‘Elvis’ Remains No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts for Second Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis remained 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. 24.

In fact, four of the top five titles on both charts carried over from the top five the previous week.

No. 2 on both charts was Universal’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru, which sole about 78% as many copies during the week as director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

No. 3 on the overall disc chart was Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdad Sings, the adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name about an abandoned girl who raises herself in the woods. It slipped to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart, while rising to No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 4 on both charts, was Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s DVD and Blu-ray release of Outlander: Season Six. Blu-ray accounted for 45% of total unit sales for the Starz time travel fantasy series.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 25 had Where the Crawdads Sing rising two spots to No. 1. Minions: The Rise of Gru stayed No. 2, while Elvis dropped to No. 3.

Quiver’s Bandit, which has an early disc rental window at Redbox, was No. 4, while Jurassic World Dominion was No. 5.

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‘Elvis’ is King of U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Elvis, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s biopic about Elvis Presley, topped the weekly Official Film Chart in the U.K. based on digital downloads only through Sept. 28.

Documenting the highs and lows of Elvis’s (Austin Butler) life from childhood to becoming the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through his complicated relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), the movie ousted Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick (No. 2) from its four-week stint atop the chart.

Warner’s 1987 black comedy/thriller The Lost Boys returned to the chart in the No. 4 spot following a 35th anniversary Steelbook 4K Blu-ray Disc release.

Three new chart entries included: Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 6 on digital downloads only; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ethan Hawke-starring horror film The Black Phone at No. 7; and Warner’s 1982 horror film Poltergeist, which also received a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook as part of its 40th anniversary release.

Rounding off the week’s top 10 are former chart toppers The Batman (Warner) at No. 9 and Universal’s Sing 2 at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Sept. 28, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW ELVIS WARNER
2 1 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
3 2 JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION UNIVERSAL
4 RE-RELEASE THE LOST BOYS WARNER
5 3 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
6 NEW THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER DISNEY/MARVEL
7 NEW THE BLACK PHONE UNIVERSAL
8 RE-RELEASE POLTERGEIST WARNER
9 4 THE BATMAN WARNER
10 6 SING 2 UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Elvis’ Sings Way to No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis 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. 17.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, which earned $150.8 million at the domestic box office, was one of four newcomers to make their way into the top 10 overall disc sellers chart.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdad Sings, the adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name about an abandoned girl who raises herself in the woods. It earned $89.2 million from U.S. theaters.

No. 4 on both charts was Disney’s Lightyear, from Pixar Animation Studios. The film is a spinoff of the “Toy Story” franchise that is purportedly the in-universe movie that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line. It earned $118.3 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 49% of total unit sales for Elvis (37% regular Blu-ray and 12% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray), compared with 39% for Where the Crawdads Sing (with no 4K release) and 58% for Lightyear (40% regular Blu-ray, 18% 4K).

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The previous week’s top seller, Universal’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. Another Universal release, Jurassic World Dominion, slipped three spots on both charts to No. 5.

The fourth newcomer to crack the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart was Sony Pictures Cobra Kai: Season 4, the latest DVD release of the “Karate Kid” spinoff that streams on Netflix. Season five was just released Sept. 9 on Netflix. It was a DVD-only release so did not appear on the Blu-ray chart.

A Walmart-exclusive DVD release of Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin was No. 17 on the overall disc sales chart. The seventh installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise was originally released for streaming on Paramount+ last October and is also now available as a disc rental at Redbox.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 18 also had Elvis in the top spot, Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 2, and Where the Crawdads Sing at No. 3.

Jurassic World Dominion was the No. 4 rental, with another Universal release, The Black Phone, at No. 5.

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‘Elvis’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Tops Digital Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 18. The Elvis Presley biopic from director Baz Luhrmann has earned $150.7 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru slipped to No. 2. The fifth entry and second prequel in the “Despicable Me” franchise features the minions helping the younger Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) fulfill his dream of becoming a supervillain.

The No. 1 title on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week was another newcomer, Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdad Sings. The film, based on the novel of the same name about an abandoned girl who raises herself in the woods, earned nearly $89 million at the domestic box office. It was No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks.

