Universal Pictures Ups Q4 Home Entertainment Revenue 30%

Spurred by the retail release of F9: The Fast Saga, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 27 reported fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2021) revenue of $392 million, which was up 30.6% from revenue of $300 million during the previous-year period.

For the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue (and other) increased 3% to $1.19 billion from $1.15 billion.

Universal attributed the revenue increase to both physical and digital sales of the ninth installment in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise, in addition to the return of stage plays, largely absent since the begin of the Covid era.

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The home entertainment studio also benefitted from having the U.K. distribution rights to MGM/United Releasing’s James Bond actioner, No Time to Die, which was the top-selling retail release across The Pond in 2021.

Overall studio revenue increased 36.4% to $2.4 billion in the quarter, reflecting higher content licensing revenue, home entertainment (and other) and theatrical revenue. Content licensing revenue increased 33.7%, driven by television content licensing.

Theatrical revenue increased by $80 million, primarily due to current year releases, Sing 2 and Halloween Kills, and the impact of theater closures in the prior-year period.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Tops December Disc Sales; ‘F9’ Takes Crown for 2021

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined U.S. DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for December 2021, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The Marvel Comics-inspired sequel to 2018’s Venom features the return of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who teams with an alien symbiote to take down an escaped murderer (Woody Harrelson) who is possessed by the symbiote Carnage. It arrived on disc Dec. 14 after earning $212.6 million at the domestic box office.

The month’s No. 2 title was MGM’s No Time to Die, the latest James Bond actioner distributed on DVD and Blu-ray by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The fifth and final film to star Daniel Craig as Agent 007 arrived on disc Dec. 21 and topped the weekly sales charts its first three weeks. It sold about 74% as many copies during the month as the Venom sequel, after earning $160.8 million at U.S. theaters.

December’s No. 3 seller was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure arrived on disc Nov. 30 and sold about half as many copies as Carnage.

The next three titles on the chart, and six of the top 10, were catalog titles with a Christmas theme. Universal Pictures’ 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey was No. 4, followed at No. 5 by the 2018 animated The Grinch with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title Dr. Seuss character.

The other Christmas classics in the top 10 were from Warner — the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy Elf at No. 6, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 8, 2004’s The Polar Express at No. 9, and the 1965 animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas at No. 10.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga

The “Fast & Furious” sequel returned to the monthly top spot it held in September before falling to No. 2 in October. Its sales boost, fueled by Black Friday sales, pushed it to No. 1 on the list of top sellers for the year to date.

The No. 2 seller in November was Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The adventure film based on the theme park ride was released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16.

The No. 3 November seller was a catalog title, Universal’s animated The Grinch from 2018, getting a bump in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday season. Similarly, the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas was No. 8 during the month.

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, the James Gunn-directed sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad about a team of supervillains extorting into conducting covert operations for the U.S. government, kept its hold on the No. 4 monthly spot.

No. 5 for November was Paramount’s animated Paw Patrol: The Movie, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2.

The top October seller, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, slid to No. 6 in November.

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The final disc sales chart for 2021 as a whole ended up with Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga in the top spot. The latest “Fast & Furious” franchise installment was released on DVD and Blu-ray in September, but strong pre-holiday sales in November pushed it to No. 1 for that month and into the top spot for the year.

In fact, the titles that held the top six positions for the year at the end of November maintained those spots by the end of the year. Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, a late-March disc release, was the year’s No. 2 title, selling about 88% as many copies as F9.

Universal’s DreamWorks Animations sequel The Croods: A New Age, which had been topping the year-to-date chart from February through October, ended up at No. 3 for the year, selling 83% as many copies as the top title.

Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong finished the year at No. 4, while Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Widow held onto No. 5, and Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon was No. 6.

Despite being for sale just a few weeks, both Venom: Let There Be Carnage and No Time to Die had enough juice to climb into the year-end top 10, at No. 7 and No. 8 respectively.

Likewise, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ video game action-comedy Free Guy, which was released in October, cracked the year’s top 10 at No. 9, while Warner’s perennially popular eight-film “Harry Potter” boxed set inched up to No. 10 just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film in the franchise.

Dropping out of the year’s top 10 at the finish line were Warner’s 1996 basketball comedy Space Jam, Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake, Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter, and Warner’s Beetlejuice.

