DEG: Streaming Again Fuels Surge in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending in 2021

Consumer spending on home entertainment in 2021 rose nearly 8% from the prior year to a record $32.3 billion, fueled once again by a surge in subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), or streaming, according to estimates released Feb. 7 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The trade group says consumer spending on streaming climbed 20% to an estimated $25.3 billion, or more than 78% of the total.  

Consumer spending in all other segments declined in 2021, after rising significantly in 2020 due to movie theater closures and stay-at-home orders triggered by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales were down 19.5% to an estimated $1.97 billion, from $2.45 billion in 2020. Disc rentals fell 21.2% to $822.7 million, from $1.04 billion the prior year.

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Digital transactional sales were off 19.2% to an estimated $2.42 billion, from nearly $3 billion in 2020, while digital transactional rentals slipped 23.8% to $1.77 billion, from $2.32 billion the year before.

The DEG cautions, however, that digital spending totals do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD) revenue. The trade group pegs PVOD revenue at about $525 million, not counting Disney+ Premier Access. (Media Play News stopped carrying the weekly Watched at Home chart because Disney does not provide revenue for disc and transactional digital titles that were initially released to home audiences at a premium VOD price.)

In the fourth quarter, the DEG reported, total consumer spending on home entertainment rose more than 11% to $8.6 billion, the highest growth rate of the year’s four quarters.

Streaming once again led the way, with spending up more than 19% to an estimated $6.64 billion.

Transactional spending fared significantly better in the fourth quarter than in any of the year’s previous three-month periods, with digital sales down less than 3% and rentals down 6.2%. The DEG notes that “purchases of TV product were particularly strong in Q4, rising to $258 million, an 11% increase above the same quarter in 2020, and 54% over the 2019 quarter.” Season four of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” was the top revenue generator of the year across all transactional formats, with the “Yellowstone” franchise bringing more than $61 million in fourth-quarter consumer spending.

Digital rentals of theatrical new releases through internet retailers such as Vudu, Google Play and Redbox On Demand in the fourth quarter rose about 3% from the same period in 2020, and 29% over spending in the pre-pandemic fourth quarter of 2019.

Physical media also did much better in the fourth quarter, with sales down just 14.2%. Consumer spending on 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs, the DEG reported, was up more than 6% in the quarter.

Top titles across both physical and digital transactional formats included The Croods: A New Age; F9: The Fast Saga; Free Guy; Godzilla vs Kong; Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection; Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard; Monster Hunter; No Time to Die; A Quiet Place Part II; Venom: Let There Be Carnage; Wonder Woman 1984; and all four seasons of “Yellowstone.”

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Q2 Revenue Nearly Doubles Theatrical

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 28 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $130 million, which was down 24% from revenue of $171 million during the previous-year period. The tally, based largely on catalog titles, nearly doubled Sony’s theatrical revenue of $66 million.

Since the pandemic began, Sony has shelved major theatrical releases, including sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which wasn’t released until Oct. 1. The studio’s top-performing theatrical release in the quarter was thriller Escape Room: Tournament of Champions with $53 million at the global box office, followed by Don’t Breathe 2 with $50 million.

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Home entertainment’s lone new release, sci-fi actioner Monster Hunter, has generated a reported $12 million in packaged media sales since its March 2 release.

Overall, studio revenue increased 35% to $2.36 billion, from $1.75 billion, fueled by TV production and media networks, which skyrocketed revenues 65% and 48%, respectively.

Episodic customers include Netflix (“Atypical” and “Sex Education”); Peacock (“Beyond Salem”); Hulu (“Woke”); Amazon Prime Video (“The Boys”); and Pantaya (“De Brutas Nada”).

‘Croods’ Again Top Disc Seller; ‘Monster Hunter’ Debuts at No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods: A New Age was No. 1 for a second consecutive week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended March 6.

The two-movie “Croods” collection slipped from the second spot to No. 3 in its second week.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 2 on both charts, was Sony Pictures’ Monster Hunter. The video game adaptation stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military squad that gets caught in sandstorm that transports them to a strange world ruled by powerful creatures they must fight to survive. It earned $14.4 million at the domestic box office.

