Paramount Ups Fiscal-Year 2019 Home Entertainment Revenue

It may be a subscription streaming video future, but sales of packaged and digital media remain strong for Paramount Home Entertainment.

The division generated $646 million in fiscal-2019 (ended Sept. 30) revenue, which was up almost 4% from revenue of $622 million during the previous-year period.

Domestic home entertainment revenue in the year surged 11% to $425 million, from $383 million the previous year. International sales dropped 8% to $221 million, from $240 million.

In the quarter, home entertainment revenue declined 3% to $153 million, from $158 million in the previous-year period. Domestic sales dropped 2% to $101 million, from $103 million. International sales dropped 4% to $52 million, compared with $54 million.

The top-selling Paramount title in the year was Bumblebee.

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Theatrical revenue plummeted 72% to $94 million, from $336 million the previous year. Domestic revenue fell 56% to $48 million, from $109 million. International sales dropped 80% to $46 million, compared with $230 million. The theatrical revenue declined reflected the comparison to Mission: Impossible — Fallout in the prior year.

Licensing revenue increased by 5% for the full year and 26% for the quarter, driven by growth in TV production. Ancillary revenue grew 33% for the full year, driven by higher licensing fees from international theme parks and a new music rights agreement

Paramount has delivered three straight years of year-over-year adjusted operating income improvement and achieved full year profitability for the first time in four years.

“It’s a testament to the strength of our strategy and content slate,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement.

Paramount Home Entertainment Posts 12% Quarterly Domestic Revenue Gain

Paramount Home Media Distribution Feb. 5 reported first-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) revenue of $178 million, down less than 3% from revenue of $183 million during the previous-year period.

Domestic revenue increased 12% to $111 million, while international home entertainment sales declined 20% to $67 million.

The lower home entertainment revenue reflected a decrease in the sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, partially offset by digital sales growth.

The studio’s top-selling home entertainment release in 2018 was Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which generated $18.7 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales, according to The-Numbers.com.

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Theatrical revenue increased 49% to $149 million from $100 million due to the performances of Bumblebee and Instant Family compared with releases in the prior year quarter.

Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld, has grossed more than $450 million at the global box office to date, and is “solidly” profitable, according to Viacom.

Domestic box office revenue increased 44% to $89 million, while international revenue grew 58% to $60 million.

License revenue from television production increased 84% due to the first quarter release of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” and season three of “Berlin Station” on Epix, among other titles.

Last November, Paramount entered into an agreement with Netflix to produce original films for the streaming service.

Overall license revenue increased 3% to $220 million from $213 million last year.

“Paramount delivered double-digit topline growth and an eighth straight quarter of improved year-over-year adjusted operating results, driven by worldwide theatrical gains, continued momentum at Paramount Television and international theme park revenue,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement.

Kevin Hart-Starring ‘Night School’ Scores Double Win at Redbox

Universal Pictures’ Night School scored a double win at Redbox in the first week of the new year.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines.

The film also knocked Sony Pictures’ Venom out of the No. 1 spot on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, was No. 2 on both charts.

Night School’s lingering popularity might be due in part to the controversy surrounding Hart, who in December was briefly tapped to host the 2019 Academy Awards. After being blasted for homophobic jokes and tweets he made more than eight years ago, the Academy asked him to apologize; he ultimately stepped down as host.

In Night School, Hart portrays a successful salesman who sees his life turned around after getting fired for accidentally destroying his workplace. Forced to attend night school so he can finally get his GED and find another job, he soon finds himself amongst a group of misfit students, a teacher with no patience for class clowns (Tiffany Haddish) and his high school nemesis-turned-principal (Taran Killam) who will strive to make sure he fails the course.

Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in its Walls, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, moved back up to No. 3 on both charts from No. 5 the prior week.

The Sony Pictures revenge thriller sequel Equalizer 2 remained at No. 4 on both charts for the second consecutive week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was The Predator, from 20th Century Fox, down two spots from its No. 3 debut the prior week.

The No. 5 spot on the Redbox digital chart went to Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor, also down from No. 3 the previous week.

The sole new release to chart at Redbox the week that ended Jan. 6 was A-X-L, a science-fiction adventure from Global Road Entertainment that debuted on the kiosk chart only at No. 10. The film only earned $8.2 million in domestic theaters against a reported budget of $10 million.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. The Predator
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. Peppermint
  8. Smallfoot
  9. A Simple Favor
  10. A-X-L (new)

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. A Simple Favor
  6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  7. Peppermint
  8. White Boy Rick
  9. Smallfoot
  10. The Predator

 

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‘Venom’ Debuts at No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 23.