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

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)
  2. No Time to Die (Universal/MGM)
  3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney/Marvel)
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Universal)
  5. The Grinch (Universal)
  6. Elf (Warner)
  7. Jungle Cruise (Disney)
  8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  9. The Polar Express (Warner)
  10. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Warner)

 

2021 Top 10:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  4. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  5. Black Widow (Disney)
  6. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)
  8. No Time to Die (Universal/MGM)
  9. Free Guy (Disney/20th Century)
  10. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)

 

‘F9’ Tops November Disc Sales, Moves to No. 1 for the Year

‘F9’ Tops November Disc Sales, Moves to No. 1 for the Year

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for November 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The “Fast & Furious” sequel returned to the monthly top spot it held in September before falling to No. 2 in October. Its sales boost, fueled by Black Friday sales, pushed it to No. 1 on the list of top sellers for the year to date.

The No. 2 seller in November was Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The adventure film based on the theme park ride was released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 16.

The No. 3 November seller was a catalog title, Universal’s animated The Grinch from 2018, getting a bump in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday season. Similarly, the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas was No. 8 during the month.

Warner’s The Suicide Squad, the James Gunn-directed sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad about a team of supervillains extorting into conducting covert operations for the U.S. government, kept its hold on the No. 4 monthly spot.

No. 5 for November was Paramount’s animated Paw Patrol: The Movie, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 2.

The top October seller, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, slid to No. 6 in November.

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The year-to-date chart experienced some additional shuffling due to F9 taking over the top spot. Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 moved up to No. 2, while The Croods: A New Age slid to No. 3 after topping the year-to-date list since February.

Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong slid a spot to No. 4, while Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Widow moved up one to No. 5, swapping spots with Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.

Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake joined the top 10 yearly chart at No. 8.

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

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Jungle Cruise (Disney)
  3. The Grinch (Universal)
  4. The Suicide Squad (Warner)
  5. Paw Patrol: The Movie (Paramount)
  6. Free Guy (Disney/20th Century)
  7. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Universal)
  9. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (Paramount)
  10. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner)

 

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

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  4. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  5. Black Widow (Disney)
  6. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  7. Space Jam (Warner)
  8. Mortal Kombat (2021, Warner)
  9. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  10. Beetlejuice (Warner)

 

‘Free Guy’ Tops October Disc Sales Chart

‘F9’ Back to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts Following Black Friday Sales

Thanksgiving’s Black Friday sales period helped push Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga back to 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 Nov. 27.

The latest “Fast & Furious” sequel, which had been No. 2 a week earlier, has now been the top title for five of the 10 weeks since its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The previous week’s top seller, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, slid to No. 2 on both charts. The adventure film based on the famous Disney parks ride sold about 84% as many copies as F9.

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The rest of the top 50 chart was dominated by catalog titles, Christmastime favorites and a smattering of relatively recent releases.

No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title Dr. Seuss character.

The No. 4 overall disc seller (No. 14 Blu-ray) was the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carey in the title role.

Rounding out the top five overall disc sellers was Warner’s Elf, the 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell. Elf was No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

The Blu-ray Disc chart had Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong and Wonder Woman 1984 at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. They were No. 7 and No. 9 on the overall chart.

While no new releases pierced the week’s top 50 overall disc sellers, a couple of new Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc editions did land on the top 30 Blu-ray Disc chart. Criterion’s new Citizen Kane 4K set was No. 22, while the new Uncut Gems 4K set was No. 27.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 28 had Jungle Cruise take over the No. 1 spot, with Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy remaining No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were three releases from Universal Pictures. The previous week’s top rental, the Candyman relaunch, slipped to No. 3, followed by Stillwater at No. 4 and the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Old at No. 5.

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‘F9,’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Return to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Amid a slew of discounts offered ahead of the annual Black Friday shopping period, the national DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts experienced a bit of upheaval the week ended Nov. 13 as several older titles pushed their way back into top chart spots.

The top seller on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, was Universal Pictures’s F9: The Fast Saga, the latest “Fast & Furious” sequel that was originally released on disc in September. It was No. 5 the previous week. It’s the fourth time in the top spot for F9, having spent three weeks in the top spot upon its release two months ago.

F9 was No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, which saw Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s disc release of the director’s cut of the superhero team-up movie, jump back into the top spot. Zack Snyder’s Justice League was No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart.

A week earlier, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was No. 29 overall and No. 24 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Warner’s The Suicide Squad, slipped to No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top new release, at No. 12 overall and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Universal’s disc release of MGM’s Respect, a biopic of Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. The film earned $24.3 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 39% of its total unit sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 14 had Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy at No. 1 for a second week.

