‘Croods’ Sequel Returns to Top of ‘Watched at Home List’; ‘Wrong Turn’ Reboot Top Newcomer

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age returned to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 27 thanks to its Feb. 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was previously No. 1 the week ended Feb. 13 following its digital sellthrough release Feb. 9, then slipped to No. 2 the next week. A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The movie that displaced A New Age the week ended Feb. 20, STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped back to No. 2 on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter remained No. 3. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Freaky at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6, was Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

Sony Pictures’ 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Spider-Man: Homecoming made its way onto the list for the first time at No. 17, fueled by news that new franchise installment Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive on Christmas.

Warner’s Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob debuted at No. 18 following its Feb. 23 release on DVD. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Freaky (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)
  7. Let Him Go (Universal)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  11. When Calls the Heart: Season 8 (Cinedigm)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  13. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  14. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  15. Supernova (Bleecker Street)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
  18. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (Warner)
  19. Snowfall: Season 4 (FX)
  20. Songbird (STX)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Feb. 27.

‘Greenland’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Second Week

STX Film’s Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, remained 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 Feb. 20.

The low-key sci-fi drama stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter when comets start hitting the Earth, threatening all life on the surface of the planet. Like most films in 2020, its theatrical plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. It debuted domestically on VOD in December.

Holding steady at No. 2 on both charts was another Universal Pictures release, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, which stars Vince Vaughn as a serial killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) when he stabs her with a magical dagger. It sold about one-third as many discs as Greenland.

The No. 3 overall seller was Warner’s Justice League, as fans revisit the theatrical version of the film in the lead-up to the four-hour director’s cut by Zack Snyder debuting on HBO Max March 18. Oddly, Blu-ray accounted for just 6% of Justice League sales, indicating it was likely a discounted impulse buy for a lot of shoppers.

The previous week’s third-place seller, Universal’s Let Him Go, slipped to No. 9 on the overall disc chart and No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s The Informer, about an ex-convict who takes an undercover assignment to return to prison to infiltrate the mob. It earned about $300,000 at the domestic box office after being delayed for several years due to financial problems with the various distributors that passed it around.

The South Korean actioner The Swordsman, distributed by Well Go USA, debuted at No. 13 on the overall disc chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. It saw Blu-ray account for 70% of its total unit sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Feb. 21 also had Greenland at No. 1 again, while Let Him Go at No. 2 and Freaky at No. 3 also remained in their respective positions.

Universal’s Horizon Line debuted at No. 4, while No.5 was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud, a Redbox-exclusive disc.

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‘Greenland’ Climbs to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, jumped up to the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 20.

Greenland, in which Gerard Butler plays a man trying to get his family to get his family to a military shelter while comets threaten life on Earth, had been in second place a week earlier on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. This is its fourth week on the chart, having started in the fourth spot at the end of January and moved up one spot each week since.

The previous week’s most-watched title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2.

The top newcomer to the chart was No. 3 Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Monster Hunter became available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Let Him Go at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The only other title making its first appearance on the chart during the week was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, was released through digital channels at the beginning of the year and is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox (though the Watched at Home chart doesn’t account for disc rentals).

  1. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Let Him Go (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Freaky (Universal)
  7. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  12. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  13. Honest Thief (Universal)
  14. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  20. Come Play (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Feb. 20.

‘Greenland’ Remains No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

There wasn’t much change at the top of Redbox’s disc rental and digital charts the week ended Feb. 21.

The top three titles remained the same on each, with STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, remaining atop both the Redbox disc rental chart the Redbox On Demand chart.

Two other Universal-distributed movies stayed in the next two spots as well, with Let Him Go holding on to No. 2 on both charts, and the comedy/horror hybrid Freaky remaining No. 3.

The top newcomer was another Universal release, Horizon Line, which was No. 4 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Horizon Line tells the story of a couple who must figure out how to survive on a private plane in midair after the pilot dies. The film stars Allison Williams (Get Out, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Alexander Dreymon (“The Last Kingdom,” “American Horror Story”).

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No. 5 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud, which is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox. It was No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Shadow in the Cloud is an action horror film that takes place during World War II, when a group of Allied soldiers preparing to take to the air in a B-17 Flying Fortress is joined by a woman officer carrying a top-secret package.

