‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops July Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

Universal Pictures’s Trolls World Tour was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for July 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The DreamWorks Animation sequel spent two weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts following its July 7 release on disc. A double-feature of both “Trolls” movies was No. 6 for the month.

Warner’s Scoob! which topped the weekly disc sales the last two weeks of the month following its July 21 release, was No. 2 for the month.

The previous month’s top seller, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, slipped to No. 3 in July.

Without much in the way of big new releases as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the rest of the monthly top 10 sellers consisted of catalog titles. No. 4 was Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood. No. 5 was Paramount’s Top Gun, which climbed two spots from the previous month. Universal’s Jurassic World was No. 7 for the month, while Universal’s Jaws held onto the No. 8 spot for a second month.

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The year’s top eight titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

The only blip on the yearly top 10 as a result of July sales was that Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate rose a spot to No. 9, pushing Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap to No. 10.

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According to NPD, the July 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner)
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  4. The Mule (Warner)
  5. Top Gun (Paramount)
  6. Trolls 2-Movie Collection (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Jurassic World (Universal)
  8. Jaws (Universal)
  9. The Secret Life of Pets (Universal)
  10. Ride Along 2-Movie Collection (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through July 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  10. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)

 

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tops June Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Disney Home Entertainment Revenue Drops in Q3

Walt Disney Studios Aug. 4 reported third-quarter (ended June 27) home entertainment revenue of $416 million, which included $395 million from studio content and $21 million from direct-to-consumer. That compared with revenue of $456 million in the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, however, home entertainment revenue topped $1.4 billion, up nearly 17% from $1.2 billion during the previous-year period.

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With scant new releases due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney continues to generate home video sales with titles such as Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the two top-selling titles of 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios reported a 55% drop in third-quarter (ended June 27) revenue to $1.7 billion, from revenue of $3.8 billion in the previous-year period. Operating income declined 16% to $668 million, compared with income of $792 million in the prior-year period.

The decrease in operating income was due to lower theatrical distribution results, partially offset by growth from TV/SVOD distribution, a decrease in home entertainment marketing costs and lower film cost impairments.

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Theatrical distribution in the quarter was negatively impacted by COVID-19 as theaters were generally closed domestically and internationally.

No significant titles were released in the current quarter compared with the release of Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Dark Phoenix in the prior-year quarter. Growth in TV/SVOD distribution was due to the sale of content to Disney+, including library titles, of The Rise of Skywalker and Pixar Animation’s Onward. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in sales to third parties in the pay-TV window.

‘Birds of Prey’ Tops May Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Warner’s Birds of Prey was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for May 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest DC Comics adaptation stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and arrived on disc May 12.

The No. 2 seller in May was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, the long-awaited video game adaptation that arrived on disc May 19.

Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot came in at No. 3 for the month. Based on the Valiant Comics character, the film arrived on disc May 5.

Disney’s under-the-radar disc release of Pixar’s Onward came in at No. 4. The animated film was made available through electronic sellthrough in late March and on the Disney+ streaming service in early April after its theatrical run was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. The disc, which Disney did not promote much at all, arrived May 19.

May’s No. 5 disc seller was Lionsgate’s faith-based drama I Still Believe, a May 5 DVD and Blu-ray release.

Other newcomers on the monthly chart included the May 12 disc of Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild at No. 6, and Universal’s remake of The Invisible Man at No. 9 following its May 26 disc release.

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The year’s top six sellers remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life entered the yearly chart at No. 7. Universal’s 1917 rose a spot to No. 8, while Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap dropped two spots to No. 9. Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate similarly dropped two spots, to No. 10.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out was displaced from the yearly top 10.

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According to NPD, the May 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  3. Bloodshot (Sony Pictures)
  4. Onward (Disney)
  5. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  6. The Call of the Wild (Fox)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  9. The Invisible Man (2020) (Universal)
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through May 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)

 

‘Star Wars’ Tops April Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

‘Star Wars’ Tops April Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for April 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest “Star Wars” installment was released on disc March 31, and had been the No. 3 seller in March based on its single day of sales alone. Its April tally, when it spent three weeks atop the weekly charts, helped pushed it up two spots on the year-to-date list to become 2020’s No. 2 top seller.

The No. 2 seller in April is Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, the action sequel that arrived on disc April 21 and spent two weeks as the top seller. That wasn’t enough to place it on the top 10 yearly list though.

Universal’s Dolittle, an April 7 release, landed at No. 3 on the monthly chart, while Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level ended up at No. 4, down two spots from the previous month.

