U.K. Home Entertainment Group Bows Winter Holiday Movie Disc, Digital Gift Promo Video

It’s never too early to think about gift buying for the winter holidays. The British Association for Screen Entertainment, the U.K.’s home entertainment trade group, Oct. 14 released a promotional YouTube video designed to inspire consumer buying of movies and TV shows on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms in the fourth quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubbed “Give the Gift of Film & TV,” the 2:53 minute video features a montage of clips from myriad movies, including the latest James Bond actioner No Time to Die; 20th Century Film’s action comedy Free Guy; Disney’s Jungle Cruise; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol – The Movie; Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga.

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TV shows include “Killing Eve” star Jodie Corner in “Help,” and “Strictly Come Dancing: Motsi & Anton’s Strictly – The Best,” and Netflix’s award-winning drama “The Crown”.

Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart — Thanks to Disc

Disney’s Jungle Cruise edged out previous chart topper Free Guy (20th Century Studios) to finish No. 1 on the U.K’s Official Film Chart through Oct. 13 — in its first week of retail release. 

The action adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, topped Free Guy by just 1,900 unit sales on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

MGM’s James Bond catalog release, Spectre, climbed one spot to No. 3, joining other Daniel Craig titles in the Top 10: Skyfall (7), Casino Royale (8) and Quantum of Solace (9).

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s F9: The Fast Saga dropped one spot to No. 4 – despite being the biggest digital download of the week. Disney’s Black Widow fell three spots to No. 5.

Universal’s The Croods 2: A New Age entered the chart in No. 6 spot — based on digital downloads only. Finally, Disney/Pixar’s Luca rounded off the week at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Oct. 13, 2021

Last Week

Position

Movie

Distributor

NEW

1

JUNGLE CRUISE

WALT DISNEY

1

2

FREE GUY

20TH CENTURY FOX HE

4

3

SPECTRE

MGM

3

4

FAST & FURIOUS 9

UNIVERSAL PICTURES

2

5

BLACK WIDOW

MARVEL FILMS

NEW

6

THE CROODS 2 – A NEW AGE

UNIVERSAL PICTURES

7

7

SKYFALL

MGM

6

8

CASINO ROYALE

MGM

11

9

QUANTUM OF SOLACE

MGM

9

10

LUCA

WALT DISNEY

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘In the Heights’ Lead Aug. 31 Digital and Disc Releases

Aug. 31 sees Disney’s Jungle Cruise become available for digital purchase, while Warner’s In the Heights arrives on disc.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution makes Jungle Cruise available for early digital ownership Aug. 31. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 16.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.

The musical In the Heights is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digitally Aug. 31 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Broadway’s Hamilton) music and lyrics. It stars Anthony Ramos (A Star Is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, BlacKkKlansman). The film also stars singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s “Vida”), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Dascha Polanco (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Jimmy Smits (the “Star Wars” films). In the film set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

The animated family film Spirit Untamed arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Spirit Untamed follows free-spirited Lucky Prescott, who moves to Miradero to join her estranged father. She is decidedly unimpressed with the sleepy town until she discovers a unique tie to her late mother who was a fearless horse-riding stunt performer. She quickly forms a bond with a wild mustang named Spirit and makes two new pals who love horses as much as she does. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her friends set off on an epic journey to rescue the horse who has given her an unbreakable connection to her mother’s legacy.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Aug. 31 releases the direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms on Blu-ray Disc, as a 4K Ultra HD combo pack and through digital retailers. A sequel to 2020’s Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and based on the “Mortal Kombat” video game franchise, Battle of the Realms finds the team of heroes besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn — forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. As the travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it’s used to resurrect the One Being — which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe.

Season six of “Fear The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 31 from Lionsgate. In season six, after being torn apart by the Pioneers, Morgan’s (James) group is now dispersed across their far-reaching settlements, with life behind the Pioneers’ walls testing each of the group’s members in different ways — and forcing them to define who they really are in this new world. As Morgan’s bid to free the remaining members of the group grows bolder, Virginia’s (Minifie) desperation to find her sister accelerates, as does her need to protect the settlements from the enemy forces outside — and within. With new alliances forming, relationships dissolving, loyalties switching, and everyone forced to take sides, “The End Is the Beginning” reveals its deepest meaning.

The historical sports film 12 Mighty Orphans will come out on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. An official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film stars Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, with Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. It tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth, Texas, orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes — or even a football — to playing for the Texas state championships. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty’s secret: that he himself was an orphan. Recognizing that his scrawny players couldn’t beat the other teams with brawn, Rusty developed innovative strategies that would come to define modern football.

