Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Q1 Revenue Topped $292 Million

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reported physical and digital sales of movies and TV of $292 million in the first quarter (ended March 31). That was down just 6% from revenue of $310 million in the prior-year period.

Top-selling movies in the quarter included Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and M3GAN — despite both movies’ expedited access on subscription-based Peacock.

Total studio revenue increased 1.7% to $2.95 billion from $2.9 billion in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher theatrical revenue, which reflected the successful performance of recent releases, including Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and M3GAN, partially offset by lower content licensing revenue, driven by the timing of when content was made available by our movie and television studios.

Theatrical revenue increased 90% to $319 million from $168 million in the prior-year period, primarily driven by the aforementioned theatrical releases. The quarter does not include results from The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which was the top-grossing animation movie debut (April 5) all-time, and has seen its global box office top $870 million after three weeks of release.

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M3GAN

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $95.04 million;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violent content and terror, some strong language and a suggestive reference. Unrated version also included.
Stars Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Lori Dungey, Amy Usherwood, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis.

Supernaturally possessed murderous dolls are nothing new in the horror genre, but M3GAN adds a sci-fi element to the trope to set-up a truly creepy glimpse into the ever-expanding field of artificial intelligence and humanity’s over-reliance on technology.

The story involves a young girl named Cady (Violet McGraw) whose parents are killed in a car accident. She’s sent to live with her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), a roboticist who designs high-tech toys. Since Gemma is basically a female version of Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory,” she doesn’t have much of a social life or any idea how to relate to kids. So when Cady responds well to some robots in her workshop, Gemma is inspired to complete a prototype of a robotic doll designed to be the ultimate companion for a child — the Model 3 Generative Android, or M3GAN for short.

M3GAN is paired with Cady to help her cope with her loss, and the two become inseparable. However, M3GAN’s adaptive programming designed to help her bond with children leads her to become overly aggressive toward anything or anyone she deems a threat toward Cady. And thus, mayhem ensues.

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According to the bonus materials, the simple yet effective premise can be partially attributed to producer James Wan, the creator of the “Conjuring” franchise that features its own supernatural doll, Annabelle. Challenged to come up with a doll that could inflict damage through physical menace rather than magical vibes, his response was what would become M3GAN.

The film also touches on a motif of parents screwing up their kids by giving them too much access to technology as a substitute for discipline and emotional bonding.

The screenplay does a pretty good job of establishing the setting, so attentive viewers will have a pretty good idea of how the general story arcs will unfold. Any surprises served up by the film come less by way of how things end up and more in some of the details of getting there, particularly once M3GAN decides to embark on her inevitable killing rampage.

In that regard M3GAN joins some pretty heavy hitters, from typical movie AI that conclude it must kill anyone who might interfere with completing its primary directive — as in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Avengers: Age of Ultron — to killer dolls such as Chucky from Child’s Play or Talky Tina from “The Twilight Zone.” Seeing M3GAN unfold kind of brings to mind a parody of that “Twilight Zone” episode from a classic “Simpsons” Halloween sketch in which the problem with the killer doll turns out to be that someone flipped its switch from “Good” to “Evil.”

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The M3GAN Blu-ray includes an unrated version that is essentially the same movie, but adds a few extra seconds of gore and some effectively placed swear words.

There are also three short featurettes about the making of the film. The six-minute “A New Vision of Horror” focuses on the development of the concept; the five-minute “Bringing Life to M3GAN” looks at the puppetry used to depict the title character; and the four-minute “Getting Hacked” explores the creation of the film’s horror scenes.

‘M3GAN’ Tops Overall Disc Sales; ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Remains Top Blu-ray

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s M3GAN took over the No. 1 spot on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended March 25.

However, on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the thriller, which earned $95 million at the domestic box office, debuted at No. 2. The film follows a robotic doll whose bond with an orphaned girl has unintended consequences.

The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller for a second week was Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which was No. 5 on the overall disc chart. In the latest “Dragon Ball” movie from the anime franchise, Piccolo and Gohan must save the world from androids created to carry on the mission of the recently destroyed Red Ribbon Army. It earned $38.1 million at the domestic box office.

