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”

“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)

 

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‘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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‘Trolls World Tour’ Leads Disc Sales for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour led 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 July 18. It was the second consecutive week in the top spot for the DreamWorks Animation sequel.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has hovered near the top of the charts since its May 19 disc release due to a dearth of major new releases in the pipeline, climbed back to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and maintained the No. 3 spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller was the Criterion Collection’s new Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits boxed set, a compilation of five of the martial arts superstar’s most notable movies: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and Game of Death. The set, which was released only on Blu-ray, ranked No. 13 overall.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were a number of older titles: Warner’s 2018 Clint Eastwood crime drama The Mule at No. 3, Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 4, and Universal’s Jaws at No. 5.

The Blu-ray disc chart had Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 4 (No. 15 overall) and Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at No. 5 (No. 22 overall).

The semi-annual Barnes & Noble Criterion sale helped push many of the boutique distributor’s Blu-rays into the Top 25 Blu-ray Disc rankings. In addition to the Bruce Lee set, Criterion’s Blu-ray of the 1985 Russian war drama Come and See landed at No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, followed at No. 12 by Criterion’s new Blu-ray of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds. The recent Criterion version of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel hit No. 22, while last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire was No. 24, and the recent special edition of 1963’s The Great Escape was No. 25.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 19 also saw Trolls World Tour in the top spot for a second week. Redbox’s Becky moved up a spot to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s The Invisible Man remake at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature at No. 4, and Paramount’s Body Cam, new to disc, debuting at No. 5.

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Week

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal Pictures, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 18.

It’s the animated sequel’s third week atop the chart that  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The film was released for digital sellthrough June 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7.

Screen Media’s VOD war film The Outpost remained at No. 2. Based on the 2012 book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, the film stars Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood.

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Homebound consumers continued to be enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone,” the three seasons of which rounded out the top five: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

In fact, the top five were the same as last week, though seasons one and three of “Yellowstone” swapped places.

The top newcomers for the week include Criterion Collection’s Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Blu-ray boxed set, at No. 9, and the VOD horror movie Relic, from IFC Midnight, at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  8. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  9. Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Criterion)
  10. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  11. Relic (IFC)
  12. Bloodshot (Sony)
  13. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  14. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  15. 1917 (Universal)
  16. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  17. The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
  18. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  19. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Sandcastle)
  20. Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)

 

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 July 18

‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops Redbox Charts for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour stayed at No. 1 for a second consecutive week on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts the week ended July 19.

Redbox’s own Becky rose a spot to No. 2 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.

Lionsgate’s Force of Nature stayed at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. It was No. 4 on the disc chart.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man was No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which was No. 9 on the disc chart.

Paramount’s Body Cam was No. 5 on the disc chart, while Screen Media’s The Outpost was No. 5 on the digital chart.

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

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Becky — Redbox
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  5. Body Cam — Paramount
  6. The Hunt — Universal
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  8. Legacy — ITN
  9. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  10. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 19:

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

 

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Dominates Weekly Disc Sales

After weeks without a major new DVD or Blu-ray release, the conditions were ripe for Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour to dominate the national home video sales charts.

Indeed, the DreamWorks Animation sequel easily 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 July 11.

In addition, a combo pack of both “Trolls” movies was No. 2 on both charts.

In fact, with the 2016 Trolls movie on the charts at No. 35, “Trolls” discs accounted for 71% of unit sales among the entire top 50.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has spent six of the past seven weeks as the top-selling disc.

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Paramount’s Top Gun was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, and No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 overall disc seller was Warner’s The Mule.

The previous week’s top overall seller, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature, slipped to No. 6 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was No. 23 on the overall chart.

The only other new release of note to crack the charts was a catalog title: the Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray edition of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds debuted at No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 61% of Trolls World Tour unit sales, with the 4K Ultra HD version comprising 6% of the total.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 12 also had Trolls World Tour in the top spot, pushing Force of Nature to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Redbox’s Becky dropping a pot to No. 3, Universal’s The Invisible Man holding at No. 4, and Universal’s The Hunt down two spots to No. 5.