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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment releases Blue Bloods: The Tenth Season on DVD Aug. 31. “Blue Bloods” is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York police commissioner, who heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry, during his stint as chief. The cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Marisa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray and Len Cariou. The 11th season consists of 16 episodes and finds Frank clashing with the City Council Speaker (Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality.

NCIS: New Orleans: The Final Season will be released on DVD Aug. 31 by CBS and Paramount. Starring Scott Bakula, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder, “NCIS: New Orleans” deals with the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Also due on DVD Aug. 31 is NCIS: New Orleans: The Complete Series, containing all seven seasons.

Breaking Glass Pictures Aug. 31 releases A Wake, an LGBTQ family drama from director Scott Boswell (The Stranger in Us). The film will be available on iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu, as well as through local cable and satellite providers and on DVD.

Cohen Film Collection Aug. 31 releases Blu-ray Disc and DVDs of “Three Men to Kill,” a double feature of two classic French crime dramas starring Alain Delon, the French actor and screen sex symbol of the 1960s and ’70s. The collection will consist of  the movies The Gang (1977) and Three Men to Kill (1980), and will retail at $19.95 (DVD) and $29.95 (Blu-ray). 

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Disney Making ‘Jungle Cruise’ Available for Digital Ownership Aug. 31, on Disc Nov. 16

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will make Jungle Cruise available for early digital ownership Aug. 31, followed by a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release Nov. 16.

Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

The cast also includes Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti and Veronica Falcón.

Extras include 11 deleted scenes, outtakes, an optional “Jungle Cruise Expedition Mode” that displays information about the movie such as Easter eggs and pop-up trivia during the movie, and four behind-the-scenes featurettes:

    • “It’s A Jungle Out There: Making Jungle Cruise” — Director Jaume Collet-Serra, the cast and other filmmakers working on the movie discuss creating the world that honors one of Disneyland’s most beloved rides.
    • “Dwayne and Emily: Undoubtedly Funny” — on set with the two stars.
    • “Creating the Amazon” — A look at re-creating the jungle with elaborate sets.
    • “Once a Skip, Always a Skip” — Several “Skippers” from the Disneyland ride reminisce about the rewards, challenges and surprises they’ve experienced while helming the attraction.

 

The film earned $82.1 million during a domestic box office run while it was simultaneously available as a $29.99 “Premier Access” add-on to streaming service Disney+.

Data: ‘Jungle Cruise’ Premier Access Transactions Top 1.5 Million Since Debut

Premier Access purchases of Disney’s action adventure Jungle Cruise topped 1.5 million units in the first 10 days of release, according to new data from Samba TV. Disney is offering the Dwyane Johnson/Emily Blunt starrer as a $29.99 Disney+ add-on to subscribers. The tally would suggest the movie has generated $45 million in PVOD revenue, in addition to $65.4 million at the domestic box office ($122 million worldwide).

Disney has officially disclosed Jungle Cruise unit sales of 1 million. Samba TV analyzes viewing habits of more than 46 million connected households globally, including 28 million in the U.S.

Outside the U.S., Samba said 290,000 British households; 121,000 German households and 42,000 Australian homes watched Jungle Cruise on Disney+ during the L+9D window. The daily viewership in all four countries peaked during the opening weekend Aug. 1.

The U.S. audience skewed slightly female (+2%), and toward homes with non-white viewers (Black +19%, Hispanic +30%, Asian +36%). Of the top 25 largest DMAs, Miami over-indexed the most (+41%), followed by Los Angeles (+32%) and Portland (+32%). Of the GB Regions, Wales over-indexed the most (+31%), followed by North West (+31%). Of the German regions, North Rhine-Westphalia over-indexed the most (+31%), followed by Saarland (+4%).

Separately, Samba said 185,000 households streamed Val on Hulu during the documentary’s initial three-day release period. The audience skewed white (+16%). Of the top 25 largest designated market areas (DMA’s), Seattle over-indexed the most (+101%), followed by Portland, Ore., (+79%) and Pittsburgh (+41%).

Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Debuts with $90 Million Theatrical/PVOD Revenue

Disney’s Jungle Cruise debuted atop the Aug. 1 weekend box office and in consumer homes, opening to an estimated total of more than $90 million globally.

That figure includes $34.2 million in domestic box office earnings across 4,310 screens, $27.6 million in international box office revenue, and more than $30 million in Disney+ “Premier Access” consumer spend globally. The movie was available as a $29.99 add-on to Disney+, suggesting 1 million subscribers paid to activate the movie.

The PVOD tally was half the $60 million Disney+ subscribers spent purchasing Marvel Studios’ Black Widow on its opening box office weekend.

 “We remain focused on offering consumer choice during these unprecedented times, and it is clear that fans and families value the ability to make decisions on how they prefer to enjoy Disney’s best-in-class storytelling,” Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution stated.

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Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila — his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities — possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate — and mankind’s — hangs in the balance.

Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. The producers are John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment; Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions; and Beau Flynn of Flynn Picture Co., with Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield serving as executive producers. The story is by John Norville & Josh Goldstein and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, and the screenplay is by Michael Green and Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.

Other new releases included The Green Knight (A24) with $6.8 million across 2,790 screens, and Focus Features’ Stillwater with $5.1 million across 2,531 screens.

Returning releases included Universal Pictures’ M. Night Shyamalan’s horror thriller Old with $6.76 million; Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow with $6.43 million; Space Jam: A New Legacy with an estimated $4.27 million; Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins with $4 million in ticket sales; Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga with $2.65 million; and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions and The Boss Baby: Family Business, generating a reported $2.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively.

Weekend Box Office: Disney Takes PVOD ‘Jungle Cruise’

Walt Disney Studios is re-entering controversial PVOD waters July 30. The studio will begin streaming the newly released feature film Jungle Cruise into Disney+ subscriber homes as a $29.99 add-on while simultaneously launching the ride-based action adventure, starring Dwyane Johnson and Emily Blunt, in theaters nationwide.

Disney’s last hybrid release — Black Widow — performed well its first weekend, generating $80 million at the domestic box office while generating another $60 million in lucrative Premier Access revenue to dominate the opening weekend.

Then things changed.

Second-week box office revenue plummeted, and this week the Marvel Cinematic Universe hero’s lead star, Scarlett Johansson, filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Disney over the PVOD release.

Black Widow has generated more than $319 million at the global box office, including $159 million domestically.

In a widely derided statement, Disney characterized the litigation as “sad and distressing,” even publicly questioning Johansson’s alleged “callous disregard” for the ongoing pandemic and its global impact on Hollywood, movies and distribution.

Johansson claims PVOD denied her the maximum financial compensation from a traditional theatrical window release, a contractual predicament Disney hopefully avoided with the Jungle Cruise stars. Following the fallout over the first-ever Premier Access revenue disclosure, it’s doubtful Disney will go public with Cruise digital sales.

Regardless, the movie has generated positive buzz on social media and among critics, and features the popular Johnson and Blunt, who is coming off a big success in A Quiet Place Part II. Industry estimates eye the movie generating upwards of $35 million over the three-day weekend. Pre-pandemic, Jungle Cruise was expected to generate $50 million on its opening weekend.

Other new releases include The Green Knight, A24’s medieval fantasy film starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton, among others, and Stillwater, featuring Matt Damon as a rough and tough American trying to rescue his daughter in a foreign country.

The films are projected to generate from $2 million to $7 million on the low end, and $12 million on the high end in ticket sales.

Disney+ Bowing Series Exploring Disney Parks Attractions

The Disney+ streaming service July 21 will premiere “Behind the Attraction,” a 10-part original series that gives viewers a peek behind the curtain of some of the most popular attractions at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world.

The series is timed to coincide with the release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie based on the classic ride that debuted with the opening of Disneyland in 1955. As such, a look at the Jungle Cruise ride is among the first batch of “Behind the Attraction” episodes.

Other episodes bowing July 21 include “Haunted Mansion,” “Star Tours,” “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” and “Space Mountain.”

Five additional episodes — “The Castles,” “Disneyland Hotel,” “it’s a small world,” “Trains, Trams, and Monorails” and “Hall of Presidents” — will bow later this year.

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“Behind the Attraction” explores the history of the Disney parks with archival and never-before-seen footage and photographs to unveil how the attractions came to be and how they’ve been refined over the years as new ideas surface and technology evolves. Including rare interviews with Walt Disney, each episode also features exclusive interviews with Disney Legends and dozens of past and present Imagineers, including Bob Weis, Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, Scott Trowbridge, Tom Fitzgerald, Scot Drake, Carmen Smith, Joe Rohde and others who divulge insider secrets of the parks and how iconic Disney attractions were brought to life.

Topics of discussion include the unique story behind how each Disney park castle was designed and built; details about the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; the intricacies of the transportation systems at each park; how the Disneyland Hotel came to be; how the Haunted Mansion was filled with 999 happy haunts; how the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!; and why Space Mountain took so long to launch.

All 10 episodes of the series, which is narrated by Paget Brewster, will be available at once, rather than week-to-week as with most Disney+ shows.

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“Behind the Attraction” is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Kevin Hill from Seven Bucks Productions, and Brian Volk-Weiss, Robin Henry, and Cisco Henson from The Nacelle Company. Volk-Weiss (“The Toys That Made Us”) directs the series.

The Jungle Cruise movie, starring Johnson, bows July 30 in theaters and as a $29.99 Disney+ Premier Access add-on.

Updated 7/13/21 to reflect newly announced premiere date and splitting of the season into two halves.