‘Yellowstone’ Fever, ‘Trolls’ Mania Grip Home Viewers

Homebound consumers were enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone” the week ended June 27, with all three seasons of the contemporary Western drama landing in the top five of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart.

Meanwhile, the digital sellthrough release of Trolls World Tour gave the animated family film, from DreamWorks Animation, a No. 2 debut on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trolls World Tour was the first big feature film to premier digitally instead of in theaters since the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of movie theaters. The film was released April 10 on premium video-on-demand (PVOD) at a 48-hour rental price of $19.99.

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After slightly more than two weeks, distributor Universal Pictures announced the film, a sequel to 2016’s Trolls, had generated $100 million in revenue from its PVOD release. Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” analyst Richard Greenfield a day before the film’s debut said, “It’s a pretty monumental day in the film industry where a mainstream consumer movie … is going to skip the theaters…. I’m certainly rooting for them to do well because I think this is an important model for the industry.”

Trolls World Tour will be issued on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on July 7.

The third season of “Yellowstone” debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart. The season debuted on linear TV June 21, but season passes are currently on sale through digital retailers like Amazon Prime Video and FandangoNow at $19.99 HD and $14.99 SD, even though episodes will only become available a day after they are broadcast. As of this week, the first two episodes in season 3 can purchase individually for $2.99 HD and $1.99 SD.

The two earlier seasons are both available for digital and physical purchase. Yellowstone Season 1, initially released in December 2018, rose to No. 3 on the chart after shooting up to No. 4 the prior week in the wake of the third season’s linear debut.

Yellowstone: Season 2, released on DVD in November 2019, rose to No. 4 after debuting in the top 20 the prior week at No. 10.

According to Deadline, the Season 3 debut of “Yellowstone” on June 21 across four networks – three Paramount Network telecasts and three simulcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop – attracted 6.6 million total viewers, making it the top cable premiere so far this year.

Featuring a cast headed by Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” is centered around the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Rounding out the top five is Universal Pictures’ acclaimed The Invisible Man remake, which slipped to No. 5 after topping the chart the prior week.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. Trolls World Tour (DreamWorks/Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount
  4. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  5. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. The Hunt (Universal)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  10. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  11. 1917 (Universal)
  12. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  14. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  15. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  16. Onward (Disney)
  17. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  18. Dolittle (Universal)
  19. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)

 

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 June 27

Blu-ray Disc, DVD Releases Spur Viewership of ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘Fantasy Island’

Home viewership for Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, 20th Century Fox’s The Call of the Wild, and Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island soared after the three films were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 12.

Birds of Prey, a superhero sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, shot to No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended May 16, up from No. 8 the prior week.

The Call of the Wild, an adventure film starring Harrison Ford and based on the classic Jack London novel, soared to No. 4 from No. 13 on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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And Fantasy Island, a Blumhouse Productions horror film starring Michael Peña and scream queen Lucy Hale, debuted at No. 6 in the wake of its May 12 release on disc.

Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man, which debuted at No. 14 after it became available for digital purchase through retailers such as Redbox on Demand, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.

The film, about a woman stalked by her “invisible,” and supposedly dead, boyfriend, had initially been released to home audiences in mid-March, when movie theaters went dark due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, at a premium VOD price of $19.99. Consumers can now buy it for $14.99.

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Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, a superhero film based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name, slipped to No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart from No. 1 the prior week.

Another Sony Pictures film, Bad Boys for Life, dropped a notch to No. 3 from No. 2, with Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog rounding out the top five after finishing at No. 3 the prior week.

  1. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  2. Bloodshot (Sony)
  3. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  4. The Call of the Wild (Fox, 2020)
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  6. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  7. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  10. 1917 (Universal)
  11. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  12. Dolittle (Universal)
  13. Little Women (Sony, 2019)
  14. The Invisible Man (Universal, 2020)
  15. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  16. Rick and Morty Season 4 (Warner)
  17. Gretel & Hansel (Warner)
  18. Underwater (Fox)
  19. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  20. Yellowstone Season 2 (Paramount)

 

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 May 16

 

Amazon Launches ‘Prime Cinema’ for Early Digital Movie Releases

Amazon early on Sunday, March 22, announced via email the launch of Prime Video | Cinema, a new online hub where the company says “you can watch the latest movies just released in theaters — without leaving home.”

Disney/Pixar’s Onward is available to buy for $19.99, while Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma are available to rent at the same price. The price is also the same for HD or SD.

All four films were made available for home viewing earlier than expected due to the closure of movie theaters in response to the escalating novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Consumers who digitally rent a film have 30 days to start watching it, and must finish watching the movie within 48 hours.