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Second Week

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal Pictures, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 11.

It’s the animated sequel’s second week atop the chart that  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The film was released for digital sellthrough June 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7.

Screen Media’s VOD war film The Outpost climbed three spots to No. 2. Based on the 2012 book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, the film stars Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood.

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Homebound consumers continued to be enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone,” the three seasons of which rounded out the top five: season three at No. 3, season one at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

For the most part the list contained the same titles as the previous week. Lionsgate’s Force of Nature, about a family defending their home from thieves during a hurricane in Puerto Rico, rose from No. 17 a week earlier, when it was the top-selling disc on the NPD VideoScan chart, to No. 9.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  10. The Hunt (Universal)
  11. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  12. The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
  13. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  14. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  15. 1917 (Universal)
  16. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Sandcastle)
  17. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  18. Bloodshot (Sony)
  19. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  20. Dolittle (Universal)

 

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 July 11

 

‘Trolls World Tour’ Jumps to Top Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal Pictures, pushed to the top of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 4. The animated film was released for digital sellthrough June 23 and was No. 2 the previous week on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The film was released for premium VOD in April instead of its intended widespread theatrical release, but the DEG doesn’t track films marked as PVOD until their traditional home entertainment window.

Trolls World Tour was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7 so it should continue to hold a high place on the chart for the next several weeks.

Homebound consumers continued to be enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone,” which occupied the next three spots on the chart. The third season, which topped the chart the previous week, slipped to No. 2. Season one was No. 3 and season two was No. 4.

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No. 5 was a regular VOD release, Screen Media’s war film The Outpost. Based on the 2012 book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, the film stars Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood.

The American Fourth of July holiday helped push the Fox catalog title Independence Day from 1996 into the top 20, at No. 8.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount
  4. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  5. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  8. Independence Day (Fox)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  11. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  12. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  13. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Sandcastle)
  14. The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
  15. 1917 (Universal)
  16. The Hunt (Universal)
  17. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  18. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  19. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  20. Onward (Disney)

 

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 July 4

 

Peacock to Launch Nationally on Google Platforms, Devices

NBCUniversal’s pending SVOD service Peacock June 23 announced it will be available on Google platforms and devices including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices when it launches nationwide July 15. At that time, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and timely live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium offers 15,000 hours of content, and Android and Android TV users will receive complimentary access to Peacock Premium until Oct. 15, 2020. Once a user’s promotion concludes, Peacock Premium will be available for $4.99 per month on Android and Android TV via Google Play in-app purchase. Viewers may also upgrade to an ad-free tier for an additional $5.00 per month.

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“Given Google’s extensive customer reach, millions of people will be able to start streaming Peacock on their preferred platform or device this July,” Maggie McLean Suniewick, president, business development and partnerships, Peacock, said in a statement. “We’ve made Peacock free to our distribution partners, including Google, because we want people everywhere to stream Peacock, and the Peacock Premium promotion demonstrates our commitment to providing incredible value for our mutual customers.”

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Peacock recently announced original programming available at launch including “Brave New World,” “The Capture,” “Intelligence” and “Lost Speedways”; sports documentary “In Deep With Ryan Lochte”; and the entire full-length film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. In addition, subs will have access to programming from NBC and Telemundo, access to Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation movies like Jurassic Park, Do the Right Thing and Shrek; and iconic shows including comedies “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live,” “King of Queens,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Frasier,” “George Lopez,” “Psych,” “Monk” and “Cheers”; dramas “Law & Order: SVU,” “Downton Abbey,” “Yellowstone,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Parenthood,” “Heroes,” and kids programming including “Curious George,” DreamWorks’ “Where’s Waldo?” and “Cleopatra in Space.”

Peacock users also have daily programming highlights from “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Noticias Telemundo,” MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and 75 streaming channels including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the “SNL” Vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels such as True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.