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, available through premium video on demand until March, slipped to No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 21:

  1. Greenland — Universal/STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Horizon Line — Universal
  5. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  6. Breach — Paramount
  7. Come Play — Universal
  8. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  9. Honest Thief — Universal
  10. The Stand-In — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 21:

  1. Greenland — STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  5. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  6. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  7. Songbird — STX
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. Tenet — Warner
  10. Unhinged — Solstice

 

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‘Greenland’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

STX Film’s Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 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 Feb. 13.

The low-key sci-fi drama stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter when comets start hitting the Earth, threatening all life on the surface of the planet. Like most films in 2020, its theatrical plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. It debuted domestically on VOD in December.

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No. 2 on both charts was another newcomer from Universal Pictures, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, which stars Vince Vaughn as a serial killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) when he stabs her with a magical dagger. It earned $9 million at the domestic box office. It sold 40% as many disc copies as Greenland.

The previous week’s top selling-disc, Universal’s Let Him Go, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 selling disc overall, though primarily in its DVD format (with just 3% sales on Blu-ray) was Warner’s Justice League, as fans prepare for Zack Snyder’s four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero actioner March 18 on HBO Max.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of Greenland sales and 51% of Freaky.

The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Feb. 14 also had Greenland at No. 1, pushing Let Him Go to No. 2. Freaky debuted at the No. 3 rental.

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Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 2-15-21

‘Greenland’ Moves to Top of Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

STX Films’ Greenland debuted atop the Redbox disc rental chart and was also No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Feb. 14.

Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter while deadly comets threaten life on Earth.

The previous week’s top title on both charts, Universal Pictures’ Let Him Go, slipped to No. 2 on both.

The comedy/horror hybrid Freaky, also from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 3 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks,and was also No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

No. 4 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud, which is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox. The No. 5 disc rental was Paramount’s sci-fi/horror hybrid Breach, which was No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

Two other titles also made their debut on the top 10 disc rental chart. No. 7 was Paramount’s The Stand-In, available early at Redbox kiosks. The film follows a disaffected comedy actress who trades places with her ambitious stand-in, with both roles played by Drew Barrymore.

The No. 10 rental was indie High Octane’s sci-fi thriller Monsters of Man, in which a weapons manufacturer sends four killer robots to attack heroin producers, but the test goes wrong.

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The On Demand chart saw the first appearance of Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, available through premium video on demand since Feb. 12 after a month-long streaming run on HBO Max and a $41.9 million haul at the domestic box office.

The No. 5 On Demand title was Universal’s The War With Grandpa.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 14:

  1. Greenland — Universal/STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  5. Breach — Paramount
  6. Come Play — Universal
  7. The Stand-In — Paramount
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  10. Monsters of Man — High Octane

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 14:

  1. Greenland — STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Songbird — STX
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. Breach — Paramount
  10. Love and Monsters — Paramount

 

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‘Croods 2,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Greenland’ Lead TVOD Charts

Croods: A New Age, Greenland and Wonder Woman 1984, just released via PVOD Feb. 12, topped the transactional charts for the week.

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, available for non-PVOD transactional release Feb. 9, topped transactional revenue on FandangoNow for the past week, while tracking No. 2 and 3 on Apple TV and Google Play, respectively. The title also re-emerged atop the Presidents’ Day domestic weekend box office.

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STX’s Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), continues to track among the top three digital sellers, finishing No. 1 on Apple TV and Google Play and No. 3 on FandangoNow.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 tracked No. 2 on Google Play and FandangoNow and No. 5 on Apple TV. The title was released in theaters on Christmas Day, concurrently with a 31-day run for free to subscribers of HBO Max and just became available for PVOD as a $19.99 rental for 48 hours last week.

Lionsgate’s Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar, released on PVOD Feb. 12, came in at No. 3 on Apple TV, No. 5 on Google Play and No. 4 on FandangoNow.

Universal’s Let Him Go, which debuted on EST last month and stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, tracked at No. 4 on Apple TV, No. 6 on Google and No. 7 on FandangoNow.

