Warner’s ‘Tenet’ Atop first Official U.K. Film Chart of 2021

Warner Home Video’s Tenet held on to the No. 1 spot on home entertainment’s first Official Film Chart of 2021 in the U.K. The time-bending epic starring David Washington had more than double the unit sales (physical and digital) of its closest competition, Disney/Marvel’s The New Mutants at No. 2.

The New Mutants entered the chart as the highest new entry of the week on digital downloads only. A dark spin-off of the X-Men series, the superhero horror movie stars Maisie Williams and Anna Taylor-Joy.

Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Warner) dropped to No. 3, as festive classic Love Actually (Universal) held on for another week at No. 4. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home re-entered the chart for the first time since October at No. 5. Bad Boys For Life (Sony) also returned to the Top 10, at No. 6, while Little Women (Sony) climbed to No. 7.

Last Christmas (Universal) dropped two places to No. 8, as Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony) rose to No. 9, and Warner’s Birds of Prey finished at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 6, 2021

Rank Previous Week Title Studio
1 1 Tenet Warner
2 New The New Mutants Disney/Marvel Films
3 2 Roald Dahl’s The Witches Warner
4 4 Love Actually Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
5 Return Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
6 25 Bad Boys For Life SPHE
7 18 Little Women (2019) SPHE
8 6 Last Christmas UPHE
9 40 Jumanji: The Next Level SPHE
10 24 Birds of Paradise and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Warner

© Official Charts Company 2021

2020 U.K. Home Entertainment Revenue Jumped 26%; Warner’s ‘Joker’ Top-Selling Title

Following a 2020 that saw the coronavirus pandemic upend the global entertainment industry, home entertainment in the United Kingdom blossomed, with revenue up 26% to £3.3 billion ($4.5 billion) compared with £2.6 billion ($3.5 billion) in 2019, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment, the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar.

Top-selling title in 2020: Warner Home Video’s Joker, with the Oscar-winning drama tallying 1.4 million units across digital and physical formats. The four best-selling titles all topped one million transactions across disc, EST and TVOD, and the balance of the Top 10 all exceeded 500,000 transactions. In short, it was a banner year for U.S. studios.

“2020 saw digital home video reach new heights, with digital sell-through and rental growth accelerating despite pandemic enforced movie delays,” David Sidebottom, principal analyst, entertainment, Futuresource Consulting, said in a statement. “The strength of library content has been truly impressive and sustained throughout the year, even more notable given the continued proliferation of wider video streaming services.”

Like much of the world, the No. 2 home entertainment market saw consumers staying home in the face of the threat from coronavirus, with digital formats making huge gains; taking advantage of the instant access and range of content choice. Total electronic sellthrough (or digital purchase) sales across both film and TV content delivered 14.5% growth year-on-year after a record period of growth during the March lockdown.

Spend on TVOD (transactional video-on-demand), supported by shoppers new to the category, saw almost 24% growth. Kantar reported that the total number of customers buying and renting across the video category grew by 14% between March and November to 12.9 million as audiences sought flexible access to content across transactional methods.

At the same time, SVOD continued its meteoric growth, up an astounding 42% in 2020. Streaming services now account for 74% of the total market value, with new services joining the market in 2020 such as Disney+, and an expansion in the uptake of existing services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video during the first lockdown period. Kantar also revealed that 23% of British households signed up to a subscription service during the first quarter — around the time Disney+ launched with a further 7% and 3.5% of households, respectively, doing so in the following two quarters of the year.

Driven by catalog titles, re-releases and select new titles, 30% of consumers bought packaged media (DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray), up from 25% in 2019.

“The shift to digital doesn’t diminish the resilience of physical formats, though, as evidenced by the performance of TV and catalog content on disc, and by the strength of premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD, both underlining that many viewers are still driven by collection and the access to the best possible home viewing experience that disc provides,” said Liz Bales, CEO of BASE.

