Netflix Expands Animated Movie License Deal With Universal to Include DreamWorks Animation Titles

Netflix is reportedly extending an existing movie distribution deal with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group that now includes content from DreamWorks Animation, which NBCUniversal acquired in 2016. A previous deal included only Illumination content — an animation subsidiary of Universal Pictures launched in 2007.

Under the deal, Netflix will have access to movie franchises such as “Minions” and “Shrek,” including new releases, four months after their availability on the Peacock streaming service. The window includes new and upcoming releases Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Bad Guys and Minions: The Rise of Gru, among others, beginning in 2022.

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“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with UFEG to bring more films from Illumination and DreamWorks Animation to our Netflix audience,” Colin Morawski, director of studio licensing at Netflix, said in a statement. “As we’ve seen with our own slate, Netflix families love watching and re-watching animated films, and this deal allows us to expand our library to bring our audience more of what they want to watch.”

“Netflix has been a terrific partner and we‘re thrilled to expand our relationship,” said Peter Levinsohn, vice chairman and chief distribution officer of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.  “This exciting agreement further demonstrates the importance of that content to our distribution partners as they grow their audiences and deliver the very best in entertainment.”

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Tops March Disc Sales, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods: A New Age was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

It’s the second month in a row topped by the DreamWorks Animation sequel, which was released on disc Feb. 23 and spent four weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts. It also remains the top-selling disc of the year so far.

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 was the No. 2 seller in March despite having just two days to make the chart after its release on DVD and Blu-ray March 30. Those two days of sales were apparently also enough to push the superhero sequel to the No. 2 seller for the year to date as well.

The No. 3 March seller was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, which was released on disc at the beginning of the month.

Disney’s Soul, the latest animated movie from Pixar, was the No. 4 seller for the month, having been released on Blu-ray and DVD March 23.

Rounding out the month’s top five was Universal’s News of the World.

A two-movie “Croods” collection moved up to No. 6 after debuting at No. 8 in February. The rest of the top 10 monthly sellers consisted of catalog titles.

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On the year-to-date chart, Monster Hunter grabbed the No. 3 spot, pushing Universal and STX Films’ Greenland to No. 4, two spots lower than its position after February.

Soul by the end of March reached the No. 5 spot for the year.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters slipped two spots on the yearly chart to No. 6, though it did climb over Warner’s Tenet, which slipped five spots to No. 8. In between them, at No. 7, is News of the World.

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According to NPD, the March 2021 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Soul (Disney)
  5. News of the World (Universal)
  6. The Croods 2-Movie Collection (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Neighbors 2-Movie Collection (Universal)
  8. Friday 3-Movie Collection (Warner)
  9. Rush Hour Trilogy (Warner)
  10. The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2021):

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  5. Soul (Disney)
  6. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  7. News of the World (Universal)
  8. Tenet (Warner)
  9. Justice League (Warner)
  10. The Meg (Warner)

 

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Tops February Disc Sales, Jumps to No. 1 for 2021

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Grabs Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts for Fourth Week

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age remained No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week 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 March 20. The double feature set of both “Croods” movies dropped a spot to No. 4 on both charts.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter held on the No. 2 spot on both charts for the third consecutive week, selling about half as many copies as the DreamWorks Animation sequel.

The dearth in a high volume of new releases being offered at retail has resulted not only in a lack of turnover in the top spots the previous few weeks, but also a rise in catalog titles moving back up the charts as stores conduct a number of clearance and deep-discount sales.

The No. 3 overall disc seller was Universal’s Neighbors 2-Movie Collection, a 2016 DVD-only release that can be had for as low as $5 at sites such as Amazon.com. No. 5 overall was 2018’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls, also from Universal, which had just 1% of its sales come from Blu-ray so it didn’t appear on the top 25 Blu-ray chart.

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The week’s top newcomer was another Universal Pictures release, Oscar nominee Promising Young Woman, which arrived at No. 8 on the overall disc chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan as a young woman on a mission of revenge after her bright prospects for the future were derailed by a mysterious event, has earned $5.8 million at the domestic box office and $10.9 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film among the eight Best Picture Oscar nominees in the pandemic-hampered release year. Promising Young Woman had 60% of its total sales come from the Blu-ray format.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Mill Creek Entertainment’s new Steelbook edition of the 1986 BMX racing movie Rad starring Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire and Ray Walston.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended March 21 had The Croods: A New Age at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, and the third time in four weeks since it arrived on disc.

Promising Young Woman — debuted as the No. 2 rental, pushing Monster Hunter to No. 3.

The Redbox-exclusive actioner SAS: Red Notice landed at No. 4, followed by STX Films’ Greenland, distributed by Universal, at No. 5.

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Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 3-22-21

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Spends Third Week Atop Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age continued its reign over the home video charts the week ended March 13. For the third consecutive week, the DreamWorks Animation sequel topped both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

In fact, four the five top disc sellers carried over from the previous week. No. 2 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, followed at No. 3 by the “Croods” two-film collection. No. 5 on both charts was STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 4, was Lionsgate’s Vanguard, a Chinese actioner starring Jackie Chan as the CEO of a security firm tasked with protecting a corrupt businessman who rats out his partner in an arms deal. Vanguard had 48% of its sales come from the Blu-ray Disc format.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 14 had The Croods: A New Age return to the top spot it held two weeks earlier before dropping to No. 2 a week ago.

The intervening top rental, Monster Hunter, slipped to No. 2.