No. 2 was Warner’s newly released Reminiscence, from Warner, a sci-fi noir starring Hugh Jackman that wasn’t much of a factor on the sales chart due to supply chain issues making it scarcely available on retail shelves.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s Stillwater and Old at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, and The Suicide Squad at No. 5.

Respect debuted at No. 6 on the rental chart.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Q3 Revenue Down Slightly

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 28 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $273 million, down about 5% from revenue of $286 million during the previous-year period.

Key retail releases in 2021 include F9: The Fast Saga, which only hit retail shelves Sept. 21; Greenland (Feb. 9); The Croods: A New Age (Feb. 23); and News of the World (released March 23). Other new titles, The Forever Purge and Old, had been released internationally.

Theatrical revenue increased by $279 million to $307 million, primarily due to current-year releases, including F9 and The Boss Baby: Family Business, and the impact of theater closures in the prior year period.

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In what has become a common theme across most studios, content licensing didn’t disappoint, generating more than $1.8 billion in revenue, up 12.5% from $1.6 billion in the previous-year period, reflecting the timing of when content was made available under licensing agreements.

For the nine months of the fiscal year, studio revenue has increased 10.5% compared with 2020 to $7 billion, primarily reflecting higher content licensing revenue and theatrical revenue. Pre-tax earnings decreased 13.6% compared with 2020 to $833 million, reflecting higher revenue more than offset by higher operating expenses.

Universal’s ‘F9’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart, Thanks to Disc

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga sped to its second week atop the Official Film Chart for the retail week ended Oct. 27. With 86% of its sales coming from DVD and Blu-ray Disc, the ninth installment in the car-themed franchise held off Universal’s animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, which climbed six spots on the chart — also due to packaged-media sales.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (No. 3) and 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy (No. 4) dropped  one spot each, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom (No. 5) climbed the chart with consumer interest likely spiked by the current theatrical sequel.

Universal’s action-thriller The Forever Purge climbed eight spots to No. 6, entering the Top 10 for the first time following its release on disc. In the fifth installment in the “Purge” franchise, a group of insurrectionists decide to continue their murderous spree after the annual purge’s end time of daybreak.

Next up, Disney’s Black Widow ended the week at No. 7; Universal’s M Night Shyamalan thriller Old entered the chart at No. 8; and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy remained in the Top 10 at No. 9.

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The week’s highest new entry: Warner’s Injustice, the new animated DC comics film based on an alternate earth. The Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending him into a deadly rampage as he decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Batman gathers a team of heroes to try to stop him, pitting Justice League members against one another.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Oct. 27, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 FAST & FURIOUS 9 UNIVERSAL
2 8 THE CROODS: A NEW AGE UNIVERSAL
3 2 JUNGLE CRUISE DISNEY
4 3 FREE GUY 20TH CENTURY
5 6 VENOM SONY PICTURES
6 14 THE FOREVER PURGE UNIVERSAL
7 5 BLACK WIDOW DISNEY/MARVEL
8 7 OLD UNIVERSAL
9 9 SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY WARNER
10 NEW INJUSTICE WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘F9,’ ‘Black Widow’ Lead September Disc Sales

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga earned top honors on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for September 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest “Fast & Furious” sequel was released on disc Sept. 21 and has spent three weeks atop the weekly sales charts, but its first week-and-a-half of sales were enough to top the entire month of September and move the title onto the year’s top 10 to date at No. 5.

Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow, the 24th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was released a week earlier, on Sept. 14, and came in at No. 2 for the month. It landed on the year-to-date top 10 at No. 6.

No. 3 for the month was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of HBO Max’s four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up film Justice League. It was released on disc Sept. 7.

Disney’s Cruella, the 101 Dalmatians prequel about the origins of the villainous Cruella de Vil, debuted on the monthly chart at No. 4 for September, following its Sept. 21 disc release.

September’s No. 5 title was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, released on disc by Universal Pictures Sept. 14.

The previous month’s No. 2 seller, Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, stuck around to drop to No. 6 in September. The action-comedy sequel was released on disc Aug. 17.

Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which was the No. 8 August title after being released the last week of the month, rose to No. 7 in September.

Two catalog titles jumped into the September chart due to the prominence of Halloween-themed titles this time of year: Disney’s 1993 spooky family comedy Hocus Pocus at No. 8, and Warner’s 1988 supernatural comedy Beetlejuice at No. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, an Aug. 31 disc release from Universal Pictures.

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On the year-to-date chart, the top four titles remain unchanged, with Universal’s The Croods: A New Age remaining the year’s top-selling title.