With a domestic gross of $213 million the year’s No. 10 movie, Venom 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 vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 4 on the digital chart was another new release, Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy film based on the 1973 book of the same name. The film, about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro. It grossed $68.5 million in North American theaters.

Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (and No. 5 on the disc-rental chart). A black comedy about a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich and mysterious best friend, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding and earned $53.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Sony Pictures revenge-thriller sequel The Equalizer 2 slipped to No. 3 on both charts, a week after its debut at No. 1.

Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group, finished its second week of availability at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart (down from No. 2) and No. 7 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (down from No. 3).

Peppermint, another revenge thriller starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel, slipped to No. 6 from No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 from No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Holiday favorite Home Alone, from 20th Century Fox, shot up to No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart during the week before Christmas.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom (new)
  2. The House With a Clock in its Walls (new)
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. Smallfoot
  5. A Simple Favor (new)
  6. Peppermint
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. The Nun
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. Mile 22

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom
  2. A Simple Favor
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  5. Peppermint
  6. The Predator
  7. Smallfoot
  8. Home Alone
  9. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  10. Crazy Rich Asians

 

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2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.

 

Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843

 

*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

‘Equalizer 2,’ ‘Smallfoot,’ ‘Peppermint’ Take Top Three Spots on Redbox Charts

For the second consecutive week, three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2, a revenge-thriller sequel starring Denzel Washington that earned $102.1 million in North American theaters.

A sequel to the 2014 original, The Equalizer 2 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, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group. The film, about a group of Yeti who come across a human and don’t quite know what to make of him, came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $82.5 million.

And Peppermint, another revenge thriller – this one starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel – debuted at No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The film, released by Universal Pictures, earned $35.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

Warner’s The Nun slipped from No. 2 to No. 5 on the kiosk chart and No. 6 on the digital chart.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians took the No. 5 spot, down from No. 3 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2 (new)
  2. Smallfoot  (new)
  3. Peppermint (new)
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. The Nun
  6. The Happytime Murders
  7. Crazy Rich Asians
  8. Mile 22
  9. The Meg
  10. The Incredibles 2

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 16

  1. The Equalizer 2
  2. Peppermint
  3. Smallfoot
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. Crazy Rich Asians
  6. The Nun
  7. The Happytime Murders
  8. The Meg
  9. Searching
  10. Mile 22

 

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‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout 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 Dec. 8.

The action sequel, sixth in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, earned $220 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s Incredibles 2 slipped to No. 2 on both charts after spending three of the previous four weeks in the top spot, selling 36% as many copies as Fallout.

Another newcomer, Warner’s The Nun, bowed at No. 3 on both charts. The horror movie, a spinoff of The Conjuring 2, earned $117 million at U.S. theaters.

Avengers: Infinity War came in at No. 4 on both charts, no doubt boosted by the Dec. 7 debut of the trailer to its 2019 sequel, Avengers: Endgame.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, from Warner, jumped to No. 5 on the overall sales chart. Universal’s The Happytime Murders debuted as the No. 5 seller on the Blu-ray chart (and No. 8 on the overall chart).

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 75% of Fallout unit sales, but just 47% for The Nun and 56% for The Happytime Murders. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition made up 21% of Fallout‘s total sales haul, compared with 5% for The Nun.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 9, Mission: Impossible — Fallout took the top spot, with The Nun at No. 2 and The Happytime Murders at No. 3.

Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians, the top rental the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 4. Universal’s Mile 22 rounded out the top five.

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Three Newcomers Atop Redbox Charts

Three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 9, led by Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latest Tom Cruise actioner based on the 1966 – 1973 TV series.

The sixth, and highest-grossing, film in the “M:I” franchise 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, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Warner Bros.’ The Nun, the latest of five inter-related supernatural horror films in “The Conjuring Universe.”

And The Happytime Murders, a quirky crime comedy – starring both puppets and humans – in which police set out to solve a series of murders of retired sitcom stars, debuted at No. 3 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Crazy Rich Asians, from Warner Bros., slipped to No. 4 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart after two weeks at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point. The film slipped to No. 5 after two weeks at No. 3.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Sony Pictures’ Searching, which had debuted the prior week at No. 4.  Set mostly on smartphones and computer screens, the film is about a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing teen daughter (Michelle La) with assistance from a police detective (Debra Messing).

