‘Home Sweet Home Alone’ Coming to Disney+ Nov. 12

Disney+ Nov. 12 will debut the latest installment of 20th Century Studios’ “Home Alone” franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone, which will be available exclusively on the streaming service.

The film stars Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit) as Max Mercer, a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom sets their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers, and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out.

The cast includes Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Tim Simons, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, Chris Parnell, and Devin Ratray, who played Buzz in the original Home Alone.

This marks the sixth “Home Alone” movie, following the 1990 original and its 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which were followed by 1997’s Home Alone 3, and the TV movies Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House in 2002 and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist in 2012.

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‘Venom’ Debuts at No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 23.

With a domestic gross of $213 million the year’s No. 10 movie, Venom debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 4 on the digital chart was another new release, Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy film based on the 1973 book of the same name. The film, about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro. It grossed $68.5 million in North American theaters.

Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (and No. 5 on the disc-rental chart). A black comedy about a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich and mysterious best friend, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding and earned $53.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Sony Pictures revenge-thriller sequel The Equalizer 2 slipped to No. 3 on both charts, a week after its debut at No. 1.

Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group, finished its second week of availability at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart (down from No. 2) and No. 7 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (down from No. 3).

Peppermint, another revenge thriller starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel, slipped to No. 6 from No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 from No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Holiday favorite Home Alone, from 20th Century Fox, shot up to No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart during the week before Christmas.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom (new)
  2. The House With a Clock in its Walls (new)
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. Smallfoot
  5. A Simple Favor (new)
  6. Peppermint
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. The Nun
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. Mile 22


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom
  2. A Simple Favor
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  5. Peppermint
  6. The Predator
  7. Smallfoot
  8. Home Alone
  9. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  10. Crazy Rich Asians


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‘Home Alone’ Revisited With Google Assistant

A crossover promotion between 20th Century Fox and Google revisits the 1990 holiday comedy Home Alone with a modern twist.

A new ad features Macaulay Culkin reprising his role as a now 38-year-old Kevin McCallister re-enacting scenes from the film with the aid of Google Assistant-enabled devices.



The adult McCallister uses his voice-activated Internet devices to pay for a pizza delivery, order new aftershave and control the elaborate traps he sets up to scare away the Wet Bandits.

For a limited time, fans can use Google Assistant to discover interactive Easter eggs by asking specific questions beginning with “Hey Google …” to trigger a response of one of the lines from the film:

  • “Did I forget something?” to hear the iconic “KEVINNNNN!” scream;
  • “How much do I owe you?” or “It’s me Snakes. I got the stuff,” to recreate a back-and-forth dialogue from the movie Kevin watches, Angels With Filthy Souls.
  • “The Wet Bandits are here” to hear what Kevin would do.
  • “I’m the man of the house” to hear what happens when Kevin puts aftershave on his face.


Fox reported that Home Alone searches on Google trend during the holidays, spiking 1900% in a month last year. Home Alone is available on Blu-ray and DVD, as well for digital purchase at Google Play and other online retailers.