November Domestic Disc Sales Crown Goes to Live-Action ‘Mulan’

Disney’s live-action Mulan was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for November 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. The actioner based on the ancient Chinese folklore about a young woman who poses as a man to serve in the military was the weekly best-seller for two weeks following its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray release.

The remainder of the month’s top 10 chart consisted entirely of earlier releases and catalog fare.

November’s No. 2 title was a movie from 2018: Universal’s animated The Grinch.

Two Warner releases took the next two spots, with Joker at No. 3 and the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection at No. 4 — the latter being the only holdover from the previous month to remain in the top 10. The “Harry Potter” collection was also No. 4 in October.

Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, a film from earlier in 2020 that got a bit of a boost from a Nov. 24 limited-edition Blu-ray re-release containing character poster cards.

Among other titles, Warner’s Birds of Prey jumped from No. 82 in October to No. 6 in November, while the same studio’s Scoob! moved up four spots to No. 7.

Universal’s Trolls World Tour jumped back into the top 10 at No. 8, after landing at No. 30 in October. Rounding out the top 10 were Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level at No. 9, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1990 holiday favorite Home Alone at No. 10.

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The resurgence of some of the 2020’s earlier releases caused the year’s list of top 10 sellers to shift a bit. The top four remained unchanged, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February. Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remains in the No. 2 spot, while Joker holds steady at No. 3, and Jumanji: The Next Level maintains No. 4.

Moving up one spots to No. 5 was Universal’s 1917, while Trolls World Tour climbed three spots to No. 6. Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life dropped two spots to No. 10, and Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped three spots to No. 8. Lionsgate’s Midway remained at No. 7.

Sonic the Hedgehog, which had been No. 11 after October, cracked the top 10 for the first time, moving into the N0. 9 position. That pushed another Paramount movie, Terminator: Dark Fate, off the year’s Top 10 rankings.

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According to NPD, the November 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Mulan (2020)(Disney)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  6. Birds of Prey … (Warner)
  7. Scoob! (Warner)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  10. Home Alone (20th Century)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through November 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. 1917 (Universal)
  6. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)

 

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Wall Street Confidence Sky High Ahead of Disney Investor Day Event

With the Walt Disney Co. set to hold a virtual Investor Day today (Dec. 10) after the market close, Wall Street has already popped Champagne bottles in anticipation of positive news on the company’s streaming video initiatives and vaccine-related impact on parks and amusement business.

Disney shares closed Dec. 9 at a record high following multiple analyst reports projecting CEO Bob Chapek will deliver exciting news this afternoon regarding the company’s first PVOD release Mulan, another season of “The Mandalorian,” and possible transition of new “Star Wars” content from the big screen to streaming.

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On the Disney’s last fiscal call (Nov. 12) Chapek said the Disney+ streaming service had topped 73 million subscribers — well ahead of company projections.

“Chuck the [dividend], torch [earns per share], spend aggressively, All Systems Go on streaming,” Steven Cahall, analyst with Wells Fargo, wrote in a note. “In other words, we think investors will soon be willing to pay a high multiple for a global streaming growth story. So, if one is excited about the sub growth story then the stock price should take care of itself, in our view.”

In the movie business, Disney’s Soul is set to go head-to-head with Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 as the big Christmas Day digital debuts. Disney moved Soul from a November theatrical release to stream exclusively on Disney+, while Wonder Woman 1984 will be available on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously.

“It seems now would be the perfect time for continued experimentation — a free pass to determine the right future distribution strategy for Disney’s ‘theatrical’ content,” Rich Greenfield with Lightshed Partners wrote in a note last month.

Greenfield argues that if streaming is Disney’s top priority, why is major TV content such as “The Bachelorette” and “Dancing With the Stars” not premiering on Disney+ or Hulu, with delayed airings on linear TV?

“Why should any compelling TV or film content that can be shifted to streaming first, not be shifted to streaming first?,” Greenfield wrote.

Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne expects Disney+ to end Fiscal Year 2025 with 145 million paid subscribers with revenue of nearly $11 billion in FY25. The analyst believes that combined with Hulu, ESPN+ and Star, Disney could see 250 million total streaming subs by 2025 generating more than $33 billion in revenue.

“Fiscal 2020 [direct-to-consumer segment] losses came in at $3.3 billion, below the original implied guidance for $3.5 billion to $4 billion by our estimates, with much stronger customer growth partially offset by Disney leaning in on marketing,” Swinburne wrote. “For fiscal 2021, we increase our estimate of DTC losses to $4 billion to $4.5 billion and forecast profitability on DTC in 2024.”

Disney shares remain up in midmorning trading at $154.55 per share.

‘Mulan’ No. 1 Again on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Unhinged’ Still Atop On Demand Chart

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan remained in the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 6, its third time at No. 1 in the four weeks since it debuted on disc.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained at No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and was again No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Also repeating its position from the previous week, as the No. 3 disc rental and No. 2 on the On Demand chart, was the comedy Buddy Games, from Paramount.

The New Mutants, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, remained No. 4 on the disc chart but slipped a spot to No. 4 on the digital chart.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was new release The Rental, from Shout! Factory, which debuted at No. 5. The horror film directed by Dave Franco focuses on two couples whose vacation spirals out of control when they discover they are being spied on at the seaside retreat they rented.

Other new releases on the disc chart include RLJE Films’ Downrange, a thriller about stranded motorists being fired at by a sniper, at No. 8, and Viva’s animated movie 100% Wolf, about a werewolf who turns into a poodle, at No. 10.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 6:

  1. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  2. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  3. Buddy Games — Paramount
  4. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  5. The Rental — Shout! Factory
  6. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  7. 2067 — RLJ
  8. Downrange — RLJ
  9. Bill & Ted Face the Music — Warner/MGM
  10. 100% Wolf — Viva

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 6:

  1. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  2. Buddy Games — Paramount
  3. Fatman — Paramount
  4. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. Krampus — Universal
  7. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  8. After We Collided — Open Road
  9. Freaky — Universal
  10. The Vanished — Paramount

 

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‘Mulan’ Returns to No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Unhinged’ Remains Atop On Demand Chart

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan returned to the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Nov. 29. It had debuted at No. 1 before slipping to No. 2 in its second week on disc.

The previous week’s top Redbox title, Lionsgate’s Unhinged, slipped to No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, but remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The No. 3 disc rental, and No. 2 on the On Demand chart, was the newly released comedy Buddy Games, from Paramount. The movie follows a group of friends who restart their annual competitions to cheer up one of their own.

The New Mutants, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, slipped to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Lionsgate’s Iron Mask, which debuted at No. 5.

Other new releases on the disc chart include RLJE Films’ sci-fi movie 2067, at No. 6, and Uncork’d Entertainment’s Paydirt at No. 9.

On the digital chart, newcomer Fatman, from Paramount, came in at No. 4, while Iron Mask landed at No. 5.

Universal’s Let Him Go, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, was No. 7.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 29:

  1. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  2. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  3. Buddy Games — Paramount
  4. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  5. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  6. 2067 — RLJ
  7. Bill & Ted Face the Music — Warner/MGM
  8. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  9. Paydirt — Uncork’d
  10. Chick Fight — Redbox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 29:

  1. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  2. Buddy Games — Paramount
  3. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  4. Fatman — Paramount
  5. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  6. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  7. Let Him Go — Universal
  8. After We Collided — Open Road
  9. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  10. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — 20th Century

 

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‘Mulan’ Tops Domestic Disc Sales for Second Week

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan topped 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 Nov. 21.

It was the second consecutive week atop the charts for the film, which is based on the ancient Chinese folklore about a young woman who poses as a man to serve in the military in place of her elderly father.

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The week’s top new release was The New Mutants, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, which debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart. It sold 57.6% as many copies as the No. 1 title. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 70% of its overall sales, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 25% of its total.

The final “X-Men” film from the Fox era, New Mutants deals with five teenagers who are trapped in an asylum while their budding powers are being evaluated, and attacked by a force that preys upon their fears. It earned $23.8 million at the domestic box office.

