‘Uncle Drew’ Outrents ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at Redbox

Uncle Drew, a sports comedy from Lionsgate that earned $42.5 million in North American movie theaters, saw higher rental demand at Redbox kiosks the week ended Oct. 1 than Walt Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which even with a domestic gross of $214 million was the poorest performer of the 11 “Star Wars” movies.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 25.

Uncle Drew debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, while Solo bowed at No. 3.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on both the Redbox kiosk chart and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox rental chart: the much-maligned Gotti, starring John Travolta as the notorious New York gangster. The crime drama, bowing at No. 7, had been slated for release in December 2017, but two weeks before the scheduled release date Lionsgate sold the film back to its producers – hence, the delay. Gotti was ultimately released for the home market on Sept. 25 by Vertical Entertainment, with Lionsgate still handling distribution.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk charts were the Sandra Bullock-starrer Ocean’s 8 at No. 4 and Tag at No. 5, both released by Warner Bros.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Ocean’s 8 remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week while Uncle Drew debuted at No. 3, even though it was released digitally two weeks prior to its disc issuance.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox digital chart were Tag at No. 4 and Gotti at No. 5, the latter up from No. 8 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Uncle Drew (new)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (new)
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Tag
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Gotti (new)
  8. Siberia
  9. Hereditary
  10. Adrift

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Uncle Drew
  4. Tag
  5. Gotti
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Adrift
  8. Book Club
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Redbox Disc, Digital Charts; Lionsgate’s ‘Siberia’ Makes Strong Debut

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Sept. 24.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series and a sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

No surprise, then, that the film would debut at No. 1 on both Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 18 and on digital two weeks earlier.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox disc chart: Lionsgate’s Siberia, bowing at No. 5. The film, about an American diamond dealer who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds, only to fall in love with a café owner as the deal goes south, stars Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Molly Ringwald, and Wagner Moura.

Taking the No. 2 spot on both Redbox charts was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, the comedy heist film that debuted at No. 1 the prior week, also on both charts. Ocean’s 8 grossed nearly $140 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 was released digitally Aug. 21 and on disc Sept. 11.

Warner’s Tag finished the week at No. 3 on both charts, slipping from No. 2 on the disc rental chart and holding firm on the digital chart.

Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero spoof Deadpool 2 dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Adrift, about two seafaring adventurers who unwittingly sail into a hurricane. The film, which earned just under $31.5 million domestically, had been No. 4 the prior week. On Redbox’s kiosk chart, Adrift slipped to No. 7 from No. 5.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Siberia (new)
  6. Avengers: Infinity War
  7. Adrift
  8. Hereditary
  9. SuperFly
  10. Life of the Party

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Adrift
  6. Sherlock Gnomes
  7. Book Club
  8. Gotti
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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Infamous ‘Gotti’ Film Headed for Disc Sept. 25

Lionsgate will release the notorious biopic Gotti on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 25. The Blu-ray will include a digital copy.

The film, which stars John Travolta as New York mobster John Gotti, earned $4.3 million at the domestic box office. The film was famously acquired by MoviePass prior to its release and stirred some controversies when it hit theaters June 15 by how it was marketed.

After Gotti earned a 0% critics score on RottenTomatoes.com, the site began to receive a large number of positive audience reviews of the film, prompting an ad campaign that claimed critics were wrong. After the audience score began to drop, some industry observers noticed that many of the positive reviews came from recently created accounts that reviewed only MoviePass-owned films, prompting speculation that the site was being manipulated for marketing purposes (any involvement in which MoviePass has denied).

MoviePass Struggling to Sell Tickets to Its Own Movies

NEWS ANALYSIS — Gotti, the Italian crime boss biopic starring John Travolta dropped by Lionsgate and acquired (partially) by MoviePass, generated $1.67 million during its opening box office weekend.

Media reports say the movie subscription service owned by Helios and Mathenson Analytics (HMNY) accounted for about 40% of the $10 million budgeted film’s tickets sold. That’s a bigger percentage than the $135,000 opening weekend for American Animals, the indie heist film HMNY’s MoviePass Ventures acquired last year at Sundance.

While Gotti infamously generated a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the reality is that MoviePass essentially bought four out of every 10 tickets sold to its own movie. That’s because the service pays theater operators face value for every ticket “purchased” by its 3 million subscribers, who pay $9.95 monthly for access.

The margins might actually be better since MoviePass has leveraged ticket price discounts with many indie exhibitors in exchange for generating foot traffic.

It used to be in distribution, we’d all gossip whether a studio was buying tickets to their own movie to goose their opening. But in the case of MoviePass, there’s no secret: They’re literally buying the tickets to their own movie!” an unidentified indie studio executive told Deadline.com.

But for how long? HMNY is spending more on tickets monthly than it generates in subscriber revenue — an economic reality that has plummeted the stock price to 35 cents-per-share.