‘Detective Pikachu’ Keeps No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Aug. 18.

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 “Pokémon” had debuted a week earlier on top of both charts.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The superhero movie, the top earner of all time at the worldwide box office, is not available through Redbox’s digital service. However, its release did help bring last year’s Avengers: Infinity War back to the disc rental chart, at No. 7.

Lionsgate’s Long Shot held onto No. 3 on the disc chart and rose to No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The Warner Bros. horror film The Curse of La Llorona, slid to No. 4 on both charts after debuting in the second spot a week earlier.

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The Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder dropped to No. 5 on the disc chart but moved up to No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Fox’s Breakthrough rounded out the top five on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  3. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Avengers: Infinity War — Disney
  8. UglyDolls — Universal
  9. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  10. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 18:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  3. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  4. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  5. Breakthrough — Fox
  6. Shazam! — Warner
  7. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  8. Little Universal
  9. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  10. UglyDolls — Universal

Redbox Users Choose ‘Detective Pikachu’

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Aug. 11.

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.

Based on the popular game franchise, the live-action “Pokémon” movie earned $144 million at the domestic box office.

Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was the horror film The Curse of La Llorona, from Warner Bros.

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Lionsgate’s Long Shot slid to No. 3 on both charts.

The Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! was No. 5 on both charts.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 11:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  3. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  4. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  5. Shazam! — Warner
  6. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  7. UglyDolls — Universal
  8. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  9. Breakthrough — Fox
  10. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 11:

  1. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  2. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner
  3. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  4. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  5. Shazam! — Warner
  6. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  7. Breakthrough — Fox
  8. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  9. UglyDolls — Universal
  10. Little Universal

‘Long Shot’ Lands at No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Lionsgate’s Long Shot debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Aug. 4.

The political comedy stars Seth Rogen as a speechwriter hired by a presidential candidate Charlize Theron who used to babysit him.

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 Sony Pictures thriller The Intruder debuted at No. 2 on both charts.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! dropped to No. 3 on both charts.

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The 20th Century Fox sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel slipped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five were Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake on the disc rental chart and Universal’s animated UglyDolls on the On Demand chart.

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

  1. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  2. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  3. Shazam! — Warner
  4. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  5. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  6. UglyDolls — Universal
  7. Breakthrough — Fox
  8. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  9. Little Universal
  10. Dumbo (2019) Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 4:

  1. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  2. The Intruder — Sony Pictures
  3. Shazam! — Warner
  4. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  5. UglyDolls — Universal
  6. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  7. Breakthrough — Fox
  8. Escape Room — Sony Pictures
  9. Little Universal
  10. Miss Bala (2019) — Sony Pictures

Redbox and Lionsgate Announce New Multiyear Deal

Redbox and Lionsgate on June 12 announced a new multiyear agreement continuing to make Lionsgate disc and digital content available at Redbox kiosks and Redbox On Demand.

Lionsgate DVDs and Blu-ray Discs will continue to be available for rent at Redbox nationwide fleet of kiosks, while Lionsgate digital content will be available for sale or rental through the Redbox On Demand service.

“This new deal allows Redbox to lean further into Lionsgate content in a more impactful way across our physical and digital offerings,” said Redbox CEO Galen Smith.  “We’re thankful for the continued partnership that allows us to offer consumers more choice when planning a meaningful movie night with friends and family.”

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“We greatly value our long-term partnership with Redbox and are happy to be extending our relationship,” said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide home entertainment. “We remain committed to making our portfolio of premium content available to consumers at the Redbox kiosks and on their digital platform.”

Redbox has more than 41,500 kiosks nationwide offering DVD, Blu-ray and video game rentals and purchases and streaming On Demand available across leading devices.

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ Buries the Competition on Redbox Charts

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral debuted at the top of both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended June 9.

The Lionsgate comedy, featuring Perry’s final turn in the title role of Madea, took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. In the film, which made $73.3 million at the box office, Madea travels to a family celebration only to see it turn into a funeral revealing uncomfortable secrets.

Universal’s The Upside fell one spot to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks at No. 1. The comedy, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, follows an out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other. It made $108.3 million at the box office.

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Universal’s animated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dropped one place on the disc chart, from No. 2 to No. 3, and one spot on the digital chart, from No. 4 to No. 5. Meanwhile, Warner’s romantic comedy sendup Isn’t It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, fell from No. 3 to No. 4 on the disc chart and from No. 2 to No. 3 on the digital chart. Lionsgate/Quiver’s Drunk Parents, starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, retained the No. 5 place on the disc chart.