Electronic Sellthrough

Electronic sellthrough ended 2020 with 27% growth in volume and 16% in value, with digital formats accounting for more than 43% of the transactional market. During the first 12-week lockdown period, the share of spend for digital film was 45% of the total £138.6 million retail disc and EST spend, up from 26% across the same period in 2019. This huge growth was largely retained after lockdown, with EST ending the year with 36% of spend, up from 26% in 2019.

Due in part to shifts in the new release slate, catalog content has grown its share of all film EST transactions from 49% to 56% in 2020, the catalog share is up 42% year on year, with positive growth every week since the first lockdown period.

VOD

The year saw title-level data on transactional video-on-demand activity become available for the first time from the Official Charts Company and based on data from digital retailers, delivering a view of consumer engagement with VOD services. VOD activity saw a period of rapid growth during the COVID-19 March lockdown, with an average of 600,000 rentals per week before lockdown rising to more than 1 million rentals a week after lockdown was implemented.

Digital rental’s popularity is now evident, with more than 30.8 million rental transactions made through October (Q4 data will be available in Q1 2021), a significant portion of the total 75 million pieces of content that have either been purchased or rented across disc, film EST and VOD.

The year also saw distributors adopt a test and trial approach to bring content to consumers with the likes of premium EST and premium VOD (PVOD). Kantar reports that 1.1 million shoppers have rented a PVOD title since March (with the ‘Premium’ element being classified as a rental price above £10), accounting for 6% of all digital rentals and 20% of total rental spend.

Proving the value in these high-definition disc formats, 2020 saw an increase in average selling price across the Blu-ray format, up 7.1% year-on-year to £15.94 ($21.75). Echoing its performance on other formats, catalog content has thrived on Blu-ray, remaining in positive growth and ending the year with a value of over £73 million ($99.5 million).

Consumers continued to show strong engagement with 4K Ultra High Definition, with sales up 20% year-on-year, and accounting for 23% of total Blu-ray sales. High value re-releases of catalog content thrived in 2020, with a vast array of classic content given the 4K UHD treatment. Total consumer spend topped £19.2 million ($26.2 million), which accounted for 73% of total 4K UHD spend.

Consumers have proven in 2020 that there is continuing demand to own classic catalog titles on premium disc formats, and with a huge treasure trove of content yet to receive re-releases, the 564 titles currently available on the 4K UHD format seems likely to keep rising entering 2021.

Television Content

TV content proved to be robust in the disc market, with 28% consumer spending, up from 23% in 2019. During the second and third quarter of 2020, with the flow of new-release movies impacted by national lockdown measures, TV content showed a growth of 5.4% to a 26% of consumer spend in this period.

Catalog TV content soared, with growth of 5.7% year-on-year surpassing £80 million ($109 million), with the category accounting for three of the top four best-selling TV titles of the year. Top-selling titles included Game of Thrones S8 (Warner Bros.), Chernobyl (Acorn Video by RLJ Entertainment), BBC Studios’ Doctor Who Classic Series Blu-ray Collections; Outlander S5 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment); Downton Abbey the Complete Collection (Universal), and Gangs of London (Dazzler Media).

New releases such as The Crown S3 (Sony) and Gavin & Stacey: A Christmas Special (BBC Studios) also excelled, ending the year in third and seventh place, respectively, in the TV chart. BBC Studios’ newly commissioned animations of lost “Doctor Who” episodes, “The Faceless Ones” and “Fury from the Deep,” also performed well, contributing to combined sales across all content came at £4.9 million ($6.7 million), a 15% year-on-year growth from 2019.

Market Share

Disney ended the year as the leading distributor across combined disc and digital volume sales, with a 19.1% share, with Frozen 2 leading the way with 1.3 million units sold. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment continued its reign as the largest distributor across disc sales for both volume and value, remaining a full percentage point above the second-place distributor.

2021 Slate

Looking ahead to 2021, as the U.K. public cautiously anticipates the return to normality in a vaccinated post-pandemic world, so does home entertainment. With Tenet (Warner) performing strongly across digital and premium disc formats in the final weeks of 2020, and as the first major new release title to launch since the spring, consumer demand is clearly high, with a plethora of titles ready to perform across a diverse 2021 slate.

