‘Let Him Go’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go 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 Feb. 6.

The drama, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a married couple who leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family, earned $9.4 million through a limited domestic box office run.

Let Him Go sold about three times as many total copies as the week’s No. 2 seller, Warner’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon. The latest direct-to-vide0 animated movie based on DC Comics characters had been the top seller a week earlier. On the Blu-ray, chart, Batman: Soul of the Dragon sold 78% as many copies as Let Him Go, as Blu-ray Disc accounted for 31% of Let Him Go Sales compared with 68% for Soul of the Dragon (which had 11% of its total from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs).

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Two other new releases cracked the overall top 20 as well. Paramount’s Breach, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starring Bruce Willis as a janitor in the future battling aliens on a spaceship of humans colonizing another planet, debuted at No. 5 overall with a DVD-only disc release.

Universal’s romantic drama Wild Mountain Thyme, also a DVD-only disc offering, debuted at No. 17.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 7 also had Let Him Go at No. 1. The Redbox-exclusive disc version of Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud debuted at No. 2, and Breach was No. 3.

The previous week’s top rental, Universal’s Come Play, dropped to No. 4, followed by the Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief, also from Universal, at No. 5.

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‘Let Him Go’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal Pictures’ Let Him Go debuted atop the Redbox disc rental chart and was also No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Feb. 7.

The drama, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a married couple who leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family, earned $9.4 million through a limited domestic box office run.

Coming in at No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox.

The previous week’s top Redbox On Demand title, STX Films’ Songbird, dropped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The newly released Paramount sci-fi/horror hybrid Breach, starring Bruce Willis as a future janitor defending spaceship of Earth colonists from aliens, was No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 5 on the On Demand Chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Come Play, slipped to No. 4 on that chart.

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Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief dropped to the No. 5 disc spot and No. 4 on the On Demand chart, while the same studio’s The War With Grandpa was the No. 6 disc rental and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Another Universal title, the newly released romance Wild Mountain Thyme, was No. 9 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 7:

  1. Let Him Go — Universal
  2. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  3. Breach — Paramount
  4. Come Play — Universal
  5. Honest Thief — Universal
  6. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  7. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  8. Wander — Paramount
  9. Wild Mountain Thyme — Universal
  10. The Empty Man — 2oth Century


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 7:

  1. Let Him Go — Universal
  2. Songbird — STX
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. Honest Thief — Universal
  5. Breach — Paramount
  6. Tenet — Warner
  7. Wild Mountain Thyme — Universal
  8. Unhinged — Solstice
  9. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  10. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate


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‘American Skin’ Takes Top Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, jumped to No. 1 from No. 10 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 23, toppling Warner Bros.’ Tenet from the top spot it had occupied for the last three weeks.

American Skin had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2019. Vertical Entertainment acquired the film last December and gave it a multi-platform release on Jan. 15. Lionsgate will release the film on DVD on March 9.

Tenet slipped to No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa each backtracked a spot as well, finishing at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Season 3 of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five.

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Three new releases and one catalog title debuted on the “Watched at Home” chart.

The IFC Films documentary MLK/FBI was the top debut, landing at No. 10, followed by Let Him Go, a Universal Pictures crime drama starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, at No. 11.

The STX thriller Horizon Line bowed at No. 15, while Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street checked in at No. 19.

MLK/FBI is a documentary by Sam Pollard that follows late Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. as he is probed and hassled by the FBI and its notorious director, J. Edgar Hoover. The film had its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was given a multi-platform release by IFC Films on Jan. 15.

Let Him Go, based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, stars Coster and Lane as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family. The film earned $9.4 million in U.S. theaters and was released for digital sellthrough on Jan. 19. It will make its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Feb. 2.

Horizon Line is a Swedish adventure thriller released on VOD on Jan. 12. The film follows a couple on a small plane that crash lands on an island that is actually a sandbar, with the two struggling to stay alive before the tide rises.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  7. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. MLK/FMI (IFC Films)
  11. Let Him Go (Universal)
  12. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Spell (Paramount)
  15. Horizon Line (STX)
  16. The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. 100% Wolf (Viva)
  19. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  20. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)


Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 23.

New Disc, Digital Releases for Jan. 19 Include ‘Dreamland,’ ‘Kid Detective,’ ‘Let Him Go’

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Dreamland and Wander, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Kid Detective and The Climb, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go top the slate of new disc and digital releases available Jan. 19.

Also new in stores are the horror films Toys of Terror from Warner Bros. and The Cleansing Hour from RLJE, the Criterion Collection’s Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story, and Lionsgate’s Miss Juneteenth.

Dreamland, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Paramount, stars Finn Cole as a young man growing up during the Great Depression who dreams of leaving his family’s farm when he discovers a famous bank robber played by Margot Robbie hiding in his barn after getting shot during a heist. Nursing her back to health, he falls in love with her, and the pair make plans to run away together to Mexico, even as his stepfather leads the posse trying to track her down. Read a review of the Blu-ray here.

The dark comedy The Kid Detective is available on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, and stars Adam Brody as a once-celebrated kid detective who, at age 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity, until a naïve client (Sophie Nélisse) brings him his first adult case.

The buddy comedy The Climb, also on DVD and manufactured-on-demand Blu-ray from Sony, takes a humorous look at the toxic lifelong friendship of Mike and Kyle. While Kyle is kind and a bit of a pushover, Mike is a train wreck, who, despite his affection for Kyle, always seems to sabotage Kyle’s relationships. Told through a series of vignettes, Kyle struggles to deal with the fact that his best friend might just be the worst person for him.

