‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘Ant-Man’ Retain Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

A modest slate of new releases the week ended Nov. 3 was largely overshadowed by a pair of higher-profile favorites on the home video sales charts.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, for a second consecutive week, and dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney’s Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp was once again the top Blu-ray Disc seller, and was No. 2 on the overall chart in its third week, selling 98% as many discs as the Mamma Mia! sequel. The Marvel Studios film had been the top Blu-ray in its debut week before being displaced by the musical a week ago.

No. 3 on both charts was once again Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween favorite that has been entrenched in the top five for more than a month following the release of a 25th anniversary edition Blu-ray. Even more surprisingly, Hocus Pocus sold 97% as many copies as the top title during the week.

Holding onto No. 4 on the overall chart was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3, which slipped to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top newcomer, Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedy earned $33.6 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s eagerly anticipated Blu-ray release of “Batman: The Animated Series,” presenting the popular 1990s animated series remastered in high-definition, was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller and No. 7 on the overall sales chart.

Tracking the other week’s new releases, Warner’s animated Teen Titans Go! to the Movies was No. 8 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart; RLJE’s Mandy, a well-regarded thriller starring Nicolas Cage, was No. 12 overall and the No. 11 Blu-ray; 20th Century Fox’s teen sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds was No. 13 on both charts; and the Sony Pictures horror movie Slender Man came in at No. 15 overall and No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 3, The Spy Who Dumped Me debuted at No. 1, pushing Ant-Man and The Wasp to No. 2.

Universal’s Skyscraper slipped to No. 3, while Hotel Transylvania 3 dropped to No. 4. Slender Man debuted at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 11-3-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-5-18

 

‘Spy Who Dumped Me’ Bows at No. 1 on Both Redbox Charts

The Spy Who Dumped Me, a newly released action comedy from Lionsgate starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, topped both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov. 4.

The film, which follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their old boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent, earned $33.6 million in North American theaters.

The movie 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 disc vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped to No. 2 after one week in the top spot. Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five were Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania at No. 4 and another Sony film, the new-to-disc Slender Man, bowing at No. 5.

A third new release, Warner’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, debuted at No. 6 on the Redbox disc-rental chart.

Slender Man, a critically panned horror film inspired by the creepy pasta Internet meme of a murderous, thin, faceless humanoid who stalks children, grossed $30.6 million domestically.

Teen Titans Go!, an animated superhero fantasy based on the TV series (and DC Comics characters) of the same name, earned $29.6 million in North American theaters.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again slipped to No. 7 after debuting at No. 4 the week before.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me took the No. 1 spot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which slipped to No. 4.

Skyscraper held onto the No. 2 chart position, while Hotel Transylvania repeated at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was Slender Man, which had been released digitally on Oct. 19, two weeks before its Oct. 30 DVD and Blu-ray Disc street date.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3
  5. Slender Man (new)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (new)
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  8. The First Purge
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  5. Slender Man
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

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‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Sings to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again danced its way to the top spot 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 Oct. 27.

The sequel to the 2008 adaptation of the popular musical built around the songs of Abba earned $120.6 million at the domestic box office. A double feature of both “Mamma Mia!” films debuted at No. 9 on both charts.

The musical’s arrival pushed Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Ant-Man and The Wasp to No. 2 on both charts. The latest Marvel Studios superhero actioner debuted at No. 1 a week earlier, and sold three-fourths as many copies in its second week as the “Mamma Mia!” sequel did in its first.

Maintaining its hold on the No. 3 spot, where it has been positioned for more than a month, was Disney’s 25-year-old perennial Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

Coming in at No. 4 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3.

Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped a spot to No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Chart, where Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story was No. 5 (and No. 6 overall).

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 56% of total unit sales for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version comprising 4%.  The “Mamma Mia!” two-pack, which was not available in 4K, saw 51% of its tally come from Blu-ray.

By comparison, Ant-Man and The Wasp‘s second week saw 69% of its tally come from Blu-ray, compared with 70% in its first. And its UHD tally held steady at just over 16.5%.

The only other newcomer in the top 20 was Universal’s Scorpion King: Book of Souls, which debuted at No. 12 on the overall chart and No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart. The direct-to-video sequel is the fifth film in the “Scorpion King” franchise, which itself is a spinoff of 2001’s The Mummy Returns.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 28, Ant-Man and The Wasp moved into the top spot, while Skyscraper slipped to No. 2.

Hotel Transylvania 3 slipped to No. 3, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again debuted at No. 4. Universal’s The First Purge moved up a spot to No. 5.

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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 10-27-18
Sales Report for Week Ended 10-27-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 10-29-18

 

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Tops Redbox Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a musical comedy based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, took the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week ended Oct. 28.

The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming, the electronic equivalent to renting a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

The film, a belated sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, typically positioned inside or outside of supermarkets and mass merchants like Walmart.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again grossed more than $120 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

The Mamma Mia sequel was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 23, two weeks after it became available for digital purchase or streaming.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp moved up to No. 1 in its second week of availability, knocking Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper to No. 2 after two weeks as the most in-demand disc rental.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transvylvania slipped a spot to No. 3 after two weeks in the second chart position.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, which moved up a spot from No. 6 the prior week.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3 both slipped a spot, to No. 2 and No. 3, to make way for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Warner’s Ocean’s 8 moved back up to 4 from No. 5 the previous week, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom taking its place, down two spots from the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 28

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (new)
  5. The First Purge
  6. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Reprisal
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 28

  1. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  6. The First Purge
  7. Tag
  8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  9. Hotel Artemis
  10. Unfriended: Dark Web

 

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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.