‘Men in Black: International’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Sept. 8.

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 fourth “Men in Black” film, but the first with new cast members Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, earned $79.8 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ Ma debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The horror movie earned $45.4 million in U.S. theaters.

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Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 slipped to No. 3 on both charts. The animated film debuted at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 1 on the On Demand chart a week earlier.

Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters was No. 4 on the rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart. It debuted a week earlier as the No. 1 rental and No. 2 On Demand title.

Universal and MGM’s The Hustle Was the No. 5 rental and No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 8:

  1. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  2. Ma — Universal
  3. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  5. The Hustle — Universal
  6. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  7. Rocketman — Paramount
  8. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  9. Booksmart — Fox
  10. A Dog’s Journey — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 8:

  1. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  2. Ma — Universal
  3. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  4. The Hustle — MGM
  5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  6. Rocketman — Paramount
  7. Booksmart — Fox
  8. It: Chapter One — Warner
  9. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  10. A Dog’s Journey — Universal

Merchandising: Here Come the ‘Men in Black’ Exclusives

Best Buy’s ‘Men in Black: International’ Steelbook

Each of the big three major retailers put their own spin on Sony Pictures’ new Men in Black: International Blu-ray upon its Sept. 3 release.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the fourth “Men in Black” film for $29.99.

Target’s ‘Men in Black: International’ Blu-ray

Target had the Blu-ray combo pack with an exclusive 48-page companion mini-book at $22.99.

And Walmart had a $29.96 bundle that included the Blu-ray combo pack of the new film and digital copies of the first three “MIB” films redeemable through the Vudu digital service.

Walmart also had exclusive availability of Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue DVD with Vudu digital copy for $14.96, from Paramount.

In addition, Walmart appears to have early availability of Warner’s Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island animated movie on DVD for $12.96. The movie was widely released digitally Sept. 3 and will be available everywhere else on DVD Oct. 1.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Q1 Revenue Declines

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment July 30 reported first-quarter (ended June 30) revenue of $200 million, which was down about 15% from revenue of $234 million during the previous-year period.

The studio cited higher revenue in its Funimation animation unit.

Regardless, home entertainment topped theatrical revenue at $164 million, which was a 73% improvement over $95 million generated at the box office a year ago.

Sony Pictures Television again led the motion picture segment, generating $315 million in revenue, up 18% from $267 million last year.

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Total motion pictures revenue topped $738 million, which was 18% above the $624 million generated during the previous-year period.

The studio attributed the gain in part to global box office revenue from Men in Black: International and initial sales of Spider-Man: Far from Home — the latter recently topping $1 billion in global ticket sales.

The latest web crawler superhero release, coupled with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Angry Birds Movie 2, are expected to drive box office and home entertainment through the rest of the fiscal year.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse generated $375 million in box office tickets worldwide, including $190 million domestically. It was released into retail channels March 19.