Pending releases include Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal), Luca (Disney), Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Sony), and Tom and Jerry (Warner). Other releases include James Corden’s musical take on Cinderella (Sony), and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Disney); superhero spinoffs and sequels with Disney’s Eternals and Black Widow, as well as Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) and Warner’s Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984; Antlers (Disney); Spiral (Lionsgate distributed by Elevation Sales) and Last Night in Soho (Universal).

Universal’s F9; Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony); A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures), Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount), Space Jam: A New Legacy (Warner), and No Time to Die (Universal).

“Amongst the many seismic changes in consumption habits that 2020 has seen, the most encouraging for home entertainment was the indication that subscription services and transactional formats can not only co-exist, but grow in tandem,” said Craig Armer, strategic insight director, Worldpanel Entertainment. “For the first time in at least 8 years, the number of buyers and renters of transactional formats grew, helped by a complete resurgence in the popularity of VOD. Encouraging levels of return for a second purchase amongst new consumers suggests habits being formed that should continue into 2021.”

Warner’s ‘Elf’ Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Third Straight Week

Warner Home Video’s enduring 2003 catalog release Elf finished atop the Official Film Chart in the U.K. for the third consecutive week (ended Dec. 16) — driven by transactional VOD, which accounted for 75% of the title’s unit sales.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Last Christmas again finished No. 2, spurred by strong DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales. Separately, Universal’s holiday-themed releases The Grinch (No. 3) and Love Actually (No. 4) maintained their positions for another week.

Disney-owned 20th Century Home Entertainment’s Home Alone, and Warner’s The Polar Express moved up one spot, respectively at No. 5 and No. 6. Disney’s Mulan dropped two places to No. 7, while 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol entered the chart at No. 8 for the first time.

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Finally, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (20th Century) soared 20 places to No. 9, while Disney’s Frozen II climbed three places to round off the countdown at No. 10.

Rank Previous Week Title, Studio Peak
Pos.
Week on Chart
1 1
Elf
Warner Home Video
1 20
2 2
Last Christmas
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
1 10
3 3
The Grinch
Universal
2 17
4 4
Love Actually
Universal
4 9
5
Home Alone
20th Century Home Entertainment
5 14
6
The Polar Express
Warner
6 17
7
Mulan
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
1 5
8 28 
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Jim Henson Video
8 7
9 29 
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
20th Century Home Entertainment
9 5
10 13 
Frozen II
Disney
1 39

 

Warner’s ‘Elf’ Stands Tall Again on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Christmas is officially here, as Warner Home Video’s Elf stands tall at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom through Dec. 9, as the 2003 comedy with  Will Ferrell marks a second week atop the Top 10. The title added 30,000 unit sales, with 73% made up of digital downloads.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Last Christmas improved one place to No. 2, just a few thousand sales behind, while the studio’s The Grinch inched closer to the top, rising five places to No. 3.

One of the U.K.’s most treasured Christmas flicks, Love Actually, entered the Top 10 for the first time, landing at No. 4, while Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan dropped three to No. 5. Home Alone (20th Century Home Entertainment) soared up 28 places to its highest peak yet of No. 6, and Warner’s The Polar Express climbed eight spots to No. 7. Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed World War I drama 1917 dropped one place to No. 8.

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A Christmas Gift From Bob — the sequel to 2016’s feel-good biographical film A Street Cat Named Bob — debuted at No. 9 following its release on disc by Lionsgate U.K. Finally, a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc release from Warner of the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy entered the Official Film Chart for the first time at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 9, 2020

Rank Previous Week
Title Studio
1 1 Elf Warner
2 3 Last Christmas Universal
3 8 The Grinch Universal
4 11 Love Actually Universal
5 2 Mulan (2020)
Disney
6 34 Home Alone Disney/20th Century
7 15 The Polar Express Warner
8 7 1917 Entertainment One
9 New A Christmas Gift From Bob Lionsgate U.K.
10 New The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Warner

© Official Charts Company 2020

Warner’s ‘Elf’ Climbs Atop Official U.K. Film Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elf climbed to No. 1 on the U.K. home entertainment Official Film Chart through Dec. 2. The 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell finished atop the weekly chart for the first time since the chart’s inception in 2018.

