Universal Pictures 2022 Home Entertainment Revenue Spiked 9% to $1.3 Billion

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 26 reported $1.3 billion in revenue for the fiscal year (ended Dec. 31, 2022). The figure was up more than 9% from revenue of $1.12 billion in 2021.

For the quarter, revenue topped $339 million, down less than 13% from revenue of $392 million in the previous-year quarter.

The studio’s top-selling retail titles in physical and digital formats included Jurassic World Dominion, animated musical Sing 2 and Halloween Ends.

Theatrical revenue in the quarter increased 47.3%, primarily due to the successful performance of recent releases, including Ticket to Paradise, Puss
in Boots: The Last Wish, Violent Night, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Halloween Ends.

Overall studio revenue increased 13.1% to $2.7 billion, from $2.39 billion, due to higher content licensing and theatrical revenue. Content licensing revenue increased 15.9%, primarily due to the timing of when content was made available by our film and television studios under licensing agreements, including additional sales of content as production levels returned to normal following the pandemic.

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Adjusted pre-tax quarterly earnings increased $109 million to $160 million, from $51 million, reflecting higher revenue, which more than offset higher operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was driven by an increase in advertising, marketing and promotion expenses reflecting the size and timing of this quarter’s theatrical slate, as well as higher programming and production expenses, reflecting higher amortization of film production costs in the current year period.

For the full fiscal year, studio revenue increased 23% to $11.6 billion, from $9.4 billion, primarily reflecting higher content licensing revenue and theatrical revenue. Adjusted pre-tax earnings increased 6.6% to $942 million, from almost $884 million, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher operating expenses.

“[The studio] ranked second in worldwide box office,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement. “I am proud of how our team executed throughout 2022.”

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts for Ninth Week; ‘Halloween Ends’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick remained No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Dec. 31.

The reign matches the nine weeks Disney’s Frozen held the top spot in the first half of 2014, when it was No. 1 for eight straight weeks after its debut and added a ninth week later in the year). Maverick‘s run of nine consecutive weeks is the longest for a single title in decades.

However, Maverick‘s streak of topping the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart came to an end after eight weeks, a record for the longest reign in the format’s history.

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The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc the week ended Dec. 31 was Universal Pictures’ Halloween Ends, the concluding chapter of the trilogy of rebooted sequels to the original 1978 Halloween. The film was also the top newcomer on the list of overall disc sellers for the week, at No. 2.

Cinedigm’s trendy horror sequel Terrifier 2 debuted at No. 3 on both charts.

Halloween Ends had 66% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray Disc formats (31% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 35% regular Blu-ray), while Terrifier 2 had 70% (26% 4K, 44% regular Blu-ray). 

Halloween Ends was No. 1 on the chart of dedicated 4K Ultra HD discs, with Maverick at No. 2, and Terrifier 2 at No. 3.

Warner’s House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season was No. 4 on all three charts.

Rounding out the top five overall and Blu-ray Disc sellers was Sony Pictures’ The Woman King. Paramount’s Pulp Fiction re-release was No. 5 on the 4K disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 1 had Universal’s Ticket to Paradise in the top spot for a third week, again followed by Woman King at No. 2.

Top Gun: Maverick was No. 3, followed by Halloween Ends at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile at No. 5.

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Merchandising: Horror Exclusives at Best Buy

Best Buy Dec. 27 offered exclusive editions for a couple of horror titles making their way to Blu-ray.

First was a Steelbook edition for Universal Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Halloween Ends, offered at $32.99.

The other is an exclusive 4K edition for Cinedigm’s Terrifier 2, released elsewhere only on Blu-ray and DVD. Best Buy’s $22.99 version is a combo pack with both 4K and Blu-ray discs.

Elsewhere, Target offered 20% off select movies with an offer redeemable through the Target Circle app.

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‘Halloween Ends,’ ‘Terrifier 2’ Headline New Releases of Dec. 27

Dec. 27 sees a modest slate of new releases on Blu-ray and DVD that includes Halloween Ends, Terrifier 2 and a Father of the Bride remake.