No. 4 on the disc rental chart, and No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart,  which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion. The extended cut of the film was No. 4 on the digital chart, where it is tracked separately (though it is included with the disc version as well as the digital sellthrough version at some retailers).

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The No. 5 disc rental, and No. 3 digital title, was Universal’s The Black Phone, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke about a kidnapped boy who finds a phone that lets him hear from previous victims.

Rounding out the top five digital titles was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick.

A couple of titles that are available on disc early through Redbox also appeared in the top 10 on both charts.

Vertical Entertainment’s Bruce Willis actioner Wrong Place was No. 6 on the digital chart and No. 7 on the disc chart a week before its DVD and Blu-ray wide release date.

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin was the No. 6 disc rental and No. 9 on the digital chart. The seventh “Paranormal Activity” movie is currently streaming on Paramount+ but was released on DVD exclusively at Walmart Sept. 13. A Blu-ray of the film arrives Oct. 11 as part of a franchise boxed set.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 18:

  1. Elvis — Warner
  2. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  4. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  5. The Black Phone — Universal
  6. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin — Paramount
  7. Wrong Place — Vertical
  8. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  9. The Lost City — Paramount
  10. Last Seen Alive — Vertical


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 18:

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  2. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  3. The Black Phone — Universal
  4. Jurassic World Dominion (Extended Cut) — Universal
  5. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  6. Wrong Place — Vertical
  7. Beast — Universal
  8. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  9. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin — Paramount
  10. X — Lionsgate/A24

 

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This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Elvis’ Reviews; Box Office Report; Cryptocurrency Heist Movie Heads Home

This week on the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover reviews for Pinocchio, recently released with almost no fanfare on Disney+, and Elvis, which had a surprisingly solid domestic box office gross in spite of neither host knowing anyone who watched it. Even stranger, Tom Hanks features in supporting roles in both films. The review for Pinocchio by John Latchem was especially savage, and the hosts have a great time comparing the elements of this subpar modern take on a classic.

At the box office, yet another weekend passed by with next to no major releases. Incredibly, Top Gun: Maverick, after 16 weeks in theaters and now available digitally, is still exhibiting strong ticket sales.

Lastly is a short announcement for the heist thriller Bitcon, which Charlie is excited about not because he thinks it will be a good movie, but because he hopes it will be as incoherent and nonsensical with its plot as Hackers was with the internet when it was released in the 1990s.

Sept. 13 DVD and Blu-ray Newcomers Include ‘Elvis,’ ‘Lightyear,’ ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

Sept. 13 sees the Blu-ray and/or DVD arrival of movies such as Elvis, Lightyear and Where the Crawdads Sing, as well as TV series such as season four of “Cobra Kai” and season six of “Lucifer.”

Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). Elvis earned $150.26 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here

Disney Media & Entertainment Sept. 13 releases Pixar’s Lightyear on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The CG-animated film is based on the Buzz Lightyear character from the “Toy Story” films, and presents an adventure of the hero upon which the toy is based in the fictional world of “Toy Story.” The story finds Lighyear (voiced by Chris Evans) leading a team of Space Rangers into battle against the evil Zurg. It earned $118.31 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

The drama Where the Crawdads Sing arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling mystery thriller novel of the same name, Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lie within the marsh. It earned $87.63 million at the domestic box office.

