Universal Pictures 2022 Home Entertainment Revenue Spiked 9% to $1.3 Billion

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 26 reported $1.3 billion in revenue for the fiscal year (ended Dec. 31, 2022). The figure was up more than 9% from revenue of $1.12 billion in 2021.

For the quarter, revenue topped $339 million, down less than 13% from revenue of $392 million in the previous-year quarter.

The studio’s top-selling retail titles in physical and digital formats included Jurassic World Dominion, animated musical Sing 2 and Halloween Ends.

Theatrical revenue in the quarter increased 47.3%, primarily due to the successful performance of recent releases, including Ticket to Paradise, Puss
in Boots: The Last Wish, Violent Night, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Halloween Ends.

Overall studio revenue increased 13.1% to $2.7 billion, from $2.39 billion, due to higher content licensing and theatrical revenue. Content licensing revenue increased 15.9%, primarily due to the timing of when content was made available by our film and television studios under licensing agreements, including additional sales of content as production levels returned to normal following the pandemic.

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Adjusted pre-tax quarterly earnings increased $109 million to $160 million, from $51 million, reflecting higher revenue, which more than offset higher operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was driven by an increase in advertising, marketing and promotion expenses reflecting the size and timing of this quarter’s theatrical slate, as well as higher programming and production expenses, reflecting higher amortization of film production costs in the current year period.

For the full fiscal year, studio revenue increased 23% to $11.6 billion, from $9.4 billion, primarily reflecting higher content licensing revenue and theatrical revenue. Adjusted pre-tax earnings increased 6.6% to $942 million, from almost $884 million, reflecting higher revenue, partially offset by higher operating expenses.

“[The studio] ranked second in worldwide box office,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement. “I am proud of how our team executed throughout 2022.”

‘Thor’ Tops Overall Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Leads on Blu-ray Chart

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder was No. 1 for a third week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Oct. 15.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe entry was fell to No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, where Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion returned to the top spot.

The sixth “Jurassic” film sold about 79% as many copies as the “Thor” sequel during the week, but 73% of its unit sales were of Blu-ray formats, compared with 56% for Thor: Love and Thunder, which sold 97% as many Blu-ray copies as Jurassic World Dominion during the week.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal’s Beast, a thriller starring Idris Elba a a father protecting his family from a lion that starts hunting them during an African safari. It had 44% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray.

No. 4 on both charts was Warner’s animated DC League of Super-Pets.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween favorite from 1993 that typically climbs back up the charts during October in the lead-up to the holiday.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller was the Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, which was No. 11 on the overall disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 16 had Beast at No. 1. The previous week’s top rental, Screen Media’s horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn, dropped to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were DC League of Super-Pets at No. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder at No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing at No. 5.

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Roars to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

The packaged-media release of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion helped the sci-fi actioner move atop the Official Film Chart in the U.K. for the retail period ended Oct. 5.

Following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, Dominion follows in the rather large footsteps of its predecessor, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was the franchise’s first-ever Official Film Chart topper.

As a result of Dominion’s release on disc, the week’s top 20 featured two “Jurassic” boxed sets; Jurassic World: The Ultimate Collection (No. 10) and Jurassic World Trilogy (No. 19).

Meanwhile, the previous week’s chart-topping biopic Elvis (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) slipped to No. 2, and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick ranked No. 3.

Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder ascended two spots to a new peak of No. 4, entering the top 5 for the first time and landing just ahead of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, which held strong at No. 5.

Universal’s horror thriller The Black Phone moved up one spot (No. 6) and Warner’s The Batman rebounded two spots to No. 7. Returning to the top 10 are former chart toppers, including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Uncharted (No. 8), and Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in ninth.

Outside the top 10 for the week is a re-entry from Disney’s Hocus Pocus (No. 14) following the release of Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Oct. 5, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 3 JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION UNIVERSAL
2 1 ELVIS WARNER
3 2 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT
4 6 THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER DISNEY/MARVEL
5 5 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
6 7 THE BLACK PHONE UNIVERSAL
7 9 THE BATMAN WARNER
8 11 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
9 13 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
10 NEW JURASSIC WORLD: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Led DVD and Blu-ray Sales in August; ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Still No. 1 for 2022

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion rose to No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for August 2022, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions. The sixth “Jurassic” film was released on disc Aug. 16 and spent three weeks atop the weekly sales charts.

The No. 2 seller for August was Paramount’s video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog 2, released on disc Aug. 9.

The July top seller, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, dropped to No. 3 for August.

Paramount’s romantic-comedy adventure The Lost City, with Sandra Bullock, was No. 4 in August, a spot higher than its July ranking.

The No. 5 August seller was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which had been No. 2 in July.

Universal Pictures’ The Black Phone, another Aug. 16 disc release, was No. 6 on the August chart. The film stars Ethan Hawke and is about a kidnapped child who can communicate with previous victims over a strange phone.

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The year-to-date top 10 carried over nine of the same 10 titles from the previous month, led by Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was No. 8 in August.

With the ascension of Jurassic World Dominion, Paramount’s 1986 original Top Gun fell out of the No. 10 sellers for 2022, though it was No. 7 for August.

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According to NPD, the August 2022 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount)
  3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney/Marvel)
  4. The Lost City (Paramount)
  5. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner)
  6. The Black Phone (Universal)
  7. Top Gun (Paramount)
  8. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  9. The Bad Guys (Universal/DreamWorks)
  10. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Universal)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through August 2022):

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures)
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
  3. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  4. Sing 2 (Universal)
  5. Encanto (Disney)
  6. The Batman (Warner)
  7. Jurassic World Dominion (Universal)
  8. Uncharted (Sony Pictures)
  9. Yellowstone: Season Four (Paramount)
  10. No Time to Die (Universal/MGM)

 

‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel Conjures Top Spot on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Chart for July

‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘1883’ Debuts at No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 1 for a third-consecutive week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 3. A collection of all six “Jurassic” films slipped to No. 10 on both charts.

The week’s top newcomer, debuting at No. 2 on both charts, was Paramount Home Entertainment’s 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the “Yellowstone” prequel that was originally released as a 10-episode limited series on the Paramount+ streaming service.

The 1883 discs sold 68.6% as many units during its first week as Jurassic World Dominion did in its third. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 25% of first-week 1883 sales.

Paramount’s video game adaptation sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, slipped a spot to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales tracking chart.

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Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart in its fifth week on shelves.

No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Crunchyroll’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, the third film in the Japanese “My Hero Academia” manga franchise about a school to hone superpowers. World Heroes’ Mission finds the students teaming with professional heroes against a doomsday cult that wants to end humanity.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 4 had the same top four as the previous week: Dominion at No. 1, Universal’s Black Phone at No. 2, Sonic 2 at No. 3, and Paramount’s The Lost City at No. 4.

Lionsgate’s Paradise Highway was the No. 5 rental.

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Still No. 1 on Redbox Digital Chart; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Tops Disc Rentals

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick retained its position atop the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Sept. 4. The sequel to the 1986 fighter jet classic Top Gun has earned more than $701 million at the domestic box office and arrived at digital channels Aug. 23.

No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Universal’s actioner Blacklight, which was first released to digital retailers in April and returns to the top 10. The film stars Liam Neeson as a troubled off-the-books agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The sixth “Jurassic” film unites the casts from the original and sequel trilogies to expose a corporation producing genetically enhanced locusts.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, remained Universal’s The Black Phone, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke about a kidnapped boy who finds a phone that lets him hear from previous victims.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remained No. 3 on the disc rental chart. The video game adaptation finds Sonic teaming with Tails the flying fox to locate a mystical jewel being sought by Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles.

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Paramount’s The Lost City held onto the No. 4 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart.

The Redbox On Demand chart had Sony Pictures’ Mark Wahlberg starrer Father Stu at No. 3, while Vertical Entertainment’s Last Seen Alive was No. 4 (it was No. 7 on the disc chart).

Lionsgate’s Paradise Highway was No. 5 on both charts. The thriller is about truckers in a human smuggling ring trying to outrun the FBI.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 4:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  2. The Black Phone — Universal
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  4. The Lost City — Paramount
  5. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  6. Murder at Yellowstone City — RLJE
  7. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  8. Gone in the Night — Vertical
  9. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — Disney/Marvel
  10. Memory — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 4:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  2. Blacklight — Universal
  3. Father Stu — Sony Pictures
  4. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  5. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  6. The Lost City — Paramount
  7. Nope — Universal
  8. Gone in the Night — Vertical
  9. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  10. Infinite — Paramount

 

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Maintains Dominance of DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 27.

A collection of all six “Jurassic” films slipped a spot to No. 6 on both charts.

The sixth film finds the casts of the original Jurassic Park trilogy and the sequels coming together to stop a corporation from using genetically engineered locusts in a world where dinosaurs once again roam free. It earned $375.6 million at the domestic box office. The home video editions of Jurassic World Dominion include an extended version of the film.

Paramount’s video game adaptation sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2, remained No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, but slipped to No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc sales tracking chart.

Sonic 2 sold 16.5% as many units during the week as Jurassic World Dominion.

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Crunchyroll’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, the third film in the Japanese “My Hero Academia” manga franchise about a school to hone superpowers. World Heroes’ Mission finds the students teaming with professional heroes against a doomsday cult that wants to end humanity. It earned $12.27 million at the domestic box office. The film was released only as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack so all of its unit sales count toward its Blu-ray share.

No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was Unviersal Pictures’ The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke. In the film, a kidnapped boy finds a phone that allows him to hear from previous victims.

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart in its fifth week on shelves.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 28 had the same top four as the previous week: Dominion at No. 1, Black Phone at No. 2, Sonic 2 at No. 3, and Paramount’s The Lost City at No. 4.