Quiver Entertainment’s Crisis, which is available on disc exclusively as a Redbox rental until April 20, climbed five spots to No. 3, pushing Lionsgate’s Fatale to No. 4, and Greenland to No. 5.

Vanguard debuted as the No. 6 rental.

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Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 3-15-21

‘Croods’ Sequel Cleans Up at Box Office Despite Multi-Platform Availability

NEWS ANALYSIS — The Universal/DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age had another notable weekend at the domestic box office, generating $520,000 in ticket sales through March 14, and bringing its global take above $158.6 million, including $54.3 million in the United States since its Thanksgiving weekend debut.

The tally was good enough to finish fifth among the week’s top theatrical titles — despite the movie being available across other distribution formats for weeks and months.

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Indeed, A New Age was No. 1 on the Top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for February 2021, according to The NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. The title was released on disc Feb. 23 and led the weekly sales chart the final week of the month, drawing enough sales to clinch not only the month but also move into the top spot for the year so far.

That was not the title’s first foray into the retail space. The Croods: A New Age was made available Dec. 18 on premium VOD as part of Universal’s revised release strategy aimed at expediting theatrical movies to consumers during the pandemic and beyond. The title, which has topped sales at myriad digital platforms, including Vudu, FandangoNow, Google Play, Apple TV and Xfinity Store, among others, is also available at Redbox kiosks for rent at $1.80 for DVD and $2 for Blu-ray.

“This is our new normal,” Peter Levinsohn, vice chairman and chief distribution officer for Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, told the Los Angeles Times. “We may make the decision that certain films should have more than three weekends at the box office, but our new normal is that we’re going to be making our films available in the home sometime after that third weekend.”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, said the Croods: A New Age release strategy has proven that a “solid” family movie can be successful across multiple channels at the same time.

“Born out of a reaction to the pandemically challenged marketplace, [Croods 2 is] paying long-term financial dividends, while honoring the consumer’s choice of how best to view the movie with their families,” Dergarabedian said.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods: A New Age debuted at 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 Feb. 27.

The computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It 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.

Produced by DreamWorks Animation, The Croods: A New Age proved popular enough with audiences that a two-pack of both “Croods” movies was No. 2 on both charts for the week.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of total A New Age unit sales, and 45% for the two-pack. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (which is also included in the Blu-ray tally) on its own accounted for 5% of A New Age sales, while its rare 3D Blu-ray edition comprised 0.3%.

The top disc seller the previous two weeks, STX Films’ Greenland, a disaster movie distributed by Universal Pictures, slipped to No. 3, selling about 9% as many copies in its third week as newcomer A New Age did in its first (when accounting for the “Croods” tw0-pack, Greenland sold about 7.5% as many copies). The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s newly released Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob, which was a DVD-only disc release. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

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Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, debuted at No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, which was No. 9 overall.

Warner Archive made its presence felt on the top 20 Blu-ray chart, with its new HD edition of the 1990 Christian Slater coming-of-age drama Pump Up the Volume arriving at No. 18.

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The Croods: A New Age also topped the Media Play News rental chart the week ended Feb. 28, pushing Greenland to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Universal’s Freaky held the No. 3 spot for a third week, while Wrong Turn debuted at No. 4, and Universal’s Let Him Go dropped three spots to No. 5.

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‘Croods’ Sequel Returns to Top of ‘Watched at Home List’; ‘Wrong Turn’ Reboot Top Newcomer

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age returned to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 27 thanks to its Feb. 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was previously No. 1 the week ended Feb. 13 following its digital sellthrough release Feb. 9, then slipped to No. 2 the next week. A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It 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 movie that displaced A New Age the week ended Feb. 20, STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped back to No. 2 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. The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter remained No. 3. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Freaky at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6, was Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

Sony Pictures’ 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Spider-Man: Homecoming made its way onto the list for the first time at No. 17, fueled by news that new franchise installment Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive on Christmas.

Warner’s Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob debuted at No. 18 following its Feb. 23 release on DVD. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Freaky (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)
  7. Let Him Go (Universal)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  11. When Calls the Heart: Season 8 (Cinedigm)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  13. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  14. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  15. Supernova (Bleecker Street)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
  18. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (Warner)
  19. Snowfall: Season 4 (FX)
  20. Songbird (STX)

 

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. 27.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Arrives at No. 1 on Redbox Charts

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental and Redbox On Demand charts the week ended Feb. 28.

Distributed by Universal Pictures, the 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. It has earned $52.5 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous two weeks, STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

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The newly released Wrong Turn reboot, from Lionsgate, was No. 2 on the On Demand chart and No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Two other Universal-distributed movies rounded out the top five. The comedy/horror hybrid Freaky remained the No. 3 disc rental and was No. 5 on the digital chart, while Let Him Go was No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 28:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Greenland — Universal/STX
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  5. Let Him Go — Universal
  6. Horizon Line — Universal
  7. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  8. Breach — Paramount
  9. Redemption Day — Paramount
  10. The War With Grandpa — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 28:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  3. Greenland — STX
  4. Let Him Go — Universal
  5. Freaky — Universal
  6. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  7. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  8. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  9. Songbird — STX
  10. Honest Thief — Universal

 

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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 Feb. 19-21, 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. A New Age 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 A New Age 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 release 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 at No. 4 with more than $800,000; $42 million total ($158 million globally).

Finally, Open Road Film’s The Marksman rounded out the top five 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.