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The only other newcomer in the top 20 was Lionsgate’s Unhinged, at No. 14 on the overall chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart. It saw 47% of its total come from Blu-ray Disc. The film stars Russell Crowe as a man who stalks a woman after a road rage incident. It earned $20.8 million at U.S. theaters over the summer.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 22, Unhinged debuted at No. 1, pushing Mulan to No. 2. The New Mutants debuted at No. 3.

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Remains Atop U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Packaged-media sales of Disney’s erstwhile theatrical release Mulan helped the live-action movie stay atop the U.K. Official Film Chart through Nov. 25. Disney’s first-ever PVOD release exceeded all other movies by 6,600 unit sales (physical and digital), holding off Warner’s Elf at No. 2 and relegating former No. 1, Last Christmas (Universal) to No. 3.

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Chart newcomer Dawn of the Dead (Arrow Films) underscored the dearth of new releases in 2020, with George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic entering the chart for the first time at No. 4 following a remastered packaged-media release.

The middle of the world’s No. 2 home entertainment market included perennial chart mainstays such as Disney’s Frozen II at No. 5; eOne’s 1917 at No. 6; 2000’s The Grinch (Universal) featuring Jim Carrey at No. 7; and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi at No. 8 due to a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook release.

Another chart newcomer at No. 9: sci-fi thriller Tremors: Shrieker Island, starring Michael Gross, Jon Heder and Jackie Cruz. Rounding out the Top 10: Disney’s Onward.

Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Dominates Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan dominated 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 Nov. 14.

The film, a retelling of the ancient Chinese folklore about a young woman who impersonates a man in order to serve in the military so her father doesn’t have to, had been considered one of Disney’s big tentpole releases during the summer before the coronavirus pandemic derailed those plans. The film instead bypassed U.S. theaters and was released via premium VOD on Disney+.

It was then released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 10, just four days after the studio officially announced the disc release.

Blu-ray Disc formats (including 4K) accounted for 72% of first-week Mulan disc sales. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray accounted for 10% of the film’s total unit sales.

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The No. 2 title on both charts, Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, sold 44% as many copies as Mulan overall, and 37% as many Blu-rays.

The week’s only other new release to make the top 20 was MGM and Orion Pictures’ Bill & Ted Face the Music, distributed on disc by Warmer Bros. Home Entertainment. Theatrical plans for the third film in the “Bill & Ted” franchise were similarly disrupted by the pandemic, with it ultimately seeing a PVOD release alongside a limited theatrical run in which it grossed $3.4 million domestically. In its first week on disc it was the No. 20 overall seller and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart, with the HD format accounting for 60% of its total sales.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 15, Mulan debuted at No. 1, with Bill & Ted Face the Music at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s Antebellum, dropped to No. 3.

A couple of Redbox exclusives rounded out the top five: the newly released comedy Chick Fight at No. 4, and the thriller An Imperfect Murder at No. 5.

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Lands Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Retail Chart

Disney’s digital/packaged media retail release of the live-action Mulan finished atop the U.K. weekly Official Film Chart through Nov. 18. The title, the studio’s first PVOD experiment, is one of the few new releases in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, Disney had no home entertainment releases in its most recent fiscal quarter.

Mulan stars Yifei Liu as the eponymous character, who disguises herself as a male soldier in order to save her ailing father from being conscripted.

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The previous week’s No. 1, Last Christmas dropped to No. 2 and is the first of several Christmas entries on the Nov. 18 chart. Comedy Elf climbed 12 places to No. 3, and the 2018 animated The Grinch re-entered the chart at No. 9. Further down the Top 20, The Polar Express (No. 15) and Love Actually (No. 16) returned as viewers gear up for the festive season.

Entertainment One’s 1917 returned to the Top 10, climbing nine places to No. 4, while Disney’s Frozen II dropped to No. 5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens entered the Top 10 at No. 6 following a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc re-release, as Onward dropped to No. 7.

