Universal Q4 Home Entertainment Revenue Drops

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 23 reported fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue of $276 million, which was down 12.4% from revenue of $315 million in the previous-year period.

After a promising start to the fiscal year, the home entertainment studio saw fiscal declines in Q3 and Q4 to end the year with $957 million in revenue, compared with $1.05 billion in 2018.

The studio’s top DVD/Blu-ray Disc release in 2019 was DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Overall, it was a disappointing year for Universal Pictures. Filmed-entertainment Q4 revenue decreased 21% to $1.6 billion, primarily reflecting lower theatrical revenue.

Indeed, box office revenue plunged 59.1%, reflecting the volume and strength of releases in last year’s fourth quarter, including The Grinch and Halloween (where’s Michael Myers when you need him?). Pre-tax earnings fell 48.9% to $91 million in Q4partially offset by lower programming and production costs.

With M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass ($247 million) and Jordan Peele’s Us ($255 million) as top-performing box office releases, Universal Pictures saw 2019 revenue decline 9.2% to $6.5 billion compared to 2018, partially offset by higher content licensing revenue.

Indeed, pre-tax earnings increased 13.5% to $833 million from $734 million in 2018, reflecting lower revenue, more than offset by lower operating expenses.

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Tops May Disc Sales

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for May 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The third film in the animated “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise earned $160.8 million at the domestic box office, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD May 21.

Another animated sequel, Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, released May 7, was the month’s No. 2 seller.

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit, a May 14, release, was No. 3 for the month.

The Universal Pictures comedy The Upside, a remake of a French film, was No. 4.

Paramount’s’ What Men Want debuted at No. 5 on the monthly list.

A catalog movie, Warner’s 1985 adventure classic The Goonies, jumped up to No. 9 for the month. It was No. 14 the previous month.

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Dragon entered the list of the year’s top 10 disc sellers at No. 10.

The top nine titles for the year remained mostly the same, with Warner’s Aquaman at No. 1 and Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 2.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald moved up to No. 3 while Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet slipped to No. 4.

Warner’s Creed II fell out of the top 10.

According to NPD, the May 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner)
  3. Cold Pursuit (Lionsgate)
  4. The Upside (Universal)
  5. What Men Want (Paramount)
  6. Aquaman (Warner)
  7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  8. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  9. The Goonies (Warner)
  10. Glass (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through May 2019):

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  4. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  5. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  9. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  10. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)

 

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‘Madea Family Funeral’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Chart

Lionsgate’s A Madea Family Funeral debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended June 8.

The latest film directed by Tyler Perry, the 11th and reportedly final installment in the franchise featuring him playing Madea, earned $73.3 million at the domestic box office.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, however, Madea landed at No. 3, as just 26% of sales of the film were of the Blu-ray Disc format.

The week’s top Blu-ray Disc seller for a third consecutive week was DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, distributed by Universal Pictures. The third “Dragon” film dropped to No. 2 for the week after two weeks in the top spot, selling about 60% as many copies as the debuting Madea.

The week’s No. 3 overall seller and No. 2 Blu-ray was another newcomer, the animated direct-to-video superhero adventure Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a crossover featuring the popular characters that was distributed by Warner Bros. and produced with the assistance of TMNT rights holders Nickelodeon. Blu-ray Disc comprised 82% of its first-week sales.

No. 4 on both charts was Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in its fourth week on shelves.

Another Warner title, Aquaman, was No. 5 on both charts in its 11th week of disc availability.

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The 2016 animated movie The Secret Life of Pets, from Universal, jumped back into the top 20 at No. 18 overall, boosted by the June 7 theatrical release of its sequel.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 9 also had Madea Family Funeral debut in the top spot.

Universal’s The Upside slipped a spot to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Dragon slipped to No. 3, while Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic dropped to No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Drunk Parents held at No. 5.

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‘Dragon’ Again Tops Disc Sales Charts

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the No. 1 title on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended June 1.

The animated film, which is distributed by Universal Pictures, was the top title on both charts for a second consecutive week.

The only newcomer to debut in the top 20 was Sony Pictures’ Outlander: Season Four, which was No. 2 on both charts. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 42% of sales of the latest release from the popular Starz fantasy series.

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No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart was Unviersal’s The Upside.

Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part landed at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 5 on both charts was Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended June 2, The top four remained the same from the previous week: Upside at No. 1, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at No. 2, Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic at No. 3, and Cold Pursuit at No. 4.

The Lionsgate comedy Drunk Parents debuted as the No. 5 rental.

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