Season four of “Cobra Kai” arrives on DVD Sept. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “Cobra Kai” takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season four finds the Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang dojos joining forces to take down Cobra Kai at the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament — and whoever loses must hang up their gi. As Samantha and Miguel try to maintain the dojo alliance and Robby goes all in at Cobra Kai, the fate of the Valley has never been more precarious. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and the “Karate Dad” featurette. The fifth sesaon arrived on Netflix Sept. 9.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the sixth and final season of “Lucifer” on DVD Sept. 13. A Blu-ray is available from Warner Archive. In the sixth and final season of “Lucifer,” viewers close the chapter on the crime-solving Devil. With Los Angeles no longer the battleground for his angelic siblings, Lucifer’s relationship with Chloe has never been stronger. Life is good. But his past always finds a way of catching up to him. The series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Aimee Garcia and Rachael Harris. Based on the characters from DC created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, “Lucifer” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. A DVD collection of Lucifer: The Complete Series also will be available Sept. 13, with all 93 episodes from the series as well as hours of bonus features from all six seasons. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release season one of the HBO series “The White Lotus” on DVD Sept. 13. The White Lotus: The Complete First Season features all six episodes of the series’ premiere season plus bonus content. The series is also available to stream on HBO Max and to own on digital. A social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort, “The White Lotus” follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of one week. Checking into the luxurious White Lotus are a group of vacationers who run roughshod over the resort manager and head of spa services. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travelers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself. The cast features Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn. “The White Lotus” is created, written and directed by Mike White.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release SEAL Team: Season Five on DVD Sept. 13. David Boreanaz and Max Thieriot continue their duty defending their country on “SEAL Team.” The four-disc collection includes all 14 episodes of the military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Magnum P.I. — Season Four on DVD Sept 13. Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks star as Thomas Magnum and Juliet Higgins in the remake of the iconic 1980s series. Former Navy SEAL Magnum and his trusted partner, Higgins, take on high-stake missions to solve mysteries on the shores of Hawaii.

The Ukrainian war movie Sniper: The White Raven debuts on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, after suffering a senseless tragedy at the hand of invading soldiers in the Donbas region in 2014, a former Ukrainian physics teacher renounces his peaceful way of life and seeks revenge. Upon joining the military and earning a coveted spot as a sniper, he sets his sights on an elite Russian sniper whose elimination could change the tide of the conflict. The action drama from first-time feature film director Marian Bushan stars Pavlo Aldoshyn, Maryna Koshkina, Andriy Mostrenko, Roman Semysal, Oleg Drach, Roman Yasinovskyi and Oleg Shulga.

The limited series Flowers in the Attic: The Origin arrives Sept. 13 on DVD from Lionsgate. Inspired by the books from author V.C. Andrews and based on the prequel novel by Andrew Neiderman, the four-part limited series tells the story of Olivia Winfield (Jemima Rooper) as she is swept off her feet by the charming Malcolm Foxworth (Max Irons), to whom she is eventually wed, making her the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall — and ultimately, the victim of the abherrant evils that lurk in Malcolm’s heart and behind the manor’s pristine façade. The fairytale life she expected becomes a nightmare — one that leads to her notorious decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic. The cast also includes Kelsey Grammer, Harry Hamlin, Kate Mulgrew, Paul Wesley, Alana Boden, Hannah Dodd, T’Shan Williams and Callum Kerr.

The true story-based drama Cave Rescue is being released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13. Based on the true nail-biting mission that captivated the world, the film was shot at the original locations featuring real heroes involved in the rescue. In the film, when rising floodwaters trap a boys soccer team in a cave system in Thailand, an Irish cave diver (Jim Warny, as himself) joins the massive effort to save them. 

The horror film He’s Watching will be released on DVD Sept. 13 from Decal and Distribution Solutions. In the film, a brother and sister play pranks on each other when they are left alone while their parents are in the hospital suffering from a mystery illness that only seems to affect adults. The game becomes a nightmare when they discover a presence watching them that wants to play, too. The siblings team up to discover what the presence is and how to escape it. The film stars Gerald Davis, Iris Serena Estes and Jacob Estes.

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Archstone’s horror-in-the-Old-West title The Legend of Hawes will be released for digital purchase Sept. 13 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. In the film, a mountain homestead is attacked by a raiding party made up of ravenous marauders. The lone survivor, a beautiful young woman, hires a dangerous gunman to help her track and exact revenge on the marauders. Together they trek to a forbidding mountain only to find that the savage marauders have a deadly secret. Written and directed by indie horror filmmaker Rene Perez (The Insurrection, The Snow Queen, Once Upon a Time in Deadwood), The Legend of Hawes stars Emily Whitcomb (The Vampire and the Vigilante, Serious Profession), Mike Markoff (Escape to the Cove, Death Squad), Richard Tyson (Black Hawn Down, There’s Something About Mary) and Karin Brauns (The Obsidian Curse).

