‘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.
 
 

‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN,’ ‘A Man Called Otto’ to Top Weekend Box Office Podium

With another $35 million in projected revenue over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend through Jan. 15, 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water continues to narrow the gap to a $2 billion global box office. The 2009 original Avatar holds the record as the top-grossing movie ever with more than $2.9 billion in ticket sales.

In the runner-up spot, Universal Pictures’ M3GAN is expected to continue its successful theatrical run with another $17 million in ticket sales, followed by Sony/Columbia Pictures’ surging feel-good movie, A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks, with $12 million in estimated box office revenue.

Edged off the podium appears to be Universal’s Puss in Boots sequel, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, with another $11.2 million in projected ticket sales.

New releases over the weekend include Lionsgate’s airline actioner, Plane, starring Gerard Butler, with $7 million in projected revenue, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ House Party, a reboot of the same-titled 1990s franchise.

Both Plane and Otto topped $600,000, respectively, in Thursday screenings.

Universal’s ‘M3GAN’ Thriller Debut Doesn’t Disappoint; ‘Avatar 2’ Reaches $1.7 Billion Global Box Office

Don’t underestimate life-like dolls named M3GAN. That’s the lesson imparted on moviegoers as the eponymous Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions horror film generated an estimated $30 million in ticket sales ($45 million globally) to stay near ongoing theatrical champ Avatar: The Way of Water, which generated another $45 million in revenue from ticket sales through the Jan. 8 weekend.

Director James Cameron’s follow-up to his 2009 Avatar has now sold about $1.7 billion worth of tickets worldwide to reach No. 7 in all-time revenue.

M3GAN is the brainchild of a well-meaning robotics engineering aunt (Get Out!‘s Allison Williams), who creates the doll as a companion/chaperone to her niece following the death of the young girl’s parents. M3GAN, of course, takes the role of bodyguard to the extreme.

The movie benefited from strong word-of-mouth, social media reviews (94% Rotten Tomatoes score) and marketing that included a team of M3GAN dancers performing halftime at a Los Angeles Rams/Los Angeles Chargers football game in December to a Taylor Swift song. The result: A strong Jan. 5 sneak preview revenue exceeding $2.7 million.

M3GAN had an incredible debut this weekend and rightly so, certainly not surprising that a collaboration between Blumhouse and James Wan’s Atomic Monster would produce such a fun, creepy, thrilling story,” Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures, said in a media statement.

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish rounded out the weekend box office podium with $13.1 million, to up its global tally near $200 million.

Weekend Box Office: ‘Avatar 2’ Takes on ‘M3GAN,’ Lifelike Doll With Issues

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ theatrical juggernaut Avatar: The Way of Water shows little sign of diminishing appeal among moviegoers, having topped $1.5 billion in global revenue this week. The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 original Avatar is a lock to finish atop another weekend box office — with a reported $36 million in projected ticket sales to see the virtual world of Pandora through Jan. 8.

An interesting sidebar is the under-the-radar moviegoer interest in Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s latest smaller-budget comedy horror film M3GAN, about a murderous American Girl-type doll gone bad. Very bad. The movie quietly generated more than $2.7 million in Jan. 5 sneak previews, and is projected to sell $24 million worth of tickets over the weekend. Starring Allison Williams (Get Out!) as the aunt to a 9-year-old girl who lost her parents in a car crash, Williams is also a toy engineer by day, eager to share her Model 3 generative android doll with her grieving niece.

Let the bonding begin.

Meanwhile, box office returnees include Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish ($8 million), Disney’s soon-to-stream Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($2.8 million), the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody ($2.4 million), and Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks old-timer flick A Man Called Otto ($2 million).