Another Sony Pictures’ release, Greta Gerwig’s lauded Little Women remake, debuted at No. 5 on the monthly chart.

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Universal’s 1917 slid two spots from the previous month to be April’s No. 6 seller.

Other April releases to crack the month’s top 10 include Warner’s Just Mercy at No. 8, Well Go USA’s Ip Man 4: The Finale at No. 9, and Universal’s The Gentlemen at No. 19.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II dropped to No. 7 in April after being the top seller the previous two months, though it remains the year’s top seller overall.

The rise of Skywalker on the annual list pushed Warner’s Joker down a spot to No. 3 for the year, and Jumanji: The Next Level to No. 4.

Otherwise, the list of the year’s top sellers was relatively unchanged from the previous month, with the exception of 1917 taking over the No. 9 spot. That and good sales for Lionsgate’s Knives Out (which remained at No. 10) pushed Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari dropped off the yearly top 10 list.

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According to NPD, the April 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  2. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  3. Dolittle (Universal)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Little Women (2019) (Sony Pictures)
  6. 1917 (Universal)
  7. Frozen II (Disney)
  8. Just Mercy (Warner)
  9. Ip Man 4: The Finale (Well Go USA)
  10. The Gentlemen (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through April 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  7. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  8. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  9. 1917 (Universal)
  10. Knives Out (Lionsgate)

 

‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales in March

‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales in March

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service, its second straight month as a top seller.

The No. 2 seller in March is Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, the adventure sequel that arrived on disc March 17.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was released on disc March 31, and after only one day on shelves managed to take No. 3 on the monthly sales list.

No. 4 on the March list was Universal’s 1917, a March 24 disc release.

The March 10 disc release of Fox’s Spies in Disguise was No. 5.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out, which was the No. 6 seller in February, repeated in the No. 6 spot for March.

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For the year, Disney’s Frozen II remains the top seller, while Warner’s Joker (No. 10 in March) is still No. 2.

Jumanji: The Next Level joins the yearly chart at No. 3, with Rise of Skywalker at No. 4 (again, after just one day of sales).

Knives Out climbed to No. 10 on the year-to-date list.

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According to NPD, the March 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  4. 1917 (Universal)
  5. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  6. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  9. Joker (Warner)
  10. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Joker (Warner)
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  7. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  8. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  9. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  10. Knives Out (Lionsgate)

 

‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales in February

‘Frozen II’ No. 1 on Disc Sales Chart for Third Week

Though four new releases landed in the top 10 disc sellers for the week ended March 14, Disney’s Frozen II was the top selling title for a third week on both 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 animated sequel still has a long way to go to match its predecessor; the first Frozen took the top spot nine times in 2014. Frozen II is likely to fall from the top spot with the release of Jumanji: The Next Level on disc, though store closures and travel limitations brought on by the response to the coronavirus pandemic will likely have an impact on disc sales for weeks to come. Frozen II is also now available for streaming on Disney+, which should also impact its future sales.

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The week’s top newcomer was the animated Spies in Disguise, from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox. The film earned $66.8 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out slid a spot to No. 3 on both charts. Another Lionsgate release, Midway, slid to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Uncut Gems, also from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The thriller, which features an acclaimed performance by Adam Sandler, earned $50 million at the domestic box office.

Additional newcomers on the top 10 list include Sony Pictures’ new Charlie’s Angels, which was No. 6 on both charts after a disappointing $17.8 million U.S. box office haul; and yet another Lionsgate release, Bombshell, the sexual harassment drama that earned $31.8 million at the domestic box office and won an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 65% of first-week unit sales for Spies in Disguise, 70% for Uncut Gems, 65% for Charlie’s Angels, and 58% for Bombshell. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition comprised 8% of the Spies in Disguise total, and 14% for that of Charlie’s Angels.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 15, Spies in Disguise took the top spot, with Uncut Gems at No. 2.

Knives Out dropped to No. 3, with Charlie’s Angels at No. 4 and the previous week’s top rental, Frozen II, at No. 5.

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‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales in February

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for February 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service, and also became the top seller for the year to date.

The animated sequel arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 25.

The No. 2 seller in February is Lionsgate’s Midway, a war film based on the famous 1942 naval battle. It arrived on disc Feb. 18.

Another of the month’s new releases, Fox’s Ford v Ferrari, landed at No. 3 for in February after a Feb. 11 disc release.