Apple TV (week ended Feb. 15)

  1. Greenland (STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks Animation)
  3. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar (Lionsgate)
  4. Let Him Go (Focus Features)
  5. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)
  6. Tenet (Warner)
  7. Freaky (Universal)
  8. Valentine’s Day (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. The War with Grandpa (101 Studios)

Google Play (week ended Feb. 15)

  1. Greenland
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age 
  4. Tenet 
  5. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar 
  6. Let Him Go 
  7. The War with Grandpa
  8. Honest Thief (Universal)
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Freaky

FandangoNow (week ended Feb. 14)

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. Greenland
  4. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar
  5. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  6. News of the World (Universal)
  7. Let Him Go 
  8. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  9. Freaky
  10. Fatale (Lionsgate)

‘Croods,’ ‘Freaky,’ ‘Greenland’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases Out Feb. 9

The Croods: The New Age, Freaky and Greenland, all from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, top the slate of new disc and digital releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 9.

Also newly available for home audiences — with Valentine’s Day in mind — are two new entries in the acclaimed Paramount Presents line of movie classics, Love Story and Elizabethtown, as well as a Steelbook special edition of the horror classic My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory.

The Croods: A New Age, the computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, both from DreamWorks Animation, becomes available Feb. 9 for digital purchase through digital retailers and cable operators, two weeks ahead of its Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD debut.

The film was released theatrically over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend and ultimately grossed $46 million domestically and $149 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The Croods: A New Age was released as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) 48-hour rental on Dec. 18.

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Freaky and Greenland are both arriving on disc Feb. 9, two weeks after they became available for purchase through digital retailers and cable operators.

Freaky is a horror film from Blumhouse that earned $15.2 million worldwide in theaters. The film — in which a teenage girl (played by Kathryn Newton) switches bodies with a relentless serial killer (Vince Vaughn) — was released as a premium VOD rental on Dec. 3, just 21 days after its theatrical bow.

The dystopian disaster film Greenland, from STX Films, was released as a PVOD rental on Dec. 18 and is slated to become available for streaming on HBO Max at some point in the first quarter of this year. In the meantime, it is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

The film follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Also on Feb. 9, Paramount is adding the acclaimed classic Love Story and director Cameron Crowe’s romantic Elizabethtown to its vaunted “Paramount Presents” line, which now numbers 15 titles.

Love Story, starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw as two college students who remain lovers against all odds, has been newly restored from a 4K film transfer in time for its 50th anniversary. Based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel, Love Story was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning more than $100 million at the domestic box office. In 2002, the AFI placed it at No. 9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

The limited-edition Blu-ray includes the newly restored film; a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin; previously released content, including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, “Love Story: A Classic Remembered” and the theatrical trailer; and digital copy access. Packaging includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

The limited-edition Elizabethtown Blu-ray Disc includes the 2005 film, which stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe. The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe; the “On the Road to Elizabethtown,” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew” and “Training Wheels” featurettes; and a photo gallery.

Also out Feb. 9 is a new two-disc Steelbook edition of the 1981 Canadian slasher film My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory. The film follows a group of young adults who throw a Valentine’s Day party, only to find themselves the targets of a vengeful killer dressed in mining gear.

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

Greenland

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/9/21;
Universal/STX;
Thriller;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.
Stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, Hope Davis, David Denman, Andrew Bachelor.

The excellent Greenland plays like a cross between Deep Impact and 2012, but manages to be better than both by stripping away the traditional trappings of the disaster film genre. Where most films about a potentially world-ending event would focus on the people trying to prevent it, or how it impacts a wide variety of stock characters, Greenland stands apart by personalizing the doomsday scenario to its effect on a single family and their efforts to survive it.

Gerard Butler (who in 2017 starred in the lousy Geostorm as one of the people trying to stop the global disaster) plays John Garrity, a building engineer who is estranged from his wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), with whom he has a 7-year-old son, Nate (Roger Dale Floyd).

The news is buzzing with reports of a comet field passing close near Earth, and when a smaller fragment is projected to hit the middle of the Atlantic, several families, including the Garritys, hold parties to watch it.

However, the fragment misses the mark and ends up wiping out Central Florida instead. In the confusion, the Garritys receive a message from the government to head to a military base for transport to a shelter, leading to one of several heartbreaking scenes as they leave the other families of the neighborhood behind.

Soon the news turns much more grim. The comet field is larger than anticipated and will slam into Earth over the next few days, culminating with the impact of a giant comet bigger than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Those familiar with the general framework of these kinds of disaster films can guess what happens next, as similar depictions of the breakdown of society in the face of extinction have been the subject of many a project, but as noted earlier, the ones that seem most similar to the story of Greenland are 1998’s mostly well-regarded Deep Impact, about society preparing for a comet impact, and 2009’s awful 2012, an action spectacle about various people trying to reach shelters to survive a global disaster.