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Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Fatale, landed at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. The psychological thriller stars Michael Ealy as a sports agent who gets entangled in the murder investigation of a police detective (Hilary Swank) with whom he had a one-night stand. It earned $6.3 millon from U.S. theaters.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures. It was No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 64% of total Monster Hunter unit sales; the 4K Ultra HD version comprised 22% of its total. For Fatale, Blu-ray comprised 43% of its total.

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Monster Hunter did manage to top the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 7, pushing The Croods: A New Age to No. 2.

Fatale debuted as the No. 3 rental, followed at No. 4 by Greenland and No. 5 by Universal’s Freaky.

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‘Greenland’ Climbs to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, jumped up to the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 20.

Greenland, in which Gerard Butler plays a man trying to get his family to get his family to a military shelter while comets threaten life on Earth, had been in second place a week earlier on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. This is its fourth week on the chart, having started in the fourth spot at the end of January and moved up one spot each week since.

The previous week’s most-watched title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2.

The top newcomer to the chart was No. 3 Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Monster Hunter became available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Let Him Go at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The only other title making its first appearance on the chart during the week was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, was released through digital channels at the beginning of the year and is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox (though the Watched at Home chart doesn’t account for disc rentals).

  1. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Let Him Go (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Freaky (Universal)
  7. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  12. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  13. Honest Thief (Universal)
  14. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  20. Come Play (Universal)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Feb. 20.

‘Monster Hunter,’ ‘Horizon Line’ Top New Disc, Digital Releases Available Feb. 16

Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures’ Horizon Line top the slate of new releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 16.

Also newly available for home audiences are several season sets of popular TV series, including “Lovecraft Country” and “Harley Quinn,” both from Warner Bros. — as well as several PBS programs.

Monster Hunter becomes available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Also in the cast are Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung and Ron Perlman.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Monster Hunter earned $11.1 million at the domestic box office.

Home video extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Monster Hunters: Cast and Characters,” “Monstrous Arsenal: Weaponry in the Film” and “For the Players: From Game to Screen.”

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The thriller Horizon Line is being released Feb. 16 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film was released earlier through digital retailers. Horizon Line follows a former couple, Sara (Allison Williams) and Jackson (Alexander Dreymon), as they board a single-engine plane for a quick flight to their friend’s wedding on a tropical island. When their pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, the two find themselves in a predicament, since neither knows how to fly, or land, a plane. Making things worse is an approaching storm.

Also out Feb. 16 are Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season, on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital, and Harley Quinn: The Second Season, on DVD and digital. Warner Archive is making available a bundle of the first two “Harley Quinn” seasons on Blu-ray Disc.

“Lovecraft Country” is a drama series developed by Misha Green, based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name. It follows a young Black man who travels across the United States in the pre-Civil Rights movement 1950s in search of his father. He and his companions touch down in a small town fictionalized by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft as the setting for many of his dark stories. The series premiered in August 2020 on HBO.

“Harley Quinn” is an adult animated series based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The second season premiered in April 2020; a third season was greenlit last September and is bound for HBO Max.

Also available beginning Feb. 16 on DVD and through digital retailers are four new releases from PBS Distribution: American Masters: Laura Ingalls Wilder — Prairie to Page; Nova: Saving Notre Dame; Miss Scarlet & the Duke (Masterpiece Mystery); and Masterpiece: The Long Song.

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

Video Game Adaptation ‘Monster Hunter’ Available Digitally Feb. 16, on Disc March 2

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Monster Hunter via digital sellthrough Feb. 16, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 2.

Based on the popular video game series, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa) whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

The cast also includes Tip “T.I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung and Ron Perlman.

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Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Monster Hunter earned $11.1 million at the domestic box office.

Home video extras include deleted scenes and the featurettes “The Monster Hunters: Cast and Characters,” “Monstrous Arsenal: Weaponry in the Film” and “For the Players: From Game to Screen.”

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