The top seller in January, Warner’s Joker, dropped to No. 4 in February. It also fell to No. 2 for the year.

The Feb. 4 disc release of Warner’s Doctor Sleep, adapted from the Stephen King novel, was No. 5 for the month.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out, a Feb. 25 release, was No. 6 during  February.

Other February disc releases to make the top 10 monthly sellers list include Sony Pictures’ Mr. Rogers docudrama A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood at No. 8, and Paramount’s Playing With Fire at No. 9.

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For the year, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped from No. 2 to No. 3, while Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap slid to No. 4, and Terminator: Dark Fate fell to No. 5.

Midway is the year’s No. 6 seller, while Ford v Ferrari is No. 7.

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According to NPD, the February 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  3. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  4. Joker (Warner)
  5. Doctor Sleep (Warner)
  6. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  7. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  8. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures)
  9. Playing With Fire (Paramount)
  10. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)

 

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through February 2020):

    1. Frozen II (Disney)
    2. Joker (Warner)
    3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
    4. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
    5. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
    6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
    7. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
    8. Gemini Man (Paramount)
    9. The Addams Family (2019) (Universal)
    10. Rambo: Last Blood (Lionsgate)

 

‘Joker’ Tops Disc Sales in January

With School Closures Due to Coronavirus, Disney+ Debuts ‘Frozen II’ March 15, Three Months Early

After a wave of school closures were announced March 13 due to concerns over the coronavirus, the Walt Disney Co. that night announced that Frozen II will be available for viewing on Disney+ three months ahead of schedule, beginning March 15.

Bob Chapek, the former Disney home entertainment chief who recently was elevated to CEO of the Walt Disney Co., said, “Frozen II has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time, and we are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device.”

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Frozen II will be available on Disney+ in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand on March 17.

In the United States, the film will initially be available in high-definition, with Ultra HD video playback available to all subscribers on March 17.

Frozen II for the last two weeks was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan.

The film was released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on Feb. 25, two weeks after it was made available through digital retailers.

 

‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales Chart for Second Week

Without much in the way of major new releases to contend with, the Disney animated hit Frozen II continued to dominate home video sales, topping both NPD VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended March 7.

The sequel to 2013’s Frozen had debuted in the top spot a week earlier. In fact, the previous week’s top six overall disc sellers held the sames spots for a second consecutive week.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out stayed at No. 2 on both charts, selling about 18% as many copies as Frozen II. Lionsgate’s Midway remained No. 3 on both charts in its third week.

Also in its third week, the Mr. Rogers docudrama A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stayed at No. 4 on the overall sales chart but slipped to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 overall title was once again the racing drama Ford v Ferrari, from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox. It moved up to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Warner’s Joker stayed at No. 6 overall but slid to No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top new release, at No. 7 on the overall sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was the Universal Pictures drama Queen & Slim.

Warner’s Titans: The Complete Second Season, the disc version of the DC Universe streaming service original series, was No. 12 on the overall chart and No. 18 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 61% of total unit sales for Queen & Slim, with 9% of its overall tally coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. For Titans, 43% of its total came from Blu-ray.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 8, Frozen II moved up to No. 1 in its second week, pushing Knives Out to No. 2.

Midway stayed at No. 3, while Queen & Slim took No. 4 and Ford v Ferrari remained No. 5.

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‘Frozen II’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Knives Out’ Remains Atop On Demand List

Disney’s Frozen II took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended March 8. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The animated sequel had debuted a week earlier at No. 2 on the rental chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Lionsgate’s Knives Out, slipped to No. 2 on that chart, but did remain at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Lionsgate’s war drama Midway stayed at No. 3 on the disc chart and slid to No. 5 on the digital chart.

The week’s top new-release on Redbox’s charts was Universal’s Queen & Slim, which was No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

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Another new release, Universal’s Dark Waters, debuted at No. 2 on the digital chart and No. 8 on the disc chart.

Fox’s racing drama Ford v Ferrari stayed at No. 5 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and dropped to No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 8:

  1. Frozen II — Disney
  2. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  3. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Queen & Slim — Universal
  5. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  6. 21 Bridges — Universal
  7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Sony Pictures
  8. Dark Waters — Universal
  9. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  10. Joker — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 8:

  1. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  2. Dark Waters — Universal
  3. Queen & Slim — Universal
  4. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  5. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate
  6. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Sony Pictures
  7. 21 Bridges — Universal
  8. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  9. Joker — Warner
  10. Playing With Fire — Paramount

 

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