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The No. 2 overall disc seller was Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks-starrer A Man Called Otto. It was No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Another newcomer, Trinity’s faith-based thriller Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart, and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 overall, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was another newcomer, Paramount’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season One, the 10-episode collection from the “Star Trek” prequel series.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, No. 4 was Paramount’s Babylon, the three-hour comedic drama about hedonistic Hollywood in the 1920s. It was No. 6 on the overall disc sellers chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer, recently released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Paramount. It was No. 8 on the overall disc chart, but No. 1 on the 4K Ultra HD chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 51% of M3GAN first-week unit sales, 23% for Left Behind and 58% for Strange New Worlds. Babylon, which was also released on 4K disc, had 65% of its unit sales come from Blu-ray, with 29% from 4K disc and 36% from regular Blu-ray.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 26 also had M3GAN in the top spot, with A Man Called Otto at No. 2.

Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer was No. 3, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was No. 4, and Lionsgate’s The Whale was No. 5.

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‘M3GAN’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘The Whale’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s M3GAN took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended March 26. The thriller, which earned $95 million at the domestic box office, follows a robotic doll whose bond with an orphaned girl has unintended consequences.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, the unrated cut of M3GAN was No. 3, while the theatrical cut was No. 9.

The No. 1 Redbox On Demand title for a second week was A24’s Oscar-winning drama The Whale, which stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his daughter. The film won two Oscars — Best Actor for Fraser, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The film is distributed on disc by Lionsgate.

The previous week’s top rental, Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto slid to No. 2 on the disc chart and remained No. 2 on the digital chart.

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No. 3 on the disc rental chart was Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer, a thriller starring Cole Hauser as a detective who seeks advice from a professor (Morgan Freeman) to decode the ritualistic killings of a murderer. It was No. 7 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, dropped to No. 4 on the Redbox disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart. The sequel from DreamWorks Animation finds the feline swashbuckler seeking a magical wishing star in order to restore his nine lives.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s Cocaine Bear, the comedic thriller about a bear in the 1980s that comes across a stash of cocaine in the woods, gets addicted and goes on a rampage. It is now available for PVOD viewing.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 26:

  1. M3GAN — Universal
  2. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  3. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  4. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. The Whale — Lionsgate
  6. Babylon — Paramount
  7. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist — Trinity
  8. Devotion — Paramount
  9. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Lionsgate
  10. The Old Way — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 26:

  1. The Whale — A24
  2. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  3. M3GAN (Unrated) — Universal
  4. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  5. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  6. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  7. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  8. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist — Trinity
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. Supercell — Sony Pictures

 

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Week of March 21 Sees ‘M3GAN,’ ‘Babylon’ New to Disc, ‘Knock at the Cabin’ on Digital

New disc releases the week of March 21 include Universal Pictures’ M3GAN and Paramount’s Babylon and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season 1, while digital retailers offer Universal’s Knock at the Cabin.

The horror thriller M3GAN will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD March 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in both its ‘PG-13’ theatrical edition and an unrated version. The film, presented from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse and produced by Atomic Monster in association with Divide/Conquer, earned $95 million at the domestic box office. M3GAN is produced by horror vets — Atomic Monster’s James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, Anabelle) and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum (“Halloween” franchise, The Invisible Man, The Black Phone) — and is directed by Gerald Johnstone (Housebound). The M3GAN Unrat3d Version delivers more violence and profanity and features never-before-seen bonus content including a breakdown of the creation of M3GAN and behind-the-scenes featurettes showcasing the film’s complex stunts and gory deaths. The thriller follows M3GAN, a marvel of artificial intelligence and a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma (Allison Williams, Get Out), M3GAN can listen and watch and learn as she becomes friend and teacher, playmate and protector, for the child she is bonded to. As Gemma faces pressure at work from her boss (Ronny Chieng, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) to deliver a finished version of M3GAN, she suddenly becomes the unprepared caretaker of her newly orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw, The Haunting of Hill House). Gemma decides to pair the M3GAN prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems — a decision that will have unimaginable consequences.