Universal’s Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr., zoomed up 25 places to No. 8, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rounded off the chart at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 Nov. 18, 2020:

Rank Last Week Title Studio
1 New Mulan Disney
2 1 Last Christmas Universal
3 15 Elf Warner
4 13 1917 Entertainment One
5 3 Frozen II
Disney
6 New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney
7 5 Onward Disney
8 33 Dolittle Universal
9 Return The Grinch Universal
10 11 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney

 

‘Bill & Ted’ Sequel Tops Redbox On Demand Chart; ‘Mulan’ No. 1 Disc Rental

MGM and Orion Pictures’ Bill & Ted Face the Music took over the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Nov. 15, and debuted at No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart. The sequel is distributed on disc by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The third film in the “Bill & Ted” franchise finds the duo, now middle-aged, struggling to fulfill the prophecy that their music will bring about world peace in the future, causing reality to fracture. Its theatrical run was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, and while it made $3.4 million in limited theatrical release, it was primarily available over the summer through premium VOD.

Landing at No. 1 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. The film, based on the ancient Chinese folklore about a young woman who impersonates a man to serve in the army, also had its theatrical run derailed by COVID-19, and instead was released in the United States as a $29.99 add-on to the Disney+ streaming service, making it available to those who paid for it months earlier than when it would become available to all members. It was released internationally in territories such as China that don’t yet have Disney+, but underperformed with just a $66.8 million international box office gross.

The previous week’s top title on both charts, Lionsgate’s Antebellum, dropped to No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 5 on the digital chart was Redbox’s own Chick Fight, about a woman who joins an underground fight club when her life spirals out of control. It stars Malin Akerman, Bella Thorne and Alec Baldwin.

Also new to the list was Lionsgate’s Mortal, an action-thriller about a psychologically troubled young man who discovers that he has inexplicably inherited the supernatural powers of Thor. It was No. 3 on the On Demand chart and No. 6 on the disc chart.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Redbox’s exclusive An Imperfect Murder. On the digital chart, Universal’s actioner The 2nd was No. 4.

Other newcomers making their way on to the chart include Lionsgate’s Guest House at No. 10 on the disc chart, and Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 10 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 15:

  1. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music — Warner/MGM
  3. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  4. Chick Fight — Redbox
  5. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  6. Mortal — Lionsgate
  7. Friendsgiving — Lionsgate
  8. The Vanished — Paramount
  9. Ava — Redbox
  10. Guest House — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 15:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music — MGM
  2. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  3. Mortal — Lionsgate
  4. The 2nd — Universal
  5. Chick Fight — Redbox
  6. After We Collided — Open Road
  7. Ava — Redbox
  8. The Vanished — Paramount
  9. Friendsgiving — Lionsgate
  10. Unhinged — Lionsgate

 

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek ‘Very Pleased’ With ‘Mulan’ PVOD Release; Says More Coming

Disney’s first foray into premium VOD distribution of new-release movies into consumer homes rather than theaters proved successful, according to CEO Bob Chapek.  Speaking on the Nov. 12 fiscal call, Chapek said the Sept. 4 availability of live-action movie Mulan to Disney+ subscribers for $29.99 was a success. He didn’t disclose actual unit sales, saying Disney would reveal PVOD data on the virtual Investor Day on Dec. 10.

“From a studio content standpoint, we were very pleased with the results of Mulan as a premier access title,” Chapek said. The title met with adverse publicity (“mostly in the U.S.,” said Chapek) regarding filming locations in China and human rights issues with local ethnic Muslims, but not before Disney was able to determine the value of PVOD.

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Bob Chapek

“We saw enough very positive results before that controversy started to know that we’ve got something here in terms of Premier Access strategy,” Chapek said. “We’ll talk a little bit more that at the investor conference.”

He said offering the movie Soul first to Disney+ subs on Christmas Day reflects the company’s strategy of upping the content pipeline to the SVOD service.

“We thought it was a really nice gesture to our subscribers during the holiday period and provide that as  part of the service,” Chapek said. “I think what we’ve learned with Mulan is that there’s going to be a role for [PVOD] strategically with our portfolio of offerings.”