The 1985 comedy Real Genius will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film follows a group of crazy college geniuses who put their heads together to do good and a little mischief; Chris (Val Kilmer) is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch (Gabe Jarret) is the 16-year-old whiz kid, and Lazlo (Jonathan Gries), America’s number one brain, literally lives in a world of his own — Chris’ closet. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project, they still find time to turn the dorm into an ice-skating rink, and throw a beach party in the auditorium complete with a lagoon. When the geniuses discover that their unscrupulous mentor Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) has had them working on a secret weapon for the military, they plot an elaborate revenge. Their plan culminates in an incredible scheme that outsmarts the military. The 4K Ultra HD disc includes the feature scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, reviewed and approved by director Martha Coolidge. Sound includes new Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio, reviewed and approved by Coolidge, plus the original Dolby Stereo.

The MGM John Candy comedy Canadian Bacon is being released on Blu-ray for the first time Sept. 13 from MVD Entertainment Group as part of the MVD Marquee Collection. Academy Award-winning writer/director Michael Moore serves up the political satire starring the late Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles), as well as Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Alan Alda (Marriage Story), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects), Rip Torn (Men in Black) and Steven Wright (Natural Born Killers). In the film, faced with sagging approval ratings and disgruntled arms manufacturers, the U.S. President (Alda) decides to cook up a new Cold War with Canada. After a flood of media propaganda, Americans waste no time in “patriotically” burning their ice skates and swearing off maple syrup. But when bumbling U.S. sheriff Boomer (Candy) and his hair-trigger deputy Honey (Perlman) decide to take matters into their own hands and lead a preemptive strike, they soon find themselves embroiled in a hilarious international incident. Canadian Bacon marks the first and only narrative, non-documentary movie written, produced and directed by Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Roger & Me). The film, an official selection at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, features cinematography by two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), one of the 10 most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild. Special features include the original theatrical trailer; reversible artwork; and a limited-edition slipcover for the first pressing only.

The science-fiction fantasy films Land of Doom, Robot Holocaust, Rollerball and Voyage Into Space will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 13 from Ronin Flix and MVD Entertainment Group.

In director Norman Jewison’s Rollerball (1975), the year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only — the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric “sport” is the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch Rollerball — a brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Jonathan E. (James Caan) is the champion player, a man too talented for his own good. The Corporation has taken away the woman Jonathan loves, but they can’t take away his soul, even if the diabolical corporate head (John Houseman) tells him he better retire — or suffer the old-fashioned way. The film also stars John Beck, Maud Adams, Moses Gunn and Shane Rimmer. Special features on the cult classic, taken from a 4K scan, include audio commentary with Jewison; audio commentary with writer William Harrison; the “From Rome to Rollerball” featurette; “Blood Sports: An interview with James Caan”; an interview with stuntman Bob Minor; and the theatrical trailer and TV spots. The film, which won the Saturn Award for Best Science-Fiction Film for 1974-75, was the first major Hollywood production to give screen credit to its stunt performers and inspired the short-lived TNN sports show “RollerJam” (1999).

In Robot Holocaust (1987), in the not-so-distant future, mankind is facing uncertainty in the rubble of the destruction of New York. Powerful robots have taken over the world, poisoning the air and making humans their slaves. One man, Neo, and his robot Klyton take on giant worms, flesh eating mutants, killer robots and the evil power of The Dark One in a desperate battle to reclaim earth for the human race. Special features include an on-camera Interview with actress Jennifer Delora. Robot Holocaust was featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in its first season.

Deborah Rennard (“Dallas,” Lionheart) stars in the postnuke classic Land of Doom (1986). In the film, much of the planet’s population and environment has been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Those who are still alive live in caves, and many roam the wasteland in marauding gangs. But some survivors, including Harmony (Rennard) and Anderson (Garrick Dowhen), want a better life and go in search of rumored paradise, a city called Blue Lake, where no rape, murder and pillaging are said to exist. However, the maniacal metal-faced Slater (Daniel Radell), Anderson’s rival, wants them dead. Special features include an on-camera interview with Rennard and the original trailer.