Halloween Ends, said to be the final film in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film series’ finale, Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive. The film earned $64 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the latest remake of Father of the Bride on DVD Dec. 27. In the comic romance, Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) announces a new fiancé, Adan (Diego Boneta), and plans for a quick wedding. The news keeps Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they’re planning to divorce — but they hold off for the benefit of the family. Billy’s initial opposition to wedding cools, so long as his opinions carry the most weight. Soon, Adan’s headstrong father (Pedro Damián) arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With the fathers vying to control the festivities, it becomes a game of one-upmanship — cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. All relationships are tested as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

Cinedigm Dec. 27 releases Terrifier 2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night. It earned $10.6 million at the domestic box office.

The animated family adventure Big Trip 2: Special Delivery will be released via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Dec. 27 from Lionsgate. In the film, after a big trip, Mic Mic the bear just wants to relax. Unfortunately, another stork mishap means he must care for an adorable babv grizzly — and bring it all the way to America. As Mic Mic and his zany friends travel by airship, devious vulture Billy tries to sabotage the mission. The brave crew must survive a lightning storm, crash-landing, ice flood, snowy avalanche — and Billy’s traps — to bring the cute cub to America. The film features the voice talents of Pauly Shore (Biodome) and Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks).

GKIDS and Shout! Factory release Goodbye, Don Glees! as a Blu-ray/DVD combo Dec. 27. The coming-of-age anime film from writer and director Atsuko Ishizuka follows the story of teen misfits Roma, Toto and Drop, who call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventure. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life. The film screened at various major film festivals, including the Annecy International Film Festival, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Fantasia Fest.

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The eight-episode HBO Max Original limited series “The Staircase,” created by Antonio Campos (“The Devil All the Time”) and starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette, arrives on DVD Dec. 27 from Warner. Based on a true story, “The Staircase” explores the life of Michael Peterson (Firth), his sprawling North Carolina family, and the suspicious death of his wife Kathleen Peterson (Collette). Also starring are Michael Stuhlbarg, Juliette Binoche, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Rosemarie DeWitt, Tim Guinee, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Vincent Vermignon, Odessa Young and Parker Posey. Created by Campos, the series is co-produced by Annapurna Television.

Kino Lorber Dec. 27 will release Nobody’s Fool, the late Jessica Tandy’s final film, on both 4K Ultra HD and standard Blu-ray Disc. The 1994 movie, which also stars Paul Newman, is the latest major-studio release to get the 4K HD treatment from Kino Lorber. Nobody’s Fool was the final film released by Paramount Pictures prior to its sale to Viacom. The film was praised by critics and earned nearly $40 million at the domestic box office. In Nobody’s Fool, Newman portrays Sully, an out-of-work, hard-headed and hard-working construction worker with bad knees and a worse attitude. When the son he walked out on, Dylan Wash, shows up with his grandson, Sully is forced to deal with emotions he’d prefer to forget. Sully’s overbearing landlord, Jessica Tandy, and his ex-boss’ wife, Melanie Griffith, are the women in his life who get to see a bit of his softer side. But it’s the new relationship with his grandson that really gets to him. Nobody’s Fool received Academy Award nominations for Newman and writer-director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer). The cast also includes Bruce Willis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Philip Bosco. The 4K Ultra HD version of the film comes from a 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative, with 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio. Bonus features include an audio commentary from filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill. It also includes a Blu-ray version. The Blu-ray Disc edition also includes an audio commentary with Hemphill as well as interviews with writer Richard Russo and actress Catherine Dent.

