms of the multiverse. It earned $411 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on both charts, selling 58% as many copies as the top seller, was Paramount’s The Lost City, a romantic comedy adventure movie starring Sandra Bullock as a novelist who is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who wants her help finding a treasure described in her book, prompting her dimwitted cover model (Channing Tatum) to hatch a rescue plan. It earned $105 million at the domestic box office.

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Another July 26 disc release, Warner’s Green Lantern: Beware My Power, debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart at about 15% of the top title. It was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The direct-to-video release is the latest animated film based on DC Comics characters.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 72% of total Doctor Strange unit sales, with 36% regular Blu-ray and 36% 4K Ultra HD. For Lost City, it was 34% regular Blu-ray and 9% 4K for a total of 43% in HD. Green Lantern had 56% of its sales from HD formats, with 44% regular Blu-ray and 12% 4K.

Those were the only new releases for the week to crack the top 50 overall sellers.

The top seller for three of the previous four weeks, Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, slid to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended July 31 had Lost City in the top spot.

The Redbox-exclusive Vertical Entertainment thriller Last Seen Alive slipped to No. 2, Universal Pictures’ The Bad Guys remained No. 3, Universal’s Memory slipped to No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Morbius was No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 7-30-22
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 7-31-22
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 7-30-22
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 7-30-22
Sales Report for Week Ended 7-30-22
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 8-1-22

 

Merchandising: ‘Doctor Strange’ and the Multiverse of Exclusives

Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrived on shelves July 26 with no shortage of exclusive editions for fans.

The Disney-distributed sequel to Doctor Strange features the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Marvel Comics sorcerer, now tasked with protecting a teenage girl with the power to travel between alternate realities.

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Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook packaging for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc version of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, at $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ 4K Steelbook

Target offered a special “Art Edition” of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with unique box art and two limited-edition prints, also for $34.99.

Walmart’s edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack came with an enamel pin of the Doctor Strange logo, for $34.96.

Walmart’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ 4K Blu-ray with pin

Disc Releases Send ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness climbed  to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The packaged-media release of the film — the 28th adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and second in the “Doctor Strange” series — sent it up three places to be the U.K.’s top-selling home release.

At No. 2, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Viking adventure The Northman, starring Alexander Skarsgård, reached a new peak following its release on disc, while last week’s chart topper, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore dropped to No. 3.

Warner’s The Batman remained in the top 5 for another week at No. 4, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home rebounded four spots to No. 5.

Also moving up the chart was Universal’s Sing 2 (No. 6), Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (No. 7) and Universal’s The Bad Guys (No. 8). Warner war drama Operation Mincemeat landed at No. 9 this week, ahead of Paramount’s enduring Top Gun, which movies up three spots to No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – July 27, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 4 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
2 5 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL
3 1 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
4 3 THE BATMAN WARNER
5 9 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
6 10 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
7 12 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT
8 11 THE BAD GUYS UNIVERSAL
9 7 OPERATION MINCEMEAT WARNER
10 13 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2022

July 26 Disc and Digital Releases Include ‘Doctor Strange 2,’ ‘Lost City,’ ‘Gilded Age’

Among the titles arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 26 are Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Lost City, The Duke, season one of “The Gilded Age,” and a new “Green Lantern” animated movie.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution releases Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 26. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, Marvel’s master of the mystic arts, fresh off helping Spider-Man deal with an incursion of alternate realities in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Multiverse of Madness, he meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. But she is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Doctor Strange to vow to protect her. However, when he turns to fellow magic user Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) for help, he discovers a danger he never expected, sending him on a journey through parallel realities to protect his charge. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by Sam Raimi. It has earned $391 million at the domestic box office, and $954.4 million globally. Read a review here.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the romantic adventure comedy The Lost City on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray, and DVD July 26. Sandra Bullock plays a writer named Loretta Sage, whose novels are filled with stories of ancient tombs and daring adventures. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost city, Loretta’s handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission. Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city’s fabled treasure before it’s lost forever. The movie has earned $105.3 million at the domestic box office. 