The thriller Wander arrives on DVD only from Paramount. Aaron Eckhart, Tommy Lee Jones and Heather Graham star in the film, which follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a paranoid private investigator with a troubled past. After Bretnik is hired to investigate a suspicious death in the town of Wander, he becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. The film also stars Katheryn Winnick.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has Toys of Terror slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray, though the retail availability of the Blu-ray is spotty (it’s listed as sold out at some sites, while others, such as Amazon and Target, aren’t listing the Blu-ray at all). In a movie that re-creates the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, a family vacation at a creepy mansion turns awry when the kids find a stash of haunted toys.

RLJE Films’ The Cleansing Hour, which debuted on the Shudder streaming service, arrives on DVD, VOD and for digital sellthrough. The film stars Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis in the story of a popular webcast that streams live exorcisms watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But the podcasters’ fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese is a documentary about the 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour featuring Dylan and numerous other musicians. The film was originally released on Netflix and in select theaters in 2019, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray as part of the Criterion Collection.

Miss Juneteenth, which arrives on DVD from Lionsgate after a summer VOD release, follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant.

Warner’s DVD release of Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? The Complete First Season offers 26 episodes from the latest animated series featuring the Mystery Inc. gang. The series airs on the Boomerang network.

JSA: Joint Security Area, a thriller from Park Chan-wook released in 2000, follows a Swiss-Korean major as she leads an investigation into a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border that results in two Korean soldiers’ death. The Arrow Video Blu-ray distributed by MVD Entertainment Group features several new featurettes.

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, releases Bartender: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition digitally and Blu-ray Disc, the first time the cult favorite anime series “Bartender” has been released on Blu-ray in North America. It collects all 11 episodes in a two-disc set, with deluxe packaging that includes nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters. Bonus content includes clean opening and closing credits, and bumpers. The episodes are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the drama Let Him Go for digital sellthrough Jan. 19, with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release slated for Feb. 2. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner (who previously co-starred together as Superman’s human parents in Man of Steel) as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

The documentary 21 Miles is a digital-only release from Virgil Films. The film is the story of a father’s incredible journey to reach his son in England. Kais, a 30-year-old Tunisian, arrives in the French shantytown with nothing more than the shirt on his back and 21 miles of sea between him and his 8-year-old boy Marcel.

Catalog movies debuting on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Jan. 19 include two classics from director John Carpenter, 1987’s Prince of Darkness and 1988’s They Live, both from Shout! Factory, and the disaster movie 2012 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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

‘The Croods 2’ Leads Slow Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

Despite opening in more than 2,200 screens, Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age led another lackluster weekend box office undermined by the ongoing pandemic. Making matters worse was the fact the weekend in question was Thanksgiving, which saw projected theatrical revenue of less than $17 million over the five-day period (Nov. 25-29). That pales in comparison to the $262.2 million generated between Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2019, when Disney’s Frozen II and no pandemic fears lured moviegoers.

The Croods: A New Age performed as expected, generating $14.3 million in ticket sales. The sequel to 2013’s The Croods joined Universal’s horror comedy Freaky ($1 million) to lead the weekend.

Universal unit Focus Features’ family drama Let Him Go, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, generated $660,000 to top $6.7 million since its Nov. 7 release, and finishe fourth. All three movies are headed to premium VOD release in accordance with shortened theatrical window agreements between Universal, AMC Theatres and Cinemark Cinemas. The chains will split PVOD revenue with Universal.

101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa generated $900,000 to finish the weekend in third place, as the Robert De Niro family comedy topped $17.2 million since its Oct. 9 release.

Michael Pachter, media analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, says consumers won’t return to theaters in pre-virus numbers until there’s a vaccine on the market some time next year.

“People aren’t dying to go to the movies,” he said.

Universal/Focus Features Top Plodding Weekend Box Office as Trade Group Warns of Exhibitor Bankruptcy Without Congress Help

Universal Pictures’ specialty films unit Focus Features saw two of its releases — Let Him Go and Come Play — top another sluggish domestic weekend (through Nov. 8) undermined by wary moviegoers and scant major new studio titles due to the ongoing pandemic.

The yearly domestic box office topped $1.978 billion through the weekend — largely based on theatrical releases prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down all screens in mid-March. That’s down more than 75% from last year.

New release Let Him Go, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a Montana couple who seek to rescue their grandson from a dangerous living situation, topped the weekend with $4.1 million in ticket sales. It was followed by $1.7 million in box office receipts for horror film Come Play, which has generated $5.6 million after two weeks of release.

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Both titles are earmarked for early PVOD release as part of Universal’s landmark agreement with AMC Theatres enabling the studio to offer theatrical releases to consumers in the home three weekends after their big screen launch. AMC gets a share of the direct-to-consumer revenue.

Rounding out the podium was The War With Grandpa, the 101 Studios’ family comedy starring Robert De Niro that took in $1.5 million to reach $13.4 million after three weeks. Liam Neeson drama Honest Thief grabbed $1.1 million to help the Open Road Films title reach $11.2 million after four weeks of release.

Disney/Pixar Animation’s catalog title Toy Story finished fifth with $500,000 in ticket sales — nearly 25 years after the animated classic was first released.

In a media interview, John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, warned that without an immediate fiscal lifeline from Congress, the exhibitor industry could face a wave of bankruptcies. The industry is pushing “Save Our Stages,” a bipartisan addendum to a larger stimulus bill languishing on Capitol Hill.

“Even though we’re allowed to open in 48 states, without a substantial slate of big movies, and with people still worried about the virus, our revenues have been decimated,” Fithian told Variety. “We’re losing money while operating. And we were shut down entirely for many, many months. It’s life or death for many, many, many theater companies.”