Glass House Distribution’s Vietnamese action thriller Head Rush will be released on digital Dec. 27 by Distribution Solutions. The adventure follows a man dying of a terminal illness who receives an experimental medical treatment and soon discovers he has superhuman powers. But the origins of the treatment are intertwined in a dark history that begins to unravel his life. Written and directed by Vietnamese director Victor Vu, the Official Selection for the Fantasia International Film Festival stars Cuong Seven (The Immortal, The Talent), Tran Thi Nha Phuong (Kiss & Tell, 1990) and Ngoc Anh Vu (Of Us & June, Berlin Wall). Action scenes were choreographed by Vincent Wang, a Hollywood fight and action scene choreographer whose worked on Marvel films Doctor Strange, Thor and Captain America.

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

Nov. 15 Finds ‘Smile,’ ‘Halloween Ends’ New on Digital, ‘Pearl,’ ‘Three-Thousand Years of Longing’ on Disc

Titles such as Smile and Halloween Ends become available through digital retailers Nov. 15, while others such as Pearl and Three-Thousand Years of Longing arrive on DVD and Blu-ray.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile for digital purchase starting Nov. 15. The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan. The film has earned more than $102 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13.

Halloween Ends, said to be the final entry in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, arrives for digital purchase Nov. 15 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block and Jason Blum, the film finds Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis) facing off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive. Halloween Ends earned $64 million at the domestic box office and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 27.

Lionsgate releases the horror movie Pearl on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. From director Ti West, Pearl serves as a prequel to X, the film released earlier this year about an elderly couple that attacks members of a porn crew shooting a movie at their farm. Pearl was shot in secret in conjunction with X and serves as an origin story for the title character. Mia Goth, who co-wrote Pearl with West, reprises her role as Pearl, who was one of the elderly farmers from X, detailing how she developed a taste for murder growing up on her family’s isolated farm in the early 20th century while dreaming of a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies. The cast also includes David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland and Emma Jenkins-Purro.

The fantasy romantic drama Three-Thousand Years of Longing, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing, will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award winning director George Miller (Happy Feet, the “Mad Max” franchise, The Witches of Eastwick) from a screenplay by Miller and Augusta Gore, the film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. In the film, Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic — a creature of reason. While in Istanbul, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. At first, she doubts that he is real, and she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. But the Djinn pleads his case, and eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

Screen Media releases the horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. In the relaunch of the “Jeepers Creepers” franchise, Chase and Laine head to the Horror Hound festival, where Laine begins to experience unexplained premonitions and disturbing visions associated with the town’s past, and in particular, local legend The Creeper. As the festival gets underway and the blood-soaked entertainment builds to a frenzy, Laine believes that something unearthly has been summoned and that for the first time in 23 years, The Creeper is back. The film was directed by Timo Vourensola, written by Sean-Michael Argo and Jake Seal, and stars Sydney Craven, Imran Adams, Ocean Navarro, Matt Barkley, Alexander Halsall, Jodie McMullen, Georgia Goodman and Jarreau Benjamin. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn earned about $2 million at the domestic box office from special Fathom Events screenings before becoming available through digital retailers Oct. 4. A disc rental of the film has been available exclusively through Redbox.

Moonage Daydream, Neon and Decal Releasing’s documentary on global superstar David Bowie, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of the late Bowie, one of the most influential artists of our time. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this cinematic odyssey explores the creative, musical and spiritual journey of Bowie.  Written and directed by Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck, 30 for 30), the documentary on the global superstar highlights footage and performances spanning Bowie’s 54-year career, including “The Jean Genie,” “Aladdin Sane,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” “Young Americans,” “Changes” and many more. The film is the first and only documentary done on Bowie in conjunction with the Bowie Estate, giving viewers a more intimate look into the man who captivated fans across the globe.

CBS, Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Halo: Season One on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 15. The big-budget sci-fi series, which was produced by Showtime for the Paramount+ streaming service, is a live-action adaptation of the popular “Halo” video game franchise. After years of human civil war and growing political unrest, mankind’s very future is threatened when its outermost colonies intrude upon the sacred worlds of an alien threat known as the Covenant. As this fanatical alliance destroys world after human world, only one soldier slows their advance — a cybernetically enhanced “Spartan” supersoldier, the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). As the mystery of the Covenant’s true ambitions are revealed, the Master Chief must find a way to save humanity from the alien threat while also coming to terms with the secrets of his own enigmatic past. In addition to Schreiber, the show also stars Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey, the creator of the Spartan super soldiers, and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. The cast also includes Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy and Danny Sapani. Paramount is releasing the 4K Ultra HD version in both standard packaging and as a limited-edition Steelbook.