The comedic drama The Duke arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in 1961, the film follows Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge — a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and, in so doing, saved his son (Fionn Whitehead) and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton (Helen Mirren). The film was an official selection at the Telluride and Venice film festivals.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Green Lantern: Beware My Power on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and for digital purchase on July 26. The animated film based on DC Comics characters will focus on John Stewart (voiced by Aldis Hodge), a discharged Marine sniper who receives an alien ring that gives him the powers of the guardian of Earth. However, the ring doesn’t come with instructions, forcing Stewart to learn on the fly as an interplanetary horde is set on eliminating every Green Lantern in the universe. The voice cast also includes Jimmi Simpson as Green Arrow, Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter, Brian Bloom as Adam Strange, Jamie Gray Hyder as Hawkgirl, Mara Junot as Lyssa Drak and Banth Dar, Jason J. Lewis as Ganthet and Captain Kantus, Keesha Sharp as Vixen, Simon Templeman as Sardath and Console Voice, Rick D. Wasserman as Sinestro, Sunil Malhotra as Power Ring and Rannian Commander, and Nolan North as various characters.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Gilded Age: The Complete First Season on DVD July 26. Created by Emmy and Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), “The Gilded Age” chronicles life in New York in the late 1800s during a period of immense economic change. A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family, Marian (Louisa Jacobson), embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan of her aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon), dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell (Morgan Spector) and his ambitious wife, Bertha (Carrie Coon), meeting new people like aspiring writer Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), along the way. The cast also includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones and Harry Richardson. The series was recently renewed for a second season by HBO.

RLJE Films releases the Western series That Dirty Black Bag: Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 26. The modern take on spaghetti Westerns stars Dominic Cooper as Arthur McCoy, an incorruptible sheriff who’s trying to overcome his troubled past to bring law and order to a town full of bounty hunters, bandits and bloody vendettas. His main nemesis is Red Bill (Douglas Booth), an infamous solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag. When the paths of these two men collide, they both learn that in the Wild West, there are no heroes, nobody is invincible, and the predators may become the prey. The cast also includes Niv Sultan, Aidan Gillen and Travis Fimmel. The series premiered on AMC+ March 10.

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The  horror-thriller Mid-Century is being released on Blu-ray and DVD July 26 from Lionsgate. Mid-Century follows a husband and wife on a weekend in a mid-century modern vacation rental that turns deadly when the husband discovers the owner is a psychopath with a backyard of buried secrets and designs on his wife. Directed by Sonja O’Hara (Best Director winner for Mid-Century at this year’s L.A. Film Festival), the film stars Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Stephen Lang (“Avatar” franchise) and Shane West (“Gotham”).

The horror title Slapface will be released on DVD, for digital purchase and on VOD July 26 from RLJE Films and Shudder. In the film, after the death of his mother, Lucas — a loner who lives in a rundown home with his brother Tom — regularly seeks solace in the nearby woods. With his only “friends” being a group of female bullies, he keeps to himself most of the time. But, after a strange encounter with an inhuman monster, Lucas begins to withdraw from others. When the two reach a tentative trust, a bizarre friendship is born, and Lucas is swept up in a series of primal adventures. ​

The Korean crime thriller Paid in Blood debuts becomes available for digital purchase July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, when a powerful crime ring starts construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a young, vicious gangster (Jang Hyuk) from Seoul who will stop at nothing to gain power. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer’s plot to kill his way to the top, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers. Written and directed by Yoon Youngbin, the actioner stars Yoo O-Seong (Beat, Champion, Spy), Jang Hyuk (The Swordsman), Park Seong-geun (Stranger, Into the Ring), Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us From Evil, Veteran, The Great Battle), Lee Hyun-kyun (“To All the Guys Who Loved Me”) and Shin Seung-hwan (Vagabond, The Battleship Island, Veteran).

RLJE Films will release Shudder’s Hellbender on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough July 26. The film stars Zelda Adams as Izzy, who leads an isolated life, locked away from the world by her protective mother who has convinced her she has a “chronic illness.” After sneaking into town, Izzy plays a cruel drinking game with a new friend that unleashes a deep-rooted taste for blood. Confused and scared, Izzy questions her mom, whose secrets are as old and dark as their family bloodline’s ties to witchcraft. But Izzy’s true nature can only sleep for so long.

The music documentary Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story will be released for digital purchase July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is a celebration of 50 years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as New Orleans’ unique culture, featuring Jimmy Buffett; Bruce Springsteen; Katy Perry; Pitbull; Al Green; Herbie Hancock; Aaron Neville; Earth, Wind & Fire; and many others. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9.

