‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Gets High Score on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures’ adventure sequel Jumanji: The Next Level debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended March 22.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The previous week’s top title on each chart, Fox’s Spies in Disguise, slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out stayed at No. 3 on the disc chart in its fourth week, and held the No. 5 spot on the digital chart.

Lionsgate’s Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler, slipped to No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Another new release, Warner’s docudrama Richard Jewell, debuted at No. 4 on each chart.

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Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man, which was made available for video-on-demand as a result of the theatrical shutdown due to coronavirus fears, landed at No. 6 on Redbox’s digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 22:

  1. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  2. Spies in Disguise — Fox
  3. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  4. Richard Jewell — Warner
  5. Uncut Gems — Lionsgate
  6. Charlie’s Angels (2019) — Sony Pictures
  7. Bombshell — Lionsgate
  8. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate
  9. Frozen II — Disney
  10. Ford v Ferrari — Fox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 22:

  1. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  2. Spies in Disguise — Fox
  3. Uncut Gems — A24
  4. Richard Jewell — Warner
  5. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  6. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  7. Contagion — Warner
  8. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  9. Dark Waters — Universal
  10. Bombshell — Lionsgate

 

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Jumanji: The Next Level

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Sony Pictures;
Adventure Comedy;
Box Office $316.83 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for adventure action, suggestive content and some language.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, Rory McCann.

The creative team behind 2017’s surprise blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returns to deliver a worthy sequel that is just as entertaining as its predecessor.

The new story provides a mostly familiar setting with enough new elements to freshen up the formula a bit without straying too far from what audiences came to love about the previous film.

In the new film, the teenagers who beat the game before have drifted apart a bit as they head off to college, where Spencer (AlexWolff) begins to feel out of place in the world. When he returns home for the holidays to find his grandfather (Danny DeVito) staying in his old room, he yearns to once again become the hero of the video game, which, it turns out, he salvaged from the garbage heap the group left it in at the end of the previous movie.

When his friends come looking for him and discover he re-entered the game, they follow him in to help bring him out, thinking it should be too hard considering they already beat the game and will know what to expect. This time, though, they inadvertently bring bystanders into the game, resulting in many of the players not having the same avatars they had the last time, giving the actors plenty of chances to play each other. As an added complication, the game’s story has changed, with the characters’ abilities shifting to match.

As a result, the audience knows just enough about the rules of the game to have fun anticipating what will come next, while the particulars are just different enough to keep viewers guessing. Like before, a huge part of the film’s charm is the way it spoofs both video games and Indiana Jones-type adventure serials, only this time around the audience’s pre-existing affection for the characters makes watching them take advantage of their experience of having played before all the more satisfying.

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The film also smartly takes the adventure out of the jungle for the most part, changing the scenery to deserts and frozen mountains, which at least gives the film a new visual flair to play with. And there’s also a nice little lesson about friendship and teamwork.

In pushing out two movies, though, the filmmakers have probably milked as much from the concept as they can, which is why the film sets up another sequel that promises to mix things up a bit and take the franchise back to the roots of the original 1995 film.

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The home video editions of the film come with a ton of extras that play on the winning chemistry of the cast. Many of these come in the form of promotional videos, such as the minute-long “Grow Up,” in which Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart learn how to impersonate Dannys DeVito and Glover. “Trick or Treat” features Hart arriving at Johnson’s house at Halloween dressed in The Rock’s sweater and fanny pack from an infamous 1990s photo. Other videos put the cast in a telenovela and tease Awkwafina’s thieving skills. But the most intriguing might be the three-minute “NPC Confessions: Jurgen the Brutal,” an in-depth analysis with candid insights of the film’s new villain, played by Rory McCann of “Game of Thrones” fame.

These are accompanied by a five-and-a-half-minute gag reel.

In a throwback to the extras of the previous movie, “Rhys Darby Wants to Jingle” is a two-and-a-half-minute video in which Darby, who plays the game’s narrator and guide, wants to do his own music video to match the one the cast, sans him, did for the previous film.

Three behind-the-scenes featurettes total about 23 minutes and cover the basics from the story creation to the cast dynamics and the visual effects. The Blu-ray and digital editions also include lengthy breakdowns of the ostrich chase and monkey attack sequences, plus VFX pre-vis reels of the zeppelin battle and ostrich chase compared with the final versions of the scenes. These are about five minutes each.

The Blu-ray includes a fold-out map of Jumanji with an interactive AR game.

Digital versions on Vudu also include a “Get in the Game Mode,” which uses on-screen graphics that pop up as the movie plays to offer such information as trivia, statistics and character power levels during fights. This provides an added bit of fun to the video game spoof aspect of the film.

Merchandising: It’s a ‘Jumanji’ Jungle Out There

The big three retail chains each had exclusive promotions for two of the big titles released to stores March 17.

The most notable was for Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level.

Best Buy’s ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Steelbook

Best Buy had its typical Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $32.99.

Walmart released a 3-movie “Jumanji” DVD collection containing Next Level, its 2017 predecessor Welcome to the Jungle, and the 1995 original Jumanji for $29.96.

