‘Don’t Breathe 2’ Debuts Atop Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Free Guy’ Tops Digital Chart Again

Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 31, and was No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

In the horror sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It earned $32.6 million at the domestic box office.

Another newcomer, Warner’s The Suicide Squad, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Written and directed by James Gunn, the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad is based on the DC Comics team of supervillains who are extorted into performing covert missions for the U.S. government. It earned $55.8 million at the domestic box office.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy. It’s the third consecutive week in the top digital spot for the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he is a video game character. Free Guy took No. 3 on the disc rental chart after becoming available at kiosks a few weeks after its disc has been available for sale.

No. 4 on both charts was another newcomer, Universal Pictures’ Stillwater. The film stars Matt Damon as an Oklahoma father looking for evidence to free his daughter from prison in France. It earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ Old, dropped to No. 5 on that chart, but remained No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for a second week.

Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins slipped four spots to No. 6 on the disc rental chart and No. 9 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 digital title, and No. 7 on the disc rental chart, was Lionsgate’s The Protégé, an actioner about a deadly assassin out for revenge that stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 31:

  1. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures
  2. The Suicide Squad — Warner
  3. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  4. Stillwater — Universal
  5. Old — Universal
  6. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  7. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  8. The Forever Purge — Universal
  9. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  10. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 31:

  1. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  2. Old — Universal
  3. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures
  4. Stillwater — Universal
  5. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  6. The Forever Purge — Universal
  7. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  8. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  9. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  10. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel

 

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New Oct. 26 Releases Include ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ on Disc, ‘Language Lessons’ Digitally

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater are among the new Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases Oct. 26, while Shout! Factory releases Language Lessons for digital purchase.

Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Oct. 26 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Gunn, the film is based on the DC Comics series about imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the U.S. government for covert operations, and have a bomb implanted in their heads that will explode if they don’t comply. A sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, the film finds government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) sending the team to infiltrate the island nation of Corto Maltese to eliminate a potentially dangerous weapon. Among the recruits this time around are Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the sharpshooter Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the jingoistic Peacemaker (John Cena), team leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone). The cast also includes Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney and Pete Davidson. The Suicide Squad earned $55.8 million during a domestic box office run in which it was simultaneously available for streaming on HBO Max for a month. A spinoff series about Cena’s Peacemaker character is set to debut on HBO Max in January.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Oct. 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It earned $32.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Stillwater on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. The film earned $14.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate Oct. 26 releases the film On the Rocks on Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Beguiled), the film stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans. In the film, Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship. On the Rocks was released via the Apple TV+ streaming service last year.

The sci-fi thriller Warning becomes available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Oct. 26 from Lionsgate. Set in the not-too-distant future, the film explores the repercussions that humanity faces when omniscient technology becomes a substitute for human contact. But life begins to unravel when a global storm causes electronics to go haywire, leading to terrifying, deadly consequences. Warning stars Thomas Jane (Deep Blue Sea), Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Alice Eve (Before We Go) and Kylie Bunbury (“When They See Us”).

Lionsgate releases the coming-of-age family-film Saving Sloane on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Oct. 26. Written and directed by Steve Franke, the film stars Taylor Foster as a spoiled city girl named Sloane Emerson whose high school friends are leading her into trouble. When her frustrated stepmother sends her to stay with family at a ranch in the country, the rebellious teen ends up forming a bond with a horse named Glory.

The critically acclaimed feature Language Lessons Oct. 26 becomes available for digital purchase and VOD from Shout! Studios. Co-written by and starring Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, and directed by Morales. The film finds Adam (Duplass) unsure how to fit a gift of weekly Spanish lessons into his life, but when tragedy strikes, his teacher becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Shout! Factory will release it on Blu-ray Dec. 14.

Breaking Glass Pictures Oct. 26 releases Bad Ben: Benign, the ninth installment of the “Bad Ben” found footage horror series from director Nigel Bach, who also stars in the films. The film will be available on available on DVD and VOD. Bad Ben: Benign begins right where the series left off, as Tom Riley wanders out of the woods behind his home on Steelmanville Road, and must climb through a window to get inside. He is baffled when he sees objects in the house that aren’t his, things moving on their own, and soon finds himself dealing with evil forces. To figure out how to rid the house of evil, he must rely on the help from others and eventually faces the most powerful demon he has ever come across. The “Bad Ben” series began in 2016, and has since seen eight installments: Bad Ben, Steelmanville Road, Badder Ben, Bad Ben: The Mandela Effect, The Crescent Moon Clown, Bad Ben: The Way In, Bad Ben: The Haunted Highway, and Bad Ben: Pandemic.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Superman: The Animated Series” on Blu-ray Oct. 26 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. Running for 54 episodes from 1996 to 2000, “Superman: The Animated Series” was produced by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, the creative team behind the groundbreaking “Batman: The Animated Series,” leading to crossovers between the two characters and other DC Comics heroes as a precursor to the “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated series. Tim Daly led the voice cast as Clark Kent/Superman alongside Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. All 54 episodes have been remastered from the original 35mm interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean-up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 4:3.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release the crime-drama Walker: Season One on DVD Oct. 26. “Walker,” a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas, after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James (Coby Bell, “The Game”), is now his Ranger Captain, and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history, played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife (Genevieve Padalecki).

