‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Third Week; ‘Moonfall’ Debuts at No. 2

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home remained No. 1 for a third-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 sales chart the week ended April 30.

The collection of the three Marvel Cinematic Universe-set “Spider-Man” movies (2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home in addition to No Way Home) dropped to No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart and No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart.

The week’s top newcomer at No. 2 on both charts was Lionsgate’s sci-fi disaster movie Moonfall, the latest directorial effort from Roland Emmerich. The film about retired astronauts teaming with a conspiracy theorist to stop the moon from crashing into Earth earned $19 million. A Walmart-exclusive two-pack of Moonfall with the 2009 Nicolas Cage movie Knowing was No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 5 on the overall disc chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 58% of standalone Moonfall sales, with 22% from regular Blu-ray and 36% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

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Paramount’s Jackass Forever, the latest installment in the “Jackass” comedy stunt franchise, dropped to No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 remained No. 3 overall but dropped a spot to No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 1 had Moonfall at No. 1, pushing Spider-Man: No Way Home to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Sing 2 slid a spot to No. 3 on the rental chart, with Jackass Forever down to No. 4. Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife was the No. 5 rental.

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‘Moonfall’ Orbits Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Lionsgate’s Moonfall took over the top spots on both Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended May 1.

The Roland Emmerich-directed film, which tells the story of retired astronauts and a conspiracy theorist being humanity’s only hope to prevent the moon from crashing into the Earth, earned just over $19 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, slipped to No. 2 on both the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s animated sequel Sing 2 slipped to No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

The No. 3 Redbox On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Uncharted, an adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name. It became available for digital purchase April 26 in advance of its May 10 disc release.

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The No. 4 disc rental and No. 6 digital title was Paramount’s Jackass Forever, the latest film in the “Jackass” comedic stunts franchise.

The No. 5 digital title was Paramount’s Infinite, a sci-fi film with Mark Wahlberg.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was the No. 9 digital title.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 1:

  1. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  3. Sing 2 — Universal
  4. Jackass Forever — Paramount
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  6. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  7. Marry Me — Universal
  8. Gasoline Alley — Paramount
  9. The Cursed — Decal
  10. The Matrix Resurrections — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 1:

  1. Moonfall — Lionsgate
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  3. Uncharted — Sony Pictures
  4. Sing 2 — Universal
  5. Infinite — Paramount
  6. Jackass Forever — Paramount
  7. The Requin — Lionsgate
  8. Marry Me — Universal
  9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  10. The Cursed — Decal

 

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Merchandising: ‘Moonfall’ Lands at Retail

The new sci-fi thriller Moonfall arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 26 from Lionsgate, and each of the big three retailers had an exclusive edition of it.

The latest film from director Roland Emmerich focuses on a pair of former astronauts and a conspiracy theorist who somehow become humanity’s last hope for stopping the moon from plunging into the Earth.

Best Buy, as usual, trotted out Steelbook packaging for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc version of the film, at $34.99.

Target’s ‘Moonfall’ Blu-ray with lenticular slipcover

Target had a version of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with special lenticular artwork on the slipcover.

Walmart didn’t have a special collectible per se, but did offer a $19.99 two-pack of the Moonfall Blu-ray with a Blu-ray the 2009 Nicolas Cage-starrer Knowing, a much better film about a potential apocalypse. Knowing was probably chosen for the two-pack to take advantage of the proximity to the theatrical release of the self-referential Cage film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which opened April 22 and also is distributed by Lionsgate.

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Among other deals for the week, Target held a sale of Marvel movies, with a number of Blu-ray Discs of movies featuring Avengers characters for around $15 each.

April 26 Sees ‘Moonfall’ New to Disc, ‘Uncharted’ and ‘Turning Red’ Arrive for Digital Purchase

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray April 26 include Moonfall and The Great: Season Two, while new digital releases include Uncharted and Turning Red.

