Sony Pictures Ups Q3 Theatrical Revenue 76%

Sony Pictures Entertainment Feb. 1 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) theatrical revenue of $532 million, up 76% from revenue of $302 million in the previous-year period.

Total revenue topped $2.45 billion, up 6.5% from $2.3 billion last year. Operating income increased nearly 10% to $102 million from $93 million.

Principle box office drivers included sci-fi thriller Venom, starring Tom Hardy, with $855 million in global revenue, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with $225 million.

In the previous-year period, top box office titles included Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($329 million) and Blade Runner: 2049 ($163 million).

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On the retail side, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment generated revenue of $320 million, down less than 4% from revenue of $331 million in the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue was up 3% at $713 million from $692 million during the previous-year period.

Home entertainment releases in the quarter included Venom, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The Equalizer 2, Alpha and Hotel Transylvania 3 : Summer Vacation.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hotel Transylvania 3, Blade Runner 2049 and Spider-Man: Homecoming were the top-selling SPHE titles released on DVD/Blu-ray Disc in 2018 – with combined revenue of $140.6 million, according to The-Numbers.com. .

 

World of ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Expands With VR Book

Hotel Transylvania 3, the first Sony Pictures title to feature Quantum Storey VR Studio AR and VR content in its bundled movie release, will be the basis for the first standalone VR print book based on a major motion picture.

The standalone VR book expands upon the VR activity booklet sold with the title’s Blu-ray combo pack at Walmart. The project is a collaboration between Sony Pictures Consumer Products and the Quantum Storey Company, which uses patented technology to blend traditional publishing with augmented and virtual reality.

Readers will find themselves completely immersed in a 360-degree re-creation of the world of the film, allowing them to create a deeper connection to the characters.

“After seeing our customers enjoy Quantum Storey’s Hotel Transylvania 3 activity booklet that was launched last month, we are thrilled that they are bringing Drac, Mavis and the crew to life in a new and exciting way through this standalone VR Book,” said Jamie Stevens, EVP of worldwide consumer products for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Hotel Transylvania 3: Virtual Vacation VR book is now available at Walmart.com and Walmart stores in the book section, and includes VR goggles.

‘Spy Who Dumped Me’ Bows at No. 1 on Both Redbox Charts

The Spy Who Dumped Me, a newly released action comedy from Lionsgate starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, topped both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov. 4.

The film, which follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their old boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent, earned $33.6 million in North American theaters.

The movie 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 disc vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped to No. 2 after one week in the top spot. Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five were Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania at No. 4 and another Sony film, the new-to-disc Slender Man, bowing at No. 5.

A third new release, Warner’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, debuted at No. 6 on the Redbox disc-rental chart.

Slender Man, a critically panned horror film inspired by the creepy pasta Internet meme of a murderous, thin, faceless humanoid who stalks children, grossed $30.6 million domestically.

Teen Titans Go!, an animated superhero fantasy based on the TV series (and DC Comics characters) of the same name, earned $29.6 million in North American theaters.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again slipped to No. 7 after debuting at No. 4 the week before.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me took the No. 1 spot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which slipped to No. 4.

Skyscraper held onto the No. 2 chart position, while Hotel Transylvania repeated at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was Slender Man, which had been released digitally on Oct. 19, two weeks before its Oct. 30 DVD and Blu-ray Disc street date.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3
  5. Slender Man (new)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (new)
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  8. The First Purge
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  5. Slender Man
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Tops Redbox Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a musical comedy based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, took the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week ended Oct. 28.

The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming, the electronic equivalent to renting a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

The film, a belated sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, typically positioned inside or outside of supermarkets and mass merchants like Walmart.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again grossed more than $120 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

The Mamma Mia sequel was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 23, two weeks after it became available for digital purchase or streaming.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp moved up to No. 1 in its second week of availability, knocking Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper to No. 2 after two weeks as the most in-demand disc rental.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transvylvania slipped a spot to No. 3 after two weeks in the second chart position.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, which moved up a spot from No. 6 the prior week.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 both slipped a spot, to No. 2 and No. 3, to make way for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Warner’s Ocean’s 8 moved back up to 4 from No. 5 the previous week, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom taking its place, down two spots from the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 28

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (new)
  5. The First Purge
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Reprisal
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 28

  1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. The First Purge
  7. Tag
  8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  9. Hotel Artemis
  10. Unfriended: Dark Web

 

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‘Ant-Man and The Wasp,’ ‘Reprisal’ Debut in Top 10 on Redbox Disc Rental Chart

Two new releases debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, the week ended Oct. 21.

But demand for neither Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and The Wasp nor Lionsgate’s Reprisal was strong enough to dislodge Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper and Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 from the two top chart positions.

Skyscraper, an action film starring Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI agent out to rescue his family from a newly built skyscraper that has been taken over by criminals and set on fire, remained at No.1 for the second consecutive week.

And Hotel Transylvania 3, the third film in computer-animated comedy film franchise, remained at No. 2.

Ant-Man bowed at No. 3 on the kiosk chart, while Reprisal debuted at No. 4.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 16. Disney and Redbox are embroiled in litigation over Redbox’s sale of digital copy codes; the studio is the only one that won’t sell DVDs or Blu-ray Discs directly to Redbox, forcing the company to buy copies at retail.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk chart was Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 also held onto the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Neither new release appeared on the digital chart. Ant-Man and The Wasp is not available through Redbox On Demand.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom moved back up to No. 3 from No. 5 the prior week, bumping Sicario: Day of the Soldado down a notch to No. 4.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, which moved up to No. 5 from No. 8 the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 21

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp (new)
  4. Reprisal (new)
  5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  6. The First Purge
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  9. Ocean’s 8
  10. Hotel Artemis

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 21

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  5. Ocean’s 8
  6. The First Purge
  7. Hotel Artemis
  8. Unfriended: Dark Web
  9. Tag
  10. Deadpool 2

 

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‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Bow in Two Top Spots on Redbox Charts

Once again, two new releases debuted in the two top spots on both Redbox charts the week ended Oct. 14.

Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper, an action film starring Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI agent out to rescue his family from a newly built skyscraper that has been taken over by criminals and set on fire, debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, the third film in computer-animated comedy film franchise and, with a worldwide gross of $517 million ($167 million domestic), the top earner among the three.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 9 and on digital two weeks earlier, on Sept. 25.

Skyscraper, which earned nearly $68 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, also features Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan.

Hotel Transylvania 3, in which Dracula falls in love with a ship captain named Ericka Van Helsing while on a vacation cruise only to learn she’s the great-granddaughter his arch-enemy, features an all-star voice cast reprising their role: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, and Mel Brooks.

Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a thriller centered around the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, slipped to No. 3 on both charts, after having debuted at No. 1 the week before.

Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, the fourth film in the “Purge” franchise, slipped to No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart. The film,  a prequel that explains the origin of the annual 12-hour span in which Americans are invited to get out their aggressions, no matter how violent,  had debuted the prior week at No. 2 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which finished the week at No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

One more newcomer debuted in the top 10 on both charts: Hotel Artemis, a thriller from Global Road Entertainment about a nurse who runs a secret hospital for criminals in a futuristic Los Angeles. The film debuted at No. 6 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 14

  1. Skyscraper (new)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (new)
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  4. The First Purge
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. Hotel Artemis (new)
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Uncle Drew
  10. Tag

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 14

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  5. The First Purge
  6. Ocean’s 8
  7. Hotel Artemis (new)
  8. Tag
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Uncle Drew

 

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