Paramount Home Entertainment March 21 releases Babylon on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD disc and a limited-edition 4K/Blu-ray Steelbook. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, Babylon checks in at three hours and 9 minutes. The film about Hollywood in the Roaring ’20s features a cast of characters — the Silent Film Superstar (Brad Pitt), the Young Starlet (Margot Robbie), the Production Executive (Diego Calva), the Musical Sensation (Jovan Adepo) and the Alluring Powerhouse Performer (Li Jun Li) — who are striving to stay on top of the raucous, 1920s Hollywood scene and maintain their relevance at a time when the industry is moving on to the next best thing. Read a review here.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 21. A limited-edition Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging also is available. The Paramount+ original series stars Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Lt. Spock, and depicts the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise a decade before Capt. Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” series. These were the characters introduced in the original “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage” that was rejected by NBC before Gene Roddenberry retooled the concept into the show that became the original series. “Strange New Worlds” was developed by producer Akiva Goldsman as a spinoff of the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” which introduced these versions of Pike, Number One and Spock to the franchise. The “Strange New Worlds” cast also includes Jess Bush as Nurse Chapel, Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh, Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Uhura, Melissa Navia as Lt. Erica Ortegas, and Babs Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga. The Blu-ray and DVD editions of the first season include all 10 episodes, plus more than 90 minutes of exclusive bonus materials.

The dramatic comedy Seriously Red arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and on demand from Lionsgate March 21. Written by the film’s star Krew Boylan, Seriously Red is a celebration of various 1970s country music artists including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. It also features popular Dolly songs such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.” In the film, Red (Boylan) has lost her job as a real estate agent, but there’s something no one can take away from her: her dream of becoming the world’s greatest Dolly Parton impersonator. After her act attracts the attentions of an amorous Elvis impersonator (Rose Byrne) and a powerful booking agent (Bobby Cannavale), Red is catapulted into the top tier of copycat acts, becoming the onstage and romantic partner of the top Kenny Rogers impersonator. But when Red’s life as an imitator starts to feel false, she discovers true happiness comes when you’re being the best version of yourself. 

The faith-based thriller Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital March 21 from Distribution Solutions and Trinity. In the film, in the wake of the sudden disappearance of millions of people around the world, the prophesied “Great Tribulation” has begun. A charming new leader rises to the head of the United Nations, but does he bring hope for a better future or is it the end of the world? As the Antichrist spreads his web of lies, everyone must choose a side. Directed by and starring Kevin Sorbo, the film also stars Corbin Bernsen, Mark Bellamy, Mary Armstrong and Neal McDonough.

The Indonesian action film Legend of Gatotkaca debuts exclusively on Blu-ray, DVD and through digital retailers March 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the superhero origin story, a young man uncovers a secret prophecy that will be key to surviving the battle against an ancient evil. After witnessing the shocking murder of his best friend by a masked assassin with terrifying superpowers, Yuda stumbles upon a secret prophecy long concealed by powerful people. After unlocking dormant abilities of his own, Yuda discovers that he — an ordinary college kid with no belief in the old legends — may very well be the key to winning the upcoming battle against an ancient evil. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo (Getting Married), Legend of Gatotkaca stars Rizky Nazar (Mecca I’m Coming, Bittersweet Seventeen), Yasmin Napper (Imperfect), Edward Akbar (A Man Called Ahok, Foxtrot Six), Sigi Wimala (Macabre), Yayan Ruhian (The Raid 2, The Raid: Redemption, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens) and Cecep Arif Rahman (The Raid 2, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Gundala).

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Knock at the Cabin will be released through digital retailers at mainstream pricing March 24 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and arrives on the Peacock streaming service as well. The film, about a vacationing girl and her parents who are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse, stars Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint, and Kristen Cui in her feature film debut. It arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 9.

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Newly restored in 4K Ultra HD under the supervision of director/co-writer Matthew Robbins, the 1981 fantasy Dragonslayer arrives on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and on Blu-ray March 21 from Paramount Home Entertainment. A limited-edition set in Steelbook packaging also is available. Set in sixth-century England, the fantasy follows an ill-tempered, fire-breathing creature — ominously known as Vermithrax Pejorative — terrorizes its citizens until a young sorcerer’s apprentice named Galen (Peter MacNicol) is reluctantly tasked with confronting the beast. For Galen to succeed, it will take more than magic to defeat the dragon. The film features Oscar-nominated visual effects. Legendary visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park) created the film’s special effects, pioneering a new technique called “go motion” that incorporates blurring into each frame for more realistic images. Vermithrax Pejorative, the fire-breathing creature at the center of the story, was created using a combination of go motion and 16 massive dragon puppets.  