Action-adventure director Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and VOD April 26 from Lionsgate. Emmerich (Midway, “Independence Day” franchise) and writers Emmerich, Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen, the film stars Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), Patrick Wilson (Midway, “The Conjuring” franchise), John Bradley (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” Marry Me), Michael Peña (TV’s “Narcos,” Fantasy Island),  Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete, Spontaneous), Kelly Yu (TV’s “Lost Promise”), Eme Ikwuakor (TV’s “On My Block,” “Inhumans”), Carolina Bartczak (TV’s upcoming “Painkiller”), and Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games” franchise, TV’s “The Undoing”). In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving the world, but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Wilson), and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (Bradley) believe her. They mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space. Read a review here.

Season two of the comedic series “The Great” arrives on DVD April 26 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Created and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite​), the satirical comedy is loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. With Fanning and Nicholas Hoult reprising their Golden Globe-nominated roles, season two finds Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own. But if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be.  She must battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia. The four-disc DVD set features all 10 episodes from season two, plus deleted scenes and a blooper reel.

The action adventure Uncharted arrives for digital purchase April 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. Uncharted arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 10.

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available for digital purchase April 26. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release the classic 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time April 26 to mark the film’s 70th anniversary. The musical romantic comedy was directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, and stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchel and Cyd Charisse. The film was written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and produced by Arthur Freed. The music is by Nacio Herb Brown and the lyrics are by Arthur Freed. The 4K edition of Singin’ in the Rain will also be available for digital purchase starting April 26.

The Indian feature Writing With Fire, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be available on DVD April 26 from Music Box Films. In the film, reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (“Waves of News”), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, chief reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system. The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.

Vertical Entertainment’s Alica Silverstone thriller Last Survivors will be released on DVD April 26 from Distribution Solutions. In the science-fiction thriller, a father and son, who have been living off grid for 20 years, encounter an outsider who threatens to destroy the utopia they’ve built. Directed by Drew Mylrea and written by Josh Janowicz, the film also stars Drew Van Acker and Stephen Moyer.

The erotic features Caligula & Messalina and Caligula: The Untold Story, as well as the Australian biker actioner Stone, will be available on Blu-ray Disc April 26 from MVD Entertainment Group and Severin Films.

In Caligula & Messalina (1981), one of the earliest entries in the subgenre, ItaloFilth veteran Bruno Mattei (The Other Hell, Women’s Prison Massacre) set the Caligsploitation standard for informative history and jaw-dropping depictions of ancient Roman depravity. When the deranged emperor (Vladimir Brajovic of The Story of O) falls for an insatiable gladiatrix (Betty Roland of Mattei’s Caligula Reincarnated as Nero), their reign will launch a mind-bending bacchanal of torture, sodomy, incest, castration, borrowed footage and aroused livestock. Françoise Blanchard (The Living Dead Girl), Florence Guérin (Cozzi’s The Black Cat) and Sal Boris (The Beast in Heat) co-star in this saga of saturnalian obscenity, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the unrated U.S. Release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special Features include “Caligula: The Life Behind the Legend,” an interview with Anthony A. Barrett, author of Caligula: The Corruption Of Power; a trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Also due is Caligula: The Untold Story (1982). Directed by Joe D’Amato (Emanuelle in America, Absurd), the erotic exploitation film stars David Brandon (Beyond Darkness, Stagefright) as the insane young emperor whose love of brutality and degradation is surpassed only by his hunger for enslaved virgins, cruel vengeance, extreme acts of “horseplay” and beyond. Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle), Gabriele Tinti (Endgame), Charles Borromel (Absurd) and future director Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) star in this epic of orgiastic excess written by D’Amato and Luigi Montefiori/George Eastman with a score by Carlo Maria Cordio, presented in both the explicit Italian version and the U.S. release scanned in 2K from the original negatives. Special features include “The Orgy Of Power,” an interview with actor David Brandon; “A False True Story,” an interview with screenwriter Luigi Montefiori; “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,” an interview with actor Mark Shannon; deleted scenes; the U.K. video trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