Director Ric Roman Waugh for the most part eschews the big-budget visual effects sequences these kinds of movies have become known for, instead focusing on the humanity of the situation, reminding us what it means to be a family when times get tough.

John, Allison and Nate make it to an airbase, but their plans to board a plane hit a snag because Nate is diabetic, and the military doesn’t want to take sick people. When the base is overrun by a mob, John is separated from Allison and Nate, and separately they begin to make their way to a fallback meeting place — a ranch in Kentucky owned by her father (Scott Glenn).

Through their journeys we get street-level experiences of the societal impacts of the global disaster, from gun-toting gangs taking over stores, to desperate strangers trying to steal John’s travel credentials or kidnap Nate to further their own survival plans. By keeping the focus on a single family, the audience feels every moment of heartbreak and triumph.

Ultimately, John, who learns he was selected because his profession was deemed desirable to rebuilding the world, gets word of private planes smuggling people to the shelters, which the U.S. military has built in Greenland, and becomes determined to get his family there.

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The film is beautifully shot, from simple shots of the comets haunting the night sky, to the devastating effects their impacts have on the landscape. It’s a bit surprising the film isn’t being made available on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in its U.S. retail debut.

The Blu-ray includes a smattering of extras, including a simple, one-minute featurette called “Humanity” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss the movie.

A bit more substantial are a couple of deleted scenes and the film’s original ending, which run a total of about five minutes. Each includes an optional introduction with Waugh discussing why they didn’t make the final cut. The original ending is a bit more hopeful, which didn’t sit too well with test audiences, leading to the final version that takes a bit of a cue from 2012, but not in a bad way.

The best extra is the commentary with Waugh and producer Basil Iwanyk, in which they discuss the whole process of making the movie and conveying the motifs they wanted to explore with it.

 

‘Greenland’ Top New Release on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The doomsday actioner Greenland debuted at No. 4 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30.

It’s the week’s highest-charting new release, and the only one to make the top five on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, follows a family’s fight for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. The film launched on premium VOD in the United States Dec. 18 as a $19.99 48-hour rental. The STX Entertainment release subsequently became available for digital purchase Jan. 26 and will be issued on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

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Other new releases on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30 include Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which debuted at No. 12; Synchronic, which bowed at No. 17; Come Play, which entered the chart at No. 16; and Freaky at No. 18.

Batman, Synchronic and Come Play were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26 after two weeks of availability via digital sellthrough.

The animated Batman: Soul of the Dragon, also available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros., is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.

Synchronic, from independent distributor Well Go USA, is a sci-fi thriller about two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel. The film enjoyed a one-week disc rental window at Redbox kiosks a week before its wide disc release on Jan. 26.

The supernatural thriller Come Play, from Universal, follows a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship as he befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

Freaky, the latest horror film from Blumhouse, stars Kathryn Newton as Millie, a high school senior who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer nicknamed “The Butcher,” portrayed by Vince Vaughn. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. It was made available via VOD in December.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart is Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a summer 2019 home release that popped up at No. 11 as excitement builds over the next installment in the monster franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong, a mashup that will bow March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Consumers were also intrigued with two Wall Street movies from Paramount Pictures in the wake of the GameStop stock frenzy. The Wolf of Wall Street jumped 10 spots to No. 9 on the “Watched at Home” chart, while The Big Short entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 13.

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, with Warner Bros.’ Tenet repeating at No. 2 and Universal’s Honest Thief again at No. 3. Rounding out the top 5 was Universal’s The War With Grandpa, down a notch from No. 4 the prior week.

Returning to the top 20 for the first time since early January was Paramount’s dark comedy Fatman, which stars Mel Gibson as a curmudgeonly Chris Cringle who after gifting a spoiled rich kid a lump of coal finds himself the target of a hitman. Read a review of the  Blu-ray Disc here.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. Greenland (Universal)
  5. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  12. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (Warner)
  13. The Big Short (Paramount)
  14. Let Him Go (Universal)
  15. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  16. Come Play (Universal)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go USA)
  18. Freaky (Universal)
  19. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  20. Fatman (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 30.