Merchandising: Target Offering Exclusive DVD Covers for Black Friday Sale

Without much in the way of new disc releases the week of Nov. 23, the retail chains focused their attention on discounts tied to Black Friday sales.

Target is running a buy-two-get-one free sale on movies, books and movies. Among the selections are a number of DVDs with Target-exclusive box art offered at $8 apiece, such as Lionsgate’s Dirty Dancing, La La Land and Five Feet Apart.

In addition, Target is selling Christmas movies at deep discounts as well, as low as $6 on DVD and $7 on Blu-ray. Target’s home video sections have have had a Christmas-movie display for several weeks already.

Best Buy is offering deep discounts on most of home video product, with select Blu-rays as low as $5.99 and 4K Ultra HD discs down to $9.99 for several recent films such as F9: The Fast Saga and Wonder Woman 1984.

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Walmart has begun taking preorders for Warner’s Dune on Blu-ray, offering the combo pack in a replica of the Bene Desserit pain box for $29.96.

Walmart’s ‘Dune’ Blu-ray with gift box


‘Dune’ Due Via Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Dec. 3, on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 11

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune will arrive for premium digital ownership ($29.99) and VOD ($24.99) on Dec. 3. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD  Jan. 11.

Dune, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert.

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The film stars Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “Sex Education”), with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


The Blu-ray, DVD and 4K discs will include the featurette “The Royal Houses.”

Extras on the Blu-ray and 4K editions will also include:

  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

JustWatch: ‘Free Guy,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Streamed Movie, TV Show

After finishing the No. 2 most-streamed movie in October (after Halloween), 20th Century Studios’ action-comedy Free Guy moved to No. 1 through Nov. 7, according to new data from JustWatch.

The Paramount+ original series “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, was the top-streamed TV show.

The company’s international streaming guide tracks more than 20 million users per month across 54 countries.

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Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, topped Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures’ Dune and the original Ghostbusters (Sony Pictures), while catalog episodes of “Doctor Who” and “Dexter” topped most-streamed episodic programming.


‘Dune’ Outmaneuvers Halloween Box Office Sand Trap

With Halloween falling on a Sunday, the domestic box office saw Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune generate $15.5 million in estimated ticket sales across a sluggish weekend. The tally upped director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s same-titled 1965 novel to $69.4 million in 10 days across North American screens, and $250 million worldwide.

The movie is streaming concurrently for free to HBO Max subscribers in the U.S. Warner and Legendary have already greenlighted a sequel for 2023.

Among new releases, Funimation’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission saw led the small field with $6.5 million in ticket sales across 1,600 screens — underscoring the company’s ongoing success bringing anime content to the big screen. The result topped competitors Last Night in Soho (Focus Features) and Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers with $4.2 million in revenue, respectively. The latter’s Wes Anderson release, The Last Dispatch, generated $2.8 million in revenue across 788 screens.

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Among theatrical returnees, Halloween Kills predictably topped all horror films, generating $8.5 million in North American revenue, and upping its domestic gross to $85 million and $115 million worldwide.

MGM’s latest James Bond movie No Time to Die generated $7.8 million in revenue across its fourth North American weekend, upping the total to $133 million, $539 million globally. Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage added $5.75 million, to up its five-weekend domestic tally to $190 million; $360 million worldwide.

Warner’s ‘Dune’ Poised for Sluggish Second Weekend Box Office Win

After a month of $40 million+ domestic weekend box office movie openings, the Halloween period through Oct. 31 suggests a slowdown of sorts — led by the second weekend screening of Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ Dune.

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage opened the month with the studio’s first tentpole title release in the pandemic era to an impressive $90 million through Oct. 3. MGM’s latest James Bond actioner, No Time to Die, generated $55 million through Oct. 11, followed by Universal Pictures’ Halloween Kills with $49 million, and Dune at $41 million through Oct. 24.

Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation Frank Herbert’s same-titled 1965 sci-fi novel is projected to generate another $18.4 million in ticket sales, ahead of Focus Features’ new release Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, among others, with a projected $8.3 million in revenue.

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Dune again streams for free to HBO Max subscribers for the movie’s first month of release.

Funimation’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is projected to open with $8 million in ticket sales, followed by Disney/Searchlight’s horror pic, Antlers, starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, at $3.6 million, and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch with $3.1 million.

Former chart toppers No Time to Die ($8.1 million), Halloween Kills ($7.8 million), Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($6 million), The Addams Family 2 ($3.2 million), along with 20th Century Studios’ Ron’s Gone Wrong ($4 million), round out the weekend.

JustWatch: Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Dune’ Top-Streamed Movie Through Oct. 24

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi reboot of Frank Herbert’s same-titled 1965 sci-fi novel Dune was a hit at the North American weekend box office. It also topped all streamed movies through Oct. 24, according to new data from JustWatch. The company’s international streaming guide tracks more than 20 million users per month across 54 countries.

Streamers on HBO Max have same-day access to Dune as part of WarnerMedia’s strategy releasing all theatrical titles in 2021 on the SVOD platform along with their theatrical debut.

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Other movie podium finishers included 2018’s Halloween and 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy. New release Halloween Kills finished fourth due in part to the sequel concurrently streaming on NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform.

Among TV series, Hulu comedy “Only Murders in the Building,” topped all episodic programming, while Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” and “Ghosts” on Paramount+ filled out the podium.



