‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Returns to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Taking advantage of a slow period for big-name new arrivals on Blu-ray and DVD, the third “Fantastic Beasts” movie returned to the top spot on the national disc sales charts its fourth week on shelves.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was 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 23.

The “Harry Potter” prequel and 11th entry in the “Wizarding World” franchise had 55% of its total fourth-week sales come from Blu-ray Disc formats, with 10% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 45% from regular Blu-ray.

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The previous week’s top overall seller, Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, slipped to No. 2 in its third week, selling about 72% as many copies as the top title. It was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie, based on the long-running animated TV series “Bob’s Burgers.” It sold about 56% as many copies as the top title.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 70% of total first-week Bob’s Burgers sales. In particular, 35% came from regular Blu-ray and 35% came from a Best Buy-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Steelbook edition.

The Media Play News rental chart the week ended July 24 was topped by Vertical Entertainment’s Last Seen Alive, a thriller available on disc exclusively at Redbox for the next few weeks.

Universal’s Memory dropped to No. 2, while the same studios’ The Bad Guys was No. 3. Sony Pictures’ Morbius remained No. 4.

No. 5 was a new release, The Forgiven, a thriller about a wealthy couple covering up a tragedy during a foreign vacation. It, too, is a Vertical Entertainment release available early at Redbox.

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‘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 3’ Tops Disc Sales for Second Week; ‘Everything Everywhere’ Leads on Blu-ray Chart

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended July 9.

It’s the second week in the top spot on the overall sales chart for the third of the “Fantastic Beasts” movies, which serve as prequels to the “Harry Potter” movies. However, it dropped to No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The top Blu-ray seller, and No. 2 overall, was Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film stars Michelle Yeoh as an unlikely hero who must channel newfound powers to fight fearsome dangers from the multiverse. It earned $67.7 million at the domestic box office, and sold 93.2% as many copies in its debut week as Fantastic Beasts did in its second.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 88% of total Everything Everywhere unit sales, with 44% from regular Blu-ray and 44% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. That compared with Fantastic Beasts having just 59% of its sales from Blu-ray (47% regular BD, 12% 4K), which accounts for how Everything Everywhere passed it on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 on both charts was another new release, Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, the second film based on the hit PBS TV series “Downton Abbey.” The period film follows the Crawleys and their staff as they welcome a movie crew and their glamorous stars to Downton for the filming of a new silent movie, while other members of the family go on a grand adventure to a villa in the south of France to uncover a mystery about the Dowager Countess and her past. It earned $43.9 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray formats accounted for 48% of total Downton disc sales, with 4% from 4K and 44% from regular Blu-ray.

Dropping two spots to No. 4 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ The Bad Guys, a DreamWorks Animation adaptation of the Scholastic book series of the same name.

Sony Pictures’ Marvel Comics adaptation Morbius slipped to No. 5 on both charts, also down two spots from the previous week.

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The only other newcomer in the top 10 was Universal’s Memory, the latest action thriller starring Liam Neeson, which debuted at No. 6 on both charts. It earned $7.3 million at the domestic box office.

A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 2014 Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Edge of Tomorrow pushed the time travel adventure back into the overall top 20 at No. 13, and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The new 4K edition accounted for 91% of the title’s sales for the week.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 10 had Memory at No. 1.

The No. 2 rental was Vertical Entertainment’s thriller Last Seen Alive, which remains a Redbox-exclusive disc rental the next few weeks.

The previous week’s top rental, The Bad Guys, slid to No. 3, followed by Morbius at No. 4 and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore at No. 5.

Everything Everywhere debuted as the No. 7 rental.

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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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June 28 New Home Video Releases Include ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,’ ‘Firestarter’

Among the June 28 new releases on DVD and Blu-ray are Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the Firestarter remake.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In the film, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. The film is directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves, based upon a screenplay by Rowling. The film’s ensemble cast also includes 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 newest film adaptation of the classic Stephen King thriller Firestarter arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blumhouse suspense thriller follows a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers. Protected by her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary powers in check. But now that she’s turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom. The release features a never-before-seen alternate ending and exclusive bonus content which includes deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and a feature commentary with the director.

The family comedy Family Camp arrives on DVD, digital and VOD June 28 from Lionsgate. The film follows two families competing for the coveted camp trophy while the dads try to keep their families and marriages together. In the film, when Grace Ackerman signs her family up for a rustic summer Family Camp, a comedy of errors ensues as these polar-opposite families must share a yurt and compete for the camp’s coveted games trophy. It’s not until the two dads end up lost in the woods that their faith and family bonds are truly tested.

