‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Claims Third Week at No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore claimed a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart, the week ended Aug. 10.

Thanks to strong sales on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, the third installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise held off the week’s highest new entry, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, which was No. 2.

Entering the chart via digital sales only, A New Era is the sequel to 2019’s Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Michelle Dockery, among other series regulars.

At No. 3 was Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and at No. 4, for the third consecutive week, was Warner’s gritty The Batman. Former No. 1, Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Lost City, fell to No. 5.

Universal’s Sing 2 remained on the comeback as it climbed one spot (No. 6), followed by Warner’s Dune (No. 7), while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home fell two spots to No. 8.

The second new entry of the week was the Michael Caine-starring, 1971 crime thriller Get Carter, which debuted in the top 10 following its release on Blu-ray and 4K UHD, after it was remastered by the BFI from the original camera negative.

Finally, The Northman (Universal) finished in the top 10 despite falling five spots from the previous week.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 10, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
2 NEW DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
3 3 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
4 4 THE BATMAN WARNER
5 2 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
6 7 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
7 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER
8 6 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
9 NEW GET CARTER BFI
10 5 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

Packaged Media Sends ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Back to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore returned to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, unseating Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in unit sales through Aug. 3.

Following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” movies scored a second week at the top with 87% of its sales this week coming from physical formats.

Meanwhile, at No. 2, former chart-topper The Lost City (Paramount Home Entertainment) moved up 13 spots, following its own release on disc. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was down two spots at No. 3.

Robert Pattinson’s turn as The Batman held at No. 4, earning its 10th week on the chart, while The Northman (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) remained in the top five. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) earned a landmark 20th week on the chart in the No. 6 spot.

Universal’s Sing 2 claims the No. 7 spot, while Warner’s fantasy adventure Dune jumped five spots to return to the top 10 at No. 8. Paramount’s original Top Gun rose one spot to No. 9, followed by Sony’s action-horror movie Morbius at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 3, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 3 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
2 15 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
3 1 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
4 4 THE BATMAN WARNER
5 2 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL
6 5 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
7 6 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
8 13 DUNE (2021) WARNER
9 10 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
10 12 MORBIUS SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Climbs to Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

A vacuum on the new-release calendar means an opportunity for some shifting on the national DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts.

The week ended July 16 saw Universal Pictures’ Downton Abbey: A New Era take over the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales. It had been No. 1 a week earlier in its debut.

However, with only 37% of its sales coming from Blu-ray Disc formats, the Downton Abbey sequel actually slipped a spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, to No. 4.

The top Blu-ray seller, in its third week, was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. It had debuted in the top spot before slipping to No. 2 in its second week. It was No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart after two weeks in the top spot.

The previous week’s top Blu-ray Disc, Lionsgate’s multiverse action-fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once, dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 3 on the overall disc chart.

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The No. 3 Blu-ray and No. 4 overall seller was Warner’s The Batman.

The week’s top new release, at No. 8 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s The Beatles: Get Back boxed set of Peter Jackson’s multipart documentary about the famed British band, finally release after a delay due to technical issues. It had 66% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray formats.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 17 had Universal’s Liam Neeson actioner Memory in the top spot for a second week (it was No. 11 on the sales chart).

In the fact, the top six rentals were all unchanged from the previous week: Vertical Entertainment’s Last Seen Alive, a Redbox kiosk disc exclusive for the next few weeks, remained No. 2; Universal’s The Bad Guys was No. 3, Sony Pictures’ Morbius was No. 4, and Dumbledore was No. 5.

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Claims Top Spot on Blu-ray and DVD Sales Charts

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore 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 2.

The third of the “Fantastic Beasts” movies, which serve as prequels to the “Harry Potter” movies, finds Dumbledore (Jude Law) organizing a mission to prevent Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) from seizing leadership of the wizarding world and declaring war on humanity. It earned $95.9 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 62% of total Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore unit sales, with 15% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 47% from regular Blu-ray.

No. 2 for a second week on both charts was Universal Pictures’ The Bad Guys. The film from DreamWorks Animation is based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels of the same name, and follows five infamous animal friends who set out to fool the world into believing they’ve gone good.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Morbius, slipped to No. 3 on both charts in its third week.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller was Paramount’s 1986 fighter jet classic Top Gun, continuing to get a boost from its theatrical sequel’s success. It was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller, and No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart, was Lionsgate’s Nicolas Cage action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

The No. 5 seller on both charts was Warner’s The Batman.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 3 had The Bad Guys at No. 1 for a second week, with Morbius again at No. 2.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore debuted as the No. 3 rental. No. 4 was Vertical’s Last Seen Alive, offered on disc early at Redbox kiosks. No. 5 was Sony Pictures’ Father Stu.