Warner’s 1996 basketball comedy Space Jam slipped a spot on the yearly chart to No. 7, while Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter dropped three spots to No. 8, and Universal’s News of the World slid two spots to No. 9.

The September sales of Beetlejuice were enough to push it onto the year’s top 10 at No. 10, a climb of eight spots from August.

Disney’s Soul, Warner’s Tom & Jerry and Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake dropped out of the year-to-date top 10.

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

  1. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  2. Black Widow (Disney)
  3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Warner)
  4. Cruella (Disney)
  5. The Boss Baby: Family Business (Universal/DreamWorks)
  6. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)
  7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner)
  8. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  9. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  10. Spirit Untamed (Universal/DreamWorks)

 

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  5. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
  6. Black Widow (Disney)
  7. Space Jam (Warner)
  8. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  9. News of the World (Universal)
  10. Beetlejuice (Warner)

 

‘Luca’ Tops August Disc Sales

‘F9’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week, ‘Space Jam’ Reboot No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga spent a third week as 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 Oct. 9.

The latest “Fast & Furious” film focuses on Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting his brother (John Cena) over a device that can take over every computer in the world.

The week’s top newcomer was Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, which came in at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The reboot of the 1996 film Space Jam is a live-action/animation hybrid that pairs LeBron James with Bugs Bunny in a high-stakes basketball game. It earned $70.5 million at the domestic box office.

A two-pack of both “Space Jam” movies was No. 20 on the overall sales chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The Blu-ray version accounted for 58% of its total unit sales, which means 42% of its sales were due to the Walmart-exclusive DVD edition.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow in its fourth week on shelves.

Moving up to No. 4 overall as Halloween approaches was Disney’s 1993 spooky comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s The Forever Purge, slipped to No. 5 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was the 2000 Christian Bale starrer American Psycho, thanks to a new Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook repackaging of Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the film. It was No. 16 overall, with 4K editions of the film accounting for 98% of its total sales.

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The only other new-to-disc recent theatrical release in the top 20 was Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, a sequel to 2019’s Escape Room that earned $25.2 million at the domestic box office. It was No 12 overall, No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sales for Space Jam: A New Legacy broke down as 7% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 42% regular Blu-ray, and 51% DVD. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions had 64% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc; it wasn’t released on 4K disc.

Newly released 4K editions of the first five “Halloween” movies from Shout! Factory helped them climb up the charts as well.

The 1978 original Halloween, with 73% of its weekly sales coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, was No. 15 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. While Shout! Factory released a 4K edition of the film Oct. 5, it has also been released on 4K disc by Lionsgate several times since 2018, with those editions also still in circulation.

Its 1981 sequel, Halloween II, was No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart, with Halloween III: Season of the Witch at No. 17. The No. 18 Blu-ray was 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, with 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers at No. 20.

The 2018 Halloween sequel/reboot from Universal was No. 11 on the overall disc chart (No. 27 on the Blu-ray chart), as fans picked up the DVD in anticipation of the Oct. 15 release of its sequel, Halloween Kills, in theaters and on the Peacock streaming service.

Likewise, MGM’s Blu-ray boxed set of all 24 official James Bond movies was No. 25 on the overall disc chart, and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, in advance of the 25th Bond movie and fifth with Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, arriving in theaters.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 10 also had F9 in the top spot for a third week, with Space Jam: A New Legacy debuting at No. 2 and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions at No. 3.

The Forever Purge dropped to No. 4 and Black Widow to No. 5, both down two spots from the previous week.

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‘F9’ Repeats as Disc Sales Champ for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga spent a second week as 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 Oct. 2.

The latest “Fast & Furious” film focuses on Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronting his brother (John Cena) over a device that can take over every computer in the world.

The No. 2 title on both charts for a second week was Disney-owned Marvel’s Black Widow, which in its third week sold about 40% as many copies as F9 in its second.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Universal’s The Forever Purge. The fifth film in the “Purge” franchise earned $44.5 million at the domestic box office. The film had 13% of its unit sales come from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, but just 39% from regular Blu-ray, for a total Blu-ray share of 52%.

The No. 3 Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 4 overall, in its second week was Disney’s Cruella.

Rounding out the top five overall sales chart was Disney’s 1993 spooky comedy Hocus Pocus, which was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller, and No. 7 overall, was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

No. 6 on both charts was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures.

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F9 also repeated as No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 3, with Forever Purge debuting at No. 2.

Black Widow was No. 3, Boss Baby: Family Business was No. 4, and Cruella was No. 5, each down one spot from the previous week.

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