The lack of fresh theatrical product continues to lead home viewers toward older films as well as niche product from independent suppliers.
The crime drama The Tax Collector, from RLJ Entertainment, remained No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Aug. 15. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.
New to the chart were two more independent films, Homefront and Made In Italy, which debuted, respectively at No. 6 and No. 7 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.
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Homefront, from Open Road Films, is a 2013 action thriller that stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. The film earned $51.7 million during its theatrical run.
Made In Italy is a new comedy-drama written and directed by James D’Arcy. Starring Liam Neeson and his son, Micheál Richardson, as well as Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, the film follows an artist who must restore a villa with his estranged son after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy was released Aug. 7 through in select theaters and on VOD.
Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow-helmed comedy rerouted from theaters to an early digital release, at a premium price, in June. The film debuted at No. 11 on the “Watched at Home” chart after its release the prior week through digital retailers.
Jurassic World entered the chart at No. 19, a week after its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, debuted at No. 18 amid publicity around the next installment in the dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, slated to bow in theaters next summer. Fallen Kingdom moved up two spots to finish the week at No. 16.
Rounding out the top five the week ended Aug. 15 were DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour at No. 2 and the three seasons of “Yellowstone,” from Paramount, at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.
- The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
- Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
- Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
- Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
- Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
- Homefront (2013, Open Road Films)
- Made In Italy (IFC Films)
- The Outpost (Screen Media)
- The Rental (IFC Films)
- You Should Have Left (Universal)
- The King of Staten Island (Universal)
- Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
- Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
- Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
- The Invisible Man (Universal)
- Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
- Jurassic World (Universal)
- 1917 (Universal)
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 Aug. 15.