Voyage Into Space (1970) is a compilation of certain episodes from the TV series “Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot,” which aired from 1968 to 1969. The film features the far-out exploits of a young secret agent with the Unicorn Peacekeeping Organization as he battles the vile minions and colossal monsters of Emperor Guillotine, extraterrestrial dictator of the nefarious Gargoyle Gang. Joining the fight is an atomic-powered giant robot, armed with a fantastic array of super weapons, which only Johnny can command via a unique remote-control wristwatch. This original compilation movie, assembled by American International Television from episodes of the Toei Company tele-series, was a beloved favorite for scores of kaiju-crazy kids across the United States in the 1970s. From the makers of “Gigantor” and “Kamen Rider,” Voyage Into Space is part James Bond, part “Jonny Quest” and part “Ultraman”  with over-the-top plots, oddball villains, outrageous creatures, outré special effects and outlandish action, topped with an offbeat jazz score. Special features include audio commentary with film historian August Ragone.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Elvis’ Nips ‘Maverick’ at Weekend Box Office as ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Passes $1 Billion in Global Revenue

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis took in $31.1 million at the box office its opening weekend — about $1 million ahead of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, which took in $29.6 million and has been in theaters for an entire month.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun is lead actor Tom Cruise’s biggest-grossing movie across a 40-year career, with a total global take that this weekend surpassed $1 billion.

Meanwhile, Elvis, from director Baz Luhrman, surpassed Warner’s estimates, underscoring the enduring consumer demand for anything related to Elvis Presley. The film stars Austin Butler as the “king” of rock ‘n’ roll and Tom Hanks as his overbearing manager, Col. Tom Parker.

Filling out the box office podium is Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise, which generated about $26.4 million in ticket sales to finish the weekend at No. 3. The tally brings the film’s total North American take to $300 million, while globally the film has generated $747 million in ticket sales since its June 1 debut.

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Another new film that opened this past weekend, the Universal/Blumhouse horror film The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, generated an estimated $23.3 million in ticket sales across more than 3,000 screens — topping expectations and suggesting that the post-pandemic box office can, in fact, handle more than one or two major releases at the same time.

Finally, Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear generated $17.7 million in revenue to bring the Toy Story spin-off movie’s North American revenue total to $88 million, and $152.4 million worldwide.

Crowded Weekend Box Office Features ‘Elvis’ and ‘The Black Phone’ Debuts

The June 26 weekend box office is set to take on a pre-pandemic look with five major theatrical releases competing for consumers’ spending.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ high-profile biopic Elvis generated $3.5 million in June 23 pre-screening revenue to cement itself as the weekend pole sitter. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie features Austin Butler as “The King of Rock & Roll,” and Tom Hanks as the Elvis Presley’s overbearing manager Colonel Tom Parker.

The movie, which generated a 83% Rotten Tomatoes score from 95 critics through June 22, is projected to generate from $25 million to $38 million in North American ticket sales, putting it ahead of Universal Pictures’ new Blumhouse horror flick, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, at $20.3 million in projected revenue. The movie has a 86% Rotten Tomatoes score from 57 critics.

The new releases buttress theatrical holdovers Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) with $31.5 million in projected revenue, Paramount Pictures’ enduring Top Gun: Maverick ($30 million), and Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear with $23 million is estimated revenue in its second weekend of release.

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Warner Bros. Issues Statement on Tom Hanks’ Coronavirus Diagnosis

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, March 11 publicly announced they had been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the flu-like disease that has stricken more than 125,000 worldwide and killed 5,000.

Hanks and Wilson are in Australia where the actor is in pre-production on a Warner Bros.’ Elvis Presley biopic from director Baz Luhrmann. Hanks plays Presley’s manager, Tom Parker.

In a statement, Warner said it was aware that a “company member” from the Elvis feature film had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual,” the studio said in a statement. “The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”

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Warner said the “individual” who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.

Indeed, Hanks, on his social media platform said he and Rita are following prescribed medical protocols.

“We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,” he wrote. “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated.”

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