Shout! Factory Oct. 26 releases The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series. Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006. The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

Kino Lorber Oct. 26 releases season one “Gomorrah: The Series” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The Italian crime drama has been called Italy’s answer to “Breaking Bad.” “Gomorrah: The Series” is a gangster show from Stefano Sollima (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, Romanzo Criminale), based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Season one tells the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization the Camorra. It is shown through the eyes of Ciro (Marco D’Amore), the obedient and self-confident right-hand man of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), whose loyalty is pushed to its limits over twelve blood-drenched episodes.

The Underworld 4K Ultra HD Collection arrives on Oct. 26 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The limited-edition gift set includes all five vampire films on 4K Ultra HD disc with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos audio. The films are also available digitally in 4K with HDR. The collection includes Underworld (in both theatrical and extended versions), Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Awakening and Underworld: Blood Wars, as well as hours of standard-definition and HD bonus content for all five films, including the “Underworld: Endless War” animated shorts. Chronicling the eternal battle between vampires and Lycans, the series stars Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene.

Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Oct. 26 release 1966’s An Angel for Satan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, its first-ever authorized American release. In the final film of her Italian gothic period, Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) stars in the erotic shocker. When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa’s lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Claudio Gora (Danger: Diabolik) and Marina Berti (Night Train Murders) co-star in this film scanned in 2K from the original negative with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks recently discovered in a Rome vault.

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‘Free Guy,’ ‘Green Knight,’ ‘Don’t Breathe 2,’ ‘Stillwater’ Among Top Oct. 12 Disc and Digital Releases

Oct. 12 marks the Blu-ray Disc and DVD debuts of such films as Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy and Lionsgate’s The Green Knight, while Sony Pictures’ Don’t Breathe 2 and Universal’s Stillwater become available for digital purchase.

Free Guy arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds has generated $119.6 million at the domestic box office and $327.4 million worldwide. Reynolds plays a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story — one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way, before it’s too late.

The fantasy adventure The Green Knight arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital Oct. 12 from Lionsgate. A new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the film stars Academy Award nominee Dev Patel, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Ralph Iverson. From writer-director David Lowery, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom.

The documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain arrives on DVD Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The documentary is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the film is unflinching look at Bourdain, who published several books, appeared on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and had his own series “No Reservations.” He also appeared in the film The Big Short. Bourdain died of an apparent suicide in 2018.

Lionsgate releases the action thriller Survive the Game on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The film stars Swen Temmel as Cal, a cop whose partner, David (Bruce Willis) is injured in a drug bust gone wrong. Cal pursues the two criminals who shot David to a remote farm owned by troubled vet Eric (Chad Michael Murray). As Cal and Eric plot their defense, more of the gang arrives — along with a wounded David — and, outnumbered, the three heroes must use stealth, smarts, and marksmanship to take down the drug-dealing mob.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flash: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The collection includes all 18 episodes from the 2021 season of the CW series that chronicles the adventures of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who uses his super-speed powers to become the superhero known as the Flash, and his friends as they protect Central City from a variety of threats. The cast also includes Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Tom Cavanagh as Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile, Kayle Compton as Allegra and Brandon McKnight as Chester.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the gothic romance The Haunting of Bly Manor on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 12. The nine-part Bly Manor is primarily based on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and serves as the second installment in Netflix’s “Haunting” anthology, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House. Returning cast members from Hill House include Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Carla Gugino and Kate Siegal, playing different characters. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed.

Paramount Oct. 12 will also release The Haunting Collection on Blu-ray and DVD, containing both Hill House and Bly House.

Lionsgate releases the History channel miniseries The Titans That Built America on DVD Oct. 12. Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the three-part docudrama follows the rise and rivalries of five titans of industry — Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of World War I and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds the United States. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy. Narrated by Campbell Scott, the miniseries stars Gerald Kyd, Cillian O’Gairbhi, Peter O’Meara, Grant Masters and Ian Toner. It originally aired May 31 to June 2, 2021, on History.

