‘American Skin’ Takes Top Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, jumped to No. 1 from No. 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 23, toppling Warner Bros.’ Tenet from the top spot it had occupied for the last three weeks.

American Skin had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2019. Vertical Entertainment acquired the film last December and gave it a multi-platform release on Jan. 15. Lionsgate will release the film on DVD on March 9.

Tenet slipped 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.

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa each backtracked a spot as well, finishing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Season 3 of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five.

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Three new releases and one catalog title debuted on the “Watched at Home” chart.

The IFC Films documentary MLK/FBI was the top debut, landing at No. 10, followed by Let Him Go, a Universal Pictures crime drama starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, at No. 11.

The STX thriller Horizon Line bowed at No. 15, while Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street checked in at No. 19.

MLK/FBI is a documentary by Sam Pollard that follows late Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. as he is probed and hassled by the FBI and its notorious director, J. Edgar Hoover. The film had its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was given a multi-platform release by IFC Films on Jan. 15.

Let Him Go, based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, stars Coster and Lane as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. The film earned $9.4 million in U.S. theaters and was released for digital sellthrough on Jan. 19. It will make its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Feb. 2.

Horizon Line is a Swedish adventure thriller released on VOD on Jan. 12. The film follows a couple on a small plane that crash lands on an island that is actually a sandbar, with the two struggling to stay alive before the tide rises.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  7. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. MLK/FMI (IFC Films)
  11. Let Him Go (Universal)
  12. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Spell (Paramount)
  15. Horizon Line (STX)
  16. The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. 100% Wolf (Viva)
  19. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)

 

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. 23.

‘Honest Thief’ Tops Redbox Charts for Third Week

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart for a third consecutive week, and returned to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand Chart the week ended Jan. 17.

The week’s top newcomer was Paramount’s Spell, at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Spell, which earned $500K at the domestic box office, stars Omari Hardwick as a man who survives a plane crash only to discover the couple caring for him has sinister motives.

Another newcomer, 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man, debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart. The horror film deals with a former cop in a Midwestern town coming out of retirement to investigate a series of disappearing teenagers attributed to a local legend.

New to the On Demand chart are Universal’s News of the World, a Western starring Tom Hanks, at No. 9, and STX Entertainment’s Horizon Line, a thriller about a couple trapped on a plane heading into a storm after their pilot has a heart attack, at No. 10.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

On the On Demand chart, War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, and Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. Spell — Paramount
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  5. Tenet — Warner
  6. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. Jungleland — Paramount
  9. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  10. Unhinged — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Spell — Paramount
  5. Unhinged — Solstice
  6. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  7. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  8. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Horizon Line — STX

 

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Liam Neeson Continues Pandemic Box Office Run with ‘The Marksman’

Open Road’s The Marksman topped Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman 1984 at domestic box office Jan. 15-17 with an estimated $3.7 million in ticket sales across 1,975 screens. The movie starring Liam Neeson is the second Open Road feature film after last October’s Honest Thief released theatrically during the ongoing pandemic that has resonated with consumers willing to frequent the box office.

Thief generated $14.1 million in the United States; $28.3 million worldwide before being released into on DVD/Blu-ray Disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Dec. 29.

WW84 ended its run atop the box office with $2.6 million in the No. 2 spot. The DC superhero movie starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig, has generated $35.8 million at the domestic box office since its Christmas Day debut; $141.7 million worldwide. It was released concurrently on streaming video service HBO Max.

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Ongoing pandemic hit The Croods: A New Age actually gained box office revenue from the previous week with more than $2 million to finish No. 2. The Universal/DreamWorks Animation title has generated $130 million at the global box office and is slated to bow on disc Feb. 23.

Rounding out the estimated $10.3 million weekend box office includes the usual run of titles including Tom Hanks western News of the World with $1 million ($8.5 million total); Screen Gems’ Monster Hunter with $920,000 ($16 million global); Lionsgate’s Fatale ($500,000; $8.4 million); Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman ($410,000; $4.1 million); 101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa ($182,000; $34 million); Roadside Attraction’s Pinocchio ($149,000; $21.9 million) and Walt Disney Studios’ re-release of The Emperor’s New Groove with $173,000.

‘Tenet’ Repeats at No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Parallel’ Sole New Entry

With few new releases, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart remains largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet is again No. 1 on the chart for the week ended Jan. 9, while Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa switched places their sophomore week to place at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart 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.

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Paramount’s Love and Monsters is the week’s biggest gainer, moving up to No. 4 from No. 9 the previous week due to its Jan. 5 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film also was the week’s top disc seller (see related story).

Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic action film about a man (Dylan O’Brien) traveling through a world populated by monsters in order to reconnect with his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick). The monsters were created when chemical fallout from the destruction of an asteroid headed for Earth caused all cold-blood creatures to mutate into ferocious monsters. Love and Monsters was released theatrically and on VOD in October 2020.

Rounding out the top five is season three of perennial favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Warner Bros. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy re-entered the chart at No. 16. The set made its 4K Ultra HD debut in December 2020.

The sole new entry on the “Watched at Home” chart was Lionsgate’s Parallel, bowing at No. 20. A Vertical Entertainment release, Parallel revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” only to discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. The film’s cast includes Alyssa Diaz, Kathleen Quinlan Martin Wallstrom, David Harewood and Georgia King.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Honest Thief (Universal)
  3. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  4. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  8. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  9. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  10. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  16. The New Mutants (20th Century)
  17. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)
  18. The Phenomenon (1091)
  19. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  20. Parallel (Lionsgate)

 

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. 9.

‘Honest Thief’ Stays Atop Redbox Disc Rental; ‘Croods’ Sequel Takes No. 1 On Demand Spot

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 10, while another Universal release, the animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, climbed to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

On the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, the top five were unchanged from the previous week: Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa remained No. 2, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet remained No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Love and Monsters at No. 4, and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer at No. 5.

The top newcomer on the disc chart, at No. 8, was Vertical Entertainment’s Skylines, a sci-fi film that deals with a virus impacting alien-human hybrids living on Earth in the future. It is the third film in the “Skyline” trilogy.

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The Redbox On Demand chart had the newly released Fatale, from Lionsgate, at No. 3. The film stars Hilary Swank as a woman who ropes her one-night stand into a police investigation.

Rounding out Redbox’s top five digital titles were Tenet at No. 4 and War With Grandpa at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 10:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. The Informer — Vertical
  6. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  7. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  8. Skylines — Vertical
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 10:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Honest Thief — Universal
  3. Fatale — Lionsgate
  4. Tenet — Warner
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  8. Unhinged — Solstice
  9. The Informer — Vertical
  10. Let Him Go — Universal

 

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Newer Releases ‘Tenet,’ ‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Now that Christmas is over, home viewers are done with holiday classics and eager for newer hit movies to watch.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet shot up from No. 3 to take the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2, while Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa and Honest Thief debuted at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart 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.

Honest Thief, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, was the only new release of the three, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 29 — two weeks after it became available for purchase or rent from digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox on Demand. The film stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The War With Grandpa made its disc debut the week before, on Dec. 22, just one week after its release through digital channels. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.”

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Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, had debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19, four days after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office. It subsequently slipped to No. 3 as viewers shifted to holiday films such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which succeeded Tenet in the top spot.

Christmas Vacation fell out of the top 20 entirely, as did each of the eight other holiday movies on the chart the previous week, including Elf (No. 2), A Christmas Story (No. 4) and Home Alone (No. 6).

Rounding out the top five on this week’s chart were The Office: The Complete Series, from Universal, which moved up to No. 4 from No. 16 the prior week on the eve of its streaming shift from Netflix to NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Season 1 of perennial chart favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Other new releases on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2 were Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy (No. 12); the Vertical Entertainment thriller The Informer (No. 13); Warner’s original 2017 Wonder Woman (No. 18), drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max success of the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which came out Dec. 25; and IFC’s Hunter Hunter (No. 20).

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. The War with Grandpa  (Universal)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  7. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical Entertainment)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. Fatman (Paramount)
  16. The New Mutants (Fox)
  17. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  18. Wonder Woman (Warner, 2017)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)

 

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. 2.

‘Honest Thief’ Swipes No. 1 Spot on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Jan. 3.

The film, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The previous week’s top title, Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa, slid to No. 2 on both charts.

On Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet slipped to No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Love and Monsters at No. 4, and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer at No. 5.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, at No. 3, followed by Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4, and Love and Monsters at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 3:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. The Informer — Vertical
  6. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  7. Fatman — Paramount
  8. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. The Call — Cinedigm

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 3:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  4. Unhinged — Solstice
  5. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  9. Buddy Games — Paramount
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

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‘Honest Thief,’ ‘The Last Shift’ Top Slate of New Releases Available for Home Viewing Dec. 29

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and Sony Pictures’ The Last Shift top the slate of new releases available for home viewing on Dec. 29.

Also out are Two Ways Home, from Gravitas Ventures, and, on DVD only, a batch of music videos from Bayview Entertainment, among them The Beatles: Meet the Beatles; Elvis Presley: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years; and Stevie Nicks: Broadcasting Live.

Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD two weeks after it became available to rent or buy through digital retailers such as FandangoNow, Redbox On Demand, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and ROW8. Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The comic drama The Last Shift makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. In the film, aging fast-food worker Stanley (two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins) plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. He spends his last weekend training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job while Jevon, who considers himself too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comaraderie sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

Two Ways Home, making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Dec. 29, is a drama about a troubled young woman living with bipolar disorder who returns to her hometown in rural Iowa to reconnect with her estranged 12-year-old daughter. Her plan to stay with her grandfather is thwarted when she discovers he has suffered a heart attack and is being kept at a nursing home by her parents. Conflict with her family intensifies when her teenage daughter’s reaction to seeing her echoes the feelings shared by the whole family: they were happier when she was out of their lives.

‘Godfather, Coda,’ Season 3 of ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly Slate of New Releases

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone — a new edit and restoration of The Godfather Part III — and season three of the hit TV series “Yellowstone,” both from Paramount Home Entertainment, top the slate of new home releases available beginning Dec. 8.

The week’s slate of new home releases also includes Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of two action movies, Total Recall and Collateral. And baseball fans can pick up the highlight film of this year’s World Series won by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rebranded version of the third and final film in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” trilogy has been newly restored and re-edited, and the Blu-ray includes an exclusive introduction by Coppola and access to a digital copy of the film.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather Part III,” Coppola said

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Season three of “Yellowstone,” which along with the series’ first two seasons has consistently ranked among the top “Watched at Home” releases, is being released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 8, along with a limited-edition boxed set of all three seasons on DVD only. (The latter has already sold out on Amazon.)

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The third-season finale of “Yellowstone” was the most-watched cable telecast of the year, and the top cable telecast since the “Game of Thrones” finale in May 2019.  The show has been renewed for a fourth season on Paramount Network.

Honest Thief also becomes available for home audiences on Dec. 8 through digital retailers only. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Honest Thief on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 29.

Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Liam Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate will release the 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Dec. 8 in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. The three-disc combo pack will include the film on both 4K and standard Blu-ray, plus a Blu-ray of additional bonus material. The film has been restored by StudioCanal in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker on Earth in 2084 whose memory implant of a vacation to Mars awakens the dormant personality of a secret agent involved with revolutionary forces on the red planet. The cast also includes Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone and Ronny Cox.

A version of the combo pack in Steelbook packaging will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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Director Michael Mann’s 2004 thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

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Shout! Factory Dec. 8 will release The 2020 World Series, the highlight film of Major League Baseball’s 2020 championship season that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers win the Fall Classic. The film will be narrated by longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who retired in 2016. It will also be available on the same date digitally, to own and rent from all major platforms.

Universal/Focus Features Top Plodding Weekend Box Office as Trade Group Warns of Exhibitor Bankruptcy Without Congress Help

Universal Pictures’ specialty films unit Focus Features saw two of its releases — Let Him Go and Come Play — top another sluggish domestic weekend (through Nov. 8) undermined by wary moviegoers and scant major new studio titles due to the ongoing pandemic.

The yearly domestic box office topped $1.978 billion through the weekend — largely based on theatrical releases prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down all screens in mid-March. That’s down more than 75% from last year.

New release Let Him Go, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a Montana couple who seek to rescue their grandson from a dangerous living situation, topped the weekend with $4.1 million in ticket sales. It was followed by $1.7 million in box office receipts for horror film Come Play, which has generated $5.6 million after two weeks of release.

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Both titles are earmarked for early PVOD release as part of Universal’s landmark agreement with AMC Theatres enabling the studio to offer theatrical releases to consumers in the home three weekends after their big screen launch. AMC gets a share of the direct-to-consumer revenue.

Rounding out the podium was The War With Grandpa, the 101 Studios’ family comedy starring Robert De Niro that took in $1.5 million to reach $13.4 million after three weeks. Liam Neeson drama Honest Thief grabbed $1.1 million to help the Open Road Films title reach $11.2 million after four weeks of release.

Disney/Pixar Animation’s catalog title Toy Story finished fifth with $500,000 in ticket sales — nearly 25 years after the animated classic was first released.

In a media interview, John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, warned that without an immediate fiscal lifeline from Congress, the exhibitor industry could face a wave of bankruptcies. The industry is pushing “Save Our Stages,” a bipartisan addendum to a larger stimulus bill languishing on Capitol Hill.

“Even though we’re allowed to open in 48 states, without a substantial slate of big movies, and with people still worried about the virus, our revenues have been decimated,” Fithian told Variety. “We’re losing money while operating. And we were shut down entirely for many, many months. It’s life or death for many, many, many theater companies.”