Warner’s ‘Dune’ Opens to $40.1 Million North American Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune generated an estimated $40 million in opening weekend ticket sales across more than 4,100 screens — matching industry and studio projections. Director Denis Villeneuve’s big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s same-named 1965 sci-fi novel generated another $20 million in China to push its global box office earnings past $200 million. More than 22% of Dune moviegoers reportedly frequented Imax screens.

The results aren’t surprising, considering Dune generated more than $5 million in “sneak peak” Oct. 21 screenings, and had generated $130 million internationally ahead of launches in the United States and China.

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The results represent a win for WarnerMedia, which is also streaming Dune free to HBO Max subscribers. The box office take tops Warner’s previous opening weekend box office leader Godzilla vs. Kong, which opened to $31.7 million in ticket sales.

WarnerMedia created controversy late last year when it announced its intent to simultaneously stream its entire 2021 theatrical release slate on HBO Max in the hopes of jumpstarting subscriptions and circumventing theaters handicapped by the pandemic.

After a strong start with Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla vs. Kong, subsequent releases seemed to underperform due in large part to their availability on HBO Max. As a result, in 2022 all major Warner releases will have a shortened 45-day exclusive theatrical window, while smaller releases will stream concurrently (and exclusively) on Max.

“I’m smiling,” Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., said in a media statement. “Exhibitors are thrilled. The best part is, fans are loving what they’re seeing. They’re loving the big-screen experience. It’s been a winner of a weekend for movie-lovers.”

Warner’s ‘Dune’ Reboot Eyeing Lofty U.S. Box Office Debut

It’s been 37 years since Universal Pictures launched a big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel Dune — to underwhelming results. Warner Bros. Pictures’ pandemic-delayed reboot hopes to do better, hitting select domestic theaters Oct. 21 in special screenings ($5.1 million), with a North American debut happening today (Oct. 22).

Unlike the 1984 version, which generated less than $31 million in global ticket sales, director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune enters the North American having already generated nearly $130 million in revenue across 24 international markets. The movie is also already streaming free to HBO Max subscribers as part of WarnerMedia’s 2021 concurrent theatrical/streaming release strategy.

Dune brought in an estimated $5.1 million in Thursday previews, compared with $4.9 million for Halloween Kills, which raked in nearly $50 million in its debut weekend. Dune is projected to open in the $30 million to $35 million range, given its simultaneous availability on HBO Max.

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WarnerMedia pushed up the movie’s Max availability date to further jumpstart subscriptions after reporting a loss of Max subs following the service’s exit from the Amazon Channels platform that gives Prime members direct access to third-party SVOD apps.

While social media buzz and reviews surrounding Dune and its ensemble cast (Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya, among others) headlined by Timothée Chalamet have been positive, the fiscal question is whether the film can generate appeal among mainstream moviegoers.

Warner’s top-opening movie in 2021 has been Godzilla vs. Kong, which generated $34.1 million across four days in early April. Dune is projected to generate around $40 million through Oct. 24.

Another new weekend release, 20th Century Studios’ animated Ron’s Gone Wrong, is projected to generate north of $6 million over the weekend. Holdovers, including Universal’s Halloween Kills ($16 million), MGM/United Artists Releasing’s No Time to Die ($12 million) and Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($9 million) are all expected to do better in ticket sales.

WarnerMedia to Bow ‘Dune’ One Day Early on HBO Max

WarnerMedia will release Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune on the HBO Max SVOD service on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET — a day ahead of its North American theatrical debut.

The movie adaptation from director Denis Villeneuve has already generated $100 million in foreign box office revenue outside China and the United States.

The 1984 David Lynch version of Dune generated nearly $31 million in global box office proceeds, which is equivalent to about $80 million today.

WarnerMedia, which is releasing Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 theatrical slate concurrently on the Max subscription streaming service, moved up Dune to coincide with the movie’s Thursday night screenings.

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The move comes as WarnerMedia attempts to offset its decision to drop Max from the Amazon Channels platform, which affords Prime members direct access to third-party SVOD services. The decision reportedly could cost Max 5 million subscribers.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Dune,’ ‘Saints of Newark’ Headline HBO Max October Content Slate

Warner Bros. Pictures is entering the final three months of its controversial 2021 theatrical release decision to concurrently stream box office movies for free to subscribers for 31 days only on the $14.99 HBO Max plan.

Critics contend the strategy has negatively impacted Warner’s box office, while proponents say it has jumpstarted Max subscriptions. The studio plans to revert back to a theatrical-driven release strategy in 2022.

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In the meantime, on Oct. 22, Max will stream Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve’s (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) reboot of sci-fi movie Dune, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s best-seller of the same name. Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

The Many Saints of Newark

Three weeks before, Max on Oct. 1 will stream the theatrical release The Many Saints of Newark, the feature film prequel to David Chase’s award-winning 1999-2007 HBO drama series “The Sopranos.” Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city —and under the influence of the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti.

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Fans of the original series can catch up with the “Sopranos” spotlight page and curated trays on Max. The spotlight page and trays in-app highlight essential episodes, the evolution of Tony, among other features.

Other original programming bowing next month includes the third season of the Emmy-winning drama series “Succession” on Oct. 17; the fifth and final season of the Emmy-winning HBO comedy series “Insecure” on Oct. 24; the eleventh season of comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; the second season of romantic comedy anthology series “Love Life” (Oct. 28); the third season of “Selena + Chef”; the three-part mini-series event “Aquaman: King of Atlantis” (Oct. 14); and the second season of the unscripted series “We’re Here” on Oct. 11.

In addition to horror movies It: Chapter 2, The Amityville Horror and Mama, Max next month offers streaming access to hundreds of refreshed catalog movies and TV series.