The horror thriller Don’t Breathe 2 becomes available for digital purchase Oct. 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the sequel, Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has re-created the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 26.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release the drama Stillwater for digital purchase Oct. 12. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), the film stars Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 26.

The documentary Live at Mr. Kelly’s will be released on VOD and digital sellthrough Oct. 12 from Virgil Films. The iconic Mister Kelly’s illuminated legendary Chicago’s Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talent such as Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart, Bette Midler and Steve Martin. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put unknown, controversial voices on stage and transform entertainment as America knew it in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching their golden years, George’s son David and director/screenwriter Theodore Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories before they are lost. Celebrity interviews include Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, Dick Gregory, Lainie Kazan, Herbie Hancock, Dick Cavett, Tim Reid, Fred Willard and Ramsey Lewis. The film portrays through interviews, live footage, photos, music and song the rise and fall of one of American entertainment’s great proving grounds. It arrives on DVD Oct. 19.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts six more classics on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever Oct. 12, exclusively within the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 2. Films in the collection, only available on 4K as part of the set, include Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility and The Social Network. Each title includes special features. Included with the collection is a hardbound 80-page book, featuring in-depth sections about the making of each film via six new essays from writers Julie Kirgo, John Kenrick, Glenn Kenny, Michael G. McDunnah, Kayti Burt and Nev Pierce. The set also includes an exclusive Blu-ray bonus disc featuring 20 short films from the Columbia Pictures library, all presented in high-definition. The shorts, curated from more than 80 years of the studio’s history, showcase a wide scope of creative output across both live-action and animation, from “The Three Stooges” to award-winning mid-century cartoons to titles from Sony Pictures Animation.

Kino Lorber Oct. 12 releases the complete “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” series, which aired on ABC during the 1974–75 season. Darren McGavin portrays wire service reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigates mysterious crimes with supernatural causes. The series only aired for a single season but became a cult favorite during syndication.

Two classic Westerns directed by Robert Aldrich also are coming out on Blu-ray Disc Oct. 12. Vera Cruz (1953) stars Burt Lancaster, Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine and Jack Elam. The film is set during the Franco-Mexican War, with Lancaster and Cooper teaming up on a dangerous journey to transport a countess — and a hidden cache of gold — to the city of Veracruz. The Last Sunset (1961) stars Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone. Famed author Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay, about a fugitive named Brendan O’Malley (Douglas) who crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder, pursued by Sheriff Dana Stribling (Hudson). He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone). Initially he aims to win her back, but winds up falling in love with her daughter (played by Carol Lynley). A terrible secret put a tragic end to their love affair.

Also from Kino Oct. 12 is a Blu-ray of 1978 British comedy The Hound of the Baskervilles, which spoofs the classic Sherlock Holmes novel of the same name. The film stars  Peter Cook as Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as Dr. Watson.

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

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

Weekend Box Office: Disney Debuting First 45-Day Theatrical Release With ‘Free Guy’

Walt Disney Studios is set to turn another page in its ongoing pandemic experiment, in which the studio is releasing movies across different distribution channels with varying windows. Disney Aug. 13 will debut the 20th Century Studios action-comedy Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, across more than 4,100 screens in a 45-day theatrical exclusive. The movie reportedly sold $2.2 million worth of tickets in sneak preview showings Thursday night (Aug. 12).

The film will head to streaming platform Disney+ only after its 45-day theatrical window, unlike other high-profile releases that became available for home viewing concurrently at a premium price. Disney CEO Bob Chapek, speaking on the media giant’s Aug. 12 fiscal call, said the studio going forward would pivot between theatrical exclusives, “Premier Access” VOD and assorted hybrid release strategies on an movie-by-movie basis.

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Recent Disney releases Black Widow and Jungle Cruise, have had concurrent theatrical and Premier Access releases — winning both the box office and lucrative PVOD markets.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is bowing Don’t Breathe 2, the ‘R’-rated low-budget horror-thriller sequel to the 2016 original that generated $26.4 million on its opening weekend. In the current pandemic reality, starring the Delta variant infections spreading throughout the country, the movie is expected to sell no more than $11 million worth of tickets domestically.

Another new release, Respect, a biopic from MGM and United Artists Releasing on the late R&B singer Aretha Franklin, starring Jennifer Hudson, is projected to generate upwards of $10 million.

Last week’s box office topper, The Suicide Squad, is projected to see second-weekend ticket sales plummet, in an ongoing trend among major studio releases. The DC Comics movie is streaming concurrently on HBO Max.