Target didn’t have an exclusive edition, but did offer a free $10 gift card with the purchase of the new movie on disc with the $19.99 Jumanji board game.

‘Jumanji’ board game

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The other notable title was Warner’s animated Superman: Red Son.

Target’s ‘Superman: Red Son’ Steelbook

Target offered a Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook at $19.99 with the same cover art as the regular edition. The exclusive appeared to be available only in stores as it wasn’t listed on Target’s website.

Best Buy had the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a pack-on Soviet Superman figurine for $29.99.

Walmart had a DVD-only edition of Superman: Red Son for $14.96. Only the Blu-ray and 4K editions were released wide.

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Another exclusive at Walmart involved the 2016 animated movie Trolls, in the form of a gift set containing a Trolls DVD and a troll wig. The set is timed with the release of Universal’s Trolls World Tour movie.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Tops $1 Billion Fiscal-Year 2019 Revenue

Sony Pictures Hone Entertainment April 26 reported fourth-quarter (ended March 31) fiscal-year 2019 revenue of $300 million, up about 3.4% from revenue of $290 million during the previous-year period.

The studio topped $1 billion in revenue for the fiscal year — up 3.1% from revenue of $982 million in fiscal year 2018.

Top retail releases in the fiscal year included Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, The Equalizer 2, Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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 Venom ranks the sixth-bestselling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc title in 2019 with $13.1 million in revenue and 657,000 units sold, according to The-Numbers.com. The Tom Hardy-starrer generated more than $37.6 million in 2018 on 1.7 million discs.

The Equalizer 2 ranks 21st with $4.5 million in revenue and 256,000 units sold. The title, starring Denzel Washington, generated $16.3 million in revenue last year on 855,000 discs sold.

Peter Rabbit generated $18.4 million on 1 million discs sold in 2018. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation sold $37 million worth of discs (2 million).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was only released into retail channels on March 19.

Top 2018 release — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — sold more than $65 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

Current quarter SPHE releases include A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson, Escape Room, Miss Bala and Never Look Away.

 

‘Jumanji’ Ventures to No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle debuted at No. 1 on the national home video charts the week ended March 24.

The adventure comedy – a sequel to the 1995 original Jumanji — was a surprise hit at the box office, earning $402 million in U.S. theaters and nearly $950 million worldwide. The home video edition bowed in the top spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The original Jumanji starred Robin Williams and was based on a children’s book about a board game come to life. The follow-up features a group of teenagers sucked into a video game version of Jumanji, where they take on avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas.

Warner’s Justice League dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling 35% as many copies as Jumanji. The superhero team-up adventure, which earned $229 million at the domestic box office, had debuted at No. 1 on both charts the prior week.

Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 3 debuted at No. 3 on both charts. The musical comedy, the third and final installment in the “Pitch Perfect” series, has made $104.9 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters. a Pitch Perfect Trilogy set debuted at No. 15, accounting for about 8% of purchases of people picking up a copy of the third film. However, even if the trilogy were added to standalone sales of the third film, Pitch Perfect 3 still wouldn’t have reached the unit tally of Justice League.

Walt Disney’s Coco remained No. 4 on both charts.

No. 5 on the overall chart was 20th Century Fox’s animated comedy Ferdinand, while on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 5 spot went to Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok.

A third new release to make the top 10 was Paramount’s Downsizing, a social satire about people shrinking themselves to save money — and to save the planet. The film, which stars Matt Damon, earned less than $25 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 8 on both sales charts.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle generated 58% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan, with 7% coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Pitch Perfect 3 generated 57% of its sales from Blu-ray Disc, and Downsizing, 60%.

On Media Play News’ rental chart for the week ended March 25, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also debuted at No. 1, while Justice League soared to No. 2 now that it’s week-long holdback from Redbox is over.

Pitch Perfect 3 debuted at No. 3, while Ferdinand shot to No. 4 now that it’s available at Redbox, also a week after its initial release.

Thor: Ragnarok, the top rental the prior week, slipped to No. 5.

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In a First, Sony and Snapchat Employ Augmented Reality With ‘Jumanji’ Release

With the March 20 release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungleon 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing the jungle to life for fans with an augmented reality experience through Snapchat.

In the first of its kind for a home entertainment release, when consumers purchase a copy of the film on disc at any retailer and scan the Snapcode on the front, the packaging elements will start to move, making their way across the retail environment and encouraging people to follow it with their camera phone. Once scanned through the app, users can explore a 360 jungle with a hippo jump-scare and a message from Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) telling consumers that the next adventure lies inside the packaging. Upon opening the packaging, consumers can scan the insert inside the box which will trigger a second experience that brings the characters from Jumanji to life.

“Given the incredible box office success with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we are continuing the consumer excitement into the home entertainment window by partnering with Snapchat in this groundbreaking AR packaging experience to drive in-store retail engagement and physical product purchase, while giving consumers a new way to interact with the Blu-ray and DVD and share their experience.” said Nicole Longo, Sony director of marketing.