Stone (1974), released five years before Mad Max, comes from producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt. In his first and only feature film, he ignited Australia’s exploitation explosion, launching a global censorship battle with this biker movie. In the film, an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of Sunday Too Far Away) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harbutt). Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road), Helen Morse (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, Reg Evans of Mad Max fame, and members of the Sydney Hells Angels co-star in the film, which features an uncut 4K scan from original vault elements supervised by Harbutt himself shortly before his death. Special features include “The Making of Stone“; deleted and extended scenes; “Stone Forever”; “Not Quite Hollywood,” extended interviews: make-up tests; a slideshow with commentary by Harbutt; the trailer; and the CD soundtrack.

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

‘Jackass’ Prank Humor Rules Domestic Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ Jackass Forever injected a dose of prank laughs into the muddling 2022 domestic box office, generating a projected $23.5 million across more than 3,600 North American screens through Feb. 6.

While actor/producer Johnny Knoxville’s Forever is Paramount’s second weekend box office winner this year after Scream, the movie’s ticket sales lagged behind previous “Jackass” efforts, including most recently 2013’s Bad Grampa ($32.3 million) and 2010’s Jackass 3D with $50.4 million. Still, the film could have box office legs over the next 45 days before migrating over to the Paramount+ streaming platform.

The movie bested Lionsgate’s Moonfall, the Roland Emmerich sci-fi actioner starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Patrick Wilson, which generated an estimated $10 million across 3,446 screens,including Imax and premium large format locations. Imax took in 14% of the weekend’s box office in the United States. PLF screens accounted for 33%.

The opening weekend audience was 60% male and 75% was 25+. With an opening in this range, the film will be profitable for Lionsgate, according to a studio representative.  The daily breakdown of estimates is $3.415 million for Friday; $4.024 million for Saturday; and an estimated $2.566 million for today.
 
Moonfall is being released in over 50 countries worldwide this weekend, including the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Spain.
 
Emmerich and Centropolis Entertainment independently produced and financed Moonfall, overseeing all aspects of production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing in collaboration with Lionsgate, AGC Studios, and the film’s distribution partners around the world. Lionsgate acquired North American rights to the film.
 

The tally was enough to hold off the enduring box office juggernaut that is Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which generated about $9.6 million, and is inching up to pass James Cameron’s 2009 box office hit Avatar with $760 million in North American ticket sales. That movie still ranks as No. 1 all-time globally with more than $2.8 billion in ticket sales.

Additionally, Lionsgate’s American Underdog took in an additional $800,000 this weekend, lifting its box office total to $25.8 million.

 

‘Jackass Forever’ at the Weekend Box Office?

With the Beijing Winter Olympics dominating media attention over the next two weeks, and Super Bowl LVI taking place on Feb. 13, the domestic box office has more than its share of competition for the month of February.

As a result, studios remain hesitant to roll out major titles, opting instead for offbeat fare that includes Paramount Pictures’ Jackass Forever, Johnny Knoxville’s newest reboot of his low-budget prank movie franchise launched 20 years ago.

The movie has already tracked $1.5 million in Thursday night screenings and is reportedly projected to sell $26 million worth of tickets across 3,600 North American screens through Feb. 6. The tally would be below the last “Jackass” movie, Bad Grandpa, which generated $32.1 million in its first weekend of release in 2013, and Jackass 3D in 2010, which saw more than $50 million in ticket sales.

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But who’s counting? The box office estimate should be more than enough to hold off Lionsgate’s Moonfall, co-starring Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson, which the studio projects could generate $11 million in revenue across 3,400. That should be enough to push Sony Pictures’ enduring theatrical juggernaut, Spider-Man: No Way Home, into the No. 3 spot with $7.2 million in ticket sales. The movie is approaching $750 million in North American ticket sales.