The horror film Where the Scary Things Are will be released on demand, on digital and on DVD June 28 from Lionsgate. In the film, teenagers inspired by a high school “Create Your Own Urban Legend” project quickly get out of hand in their desire for more “likes” and going viral — with deadly consequences. Likened to Stand by Me and The Goonies with a dark twist, the film follows Ayla and her high school friends who discover a hideous, semi-human mutant. They keep it prisoner while shooting repulsive viral videos, with the gang’s hunger for “likes” driving them to film the beast performing murderous acts. When one boy sees that Ayla is using the monster’s gruesome violence to settle her own vendettas, he threatens to tell the authorities. Is he too late to save his friends?

The romantic drama Mothering Sunday will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, on a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever. The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and the 2021 London Film Festival.

The drama Down With the King, featuring Grammy winning rap star Freddie Gibbs in his feature film debut, will be released on digital June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, rap star Money Merc (Gibbs) has been sent by his manager Paul (David Krumholtz) to a rural house in the Berkshires to focus on his next album. Disenchanted with his music career and the 24/7 upkeep that such fame entails, Merc has no desire to write or record music. Instead, he spends most of his time at his neighbor’s farm learning about farming and enjoying the simplicity of country life. After Merc abruptly announces his retirement on Twitter, Paul rushes to the countryside to lure him back into the music industry. The film has been selected in more than 26 Film Festivals and was featured as part of the ACID lineup at Cannes and won the Grand Prize at Deauville and the Audience Award at the American Film Festival (Poland).

The sci-fi thriller Cryo will be released for digital purchase and on demand June 28 from Saban Films. In the film, five scientists wake from a cryogenic sleep and find themselves trapped in an underground facility. With no memory of who they are or how long they’ve been asleep, they begin to realize they may have been part of a scientific experiment gone wrong. After a series of strange events, the scientists find themselves being hunted. They do not know who is hunting them or for what reason, but the scientists begin to suspect that one of them may be the killer.

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The Eddie Murphy comedy Boomerang arrives for the first time ever on Blu-ray June 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 30th anniversary. The film, first released in theaters on July 1, 1992, follows hotshot advertising executive Marcus Graham (Murphy) who may be a success in his industry, but he’s also an insatiable womanizer who’s completely unprepared for his new boss, Jacqueline (Robin Givens), a female version of Marcus in terms of all things romantic. The cast also includes Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell and Melvin Van Peebles. The movie’s hit soundtrack features Babyface, Toni Braxton and Boyz II Men and topped the Billboard charts and earned triple platinum status.

The comedy The First Wives Club arrives on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on June 28 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, the 1996 comedy has been remastered from a 4K film transfer for this new release.  The “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray includes collectible packaging with a foldout image of the film’s original theatrical poster, as well as a new Filmmaker Focus with screenwriter Robert Harling.

Arrow Video June 28 releases 1993’s True Romance on limited-edition Blu-ray, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD, limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and limited-edition 4K Ultra HD deluxe Steelbook. Tony Scott directs this love story about a martial arts-loving Elvis fanatic (Christian Slater) that falls for a call girl (Patricia Arquette) and kills her pimp, forcing the two of them to go on the run. The Quentin Tarantino-penned script follows the two inseparable love birds as they go to great lengths to prove that love has no bounds. In addition to Slater and Arquette, the film also stars Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport and James Gandolfini. Special features include new restorations of both the theatrical and director’s cuts; audio commentary tracks with Scott, Tarantino, Slater and Arquette; a 60-page perfect-bound collectors’ booklet; and a double-sided poster.

Gravitas Ventures June 28 releases the comedy Green Ghost and the Masters of the Stone on VOD. In a Texas border town, car salesman Charlie (Charlie Clark) moonlights as a masked Lucha libre wrestler going by the name “Green Ghost.” When unknown assailants arrive seeking an otherworldly emerald, Charlie discovers that he has super powers. As he learns to fight from the unconventional Master Gin (Danny Trejo), Charlie is told that he’s part of a secret warrior “triad of light” with his childhood friend Marco (Kuno Becker) and Marco’s sister Karina (Sofia Pernas) led by La Nana (Renee Victor). Together, they’ve been chosen to protect humanity from Drake (Marko Zaror), the embodiment of the Mayan apocalypse. As a stargate is opened in a Mexican pyramid, Drake seeks the power to destroy humankind — and Charlie, linked to the power of the emerald, is the only one who can stop him.

The drama A Beautiful Curse will be available June 28 on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures. In the film, a whole island affected by an unexplainable sleep phenomenon is closed off from the mainland. Photographer Samuel heads there, undetected to document the events, whereupon he finds Stella deep in slumber, and his attraction grows. He soon discovers the sleep affliction is more dangerous and personal than expected.