“Much like they reimagined Jumanji itself, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has thoughtfully reframed AR marketing to drive sales for their home entertainment release,” said Jeff Miller, head of creative strategy, Snap. “Their Snapchat lenses set a new bar for contextual augmented realityintegration with physical packaging.”

In addition to having the Snapcodes on the front of the product, the codes will also be on in-store retail signage and displays. Sony also will employ national TV spots, digital marketing, social media, radio and on-platform ads on Snapchat to support the AR effort.

The film earned more than $400 million at the box office.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street 3/20/18;
Sony Pictures;
Adventure Comedy;
Box Office $400.25 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for adventure action, suggestive content and some language.
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Rhys Darby, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner.

Whatever misgivings may have emerged over the idea of a follow-up to the 1995 family fantasy Jumanji are quickly dispelled by a very funny sequel that pays homage to the original but shows impressive confidence in its own interpretation of the source material.

The first film, based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, featured the creatures of a mystical jungle-themed board game breaking into the real world, freeing a man, played by the late Robin Williams, who had been trapped in the game since he was a boy.

The new film throws some clever nods to the original while using the premise to poke fun at Indiana Jones-type adventure films. With the game’s attempts to allure a new player faltering amid a modern generation uninterested in board games, it converts itself into a video game. Eventually, a group of high school students encounter it in storage and start to play, getting sucked into the jungle world of the game.

Unlike in the first film, though, where the trapped players went in as themselves, Jumanji 2.0 puts the kids’ personalities into the avatars of the playable game characters, allowing the main cast to earn the credibility of playing the kinds of roles that usually would be associated with them while being forced act against those types.

So Dwayne Johnson plays the main hero, but has the mind of an insecure teenager. Kevin Hart is his diminutive sidekick, but controlled by an alpha-male jock. Karen Gillan is a warrior inhabited by a meek academic. And Jack Black plays a professor who, thanks to a misinterpretation of the character’s name, becomes inhabited by a self-centered, social media-obsessed teenage girl.

It’s essentially a body-switch movie without the cliché of an actual body switch. The main foursome turn out to be a perfectly matched team, oozing with chemistry to spare and milking almost every possible laugh to be had from the set-up. It’s a perfect example of a director, Jake Kasdan in this case, just putting his cast in the field and letting them do their thing. Also lurking around are Nick Jonas as a pilot needed for the later levels, and Bobby Cannavale as the slimy treasure hunter and the main villain of the game.

The script cleverly takes advantage of the rules of video gaming to advance the story, which sets the characters off on a quest to restore a large jewel to a sacred statue before the bad guys can steal it. Success means they will have rescued the land from evil forces and will be sent home. So, in addition to the Indiana Jones element, the film throws in a subtle Wizard of Oz vibe for good measure. There are moments in Henry Jackman’s boisterous musical score in which its seems to echo the famed “Over the Rainbow” refrain in the midst of perfectly establishing the adventurous spirit meant to be evoked by the jungle setting.

Even the side characters get in on the fun, with New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby turning in a brief but stand-out performance as the game’s charming narrator and primary contact for the heroes.

Interestingly, the 1990s cartoon based on the first film was also set mostly in the game’s jungle, but otherwise didn’t follow what was established in the movie, from what I can tell. Mill Creek recently put out a DVD of the complete series if you want to check it out.

As for Welcome to the Jungle, the Blu-ray bonus materials managed to absorb some of the sense of fun that clearly couldn’t be contained by the film itself. The best evidence of this is when Darby shows up, in character, to introduce the segments of the 15-minute making of featurette.

Three more featurettes, running about 15 minutes total, focus on the cast, the stunts and the visual effects. There’s also a five-minute segment that reflects on the spirit of the original film, and how the filmmakers wanted to preserve that in the sequel in order to honor Williams’ legacy. (Though, it should be pointed out, there’s no need to have had seen the first film to enjoy this one.)

Rounding out the extras are a couple more detours into humor, led by a three-and-a-half-minute gag reel. But the best is a two-and-a-half premiere of the music video for the film’s “theme song” by Black and Jonas, the two musicians of the pack, whose bizarre tribute to their characters elicits hilarious bewilderment from their co-stars.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ on Home Video in March

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the runaway hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Digital HD March 6 and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 20.

A follow-up to the 1995 film Jumanji based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg about a board game come to life, Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan as the avatars of four teenagers who are sucked into a video game version of the Jumanji board game and must work together to beat the game and return home. The film also stars Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale.

The film has earned more than $355 million at the domestic box office and more than $860 million worldwide.

The DVD and Blu-ray packaging for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will feature an augmented reality experience that fans can unlock in stores by scanning the Snapcode with their Snapchat app to bring the jungle to life in front of them. An additional Snapcode to bring the characters to life will be available on an insert inside the package exclusively for those who buy the disc. These AR features can be recorded and shared via social media.

Bonus materials with the DVD, Blu-ray and digital versions include a gag reel; “Jumanji, Jumanji” Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas; and the featurettes “Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji,” “Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast” and “Attack of the Rhinos!”

The Blu-ray and digital versions will include two additional featurettes: “Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!” and “Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond! Celebrating The Legacy of Jumanji.”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray offers the film with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound.