Universal Ups Q2 Home Entertainment Revenue

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment July 25 reported second-quarter (ended June 30) revenue of $229 million, which was up nearly 2% from revenue of $225 million during the previous-year period.

Through six months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up almost 5% to $496 million from $473 million during the previous-year period.

Top-selling titles in the quarter included The Grinch, Halloween and The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

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Overall, studio revenue declined nearly 15% to $1.45 billion from $1.71 billion due in large part to unfavorable comparisons with last year’s theatrical hit, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, partially offset by the performance of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in this year’s second quarter.

For the half-year period, total studio revenue decreased 3.9% to $3.2 billion compared to $3.3 billion in 2018, reflecting lower theatrical and other revenue, partially offset by higher content licensing and home entertainment revenue.

Pre-tax earnings increased 60.3% to $547 million compared to $341 million in 2018, reflecting lower revenue more than offset by lower operating expenses.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Revenue Declines

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Jan. 23 said fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) revenue decreased 14.3% to $315 million from $368 million, reflecting the DVD/Blu-ray Disc and digital retail success of several releases in the prior year period, including Despicable Me 3, partially offset by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in the recent fourth quarter.

For the year, home entertainment revenue topped $1 billion, down almost 19% from revenue of $1.28 billion in 2017.

Fallen Kingdom generated $57.3 million in revenue from the sales of 2.9 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units, according to The-Numbers.com. Mamma Mia generated $17.7 million on sales of 1 million discs.

By comparison, Despicable Me 3 generated $35.7 million in revenue on sales of 2.1 million discs in 2017. The Fate of the Furious generated $46.5 million on sales of 2.3 million discs.

For the fiscal year, revenue from Universal Pictures decreased 5.8% to $7.2 billion compared to 2017, reflecting lower home entertainment, theatrical, other and content licensing revenue. Pre-tax earnings decreased 42.5% to $734 million compared to 2017, reflecting lower revenue as well as higher operating expenses.

Meanwhile, theatrical revenue increased 189.3% to $547 million from $189 million, reflecting the performances of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Halloween in the just-concluded fourth quarter.

 

 

2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.

 

Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843

 

*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Reigned in September

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom topped the list of combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD units sold in September 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The dinosaurs-run-amok sequel, which was released on disc Sept. 18, finished the month ahead of a prequel, Walt Disney Studios’ Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was released a week later.

Coming in at No. 3 for the month was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, a perennial Halloween favorite buoyed by a new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition released at the beginning of the month to take advantage of the Halloween shopping season. Another Disney family favorite with a Halloween theme and a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray re-release, The Nightmare Before Christmas, landed at No. 8 for the month.

Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox, slipped to No. 4 for the month, while the August top seller, Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War, came in at No. 5 in September.

Other September disc releases debuting in the monthly top 10 included Warner’s Ocean’s 8 (released Sept. 11) at No. 6 and Lionsgate’s Hereditary (released Sept. 4) at No. 9.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom entered the year-to-date top 10 chart as 2018’s 10th-best seller, with Deadpool 2 moving up to No. 9. The arrival of Fallen Kingdom pushed Warner’s It off the top 10.

The year’s top five titles, all Disney releases, remained the same from the previous month, though their positions jostled a bit. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still the No. 1 seller for the year, according to NPD, followed by Black Panther at No. 2.

Avengers: Infinity War moved up to No. 3, with Thor: Ragnarok holding steady at No. 4 and Pixar’s Coco slipping to No. 5.

According to NPD, the September 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  2. Solo: A Star Wars Story (Disney)
  3. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  4. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  6. Ocean’s 8 (Warner)
  7. Book Club (Paramount)
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  9. Hereditary (Lionsgate)
  10. Tag (Warner)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through September 2018):

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  5. Coco (Disney)
  6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  8. Justice League (Warner)
  9. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)

 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Was Top Disc Seller in August, Outpacing ‘Deadpool 2’

Universal Pictures Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue ‘Furious’

The fate of home entertainment studio financials often revolves the strength and timing of movie releases at the box office and at retail.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 25 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $260 million, which was down 13% from revenue of $299 million during the previous-year period. Year-to-date, revenue reaches nearly $780 million, down 9.5% from $860 million last year.

The studio cited unfavorable comparisons with The Fate of the Furious and The Boss Baby releases in the previous-year. Indeed, Furious generated more than $46 million is combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc unit sales in 2017, while Baby sold another $28 million, according to The-Numbers.com. The titles ranked 11thand 19thbest-selling discs last year.

In the current quarter, UPHE generated revenue from Fifty Shades Freed ($23.6 million since May 8 release), Pacific Rim Rising ($16.7 million since June 19 release) and Pitch Perfect 3 ($14.8 million since March 20), among others.

Overall, Universal Pictures revenue increased 3.8% to $1.8 billion in the quarter, reflecting increased theatrical and content licensing revenue.

Theatrical revenue increased 16.7%, due to the success of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and the performance of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Fallen Kingdom generated $1.3 billion at the global box office, including $417 million in the United States. Mamma Mia! generated $393 million at the box office, including $121 million domestically. Both titles were released on packaged media Sept. 18 and Oct. 23, respectively.

Content licensing revenue increased 8.6%, driven by the timing of when content was made available under licensing agreements. Pre-tax operating income plummeted 44.2% to $214 million, reflecting higher operating costs, partially offset by higher revenue.

‘Skyscraper,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ Bow in Two Top Spots on Redbox Charts

Once again, two new releases debuted in the two top spots on both Redbox charts the week ended Oct. 14.

Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper, an action film starring Dwayne Johnson as a former FBI agent out to rescue his family from a newly built skyscraper that has been taken over by criminals and set on fire, debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, the third film in computer-animated comedy film franchise and, with a worldwide gross of $517 million ($167 million domestic), the top earner among the three.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 9 and on digital two weeks earlier, on Sept. 25.

Skyscraper, which earned nearly $68 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, also features Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan.

Hotel Transylvania 3, in which Dracula falls in love with a ship captain named Ericka Van Helsing while on a vacation cruise only to learn she’s the great-granddaughter his arch-enemy, features an all-star voice cast reprising their role: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, and Mel Brooks.

Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a thriller centered around the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, slipped to No. 3 on both charts, after having debuted at No. 1 the week before.

Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, the fourth film in the “Purge” franchise, slipped to No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart. The film,  a prequel that explains the origin of the annual 12-hour span in which Americans are invited to get out their aggressions, no matter how violent,  had debuted the prior week at No. 2 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which finished the week at No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

One more newcomer debuted in the top 10 on both charts: Hotel Artemis, a thriller from Global Road Entertainment about a nurse who runs a secret hospital for criminals in a futuristic Los Angeles. The film debuted at No. 6 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 14

  1. Skyscraper (new)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3 (new)
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  4. The First Purge
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. Hotel Artemis (new)
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Uncle Drew
  10. Tag

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 14

  1. Skyscraper
  2. Hotel Transylvania 3
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  5. The First Purge
  6. Ocean’s 8
  7. Hotel Artemis (new)
  8. Tag
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Uncle Drew

 

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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado,’ ‘The First Purge’ Top Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Two new releases debuted in the two top spots on both Redbox charts the week ended Oct. 7.

Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a thriller centered around the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, bowed at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, the fourth film in “Purge” franchise, about an annual 12-hour span in which Americans are invited to get out their aggressions, no matter how violent.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 2 and on digital two weeks earlier, on Sept. 18.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $50.1 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, features Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jeffrey Donovan reprising their roles. Joining the cast are Isabela Moner, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Catherine Keener.

The First Purge, with a worldwide gross of $135.9 million the top box officer earner in the franchise, is a prequel to the three other films. The film earned $69.1 million in North American theaters and stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Steve Harris.

