‘Black Widow’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts, Pushing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow 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 Sept. 18.

The latest adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe outsold the No. 2 title by a 4-to-1 margin. The Disney-distributed Black Widow earned more than $183 million at the domestic box office, but is the subject of a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson over profit sharing based on the theory its potential earnings were depressed by it being available as a premium add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

The No. 2 title on both charts was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

The No. 3 title on both charts was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures. The sequel was also available in a two-pack with the first “Boss Baby” movie, splitting sales between the standalone version and the two-pack, which was No. 17 overall. The combined tally of the standalone and double-feature options would have given discs containing the “Boss Baby” sequel enough sales to just barely put it in the second spot.

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The No. 4 overall seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the 1993 family friendly spookfest that is getting a boost now that retailers are preparing for Halloween.

No.5 on the overall disc chart was Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption, which climbed back up the charts thanks to the release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 98% of its sales for the week. Shawshank was No. 13 overall.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 for the week was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a DVD-only release that hit No. 7 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of total Black Widow unit sales, compared with 50% for The Boss Baby: Family Business. The 4K Ultra HD edition contributed to 27% of Black Widow‘s total, and 4% of Boss Baby‘s.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 19 had The Boss Baby: Family Business in the top spot, with Black Widow at No. 2.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 after a month in the top spot.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 4, and Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at No. 5.

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‘Boss Baby’ Sequel Tops Redbox Disc Rental Chart

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 19. The sequel distributed by Universal Pictures earned $57 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 2 disc rental was another new release, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, from Disney. The superhero actioner has earned more than $183 million domestically.

The top title the previous four weeks, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, dropped to No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. However, the action comedy did top the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, for the fifth consecutive week.

The No. 2 On Demand title, and No. 5 on the disc chart, was Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

The No. 4 disc rental was Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2, which was No. 6 on the digital chart.

The only other newcomer on the disc rental chart was Catch the Bullet, a Western from Lionsgate, at No. 6.

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Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell, a Mark Wahlberg movie about a father and his gay son bonding while walking across the country, jumped up to No. 3 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 Redbox On Demand title was Universal Pictures’ Candyman relaunch, newly available via VOD.

The No. 5 On Demand title was horror sequel Don’t Breathe 2, from Sony Pictures, down two digital spots from the previous week.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 19:

  1. The Boss Baby: Family Business — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  3. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  4. Peter Rabbit 2 — Sony Pictures
  5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  6. Catch the Bullet — Lionsgate
  7. The Gateway — Lionsgate
  8. The Girl Who Got Away — Quiver
  9. Great White — RLJ
  10. Wrath of Man — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 19:

  1. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — Lionsgate
  2. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It — Warner
  3. Joe Bell — Vertical
  4. Candyman (2021) — Universal
  5. Don’t Breathe 2 — Sony Pictures
  6. Peter Rabbit 2 — Sony Pictures
  7. Wrath of Man — MGM
  8. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  9. Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman — Redbox
  10. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal

 

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Animated Series ‘The Croods: Family Tree’ Debuting on Hulu and Peacock Sept. 23

The DreamWorks Animation series “The Croods: Family Tree” will premiere on both the Peacock and Hulu streaming services Sept. 23.

Based on the films The Croods and The Croods: A New Age, the series continues the ever-evolving story of the Croods and the Bettermans as they learn to live together on the most idyllic farm in prehistory. The journey from sparring rivals to unlikely friends is fraught with hilarious misadventures as the two families slowly overcome their differences to turn a tree house divided into a tree home united.

Kelly Marie Tran returns as the voice of Dawn alongside new addition Amy Landecker as Ugga. The voice cast also includes Kiff VandenHeuvel as Grug, Ally Dixon as Eep, AJ Locascio as Thunk, Dee Bradley Baker as Sandy, Artemis Pebdani as Gran, Darin Brooks as Guy, Matthew Waterson as Phil, and Amy Rosoff as Hope.

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‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Due on Digital Aug. 31, Disc Sept. 14

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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The voice cast also includes James Marsden, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, James McGrath, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.

Special features include a new animated short, a deleted scene, a gag reel, and interactive “Creative Experiment Labs” and “Boss Baby Art Class” programs.

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Spirit Untamed’ Due on Digital Aug. 17, Disc Aug. 31 From Universal

The animated family film Spirit Untamed will come out on digital Aug. 17, and on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation.

Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy.

The film features the voices of Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold),  Marsai Martin (Little), Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Eiza González (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw), with Julianne Moore (Kingsman: The Golden Circle)  and Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home).

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The film’s score and original song “Fearless” is by composer Amie Doherty (Marooned).

The release features more than an hour of bonus content, including deleted scenes; multiple at-home activities, including how to make your own “campfire” indoors; cast interviews; feature commentary by the director; and sing-alongs.

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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‘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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‘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.