The only other new release to land on the disc chart (No. 7) was Lionsgate’s The Kid, about a boy who witnesses the famous confrontation between Sheriff Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The Western, directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, earned just $1.5 million at the box office, but features such stars as Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It came in at No. 4 on the digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside— Universal
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  4. Isn’t It Romantic— Warner
  5. Drunk Parents — Lionsgate/Quiver
  6. Cold Pursuit— Lionsgate
  7. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  8. Fighting With My Family— Universal
  9. Aquaman — Warner
  10. The Mule — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 9:

  1. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — Lionsgate
  2. The Upside — STX
  3. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  4. The Kid (2019)— Lionsgate
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World— Universal
  6. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  7. Fighting With My Family — MGM
  8. Glass — Universal
  9. What Men Want — Paramount
  10. Aquaman— Warner

Warner’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Shoots to No. 1 on Redbox Charts

It may have picked up just one Academy Award (Best Original Song) from its eight nominations, but A Star Is Born triumphed on both Redbox charts the week leading up to the Oscar ceremony Feb. 24.

Warner’s 2018 update of the classic film story landed at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming, the week ended Feb. 24.

The film, which earned $210.9 million at the box office and debuted on disc Feb. 19, stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — both nominated for Oscars for their performances — as two musicians who come together on stage and in life in a complex journey through the beauty and heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

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Four other new releases appeared on the Redbox disc chart for the week. Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, another retelling of a classic story, starring Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx as Little John, debuted at No. 2. Paramount Pictures’ Overlord, a story produced by J.J. Abrams about a team of American paratroopers who encounter Nazi super-soldiers, entered the chart at No. 4. Lionsgate’s Backtrace, an action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone, debuted at No. 8. And 20th Century Fox’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? — which earned three Oscar noms, for Best Actress (Melissa McCarthy), Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) and Best Adapted Screenplay — entered the disc chart at No. 10.

Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which won all but one of the five Oscars for which it was nominated, including Best Actor for Rami Malek, finished its second week in disc release at No. 3, falling from No. 1.

On the digital chart, Bohemian Rhapsody fell one spot to No. 2, behind A Star Is Born, which shot up the chart from No. 10 the previous week. Robin Hood took the third spot, followed by Paramount’s Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool at No. 4 (from No. 2 the previous week), Overlord at No. 5 and Can You Ever Forgive Me? at No. 6.

Interestingly, two titles released in the fall of last year appeared on the digital chart. Sony Pictures’ Nov. 13 release Searching, which stars John Cho as a distraught father who sifts through his missing daughter’s digital footprint determined to find her, appeared at No. 9. And Universal Pictures’ Sept. 25 release Skyscraper, an actioner starring Dwayne Johnson, came in at No. 10.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 24:

  1. A Star Is Born (2018) (New) — Warner
  2. Robin Hood (2018) (New) — Lionsgate
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox
  4. Overlord (New) — Paramount
  5. The Grinch — Universal
  6. Nobody’s Fool — Paramount
  7. Widows — Fox
  8. Backtrace (New) — Lionsgate
  9. The Girl in the Spider’s Web — Sony
  10. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (New) — Fox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 24:

  1. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody — Fox
  3. Robin Hood (2018) — Lionsgate
  4. Nobody’s Fool — Paramount
  5. Overlord — Paramount
  6. Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Fox
  7. The Grinch — Universal
  8. Widows — Fox
  9. Searching — Sony
  10. Skyscraper — Universal

Fox’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Champion of Redbox Charts

The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the Redbox charts the week ended Feb. 17.

The 20th Century Fox film debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming.

The critically acclaimed story of the lead singer of the rock band Queen received five Oscar nominations, including Best Actor for Rami Malek in the role of Mercury, and earned more than $212.2 million in theaters.

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The Grinch, the latest take on the classic children’s Christmas story from Universal Pictures, fell to No. 2 on the disc chart its second week in physical release. It landed at No. 4 (falling from No. 1) on the digital chart.

The only other new release on the disc chart for the week, Paramount’s Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool, debuted at No. 3. It came in at No. 2 on Redbox’s digital chart. The film, starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter and Whoopi Goldberg, earned $31.7 million in theaters.

Fox’s heist-thriller Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, slipped to No. 4 on the disc chart and to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart. The film, which took in $42.4 million at the box office, gathered plaudits for Davis and Debicki, but it was snubbed in the Oscar race.

Sony Pictures’ action-thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, starring Claire Foy, took the fifth spot on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts after landing at No. 3 on both charts the week before. A sequel to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the film earned $14.8 million theatrically.

Meanwhile, more than a year after its digital release, Universal’s Happy Death Day made an appearance on the Redbox On Demand chart at No. 8 as its sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, came out in theaters Feb. 13.