The family drama Gigi & Nate arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. Directed by Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey, The Hole), Gigi & Nate is inspired by actual events. In the film, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new animated holiday movie Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land through digital retailers Nov. 15. With magic in the air, Jerry the mouse and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life. To keep their new friend Larry the Snow Mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom the cat and the devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. The voice cast includes Kevin Michael Richardson as Larry, Kath Soucie as Tuffy, Laraine Newman as Mrs. LePage, Stephen Stanton as Doctor Doubleyay and Lightning, Rick Zieff as Meathead and the narrator, Carlos Alazraqui as Floyd, Kimberly Brooks as Snow Cop and Little Girl, Joey D’Auria as Butch, and Regi Davis as Snow Mayor. It arrives on DVD Dec. 29.

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The complete trilogy of the fantasy/sci-fi drama series “A Discovery of Witches” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 15 from RLJE Films. The series originally aired on the AMC streaming platforms Sundance Now and Shudder and aired linearly on the AMC Network from 2018 to 2022. “A Discovery of Witches” is based on the “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The series stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who”), Trevor Eve (“The Politician’s Wife”), Lindsay Duncan (“Sherlock”), Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Gregg Chillingirian (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Aiysha Hart (“Line of Duty”) and Edward Bluemel (“Killing Eve”). A Discovery of Witches The Complete Trilogy will include all 25 episodes from the three seasons on six discs, more than 80 minutes of bonus features, and a collectible bookmark. The romantic thriller uncovers a secret underworld of vampires, witches and demons hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage, but when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, Ashmole 782, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery — and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Across three seasons, Diana and Matthewʼs love for each other and their quest to solve the mystery of the book throws their world into dangerous turmoil.

Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic Blue Hawaii has been newly restored for its release on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time Nov. 15 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Technicolor musical is available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 fully restored from the original 35mm camera negative.  The first of three films that Elvis shot in Hawaii, Blue Hawaii celebrated the new exotic state and features the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which was certified platinum. For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K/16bit, however the opening title sequence was very grainy because it originally used duped film. That sequence was completely rebuilt using the original film elements from the Paramount library. Brand new text overlays were created for the opening sequence. The “Paramount Presents” release includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and on Blu-ray, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.  The Blu-ray additionally includes the original theatrical trailer and the following new bonus content, commentary by historian James L. Neibaur and the Blue Hawaii photo scrapbook, which contains high-res images from the Paramount archives, including behind-the-scenes shots. A review can be found here.

The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute, an animated twist on the original Nutcracker story, will be available via on demand and digital sellthrough Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. In the holiday tale, one winter’s night, Marie makes a wish that shrinks her down to pint-sized and brings her toys to life — including a brave nutcracker named George. Marie and her toys follow George through a portal into the Land of Flowers, which has been taken over by a rat queen. With time running out, they must solve puzzles to find the Magic Flute, break the curse, and free the citizens of this enchanted land.

The Korean epic war drama Hansan: Rising Dragon sails onto digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Writer/director Kim Han-min creates a prequel to his breakout hit The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the most-watched film in Korean cinema history — with this film based on the historical Battle of Hansando. The film stars Park Hae-il (Decision to Leave, War of the Arrows), Byun Yo-Han (The Book of Fish) and Ahn Sung-ki (The Divine Fury, The Hunt).​ In the film set in 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.

