Merchandising: Retailers Focus on ‘Croods: A New Age’

Target and Walmart brought out exclusive editions of DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, which was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 23 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the animated film with a 40-page filmmaker gallery book at $24.99.

Walmart had a gift set of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $24.96 packed with a “Croods” water bottle and a 35-piece puzzle.

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Universal’s ‘Croods 2’ Again Tops Pandemic Weekend Box Office; Narrowing Revenue Gap to ‘Tenet’

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age again topped the domestic weekend box office, generating an estimated $1.9 million across more than 1,900 screens — the fifth time the title has been No. 1 in its 13 weeks of release. Croods 2 now tops $50 million in U.S. theaters and more than $154 million worldwide. The numbers, which don’t include PVOD and TVOD sales, suggest the Croods 2 is approaching Warner Bros.’ pandemic king Tenet at $57.9 million ($363.1 million globally).

In second, is Warner detective drama The Little Things, with $1.2 million in ticket sales across more than 2,000 screens. The title, co-starring Oscar winners Jared Leto, Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, has totaled $12 million ($18.5 million worldwide) since debuting in theaters and on HBO Max Jan. 28.

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Similar Warner theatrical/HBO Max releases, Judas and the Black Messiah, finished No. 3 with more than $900,000 in ticket sales; $3.3 million overall since its Feb. 12 bow — followed by DC superheroine Wonder Woman 1984 in No. 4 with more than $800,000; $42 million total ($158 million globally).

Finally, Open Road Film’s The Marksman rounded out the Top 5 with $725,000 ($11.4 million) across 1,643 screens. The Liam Neeson-starrer has generated more than $15 million worldwide since its Jan. 15 debut.




‘The Croods: A New Age’ Moves to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age made its debut on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 13.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was made available for digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It was released Nov. 25 in U.S. theaters and topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks before becoming available through premium VOD Dec. 18, then returned to the top of the box office charts this past weekend (Feb. 12-14), pushing its domestic cume to $49 million.

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The Croods: A New Age was the only title during the week to make its first appearance on the 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.

Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, which had been No. 1 the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 4 on the Watched at Home.

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STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, moved up a spot to No. 2, while Let Him Go slipped a spot to No. 3.

Another Universal release, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, returned to the chart at No. 5 after it too was released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Let Him Go (Universal)
  4. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  5. Freaky (Universal)
  6. Honest Thief (Universal)
  7. Tenet (Warner)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. The Office: Complete Series (Universal)
  11. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  12. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  14. Synchronic (Well Go)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  18. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  19. Come Play (Universal)
  20. 100% Wolf (Viva Pictures Distribution)


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 Feb. 13.

Warner’s ‘The Little Things’ Repeats Atop Sluggish Super Bowl Weekend Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures’ detective drama The Little Things bested the traditionally sluggish Super Bowl weekend box office with an estimated $2.1 million in ticket sales across more than 2,200 screens nationwide, and another $1.4 million across foreign markets Feb. 5-7.

The weekend’s Top 10 movies tallied about $7.7 million in ticket sales, down 32.7% from the previous $11.1 million weekend (Jan. 29-31).

Little Things, co-starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Jared Leto and Rami Malek, has been No. 1 at the pandemic-addled box office since launching concurrently on HBO Max Jan. 28, as part of Warner’s 2021 theatrical/SVOD release strategy. Little Things, which landed Leto a Golden Globes Best Supporting Actor Award nomination, has generated upwards of $7.8 million domestically; $13 million worldwide.

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Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age remains a pandemic hit, selling $1.7 million in tickets to bring its domestic haul past $46 million ($147.6 million globally) — a noticeable achievement considering the movie is also available on PVOD.

Open Road Films’ drama The Marksman rounded out the weekend podium with $1 million in ticket sales, pushing its domestic total past $9 million,$11.5 million worldwide. Warner’s first hybrid theatrical/SVOD release, Wonder Woman 1984, took in another $905,000 to break $40 million in North America, $154 million globally.

