Animated Comedy ‘Migration’ Flies to Disc Feb. 27

Illumination’s animated comedy Migration will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and standard-priced digital Feb. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $256.2 million at the global box office and has been available for premium digital rental and sale since Jan. 23.

The story follows the Mallard family as they embark on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons.

The voice cast includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Stuber), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games), Keegan-Michael Key (The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Keanu), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Little Mermaid), and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, “Taxi”).

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Special features include the mini-movies “Fly Hard,” in which Chump sheds her tough-as-nails attitude, risking her life to fly through a blizzard and the harrowing streets of New York to return a prized possession to a kind woman from the park; “Mooned,” in which following the events of Despicable Me, Vector and a lost Minion are stranded on the moon, and struggle to get back to Earth; and “Midnight Mission,” in which the Minions try to help Agnes overcome her fear of the dark, even if it involves going into outer space. Also included are behind-the-scenes, making-of and kid-friendly craft project featurettes.

 

Animated ‘Migration’ Headed to Premium Digital Jan. 23

The animated comedy Migration from Illumination, creators of Despicable Me and Sing, will be available for premium digital rental and sale Jan. 23 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film has earned $191.6 million at the global box office.

The comedy, about overcoming your fears and opening yourself up to the world, follows the Mallard family as it embarks on a journey south for the winter to Jamaica via New York City, only for their well-laid plans to go awry, leading to new friends and unknown horizons.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The voice cast includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Stuber), Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games), Keegan-Michael Key (The Super Mario Bros., Keanu), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8, The Little Mermaid) and Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, “Taxi”).

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Purchase May 16

Nintendo and Illumination’s animated blockbuster The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be available for premium digital rental (PVOD) and premium digital purchase (PEST) May 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Generating more than a billion dollars at the box office worldwide, the film features the voices of Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World” franchise), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” The Lego Movie), Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho, ‘The Queen’s Gambit”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”), Seth Rogan (Neighbors, An American Pickle), Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda” franchise) and Fred Armisen (“Wednesday,” “Portlandia”).

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The movie, based on the video game, tells the story of two Brooklyn plumbers who are brothers and best friends: Mario, the brave one with the “let’s-a go” attitude, and the perpetually anxious Luigi, who would prefer to go nowhere. It opens with the Super Mario Brothers reckoning with their struggling plumbing business, and wind up in a whirlwind adventure through Mushroom Kingdom. Through their journey, they meet a cast of familiar, lovable characters, ultimately uniting together to defeat the power-hungry villain, Bowser.

‘Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Smashes Animation Record With $378 Million Global Opening Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie generated an estimated $378 million in worldwide ticket sales through the extended April 9 Easter weekend — including a record $204 million across North American screens when including April 5-6 screenings.

The tally is not only the highest North American box office opening of the year, it tops the previous all-time global animation openings for Disney’s Finding Dory in 2016, and Frozen 2 in November 2019. Super Mario generated about $146 million in North American ticket sales across the April 7-9 period.

With a 96% Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and strong appeal among the coveted family audience, Super Mario appears to have strong theatrical legs going forward — and marks another future hit movie earmarked for the Peacock streaming platform sometime this summer.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Separately, Amazon Studios’ Air, the enhanced sports drama surrounding the association between emerging basketball superstar Michael Jordan and Nike for the creation of the Air Jordan basketball shoe in the 1980s, generated $20 million in its North American debut to finish No. 2 across the Easter weekend.

The movie co-stars Ben Affleck as Nike founder Phil Knight, Matt Damon as Nike’s budding market genius Sonny Vaccaro, Jason Bateman as Nike (future Adidas) executive Rob Strasser, and Oscar winner Viola Davis as Jordan’s mom, with Affleck also directing the movie.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 generated another $14.6 million to up its three-week total past $304 million globally, including $147 million across North American screens. The movie is on track to surpass John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum ($328 million) as the top-grossing installment in the franchise. The film debuts next week in South Korea and later this month across the Middle East.

Just behind was Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which saw another $14.5 million in projected ticket sales in its second weekend, upping the fantasy adventure’s global tally past $90 million. The 61% drop from its debut weekend suggests the movie could have trouble surpassing its reported $150 million production budget.

Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Scream VI, which added $3.3 million in revenue to push the slasher movie’s global total past $103 million, supplanting Scream 2 ($101 million) as the top-grossing movie in the franchise.

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Due on Digital Aug. 30, Disc Sept. 6

Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released on digital (after a premium purchase and rental run) Aug. 30 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 6 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film explores the early life of the master of evil Gru, who is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous supervillain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru attempts to join their ranks but soon finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

The film features the voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The more than 60 minutes of bonus features in the collector’s edition include two new mini movies, outtakes, a how-to draw (and animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson, and family activities. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru earned $350.8 million at the domestic box office.