The faith-based family drama An Unlikely Angel is headed to digital and DVD March 21 from Pinnacle Peak Pictures and Mill Creek Entertainment. The film follows Janie Caswell, successful, married and very pregnant, who is about to have it all — career, family, success — when she is blindsided by a vehicle and wakes up six years in the future where “having it all” is not what she expected. Will the chance meeting with an angel be an answer to her prayers? An Unlikely Angel stars Jillian Murray (Code Black, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero), Sam J. Jones (Ted, Flash Gordon) and Aaron Mees (All Is Calm, Christmas in the Pines) and is directed by Durrell Nelson. The film spent two months as the No. 1 film on PureFlix after its initial launch. 

Shout! Studios and Katie Couric Media March 24 release of Refuge, a documentary feature produced and directed by award-winning filmmakers Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship. The film, about two unlikely friends (a former Klansman and a Syrian Kurd), will be available for digital rental or purchase on platforms such as Prime Video, Redbox On Demand and Vudu. Refuge follows the story of KKK leader Chris, who started hating Muslims when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11. He is forced to confront this hate when he receives a text from a Muslim refugee named Heval, and ultimately the false promise of hate is revealed. The film won awards on its festival run, including the Programmers’ Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Virginia Film Festival, the Best Human Spirit Award at the Breckenridge Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature from the Vero Beach Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature from the Hill Country Film Festival, and more.

The documentary Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation will be released for digital rental (VOD) and digital purchase March 21 from Virgil Films. Roy Lichtenstein is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Along with Andy Warhol, he created the Pop Art movement by appropriating items from modern American culture and incorporating them into art that found favor and acclaim in the galleries and inner echelons of the art world. Warhol’s appropriation of the Campbell’s soup can — taking it from the shelves of our grocery stores and elevating it into a piece of fine art — is the most remembered icon of this era. Lichtenstein sought to do the same, choosing to take what was then considered the tactless “low art” of the masses — comic books — and elevating the form into “high art” for the galleries of Manhattan and a more “sophisticated” audience. But unlike the Campbell’s soup can, the comic art appropriated by Lichtenstein was created by comic illustrators who also considered themselves artists, and they were not pleased by the unauthorized acquisition of their work by Lichtenstein. Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation (with a title that’s based upon two of Lichtenstein’s most famous paintings — Whaam! and Blam) offers a balanced analysis of Lichtenstein and features both advocates and critics of his work. Proponents enthusiastically defend him and argue he did nothing wrong and created unique, original, stunning art that provides worthy commentary about the American condition during the 20th Century. Then conversely, critics stand behind the original artists like Hy Eisman, Russ Heath, and the more than 30 other comic artists appropriated by the painter and argue that these original sources have been cheated of their work, recognition and compensation. It arrives on DVD April 25.

Level 33 Entertainment releases the documentary Kubrick by Kubrick via digital sellthrough and VOD platforms starting March 21. Directed by Gregory Monro (Sean Connery vs James Bond) and produced by Martin Laurent (Mahatma Gandhi: Beyond the Myth) and Jérémy Zelnick (The Vanished President, Brad Pitt: More Than a Pretty Face), Kubrick by Kubrick is a rare journey into the life and films of the legendary director Stanley Kubrick, featuring a trove of unearthed interview recordings from the master himself. Twenty-one years after his death, fans of the 2001: A Space Odyssey director and cinema genius can hear his thoughtful takes on his craft and the paradoxes of human nature in a documentary built upon four wide-ranging audio interviews with French critic Michel Ciment with the support of the Stanley Kubrick Film Archive. The documentary also includes interviews and archival footage with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and many more award-winning stars. Screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film won the Rockie Award for Arts & Culture at the BANFF World Media Festival/Rockie Awards, Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production at the FOCAL International Awards; and the award for Emmy Arts Programming at the International Emmy Awards. It was nominated for a Gold Hugo for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Crunchyroll and RighStuf March 21 release Jujutsu Kaisen 0 on Blu-ray. The anime movie follows Yuta Okkotsu, a nervous high school student, who enrolls in the mysterious Tokyo Jujutsu High School under the guidance of Satoru Gojo after being haunted by the curse of his childhood friend.