After two weeks at No. 1, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew in its second week of release finished the week at No. 6 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart were Solo: A Star Wars Story, from Walt Disney, at No. 4, and Warner’s Ocean’s 8 at No. 5

On the digital chart, Ocean’s 8 came in at No. 4.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 7

  1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (new)
  2. The First Purge (new)
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  5. Ocean’s 8
  6. Uncle Drew
  7. Tag
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. Gotti
  10. Life of the Party

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 7

  1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  2. The First Purge
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Uncle Drew
  6. Tag
  7. Deadpool 2
  8. Life of the Party
  9. Leave No Trace
  10. Gotti

 

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Redbox Disc, Digital Charts; Lionsgate’s ‘Siberia’ Makes Strong Debut

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Sept. 24.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series and a sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

No surprise, then, that the film would debut at No. 1 on both Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 18 and on digital two weeks earlier.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox disc chart: Lionsgate’s Siberia, bowing at No. 5. The film, about an American diamond dealer who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds, only to fall in love with a café owner as the deal goes south, stars Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Molly Ringwald, and Wagner Moura.

Taking the No. 2 spot on both Redbox charts was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, the comedy heist film that debuted at No. 1 the prior week, also on both charts. Ocean’s 8 grossed nearly $140 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 was released digitally Aug. 21 and on disc Sept. 11.

Warner’s Tag finished the week at No. 3 on both charts, slipping from No. 2 on the disc rental chart and holding firm on the digital chart.

Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero spoof Deadpool 2 dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Adrift, about two seafaring adventurers who unwittingly sail into a hurricane. The film, which earned just under $31.5 million domestically, had been No. 4 the prior week. On Redbox’s kiosk chart, Adrift slipped to No. 7 from No. 5.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Siberia (new)
  6. Avengers: Infinity War
  7. Adrift
  8. Hereditary
  9. SuperFly
  10. Life of the Party

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Adrift
  6. Sherlock Gnomes
  7. Book Club
  8. Gotti
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Coming to Home Video in September

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the celebrated “Jurassic Park” franchise, will be released for home audiences as a digital purchase (and through the digital movie app Movies Anywhere) Sept. 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Two weeks later, on Sept. 18, the film — with a domestic gross of just under $385 million, the fourth-biggest theatrical hit of the year — will be issued on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and on demand.

All home versions of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom come with more than an hour of bonus content, including Chris Pratt’s behind-the-scenes “Jurassic Journals; an inside look at the genetically designed Indoraptor; and a behind-the-scenes featurette with Jeff Goldblum, an original cast member from the first Jurassic Park movie, which was released theatrically in 1993. He also appeared in the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and this year reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The “Jurassic Park” franchise is now one of the top grossing franchises of all-time, with a worldwide box office gross of more than $4.7 billion.

Aside from Pratt and Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong (also a Jurassic Park original).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow. The film follows Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard) returning to Isla Nublar three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue any remaining dinosaurs on the island from a catastrophic volcano that threatens to leave dinosaurs extinct once again.

Grady is driven to save his lead raptor, Blue, while Dearing makes it her mission to preserve the creatures she has grown to respect. When the lava begins to rain down, they soon discover terrifying new breeds of ferocious dinosaurs along with a conspiracy that could threaten the entire world.

All five “Jurassic” films also will be available in a five-movie collection on Sept. 18 on DVD, Blu-Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital purchase come with several exclusive bonus featurettes, including “The Kingdom Evolves,” in which filmmakers discuss how the second chapter in the “Jurassic World” trilogy pushes the franchise in a new direction; “Return to Hawaii,” in which cast and crew discuss shooting the film in Hawaii; “Island Action,” a behind-the-scenes look at the bunker scene and runaway gyrosphere sequence; “Aboard the Arcadia,” in which cast and crew talk about working with the animatronic dinosaurs; and “Start the Bidding,” a behind-the-scenes look at the auction scene.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes an 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy.

View an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the new bonus feature “On Set with Chris and Bryce” here:

‘Jurassic World’ Unboxed

Actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard from Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World and its upcoming sequel unboxed a surprise at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles June 2. The largest “delivery” in Amazon’s history was made to The Grove May 30, escorted by a Jeep Wrangler motorcade. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters June 22.