RLJE Films’ Murder at Yellowstone City was the No. 5 rental.

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Remains No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Top Digital Title

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 28. The sixth “Jurassic” film unites the casts from the original and sequel trilogies to expose a corporation producing genetically enhanced locusts. It was No. 9 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, remained Universal’s The Black Phone, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke about a kidnapped boy who finds a phone that lets him hear from previous victims.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remained No. 3 on the disc rental chart. The video game adaptation finds Sonic teaming with Tails the flying fox to locate a mystical jewel being sought by Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles.

Paramount’s The Lost City held onto the No. 4 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was the newly released Murder at Yellowstone City, a Western from RLJ Entertainment.

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The No. 1 digital title was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, which arrived at digital retailers Aug. 23. The sequel to the 1986 fighter jet classic Top Gun has earned nearly $700 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Vertical Entertainment’s action-thriller Last Seen Alive. It slipped to No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 3 digital title was Vertical Entertainment’s Gone in the Night, a thriller starring Winona Ryder. It was No. 7 on the disc rental chart, where it is a Redbox exclusive.

No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart was Universal’s Nope, the latest thriller from Jordan Peele, which became available through digital retailers Aug. 26.

The No. 5 digital title was Universal’s 2019 film Serenity.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 28:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  2. The Black Phone — Universal
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  4. The Lost City — Paramount
  5. Murder at Yellowstone City — RLJE
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — Disney/Marvel
  7. Gone in the Night — Vertical
  8. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  9. Memory — Universal
  10. Morbius — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 28:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  2. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  3. Gone in the Night — Vertical
  4. Nope — Universal
  5. Serenity (2019) — Universal
  6. Elvis — Warner
  7. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  8. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  9. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  10. DC League of Super-Pets — Warner

 

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jurassic World Dominion easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 20.

A collection of all six “Jurassic” films was No. 5 on both charts.

The sixth film finds the casts of the original Jurassic Park trilogy and the sequels coming together to stop a corporation from using genetically engineered locusts in a world where dinosaurs once again roam free. It earned $374 million at the domestic box office. The home video editions of Jurassic World Dominion include an extended version of the film.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 66% of standalone Jurassic World Dominion unit sales, with 20% from the 4K Ultra HD version and 46% from regular Blu-ray; the six-movie set saw 68% of its sales from HD formats (22% UHD, 46% BD).

The previous week’s top seller, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2, slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

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The No. 3 seller, again on both charts, was another thriller from Universal Pictures, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke. In the film, a kidnapped boy finds a phone that allows him to hear from previous victims. It earned $88.9 million at the domestic box office.

The Black Phone had 59% of its sales come from Blu-ray Disc.

No. 4 on both charts was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, now in its fourth week on shelves.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 21 also had Dominion at No. 1, with Black Phone at No. 2.

The previous top rental, Sonic 2, slipped to No. 3. Paramount’s The Lost City was No. 4, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was No. 5.

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Peacock to Become the Next-Day Streaming Home for NBC and Bravo Series; Bowing $19.99 Annual Subscription Fee in September

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service Aug. 24 announced that starting Sept. 19, it would become the streaming home of NBC and Bravo series, including next-day access to current seasons of NBC and Bravo shows the day after they air on the networks.

Throughout the month of September, new subscribers will be able to sign up for Peacock’s premium tier for $1.99 per month, or $19.99 for a 12-month period. Peacock ended the first quarter with 28 million subscribers, including 13 million paid subs.

“From ‘Sunday Night Football’ and Jurassic World Dominion to ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Office,’ Peacock is the streaming home for NBCUniversal and beyond,” Kelly Campbell, president of Peacock and direct-to-consumer for NBCUniversal, said in a statement.

Peacock will be the go-to streaming destination for new episodes of the “Law & Order” trifecta and “One Chicago,” the network’s late-night line-up, including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live,” returning series such as “La Brea,” “New Amsterdam” and “Young Rock,” competition shows “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” and new series such as “Quantum Leap” and “Lopez vs. Lopez” when they premiere this fall.

Peacock premium subscribers already have next-day access to Bravo series, including “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Below Deck,” “Top Chef,” “Southern Charm” and “Watch What Happens Live,” in addition to upcoming seasons of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” “Winter House” and “Below Deck Med.”

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In addition to all next-day programming from NBC and Bravo, Peacock subs continue to have access to more than 70,000 hours of original, current, and classic movies and TV shows, as well as live sports, news and events.

In addition to exclusive favorites such as “Yellowstone” and “The Office,” new content coming to Peacock this fall includes Peacock Originals “Last Light,” “Vampire Academy,” “A Friend of the Family,” “The Calling,” “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” and “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”; blockbuster and exclusive films including Jurassic World DominionMinions: The Rise of GruHonk for JesusSave Your Soul., BeastNope and Meet Cute; live sports including Sunday Night Football, exclusive MLB, Premier League, WWE, IndyCar and Notre Dame football coverage, the FIFA World Cup, and much more.