Level 33 Entertainment will release the feature-length documentary Facing Monsters on digital and VOD Nov. 15. Brought to life by Academy Award-nominated director Bentley Dean (Contact, Tanna), the documentary digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian “slab wave” surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than just a surfing story, it’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep southern ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before. It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as viewers explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

The documentary Anne Murray: Full Circle will be released via digital sellthrough and VOD Nov. 15 from Virgil Films. The film takes audiences on a personal and emotional journey showcasing in-depth interviews with Murray exploring her evolution as a ground-breaking, trailblazing female Canadian artist from the ‘60s and ‘70s to a global superstar, selling more than 55 million albums in pop, country, and adult contemporary music over a 40-year career. The film is Murray’s personal story in her own words. The documentary showcases an original, in-depth interview with her, sharing anecdotes, memories, and observations from her 40-plus years in the music business starting with her breakout song “Snowbird” in 1970 reaching No. 1 in the United States and her first Gold Record. Her commitment to simultaneously raising a family and giving her all on tour took an emotional toll, but it also inspired her to push for change. Featuring interviews with Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, manager Bruce Allen, former manager Shep Gordon and others, the film explores not only the creative and business challenges of an international career, but also Murray’s lasting impact. It arrives on DVD Dec. 1.

NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions will release season two of Cyber Group Studios’ animated “Gigantosaurus” on DVD Nov. 15. Gigantosaurus Season 2: We’re in This Together! features 90 minutes and eight episodes. In season two, four little dino heroes — Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu — are as brave and inseparable as ever and are off on new adventures in Cretacia. Whether running, flying or singing, the four friends explore brand-new corners of their land and make cool discoveries as they seek to learn the secrets of their new and mysterious friend Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur of all the dinos in Cretacia. Through great adventures and belly laughs alike, Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu overcome all sorts of fears and obstacles. The animated series features the voices of Dylan Schombing (“Pup Academy,” “Watchman”), Nahanni Mitchell (“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dragon Prince”), Nicholas Holmes (“Batwoman,” “Arrow”) and Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim, The Cabin in the Woods). 

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

‘Halloween Ends’ Gets For-Purchase Digital and Disc Home Release Dates

Halloween Ends, said to be the final film in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, will be released for digital purchase on Nov. 15, and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 27.

Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, and Jason Blum, the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release features over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content that includes deleted and extended scenes, featurettes with star Jamie Lee Curtis and the cast and crew, a gag reel, and a feature commentary with co-writer and director David Gordon Green, actors Andi Matichak, and Rohan Campbell.
 
In the film series’ finale, Laurie Strode (Curtis) faces off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive.
 
Consumers who buy Halloween Ends on disc or digital are eligible to earn points toward digital movies through the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more. For registration and details visit MyUniversalRewards.com.
 
Bonus features include the following deleted scenes: “Michael Shakes Things Up,” “Joan’s Bunny Slam,” “Corey Reflects Upon Himself,” “Ronald’s Stuck at Work,” “Margo Gets the Boot” and “Joan’s Recipe for Disaster.”

Bonus featurettes include “Ending Halloween,” an exploration of the creative team’s approach to crafting the film’s final sequence; “Final Girl,” in which Curtis discusses the legacy of Laurie Strode and what playing the character has meant to her; “No Place Like Haddonfield,” in which filmmakers and cast talk about their feelings on being involved with the franchise; “A Different Threat,” which traces the evolution of evil in the franchise; “The Visions of Terror,” which shows viewers how various production departments came together to achieve the film’s unique visual style; and  “Twisted Deaths,” an up-close look at some of the film’s gruesome death scenes.

Also included is a gag reel and feature commentary with Green, Matichak, Campbell, co-producer/first assistant director Atilla Salih Yücer, and production assistant Hugo Garza.

JustWatch: Scary Content Dominated October Movie Streaming

Seven of the top 10 movies streamed in October were related to the horror genre, led by Universal Pictures’ 2018 reboot Halloween and 2022’s Halloween Ends, reportedly the last release featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laura Strode, the erstwhile fictional high school good girl targeted by serial killer Michael Myers since 1978.