Another collection of European Christopher Lee films, Lee in The Return of Captain Invincible, and Dennis Hopper in Out of the Blue arrive on disc July 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection 2, available on Blu-ray Disc, presents five films from the iconic actor’s European career. Immediately following Horror of Dracula, Lee reprised the role in the quirky 1959 Italian comedy Uncle Was a Vampire. Lee speaks fluent German opposite Klaus Kinski for the crazed 1962 crime thriller The Secret of the Red Orchid. In the 1974 U.K. psycho-thriller Dark Place, Lee leads a cast that includes Joan Collins, Herbert Lom and Jane Birkin. Lee’s final performance as The Count in the 1976 French comedy Dracula and Son can at last be seen in its superior director’s cut, while the ultra-rare 1989 Dutch drama Murder Story brings Lee into the sex shops of Amsterdam. Each film has been remastered from original negative materials with more than 15 total hours of trailers, commentaries, alternate cuts, vintage interviews and new featurettes, plus the Dracula and Son soundtrack and a new 100-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.

The Return of Captain Invincible, featuring Alan Arkin and Lee, is available on Blu-ray. The two star in the long-unseen 1982 action-comedy from the director of The Beast Within and Howling II, with songs by Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and co-written by the screenwriter of Die Hard and 48 Hours. In the film, when archcriminal Mr. Midnight (Lee) plots to take over the world, humanity’s only hope is World War II’s formerly indestructible “Legend In Leotards” (Arkin) who is now a burnt-out drunk. The released includes three discs, the theatrical version, the director’s cut and the soundtrack CD, with two-plus hours of special features.

The drama Out of the Blue (1980), directed by and starring Dennis Hopper, is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Virtually unseen for more than 40 years, the film stars Linda Manz as a 15-year-old who idolizes Elvis, punk rock, and her ex-con father (Hopper). Surrounded by junkies and predators, she follows them all down a one-way road to oblivion. Sharon Farrell (The Stunt Man), Don Gordon (The Last Movie) and Raymond Burr co-star. Special features include audio commentaries from Hopper, executive producer Paul Lewis and distributor John Alan Simon, the writer, and film scholar Kate Rennenbohm; cast interviews; and “Gone But Not Forgotten — Remembering Linda Manz.” 

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

This Week’s Podcast: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report; ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ TV Revival

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley dive deep into critic John Latchem’s reviews of the new Doctor Strange sequel (the MCU’s 28th feature), and the “Beavis and Butt-Head” movie streaming on Paramount+. Charlie has several questions about elements of the newest Doctor Strange, and Charles uses his encyclopedic comic book knowledge to make connections between the movie and its source material.
 
As for Beavis and Butt-Head, the franchise has announced an upcoming series to debut on Paramount+, with more details to come during the 2022 Comic-Con, which opens tomorrow (July 21) in San Diego. Lastly, in weekend box office grosses, Thor: Love and Thunder marks its second consecutive week in the top spot, having cleared $232 million in its first 10 days since premiering.

Reelgood: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Bear,’ ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Top Weekly Streaming

With FX announcing the order for a second season, the kitchen dramedy “The Bear” keeps climbing up the list, taking the No. 2 spot on Reelgood.com’s weekly chart of most-streamed TV shows and movies through July 13. For the second consecutive week, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season four conclusion reclaimed the No. 1 spot.

New on the list is the movie House of Gucci at No. 10 on Amazon Prime Video. AMC+ drama “Better Call Saul” finished the week at No. 7, just days after the premiere of its final batch of episodes.

The Reelgood top 10 ranking uses first-party data from its 5 million U.S. users’ interaction with movies and TV shows on the platform in real-time.

Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
2. “The Bear” (Hulu)
3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney+)
4. “The Terminal List” (Amazon Prime Video)
5. The Bad Guys (Peacock)
6. “The Old Man” (Hulu)
7. “Better Call Saul” (AMC+)
8. “The Boys” (Amazon Prime Video)
9. Last Night in Soho (HBO Max)
10 House of Gucci (Amazon Prime Video)

This Week’s Podcast: ‘Morbius,’ ‘Shining Girls’ Reviews; Box Office Report; Dr. Strange Home Release Dates

In this week’s episode of the Media Play News Podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley read and discuss John Latchem’s review of the summer’s most memed movie, Morbius. Not only did it flop at the box office, but online buzz around it reached such heights that it was released a second time, only to flop once again. Latchem has some thoughts, and so do our podcast hosts …

After that comes Stephanie Prange’s review of the Apple TV series “Shining Girls,” a multiverse murder thriller, and data on last weekend’s box office numbers. Jurassic World: Dominion leads the pack in spite of its lackluster critical reception, followed by Top Gun: Maverick, which is continuing its strong theater presence.

The weekly podcast wraps up with release date announcements for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the much-talked-about Doctor Strange sequel that scored big in theaters this spring.