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

‘M3GAN’ Remains Atop Redbox Digital Chart; ‘Mindcage’ Tops Disc Rentals

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s M3GAN remained No. 1 for a second week on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Feb. 5. The thriller about a creepy android girl who befriends an orphan earned $87.9 million at U.S. theaters.

The top title on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Lionsgate’s Mindcage, a thriller about two detectives who seek the help of an incarcerated serial killer to catch a copycat. It was No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal’s Violent Night, slipped to No. 2. The film depicts a drunken Santa (David Harbour) who stumbles upon a mansion during an armed heist and must fight his way out. It earned $49.8 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam slid to No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, and No. 4 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 disc rental was Lionsgate’s Angry Neighbors, a comedy about a grumpy novelist who resents his wealthy neighbor in the Hamptons building a mega-mansion next door.

No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, the rom-com starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as divorced parents trying to stop their lovestruck daughter from getting married.

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The No. 2 digital title was Lionsgate’s Plane, an actioner about a pilot (Gerard Butler) who saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island, and then must team with an accused murderer (Mike Colter) to free the passengers after they are taken hostage by dangerous rebels.

The No. 3 digital title Screen Media’s The Locksmith, about a former prisoner (Ryan Phillippe) who is pulled back into a world of crime despite wanting to settle down with his detective girlfriend (Kate Bosworth) and their daughter.

The No. 5 digital title was Sony Pictures’ The Woman King, which was No. 7 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 5:

  1. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  2. Violent Night — Universal
  3. Black Adam — Warner
  4. Angry Neighbors — Lionsgate
  5. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  6. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  7. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  9. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  10. Till — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 5:

  1. M3GAN — Universal
  2. Plane — Lionsgate
  3. The Locksmith — Screen Media
  4. Black Adam — Warner
  5. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  6. Mindcage — Lionsgate
  7. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  8. Devotion — Paramount
  9. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  10. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal

 

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‘Violent Night’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘M3GAN’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Violent Night took over the top spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 29. The actioner, which arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 24, depicts a drunken Santa (David Harbour) who stumbles upon a mansion during an armed heist and must fight his way out. It earned $49.7 million at the domestic box office.

The top disc rental the previous three weeks, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Black Adam, slid to No. 2 on both the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart was Universal’s M3GAN, the creepy girl android thriller that just became available via PVOD after an $82.6 million haul from U.S. theaters.

No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, the rom-com starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts as divorced parents trying to stop their lovestruck daughter from getting married.

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The No. 3 digital title was Paramount’s Devotion, the true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots who helped turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War, including the first Black aviator in Navy history.

The No. 4 disc rental was Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, followed at No. 5 by Sony Pictures’ The Woman King.

No. 5 on the digital chart was 20th Century Studios’ horror satire The Menu.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 29:

  1. Violent Night — Universal
  2. Black Adam — Warner
  3. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  4. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  5. The Woman King — Sony Pictures
  6. Till — Universal
  7. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  9. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Lionsgate
  10. On the Line — Paramount

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 29:

  1. M3GAN — Universal
  2. Black Adam — Warner
  3. Devotion — Paramount
  4. Ticket to Paradise — Universal
  5. The Menu — 20th Century
  6. Prey for the Devil — Lionsgate
  7. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal
  8. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn — Screen Media
  9. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile — Sony Pictures
  10. Three-Thousand Years of Longing — MGM

 

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‘M3GAN’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ M3GAN topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 29.

The Blumhouse film, newly available for premium digital purchase and rental, is about a life-like artificial intelligence doll given to a young niece (Violet McGraw) by her robotics engineer aunt (Allison Williams) after the girl’s parents are killed in an automobile accident. The movie has earned $146 million in global revenue.