Disney’s live action remake of Mulan dropped to No. 2 after two weeks on the top rung. Last Christmas (Universal) held on at No. 3 as The Greatest Showman (20th Century) climbed seven spots to No. 4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Lucasfilm) soared 10 spots to No. 5 following the release of a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook edition.

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This week’s highest new entry was psychological thriller Unhinged (No. 6), starring Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorious. Entertainment One’s 1917 moved down one spot to No. 7, as did Jim Carrey in The Grinch at No. 8. Universal’s Trolls World Tour climbed seven spots to No. 9. Finally, Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis’ new festive rom-com, Happiest Season debuted at No. 10 on digital downloads only.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 2, 2020

Rank Last Week Title Studio
1 2 Elf Warner
2 1 Mulan Disney
3 3 Last Christmas Universal
4 11 The Greatest Showman 20th Century
5 15 Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker Disney
6 New Unhinged Altitude Spirit
7 6 1917 eOne
8 7 The Grinch Universal
9 16 Trolls World Tour DreamWorks Animation
10 New Happiest Season eOne

© Official Charts Company 2020

Home Entertainment Library, PVOD Help Sustain Lionsgate Q2 Revenue in Pandemic Year

With scant theatrical distribution due to the pandemic, Lionsgate leaned on home entertainment library and premium VOD to sustain fiscal operations through the fiscal second quarter (ended Sept. 30).

Total home entertainment revenue from disc and digital topped $150 million, which was down 16% from revenue of $178.5 million in the previous-year period. Through six months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue was flat at $317.4 million.

Packaged media, third-party licensing and transactional digital distribution of movies and television library content revenue topped $166.7 million, as library revenue for the trailing 12 months grew to a record $738.5 million, 33% higher than the previous trailing 12-month period. Motion picture segment profit grew 63% to $83 million, from $51 million, on strong demand for library content and lower distribution and marketing costs due to the lack of theatrical commitments.

Top PVOD releases in 2020 include period horror drama Antebellum and faith-based I Still Believe.

Television production segment revenue declined to $197.2 million, compared with $274 million in the prior year quarter, and segment profit was $9.9 million, compared with $12.6 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to the timing of production schedules and episodic deliveries.

Meanwhile, the Starz subsidiary reported its best domestic OTT subscriber growth quarter ever, as OTT subscribers in the U.S. increased to 9.2 million, up from 7.4 million in the prior sequential quarter. Lionsgate’s global OTT subscribers (including StarzPlay Arabia, a non-consolidated equity method investee, and Pantaya) increased by 2.3 million in the quarter to 13.7 million.

“Together with the resumption of film and television production and another great revenue performance from our library, it added up to a quarter that reflected strong financial results, acceleration of our key non-financial metrics, and affirmation of the business plan we created four years ago with the acquisition of Starz and our pivot to the streaming world,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.

Sony Pictures Combining Home Entertainment, TV, Theatrical Marketing; Wong Gets New Key Role

Sony Pictures Entertainment is combining marketing teams between theatrical, television and home entertainment distribution, with veteran home entertainment executive Lexine Wong assuming a new key role.

The reorganization, which precedes Sony’s fiscal results on Oct. 28, is expected to reduce staff by about 35 personnel. The studio cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in part for the changes, including the fact Sony is holding off releasing most major movies until 2021.

Under the management reshuffle, Keith Le Goy,  president of networks and distribution, and Josh Greenstein, president of the motion picture group, will jointly oversee studio marketing. Andre Caraco, co-president of global marketing, is exiting after 30 years at Sony.

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Wong, previously senior EVP of worldwide marketing for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, becomes head of global multichannel distribution marketing. She is one of three executives managing Sony’s new U.S. marketing group, along with Paul Noble and Danielle Misher, co-heads of global theatrical marketing. All three report into Greenstein and Le Goy.