A fourth new release, Operation Finale, from Universal Pictures, debuted at No.10 on the Redbox disc-rental chart. The historical drama film follows Israeli intelligence officers as they seek to capture former SS officer Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (new)
  2. The Nun (new)
  3. The Happytime Murders (new)
  4. Crazy Rich Asians
  5. Mile 22
  6. The Meg
  7. The Incredibles 2
  8. Searching
  9. Alpha
  10. Operation Finale

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  2. The Nun
  3. Crazy Rich Asians
  4. The Happytime Murders
  5. Searching
  6. The Meg
  7. Mile 22
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. The Heat
  10. Alpha

 

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Racing with ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ Stunt Coordinator Wade Eastwood — and Living to Tell About It

It’s an indescribable feeling, speeding toward a 90-degree curve at 140 miles an hour and knowing that you’re not going to die.

That’s because I wasn’t behind the wheel. The driver was Wade Eastwood, the famed stunt man and race-car driver behind the action scenes in both Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which hits stores Dec. 4 on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD.

Men’s Journal calls Eastwood “the man behind [M:I] star Tom Cruise’s most badass stunts.”

And today, this badass had my life in his hands. We were in a BMW M5, powered by a 4.4-liter twin turbo-charged V8 with 600 horsepower – and capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. And watching that curve race toward me like a major-league fastball made me break out into a sweat and say a silent prayer, just in case. All the while, Eastwood was talking about how smooth the car was to handle, and telling me to brace myself when he hit the brakes seconds before we entered the curve.

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Eastwood and I would up taking five laps around the big racetrack at the BMW Performance Driving School in Thermal, California, about 25 miles south of Palm Springs. Paramount Pictures had invited a group of journalists to attend the school, race several cars ourselves, and then ride around the track with Eastwood to promote the home release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. With a domestic gross of more than $220 million, the action sequel – and sixth installment in the M:I franchise – is the year’s sixth-biggest box office hit.

One of the most talked-about sequences in the film is a motorcycle and car chase through the streets of Paris. Eastwood is the man who made it happen, with Tom Cruise on a motorcycle and driving an E28 BMW M5 while being chased by the police and Rebecca Ferguson’s returning character, Ilsa Foust.

In an interview, Eastwood said his work on Mission: Impossible – Fallout was particularly challenging, because “we pushed the envelope that much more. There was so much pressure after Rogue Nation – what are you going to do to make it even better, because we did so much…. There was a lot of fun stuff.”

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It wasn’t just the car scenes in Paris, either. Eastwood – and Cruise – also pulled chopper stunts in New Zealand.

“Tom and I always did a lot of that away from work, like chopper flying and racing, and being able to put that into a movie and at the level that we did it, with Tom doing it, was great,” Eastwood said. “It was just a real experience, to see him flying in the mountains of New Zealand where I learned to fly helicopters, in the same canyons where we were now filming the Mission: Impossible movie. Dropping him from the helicopter into the net, that was a major stunt to do, practically – with no CG, a couple of thousand feet in the air, and dropping Tom for real down that line…. There are so many moments in that film that make that my favorite.”

Cruise is always game, Eastwood said. “Working it out is fun, being challenged, like how the hell am I going to drop him and use this much rope while the helicopter is flying … how am I going to fit two riggers and myself into the helicopter while it’s flying and have Tom drop … all those logistics make it a great challenge, and being able to do it in that beautiful location…. Being able to pull it off is hugely rewarding, when you put that much work into it, and without Tom we couldn’t have done it, we couldn’t have had that subjective experience…. We’re not cutting to a stunt double, we’re not coming around with that type of shot and having to morph … it’s all Tom, and the camera angle allows you to do so much more. The camera stays with him, and audiences are so much smarter these days, they know when they are being cheated so they’re just waiting for that stitch and there isn’t one – it’s all Tom.”

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Racing Home

To promote the Dec. 4 Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD release of Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the year’s No. 6 movie in terms of domestic box office, Paramount Pictures invited a group of journalists to the BMW Performance Driving School in Thermal, Calif., to race around the track with the film’s stunt coordinator, Wade Eastwood, whom Men’s Journal once called “the man behind [M:I] star Tom Cruise’s most badass stunts.” Afterward came interviews with Eastwood and Jenny Tinmouth, the English motorcycle racer and Isle of Man TT lap record holder who was the stunt double for Rebecca Ferguson.

Read Thomas K. Arnold’s blog about racing with Wade Eastwood.