Vudu Offering Exclusive Clips, Gift Cards, Game Discount for ‘Rise of Gru’ Debut

Vudu is offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of Steve Carell at Vudu and Fandango.com as Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru debuts on the transactional digital service. 

The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Vudu is also providing a guide to activities, games and crafts, including activity sheets that feature instructions for making a Minions pet rock and how to create an origami ninja star, minions badges and minion popsicle stick puppets, as well as access to coloring sheets and a banana split recipe.

Vudu is also offering seven Minions: The Rise of Gru-themed gift cards.

In addition, for a limited time, consumers purchasing Minions: The Rise of Gru on Vudu will get a discount code good for 50% off the new Exploding Minions family game, the Minions-themed version of the popular Exploding Kittens, featuring new cards and illustrations. Here’s how to play the game and see here for details on the offer.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

‘Sing 2’ Hits High Note on Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 again topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 23.

The Illumination film, which became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7, follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voiced by Bono), to join them. It also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Repeating at No. 2 was Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which became available for digital purchase Jan. 4. The franchise relaunch from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman is a sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies. It follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather, an original Ghostbuster, left behind.

Landing at No. 3 was Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, which became available for digital purchase Jan. 18. In the sci-fi horror film, Raccoon City, which was once a booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, is now a dying Midwestern town — with great evil brewing below the surface.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 was Disney’s Marvel Comics-based Eternals, which became available for digital purchase Jan. 12, and falling from No. 4 to No. 5 was the sci-fi film Dune, available for non-premium digital purchase Jan. 11.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Sing 2
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  3. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  4. Eternals
  5. Dune
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  8. No Time to Die
  9. Halloween Kills – Extended Cut
  10. The French Dispatch

Voice Cast, Release Date Disclosed for ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Animated Theatrical Movie

Animation studio Illumination (Minions) and Nintendo announced that their new movie based on the video game world of Super Mario Bros. will be released worldwide during the 2022 holiday season. Universal Pictures will release the title in North America on Dec. 21, 2022, with the release schedule for additional countries and regions to be announced at a future date. The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo.

Voice actors include Chris Pratt (Mario), Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach), Charlie Day (Luigi ), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek) and Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike).

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The screenplay will be written by Matthew Fogel, whose writing credits include The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and the upcoming Illumination film Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Shigeru Miyamoto, co-creator of Super Mario Bros., and fellow of Nintendo, said production on the movie has been “constructive and going very well,” with representatives from Illumination and Nintendo “learning a lot from each other.”

“We humbly ask that fans wait just a little longer for the premiere, and we hope they look forward to seeing the unique characters from Super Mario Bros. on the big screen,” Miyamoto said in a statement.

Super Mario Bros. is considered one of greatest-selling video game franchises since launching in 1985 as a successor to the Mario Bros. arcade game.

Universal to Bow Five Multi-Disc Collections Sept. 29

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing five multiple-title disc collections Sept. 29.

The “Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection,” coming on Blu-ray, features films that earned seven Academy Awards and 11 Golden Globes. The set includes Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pride & Prejudice, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, The Theory of Everything, On the Basis of Sex and Harriet.

The “Blumhouse of Horrors: 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Get Out, The Purge, Ouija, Split, The Visit, Unfriended, Truth or Dare, The Boy Next Door, Happy Death Day and Ma.

The “Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, features four iconic films from the acclaimed director, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds, and comes in Discbook packaging.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

The “DreamWorks 10-Movie Collection,” due on Blu-ray and DVD, includes Shrek, Madagascar, Home, Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, How to Train your Dragon, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda, Boss Baby, Abominable and Trolls.

Finally, the “Illumination Presents 10-Movie Collection,” coming on Blu-ray and DVD, features all three Despicable Me films, The Secret life of Pets 1 and 2, Hop, Minions, Sing, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Coming to Digital Aug. 13, Disc Aug. 27 From Universal

The family film The Secret Life of Pets 2 will debut on digital Aug. 13 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Aug. 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From the studio Illumination (Despicable Me, Minions, Sing), the animated sequel features the pets and their growing families in a new chapter that explores the deep bond between them and the humans that love them. Again, the film answers the question: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max (voice of Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he has to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.

Subscribe HERE to the FREE Media Play News Daily Newsletter!

Other voice talent includes Eric Stonestreet, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford in his first ever role in an animated film as new farm dog, Rooster.

Bonus features on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital include two mini-movies — Super Gidget, featuring the film’s Pomeranian Gidget and her best friend Max, and Minion Scouts, starring the Minions. Also included are deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and drawing tutorials. An interactive Captain Snowball motion comic allowing viewers to direct the bunny hero on his next move is exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray versions.