Sony Pictures/Screen Gems’ sci-fi actioner Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich, followed with $590,000 to brings its domestic take past $11 million, $20.8 million worldwide.

Other Top 10 chart toppers included Universal’s News of the World ($400,000); Focus Features’ Golden Globes nominated Promising Young Woman ($219,000); Lionsgate’s Fatale ($170,000); 101 Studios’ The War with Grandpa ($167,000) and Warner/New Line Cinema’s’ re-release The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($166,000).


‘The Croods: A New Age’ Available Digitally Feb. 9, on Disc Feb. 23

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Croods: A New Age through digital retailers Feb. 9, followed by a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release Feb. 23.

The DreamWorks Animation film, a sequel to 2013’s The Croods, finds the first prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together.

The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

The film earned $43.9 million at the domestic box office.

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The disc and digital versions (depending on retailer) will include the exclusive short films Dear Diary: World’s First Pranks and Family Movie Night: Little Red Bronana Bread.

Other bonus materials include filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes:

  • “The Croods’ Family Album” — A look at the actors who voice the Croods and Bettermans;
  • “The Evolution Of …” — A discussion about growing the franchise with the cast and filmmakers;
  • “How to Draw: Caveman Style” — a DreamWorks illustrator demonstrates how to draw one of the characters;
  • “Famileaf Album” — Fans can learn to create their own unique family album using real leaves or green construction paper for pages, and string (or dental floss) to hold it all together;
  • “Stone Age Attack” — A three-part featurette highlighting recipes that kids and parents can make together.


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‘Tenet’ Leads Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Croods’ Sequel No. 1 On Demand

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 20.

Director Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending film, which deals with a secret agent’s attempts to stop enemies from the future triggering World War III, earned $57.9 million at the domestic box office.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, landed at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The sequel to 2013’s The Croods is newly arrived on premium VOD after earning $27.4 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s Fatman, dropped to No. 2.

No. 3 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer, about a reformed criminal working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish Mob. The disc release is exclusive to Redbox for the time being.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4 and Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5.

The disc chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

On the digital chart, Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 2. Unhinged was No. 3.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Newcomers on the top 10 disc chart include, at No. 6, Relativity’s Come Away, which reimagines the title characters of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as siblings trying to help their parents overcome the death of their eldest son.

No. 7 was Paramount’s Echo Boomers, about five college graduates who decide to steal from Chicago’s richest and give to themselves.

No. 8 was Universal’s Infidel, the story of a Christian American journalist put on trial in Iran for espionage.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. Tenet — Warner
  2. Fatman — Paramount
  3. The Informer — Vertical
  4. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  5. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  6. Come Away — Relativity
  7. Echo Boomers — Paramount
  8. Infidel — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. Buddy Games — Paramount


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  3. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  4. Greenland — STX
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. Elf — Warner
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Krampus — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. The Polar Express — Warner


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Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Eyes Pandemic Plummet

With just one major new release, Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, hitting theaters over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend, observers contend the traditional box office bonanza is set to disappoint this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, movies such as Disney’s Frozen II and Lionsgate’s Knives Out helped the Thanksgiving box office generate a healthy $263 million in ticket sales, still down almost 17% from 2018’s record North American haul of $315 million. This year, The Croods: A New Age is projected to generate no more than $15 million. The film tallied $1.8 million on opening day Nov. 25, according to Box Office Mojo.

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“The pandemic has negatively impacted every traditionally important box office holiday from Memorial weekend to Fourth of July, and even sidelined the almighty summer movie season, so it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving would be impacted as well,” Comscore analyst Paul Dergarabedian said in a statement. “Usually, it’s a time frame when family and friends get together and historically it’s been a big weekend. This year it’s literally going to be a turkey.”

Indeed, the Thanksgiving weekend has typically generated around $250 million in annual revenue over the past decade, with just 2011 and 2014 falling slightly below the average. In 2020, the last major box office period, Labor Day weekend, saw revenue plummet 76.5% to $28.4 million despite the opening of Christopher Nolan’s espionage thriller Tenet.

