‘News of the World’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Soul’ Debuts at No. 4

Universal Pictures’ News of the World climbed to No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended March 27, bolstered by its March 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. It had been No. 13 the previous week and No. 11 the week before that following its March 9 bow via digital sellthrough.

The Western stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns, whose travels get sidetracked when he is encounters a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians, and is tasked with returning her to her family. It earned $12.6 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age, which had topped the Watched at Home Chart for four straight weeks, dropped to No. 2.The DreamWorks Animation sequel features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

That pushed Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world, to No. 3 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).

The week’s top newcomer to the list was Disney’s Soul, the lauded Pixar Animation Studios film that as a result of the pandemic bypassed theaters and was released directly through the Disney+ streaming service Dec. 25, though it did make $116.8 million at the international box office in territories where Disney+ isn’t available. Soul was made available through disc and digital sellthrough March 23.

Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ Promising Young Woman. The revenge thriller starring Carey Mulligan slipped a spot from the previous week.

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Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, which became available for digital sellthrough March 16, dropped two spots to No. 6, but should get a boost in the coming week thanks to its release on all disc formats March 30.

Warner’s 2014 Godzilla movie made its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart at No. 17 thanks to a March 23 re-release of the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in the lead-up to the March 31 U.S. release of Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters and on HBO Max.

No. 20 was another newcomer, Vertical Entertainment’s The Devil Below, a monster movie about four amateur explorers who pay a visit to Shookum Hills, a town in the remote Appalachian Mountains that was abandoned decades ago due to a mysterious coal mine fire. It has been available for digital purchase and VOD since March 5.

  1. News of the World (Universal)
  2.  The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3.  Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Soul (Disney)
  5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  6. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  7. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  8. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  9. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Wrong Turn (2021) (Lionsgate)
  11. Tenet (Warner)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  13. Let Him Go (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Fatale (Lionsgate)
  16. Crisis (Quiver)
  17. Godzilla (2014, Warner)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  20. The Devil Below (Vertical)

 

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 March 27.

‘News of the World’ Debuts at No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal Pictures’ News of the World debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended March 28, and also moved into the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The Western stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns, whose travels get sidetracked when he is encounters a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians, and is tasked with returning her to her family. It earned $12.6 million at the domestic box office.

That pushed Universal’s The Croods: A New Age to the No. 2 spot on both charts. The DreamWorks Animation sequel had been the top disc rental for the previous two weeks.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game adaptation Monster Hunter.

The No. 4 title on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was the Redbox exclusive SAS: Red Notice, an action movie in which a British officer confronts a mercenary who has hijacked a high-speed train in the Channel Tunnel.

The No. 5 disc rental was Universal’s Promising Young Woman. The Oscar nominee was No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Warner’s The Little Things, a crime drama starring Denzel Washington, Jared Leto and Rami Malek, entered the On Demand chart at No. 5 after becoming available for premium VOD viewing March 19. It will be available for digital sellthrough April 20 and on disc May 4.

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A couple other newcomers landed on both charts as well. One was the Redbox exclusive The Seventh Day, a horror film starring Guy Pearce. It tells the story of a renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest to battle demons.

Another was Lionsgate’s Hero Dog: The Journey Home, a family adventure about a blind man lost in the cold wilderness, who is aided by a brave malamute in his efforts to return to his family.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 28:

  1. News of the World — Universal
  2. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  3. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures
  4. SAS: Red Notice — Redbox
  5. Promising Young Woman — Universal
  6. The Seventh Day — Redbox
  7. Greenland — Universal/STX
  8. Soul — Disney/Pixar
  9. Hero Dog: The Journey Home — Lionsgate
  10. Breaking News in Yuba County — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 28:

  1. News of the World — Universal
  2. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  3. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures
  4. Promising Young Woman — Universal
  5. The Little Things — Warner
  6. Fatale — Lionsgate
  7. Greenland — STX
  8. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  9. Hero Dog: The Journey Home — Lionsgate
  10. The Seventh Day — Redbox

 

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‘News of the World,’ ‘American Skin’ Top New Releases on Digital and Disc March 9

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s News of the World and Lionsgate’s American Skin top the slate of new releases available for home viewing March 9.

News of the World will be available for purchase on digital March 9. Tom Hanks stars as a former Army captain in the 1870s who moves from town to town sharing the news from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken in by the Kiowa people and raised as one of their own, and agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 23.

Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin arrives on DVD and digital sellthrough March 9 from Lionsgate. The film is about a black Marine veteran working as a school janitor who takes the law into his own hands after his son is killed by a police officer who is cleared of any charges. It has been available as a PVOD rental since Jan. 15.

The Jackie Chan actioner Vanguard arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Lionsgate, a week after its digital sellthrough bow. In the film, Jackie Chan plays Tang, CEO of the covert security company Vanguard. After wealthy businessman Qin rats out his corrupt partner in an arms deal gone fatally wrong, he and his family become targets of the world’s deadliest mercenary organization — and the fighting power of Tang’s team is their only hope to survive.

Shout! Factory March 9 releases the thriller Rent-A-Pal on Blu-ray and DVD. Set in 1990, the film focuses on a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

Also from Shout! Factory March 9 comes the GKIDS anime film On-Gaku: Our Sound, by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Iwaisawa. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital platforms. Based on the comics by Hiroyuki Ohashi, the film follows the story of a feared trio of high school delinquents who, having no skills, money, or even a full set of drums, decide they are destined for musical glory. They embark on the quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and — most importantly — jam out.

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The Russian MMA action thriller Russian Raid will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, long after the murder of his father — a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid — an ex-soldier returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge.

Eddie, the story of legendary basketball coach Eddie Sutton, arrives on digital March 9 from Lionsgate. The documentary follows the life and legacy of famed basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who coached across the universities of Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, becoming one of the winningest coaches in sports history. The film features interviews from notable names in basketball and pop culture, including former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former NBA basketball player Rex Chapman, owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, University of Kansas head coach and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bill Self, ESPN sportscaster and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale, and basketball analyst and radio host Doug Gottlieb.

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

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984′ Tops Domestic Christmas Box Office

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 topped the three-day Christmas weekend domestic box office with $16.7 million in ticket sales. The tally is the highest in the U.S. since the pandemic began in March shuttering theaters — and significant considering the movie was made available simultaneously on subscription streaming service HBO Max.

Universal Pictures’ western drama News of the World, starring Tom Hanks, finished No. 2 with more than $2.4 million in estimated ticket sales across 1,900 screens, according to industry data. World displaced The Croods: A New Age (Universal), which generated $1.73 million in domestic revenue across 1,726 screens; it made $3 million in Russia. The title has sold $29.1 million in domestic tickets ($98.2 million worldwide) since its debut Nov. 25.

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WW84, starring Gal Gadot, opened in just 40% of available domestic theaters. The sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman generated $36 million in foreign markets along with $38.2 million in international revenue on its Dec. 16 debut.

Other new releases, included Focus Features’ Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan, with $270,000 in ticket sales in the No. 3 spot; and Roadside Attractions’ Pinocchio with $110,000 in revenue.