Mutiny Pictures’ psychodrama Losing Addison will be released on digital June 28 from Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Adapted from the novella published in 2011 by author Marty Beaudet, the thriller follows Les McCubbin, who spent his whole life in his twin brother Addison’s shadow. When Addison severs their psychic connection, Les doesn’t just lose his brother — he begins to lose himself. The Oregon Independent Film Festival 2021 Winner stars Sherilyn Fenn (“Shameless,” “Twin Peaks”), Ted Rooney (Legally Blonde, Gone), Jana Lee Hamblin (“The West Wing,” “Z Nation”) and Reine Swart (Triggered, The Hex), and is directed by Martin Bannon Beaudet.

Hey, Stop Stabbing Me! is being released on Blu-ray June 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group. Long before they became Hollywood players with Dorm Daze, Golan the Insatiable and the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movies, 20-year-old producer/co-writer/director Josh Miller and producer/co-writer/star Pat Casey spent the summer of 2000 with $500, a MiniDV cam and a group of friends in Bloomington, Minn., creating the long-out-of-print comedy/horror hit of the shot-on-video era, Hey, Stop Stabbing Me!. It’s a deranged suburban saga of hole diggers, serial killers, nympho girlfriends, clothes-stealing monsters and lawn mower murders. Intervision is presenting this cult favorite remastered in HD with all-new reunion featurettes, audio commentaries, short films and much more. Special features include an introduction by Miller and Casey; audio commentary with Miller, Casey and actor Andy Kriss; “Still Stabbing After All These Years,” a cast and crew reunion; “The State of Stabbing Mike”; Sledgehammers at Dawn (83 mins), with filmmaker intro and audio commentaries; short films; and trailers.

The Big Sleazy Jack Weis Double Feature, available June 28 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group, features two films by New Orleans writer/producer/director Jack Weis, Crypt of Dark Secrets and Death Brings Roses. Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976) features voodoo vengeance, a possessed swamp stripper and multiple feats of knuckleheaded folk horror and is newly mastered from the original negative. Thought lost for more than 30 years, Death Brings Roses (1975) is the Big Easy auteur’s epic of pimps, hookers, mob bosses, double-crosses, a stupefying parade of performances by non-professional locals and Henny Youngman. Real-life Hollywood tough guy Scott Brady (Johnny Guitar), Oscar winner Broderick Crawford (All the King’s Men) and Hermione Gingold (Gigi) co-star in this French Quarter crime saga, now scanned in 2K from the filmmaker’s personal 35mm print. Special features include “The Talented Ms. Ridley,” an interview with actress Maureen Ridley, and the Crypt of Dark Secrets trailer.

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

Warner Bros. Responds to J.K. Rowling Controversy

Warner Bros. late June 10 issued a statement pertaining to comments “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling made last weekend about transgender identity. In a series of posts on social media, Rowling said women should be identified by their biological sex rather than gender identity.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling wrote on her website. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

Rowling’s comments produced pushback on social media from the LGBTQ community and supporters claiming the author was advocating against her own message of inclusivity and empathy found in many “Harry Potter” books.

“Potter” stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, in addition to “Fantastic Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne took to social media in support of the transgender community.

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote on a post. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter …”

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Warner said the events in the past several weeks affirmed its resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues — including fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.

“We deeply value the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves in sharing their creations with us all,” the studio said in a statement. “We recognize our responsibility to foster empathy and advocate understanding of all communities and all people, particularly those we work with and those we reach through our content.”

For Warner, the controversy comes as Rowling is writing the script for Fantastic Beasts 3 and other projects near and dear to the studio’s bottom line. The “Potter” movie franchise has resulted in more than $6.5 billion at the global box office, in addition to millions more in home entertainment sales.

Warner Releasing ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Digitally Feb. 15, on Disc March 12

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald digitally Feb. 15, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 12.

The film is the 10th entry in the “Wizarding World” franchise, a sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and a prequel to the “Harry Potter” films.

The Blu-ray and the 4K UHD Blu-ray combo pack will include a digital download of an extended cut of the film with more than seven minutes of additional footage.

The film was written by “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. The story involves Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) recruiting Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to stop the threat of the recently escaped magical criminal Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) from raising an army of pure-blood wizards to rule over non-magical beings.

The cast also includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo and Poppy Corby-Tuech.

Crimes of Grindelwald earned $158.5 million at the domestic box office.

Home video extras include an audio introduction by Yates, deleted scenes; the featurettes “J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed,” “Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life” and “Distinctly Dumbledore”; and “Unlocking Scene Secrets” featurettes including “The Return to Hogwarts,” “Newt’s Menagerie,” “Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus,” “Paris and Place Cachée,” “Ministere des Affaires Magiques” and “Grindelwald’s Escape and the Ring of Fire.”

The 4K edition will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.