The Disney+ exclusive release of Hocus Pocus 2, more a spooky family comedy than outright horror, rounded out the podium, according to JustWatch, which tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The non-genre titles in the month’s top 10 included Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once and Focus Features’ The Northman.

The top three streamed episodic programs included HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon,” Netflix’s “The Watcher” and Peacock reruns of “Yellowstone.”

JustWatch: ‘Halloween Ends’ Easily Tops Weekly Streamed Movies Through Oct. 16

With Universal Pictures releasing Halloween Ends, reportedly Jamie Lee Curtis’ last time playing erstwhile teenager (now grandma) Laurie Strode, the third release in the rebooted franchise was a box office hit and streaming smash with NBCUniversal making the movie available concurrently on the Peacock streaming platform.

As a result, Ends easily topped Terrifier 2 and the rebooted Hellraiser for the week ended Oct. 16, according to new data from JustWatch, the Berlin-based streaming platform that tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 100 markets, including the United States.

Among episodic programming, HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” topped Netflix’s “The Witcher,” and Prime Video’s “The Lords of the Ring: The Ring of Power.”

‘Halloween Ends’ Tops North American Weekend Box Office Despite Concurrent Release on Peacock Streaming

Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s Halloween Ends, the third movie in the rebooted franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis as eternal Laurie Strode (now an avenging grandma) fighting sociopath killer Michael Myers, easily topped the North American weekend box office with an estimated $41.2 million in revenue through Oct. 16.

That’s well below industry estimates that pegged Curtis’ reported final “Halloween” movie appearance generating upwards of $49 million. The movie sold another $17.1 million worth of tickets across 77 foreign markets, for $58.4 million gross worldwide.

Notably, selling more than $41 million worth of tickets for a movie that is available for free on the Peacock streaming platform is impressive. At the same time, last year’s Halloween Kills also was also released concurrently on Peacock.

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The NBCUniversal hybrid SVOD/AVOD platform ended the most recent fiscal period with 15 million paid subscribers. It is also available for free to more than 17 million Xfinity pay-TV subscribers.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ sleeper horror hit Smile continues to impress. The move collected an estimated $12.5 million in ticket sales to move past $71 million in North American revenue. The movie had already topped $100 million globally entering the weekend.

Rounding out the podium was Sony Pictures’ live-animated family film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which generated $7.4 million in revenue to up its global tally to $22.7 million after two weekends.

Finally, Columbia TriStar Pictures’ period actioner The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, sold another $3.7 million in tickets to elevate its North American haul near $60 million after five weekends.

‘Halloween Ends’ Looks to Halt Weekend Box Office Concerns Following $5.4 Million Thursday Sneek Screenings

The Universal Pictures/Blumhouse theatrical release of Halloween Ends, reportedly the last for Jamie Lee Curtis playing Laurie Strode, the erstwhile high school cheerleader who is still confronting psycho killer Michael Myers 44 years later, generated $5.4 million in Thursday special screenings.

That’s a strong start for the third entry in the franchise relaunch that continues last year’s marketing strategy offering the previous entry concurrently for free to Peacock streaming video subscribers. Halloween Kills generated $49.4 million in opening weekend ticket sales (Oct. 13, 2021) enroute to a $131.6 million global box office, including $92 million in North American revenue.

Halloween Ends is projected to generate about the same $49.5 million in ticket sales through the Oct. 14-16 weekend, easily topping Paramount Pictures’ unassuming hit Smile ($10 million), Sony/Columbia Pictures’ live-action family film, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile ($6.8 million), The Woman King ($4 million) and 20th Century Studios’ Amsterdam ($3.1 million).

In 2018’s Halloween, the first in a three-movie relaunch, the return of Curtis to the franchise generated an impressive $76.2 million in opening ticket sales — third-highest ever for a horror film. Halloween went on to generate $159.3 million domestically, and $255.6 million globally. Of course, that was before the pandemic and streaming metaverse turned the theatrical window on its ear.

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