With multiple virus vaccines reportedly readying for distribution, the Hollywood box office, and large group gatherings, could return to some sense of normalcy in 2021. A new reality that includes premium VOD. Universal is set to release The Croods: A New Age into homes as early as Dec. 11 should it fail to generate $50 million at the box office as part of a shortened theatrical window agreement the studio has with exhibitors AMC Theatres and Cinemark.

“I do think in the future, Thanksgiving will indeed return to prominence as one of the most important holidays, both symbolically and financially for movie theaters,” Dergarabedian said.

Apple TV+ Bowing Kids’ Series ‘Doug Unplugs’ and ‘Stillwater’ This Fall

Apple TV+ will release two new kids’ series, “Doug Unplugs” and “Stillwater,” globally this fall.

“Doug Unplugs,” premiering Nov. 13, is from DreamWorks Animation and based on Dan Yaccarino’s “Doug Unplugged” book series. It follows a young robot named Doug who senses there’s more to life than just the facts. While other robots plug in for their daily download, curious Doug unplugs and journeys into the human world, and with his best friend Emma, experiences its wonders firsthand.

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“Stillwater,” premiering Dec. 4, is based on the Scholastic book series “Zen Shorts” by Jon J Muth and is produced by Gaumont and Scholastic Entertainment. It centers on siblings Karl, Addy and Michael, who are typical kids with typical kid challenges — meaning that sometimes even the smallest things can feel insurmountable. Fortunately for these three, they have Stillwater, a wise panda, as their next-door neighbor. Through his example, stories and gentle humor, Stillwater gives the children a deeper understanding of their feelings as well as tools that help them face their own day-to-day challenges.

Also, following it 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and win for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Programming, “Ghostwriter” will have its second season premiere on Apple TV+ Oct. 9, and the second season of “Helpsters” will premiere Oct. 16. Both series hail from the makers of “Sesame Street.”

‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops July Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

Universal Pictures’s Trolls World Tour was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for July 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The DreamWorks Animation sequel spent two weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts following its July 7 release on disc. A double-feature of both “Trolls” movies was No. 6 for the month.

Warner’s Scoob! which topped the weekly disc sales the last two weeks of the month following its July 21 release, was No. 2 for the month.

The previous month’s top seller, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, slipped to No. 3 in July.

Without much in the way of big new releases as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the rest of the monthly top 10 sellers consisted of catalog titles. No. 4 was Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood. No. 5 was Paramount’s Top Gun, which climbed two spots from the previous month. Universal’s Jurassic World was No. 7 for the month, while Universal’s Jaws held onto the No. 8 spot for a second month.

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The year’s top eight titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

The only blip on the yearly top 10 as a result of July sales was that Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate rose a spot to No. 9, pushing Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap to No. 10.

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According to NPD, the July 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner)
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  4. The Mule (Warner)
  5. Top Gun (Paramount)
  6. Trolls 2-Movie Collection (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Jurassic World (Universal)
  8. Jaws (Universal)
  9. The Secret Life of Pets (Universal)
  10. Ride Along 2-Movie Collection (Universal)


Year-to-date Top 10 (through July 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  10. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)


‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tops June Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

‘Scoob!’ Scampers to Top of Redbox Rental Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! took over the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 26. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour stayed at No. 1 for a third consecutive week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. It was No. 3 on the disc chart.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 2 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

Redbox’s own Becky slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s Force of Nature was No. 5 on both the disc and digital charts.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man was No. 3 on the digital chart and No. 6 on the disc chart.

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The No. 2 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which was No. 8 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  3. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  4. Becky — Redbox
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  7. The Hunt — Universal
  8. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The High Note — Universal
  7. The Outpost — Screen Media
  8. The Hunt — Universal
  9. 3 Days to Kill — Relativity
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount


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