Josh Greenstein and Keith Le Goy

Additional flow chart changes have Jason Spivak, EVP of distribution for North America television and home entertainment; Flory Bramnick, EVP of distribution for North America television and ad sales; Adrian Smith, president, domestic distribution for theatrical; Paul Littmann, EVP of distribution for global; Jamie Stevens, EVP of worldwide consumer products; and Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of brand strategy and global partnerships, all reporting to Le Goy and Greenstein.

Because of the coronavirus-induced closure of movie theaters, Sony Pictures has pushed most of its big movies into 2021, including Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The studio’s next big wide release is Monster Hunter, scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 30.

 

Warner Bros. Q3 Home Entertainment/Video Game Revenue Down YTY

With few movie releases due the coronavirus pandemic production shutdowns, and the video game industry awaiting launches of new-generation consoles, Warner Bros. Oct. 22 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) operating revenue of $383 million for its games, home entertainment and ancillary content segment. That was down 23% from revenue of $497 million during the previous-year period.

The studio’s top-selling packaged-media release in 2020 continues to be Oscar-winning Joker.

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Theatrical revenue declined more than 22% to $1.06 billion, from $1.37 billion in the same period a year ago. TV production revenue fell almost 35% to $960 million, from $1.46 billion. When combined with games and home entertainment, studio revenue dropped 27.7% to $2.41 billion, from $3.33 billion a year ago.

If there were a silver lining to the results, film and TV production costs in the quarter dropped 27.4% to $1.17 billion, from $1.61 billion during the previous-year period.

‘Scoob!’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Warner Bros.’ Scoob! scored a fourth straight week at No. 1 on the weekly Official Film Chart (through Oct. 14) in the United Kingdom, fending off competition from Disney’s Onward.

With just 500 unit sales separating the top two during the week, Scoob! narrowly denied Onward — which climbed five places to No. 2 — a chance atop the podium. This is the fourth time Onward has reached its peak of runner-up since its retail release in May.

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Disney’s Frozen II rebounded 27 places to No. 3, the first of several big climbers this week. Based on the autobiography of Henri Charrière, prison escape drama remake Papillon (Signature Entertainment), starring Charlie Hunnam and Academy Award winner Rami Malek, leaped 19 places to land at No. 4.

Universal Pictures’ animated record-breaker Trolls World Tour dropped three spots to No. 5, to land just ahead of 2018’s best-selling film The Greatest Showman (20th Century Studios) — which sang and danced up 14 places to No. 6. Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog rose two places to No. 7.

Universal Pictures’ Yesterday returned to the top 10 after climbing eight places to No. 8,and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home landed at No. 9. Finally, Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures) rounded off the top 10 after tumbling six spots from last week.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 Oct. 14, 2020

LW Pos Title Label
1 1 Scoob! Warner
7 2 Onward Disney
30 3 Frozen II
Disney
25 4 Papillon Signature Entertainment
2 5 Trolls World Tour DreamWorks Animation
20 6 The Greatest Showman 20th Century Studios
9 7 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount
16 8 Yesterday Universal
10 9 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony
4 10 Bad Boys for Life Sony

 

Warner’s ‘Scoob!’ Tops U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros.’ Scoob! nabbed the top spot on the weekly U.K. Official Film Chart through Sept. 23, knocking off perennial leader Trolls World Tour (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment).

Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker held the third spot ahead of eOne’s Oscar winner 1917, with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Little Women in fifth. The studio continues to score with Spider-Man: Far From Home (No. 6) and Bad Boys For Life (No. 7), ahead of Warner’s A Star Is Born in eighth.

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Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog ended in ninth, while Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level rounded out the Top 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – 23rd September 2020

LW Pos Title Label
NEW 1 SCOOB! WARNER BROS.
1 2 TROLLS WORLD TOUR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
3 3 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WALT DISNEY
5 4 1917 ENTERTAINMENT ONE
10 5 LITTLE WOMEN (2019) SONY PICTURES
6 6 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME SONY PICTURES
7 7 BAD BOYS FOR LIFE SONY PICTURES
19 8 A STAR IS BORN WARNER BROS.
8 9 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PARAMOUNT
9 10 JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL SONY PICTURES