Also popping back up on the digital chart at No. 10 about a month after its release was Warner’s A Star Is Born, which has received eight Oscar noms. The 91st Academy Awards takes place Feb. 24.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 17:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (New)
  2. The Grinch
  3. Nobody’s Fool (2018) (New)
  4. Widows
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  6. Hunter Killer
  7. First Man
  8. Night School
  9. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  10. Venom (2018)

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 17

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Nobody’s Fool
  3. Widows
  4. The Grinch
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  6. Hunter Killer
  7. Crazy Rich Asians
  8. Happy Death Day
  9. The Sisters Brothers
  10. A Star Is Born (2018)

Redbox Partners with Mediamorph to Expand Digital Footprint

Redbox April 2 announced an agreement with cloud-based software company Mediamorph to help expand its digital distribution of movies and video games.

Last December, Redbox bowed Redbox On Demand, a transactional VOD platform available on the Redbox website, the Redbox app for Android and iOS-enabled devices, as well as Apple TV, Chromecast, LG and Samsung Smart TVs and Roku.

“We sought out a partner to help streamline our avails management, content ordering and pricing management processes,” Lowell Bike, director of product management at Redbox, said in a statement. “By leveraging Mediamorph’s cloud solution and industry-specific systems, we can seamlessly scale our content offering and ramp up to support consumer demand.”

Mediamorph CEO Rob Gardos said Redbox would now be able to “quickly scale,” bringing more content and the right mix of offers to consumers.

“We … look forward to helping the company add even more titles to the Redbox On Demand offering,” he said.

Privately-held Redbox continues to rent DVD, Blu-ray Disc movies and video games through a nationwide network of more than 41,500 kiosks.

Redbox Expanding Nintendo Switch Game Rentals

Redbox March 21 announced the expansion of Nintendo Switch game rentals to kiosks in Denver; Salt Lake City; and Nashville, Tenn.

Combined with an initial rollout in October 2017 in Portland, Ore.; Seattle and San Antonio, more than 2,000 Redbox kiosks across six markets feature Nintendo Switch games for rent.

“Nintendo launched the Switch console about a year ago, and now it’s the fastest-selling console of all time,” said Aaron McDowell, head of games at Redbox, in a company blog. “People love it. And they love it because you can use it whenever you want and however you want.”

He praised the game system’s flexibility.

“The Switch has a screen and two removable controllers called Joy-Cons,” he said. “You can put in a game cartridge and just play it alone wherever you want with the controllers attached. Or if you want to play with a friend, the controllers come off and you can challenge each other. You can also plug, or ‘dock,’ the Switch into your TV or any screen that has a USB port if you want the big-screen experience.”

He added Redbox is more than doubling the number of kiosks with Switch rentals. The initial rollout included 600 kiosks.

Nintendo Switch games available or coming soon in March, include:

  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Just Dance 2018
  • LA Noir
  • LEGO Ninjago
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Monster Energy Super Cross
  • NBA 2K18
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Sonic Forces
  • Splatoon 2

Game rentals are $3 a night. Some previously-rented games are also available to purchase. The full lineup of games available to rent at Redbox is listed here.

Redbox Ups Disney Legal Challenge

Redbox is doubling down on its legal fight with The Walt Disney Co.

The kiosk vendor Jan. 26 filed litigation against Disney companies, including Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and Disney-owned “Movies Anywhere” digital movie service.

The suit – filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles – alleges Disney is trying to eliminate third-party home entertainment options for its own much-publicized direct-to-consumer streaming strategy.

Redbox says Disney plans to launch a streaming service in 2019, and its majority interest in Hulu as part of the $52 billion acquisition of select 21st Century Fox assets, is driving an “illegal” campaign to prevent it from reselling digital copies of movies contained in Disney combo packs purchased at retail.

Redbox last year began selling digital codes to select Disney movies. Disney in November filed suit seeking an injunction prohibiting Redbox from selling codes to titles such as like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Moana at a discount to what digital copies sell for on Amazon or iTunes.

Redbox, in its filing, accuses Disney of abusing its dominant market position and violating the First Sale Doctrine with statements on packaging claiming its digital codes “cannot be resold or rented individually.”

First Sale Doctrine, which video retailers used in the early 1980s to establish their right to rent videocassettes over strong studio opposition, says a copyright owner cannot prohibit a purchaser from reselling a copy of a work, such as DVD.

Redbox maintains the terms on Disney’s packaging are unenforceable, and that it is engaging in copyright misuse and violating California’s unfair competition law.

The kiosk vendor is asking Disney to issue corrective advertising on all existing inventory. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to legal fees and costs.

The suit is the latest chapter in Redbox’s tumultuous relationship with Disney. The studio stopped selling its titles to Redbox in 2012, and while other studios have had a change of heart, Disney hasn’t, prompting Redbox to acquire Disney product through retail channels.

Redbox earlier this month filed a countersuit, saying Disney digital codes should not be treated any differently than physical discs that it is legally entitled to rent. It filed a separate motion Jan. 25 asking the court to dismiss Disney’s suit.