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Merchandising: Secrets of ‘Fantastic’ Exclusives

All three of the major national home entertainment retailers offered exclusive editions for Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, released June 28.

Best Buy offered its typical Steelbook edition for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ 4K Steelbook

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo with a packed-in 16-page “Newt’s Journal” booklet containing beast sketches and more, for $27.99. In addition, all copies of the new “Fantastic Beasts” movie and the three-movie collection at Target came with an offer for a free 14-day trial of HBO Max. The promotion code must be redeemed by Aug. 2.

Target’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Blu-ray with Newt’s journal

Walmart offered the Secrets of Dumbledore 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in a collectible box styled as Newt’s suitcase, which included pop-up artwork when opened, for $39.96.

Walmart’s ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ 4K gift box

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ to Debut May 30 on HBO Max

Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy actioner Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the newest adventure in the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling, will be available to stream on HBO Max on May 30.

The third film in the franchise generated $388 million in global revenue, including $93 million in the U.S., features an ensemble cast, including Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, William Nadylam, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Victoria Yeates, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Fiona Glascott, Katherine Waterston, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Richard Coyle, Oliver Masucci, Valerie Pachner, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, and Mads Mikkelsen.

The movie was directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film was produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram and Tim Lewis.  Neil Blair, Danny Cohen, Josh Berger, Courtenay Valenti and Michael Sharp served as executive producers.

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DreamWorks Animation’s Kid-Friendly ‘The Bad Guys’ Tops Weekend Box Office

Family-friendly movies continue to resonate among consumers with Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys topping the North American box office with an estimated $24 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens ($87.1 million globally) through April 24.

The movie is following a 2022 theatrical trend that has seen family titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which generated an estimated $15.2 million across 3,800 screens to bring its global tally above $145 million after three weeks of release, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Turning Red and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — which saw about $12 million across 4,000 screens.

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“The very positive critical and audience reaction to The Bad Guys echoes the overperformance of our title at the domestic box office this weekend and deservedly so as this is a broad, action-packed, charming film with clever comedy for the entire family,” Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures, said in a statement.

Rounding out the top five are Universal/Focus Features’ The Northman, which saw an estimated $12 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 locations, and Lionsgate’s eccentric comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, headlining Nicolas Cage with $7.1 million in projected revenue.

Warner’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Barely Meets Fiscal Projection in Easter Box Office Win

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise, is projected to top the Easter weekend box office with $43 million in ticket sales across more than 4,200 North American screens.

The movie has sold $191 million in tickets worldwide.

The domestic tally is 31% below the $62 million weekend debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in 2018 and the $74 million opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016.

Paramount Pictures filled out the box office podium with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 generating $30 million in revenue, to up the sequel’s North American haul to $119.6 million. The studio’s Sandra Bullock romantic drama The Lost City generated another $6.5 million, to bring its total above $78 million, and more than $90 million globally.

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Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Klove, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) as he recruits zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards and witches to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelson, subbing for Johnny Depp) from seizing control of the wizarding world.

The film was initially scheduled for theatrical release in November 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Much of the cast from the first two films also appears in Dumbledore, with the notable exception of Depp, who had been asked to resign in the wake of negative publicity surrounding his divorce from Amber Heard.

The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in London on March 29, opened wide in the U.K. on April 8, and was launched theatrically in the United States on April 15.

Warner’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Expected to Top ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ at Easter Box Office

Despite middling reviews (58% Rotten Tomatoes score), Warner Bros. Pictures’ third installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, is projected to top the North American box office with more than $44 million in revenue across more than 4,000 screens through Easter (April 17).

That should be enough to top last weekend’s box office champ, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is expected to generate $36 million in ticket sales across more than 4,200 screens in its second weekend of release. The sequel should top $129 million in revenue through the holiday weekend.

A24’s domestic drama Everything Everywhere All at Once is projected to hold off Sony Pictures’ new-release comedy Father Stu, starring Mark Wahlberg, with $6.4 million and $6.2 million in ticket sales, respectively.

Regardless, the weekend is expected to tick upwards (6%) from last weekend at around $117 million in cumulative box office revenue when factoring in theatrical holdovers The Lost City (Paramount) with $5.8 million, Sony’s Morbius ($5 million), Universal Pictures’ Ambulance ($4.5 million), Warner’s The Batman ($4.1 million) and Sony’s Uncharted ($1.4 million).

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