‘New Mutants’ Reclaims No. 1 Spot on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

The New Mutants retook the No. 1 spot on the weekly U.K. home entertainment Official Film Chart through Jan. 27. The Disney-owned 20th Century Studios superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics series returned atop the chart after claiming the top spot earlier this month following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The movie stars Maisie Williams (“Game Of Thrones”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Anya Taylor-Joy from Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.”

The previous week’s No. 1, Bill & Ted Face the Music, dropped to No. 2, while another Warner Bros. release, science-fiction thriller Tenet remained at No. 3.

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Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman (20th Century Home Entertainment) continued to prove popular, back at No. 4, while Warner’s remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches — starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci — completed the week’s Top 5.

Further down, Warner’s Joker rebounded 10 places to No. 9 and Jojo Rabbit (20th Century Home Entertainment) returned to the Top 10 after climbing two spots to No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 — Jan. 27, 2021

Rank Last Week Title Studio
1 3 The New Mutants 20th Century
2 1 Bill & Ted Face the Music Warner
3 2 Tenet Warner
4 7 The Greatest Showman 20th Century
5 5 Roald Dahl’s The Witches Warner
6 4 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures
7 8 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony Pictures
8 6 Bad Boys for Life Sony Pictures
9 19 Joker Warner
10 12 Jojo Rabbit 20th Century

© Official Charts Company 2021

Best Buy Ups Q1 Home Entertainment Revenue 9.5%

Benefiting from a homebound consumer base due to the coronavirus pandemic, Best Buy May 21 reported a 9.5% increase in domestic entertainment revenue to $554 million for the first quarter (ended May 2). That compared with a 12.7% decline in the previous-year period.

The entertainment segment includes DVD/Blu-ray Disc movies, video game hardware and software, books, music CDs and computer software.

International entertainment sales skyrocketed 58% to $58.2 million, compared with a 14% decline a year ago. The largest comparable domestic sales growth drivers were computing and gaming. These growth drivers were more offset by declines in home theater, mobile phones, digital imaging and services.

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Domestic online revenue of $3.34 billion increased 155.4% on a comparable basis due to increased traffic. As a percentage of total domestic revenue, online revenue increased 42.2%, versus 15.4% a year ago.

“In the middle of Q1, we shifted all our stores to a curbside-only operating model and were able to retain approximately 81% of last year’s sales during the last six weeks of the quarter, even though not a single customer set foot in our stores,” CEO Corie Barry said in a statement. “The strong sales retention is a testament to the strength of our multi-channel capabilities and the strategic investments we have been making over the past several years.”

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Indeed, domestic revenue dipped slightly to $7.91 billion, from $8.48 billion, with operating income fell 27.5% to $241 million, from $332 million a year ago.

Barry thanked store employees for dealing with “immense change” in a workplace with customers, many of whom she said were scared, frustrated and, occasionally, hostile in COVID-19 environment.

“As challenging as the current situation is, I am certain Best Buy will remain a strong, vibrant company that is well positioned to deliver on our purpose and thrive in a new and different environment,” Barry said. “None of this is possible without [our employee] dedication, and I am truly grateful and feel lucky to be on the team with them.”