Falling to No. 2 from the top spot was Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which is also available for premium digital rental and purchase. The DreamWorks animated film is a sequel to Puss in Boots and the sixth installment in the “Shrek” franchise. It follows the continuing adventures of the character Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

Remaining at No. 3 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. In the actioner based on the DC Comics, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Falling to No. 4 from No. 2 on the chart was The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage. The Western, available for premium digital rental and purchase, follows a gunslinger-turned-family man (Cage) who teams up with his 12-year-old daughter to fight a gang that puts his family in danger.

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Paramount Pictures’ Devotion fell one spot to No. 5 on the chart. Available for digital purchase (and for streaming on Paramount+) and newly available for digital rental, the film chronicles the true story of two of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen in the Korean War.

Returning to the chart for the week was A24’s Oscar-nominated Everything Everywhere All at Once. The multiverse tale earned 11 Academy Award nominations. It’s available for digital purchase.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. M3GAN
  2. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  3. Black Adam
  4. The Old Way
  5. Devotion
  6. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  7. Violent Night 
  8. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  9. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1
  10. Ticket to Paradise

‘M3GAN’ Becomes Latest Theatrical Hit to Earn Early PVOD Release

Universal Pictures’ surprise box office hit M3GAN is now available for rent or purchase across myriad digital platforms at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

The move is consistent with NBCUniversal’s strategy to push theatrical releases into retail channels as early as 17 days.

M3GAN, about a life-like artificial intelligence doll given to a young niece (Violet McGraw) by her robotics engineer aunt (Allison Williams) after the girl’s parents are killed in an automobile accident, generated more than $30 million in North American ticket sales in its Jan. 6-8 theatrical debut. The movie has earned $125.4 million in global revenue (on a $13 million production budget) through Jan. 22.

M3GAN, which remains in theaters, has become a comedy bit on “Saturday Night Live” and reportedly inspired social media buzz with the rival movie doll rival of the “Chucky” franchise. Drew Barrymore, on her “Drew Barrymore Show,” also dressed up as M3GAN for a parody skit, which inspired a rash of social media mentions.

M3GAN been greenlighted for a sequel debuting in 2025.

Williams (Get Out) co-hosted the 95th Academy Awards nominations webcast Jan. 24.

Four Movies Perform Well Under Long ‘Avatar 2’ Weekend Box Office Shadow

20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, the pricey sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 all-time box office behemoth Avatar, continues to dominate movie theaters, generating $31.1 million in ticket sales through Jan. 15. With another $7 million-plus in revenue projected over Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), the movie is approaching $1.9 billion in ticket sales after five weeks of release across more than 4,000 screens.

At the same time, a group of movies — Universal Pictures’ horror thriller M3GAN, animated family film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Sony Pictures’ sentimental comedy A Man Called Otto, and Lionsgate’s Gerard Butler actioner Plane — all performed above expectations.

M3GAN, about a lifelike play doll with issues, sold more than $17 million worth of tickets in its second weekend, to push the Allison Williams-starrer near $61 million in revenue worldwide. Puss in Boots 2, follow-up to the 2011 original, added a projected $17+ million in ticket sales through MLK Day, upping its North American total to $110 million.

Otto, starring Tom Hanks as a lovable widowed senior citizen dealing with 21st Century reality, projects another $15 million in revenue through Jan. 16, upping its two-week tally near $25 million.

Finally, new releases, Plane and erstwhile HBO Max original movie reboot House Party, which was instead released theatrically, realized divergent box office results.

Plane took in a better-than-expected four-day estimate of $11.6 million, while playing at more than 3,000 screens in North America. The movie had been tracking an opening of less than $10 million.
 
The film was acquired for release in North America, Latin America, the U.K., and India. In North America, according to PostTrak, the opening weekend audience was 55% male, 77% older than 25 years-of-age.
 
Butler remains one of the world’s most reliable action stars, and Plane didn’t disappoint, generating a strong audience response during test screenings and 95% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.
 
House Party, a Warner Bros. Pictures’ reboot of the 1990s trilogy, failed to attract party-minded  moviegoers, generating a projected $4.5 million in revenue through Jan. 16. The comedy, which finds two well-meaning janitorial newbies unknowingly tasked with cleaning NBA superstar LeBron James’ mansion, saw a 25% Rotten Tomatoes critics score on social media.