‘Uncle Drew’ Outrents ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at Redbox

Uncle Drew, a sports comedy from Lionsgate that earned $42.5 million in North American movie theaters, saw higher rental demand at Redbox kiosks the week ended Oct. 1 than Walt Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which even with a domestic gross of $214 million was the poorest performer of the 11 “Star Wars” movies.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 25.

Uncle Drew debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, while Solo bowed at No. 3.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on both the Redbox kiosk chart and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox rental chart: the much-maligned Gotti, starring John Travolta as the notorious New York gangster. The crime drama, bowing at No. 7, had been slated for release in December 2017, but two weeks before the scheduled release date Lionsgate sold the film back to its producers – hence, the delay. Gotti was ultimately released for the home market on Sept. 25 by Vertical Entertainment, with Lionsgate still handling distribution.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk charts were the Sandra Bullock-starrer Ocean’s 8 at No. 4 and Tag at No. 5, both released by Warner Bros.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Ocean’s 8 remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week while Uncle Drew debuted at No. 3, even though it was released digitally two weeks prior to its disc issuance.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox digital chart were Tag at No. 4 and Gotti at No. 5, the latter up from No. 8 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Uncle Drew (new)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (new)
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Tag
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Gotti (new)
  8. Siberia
  9. Hereditary
  10. Adrift

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Uncle Drew
  4. Tag
  5. Gotti
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Adrift
  8. Book Club
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Redbox Disc, Digital Charts; Lionsgate’s ‘Siberia’ Makes Strong Debut

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Sept. 24.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series and a sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

No surprise, then, that the film would debut at No. 1 on both Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 18 and on digital two weeks earlier.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox disc chart: Lionsgate’s Siberia, bowing at No. 5. The film, about an American diamond dealer who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds, only to fall in love with a café owner as the deal goes south, stars Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Molly Ringwald, and Wagner Moura.

Taking the No. 2 spot on both Redbox charts was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, the comedy heist film that debuted at No. 1 the prior week, also on both charts. Ocean’s 8 grossed nearly $140 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 was released digitally Aug. 21 and on disc Sept. 11.

Warner’s Tag finished the week at No. 3 on both charts, slipping from No. 2 on the disc rental chart and holding firm on the digital chart.

Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero spoof Deadpool 2 dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Adrift, about two seafaring adventurers who unwittingly sail into a hurricane. The film, which earned just under $31.5 million domestically, had been No. 4 the prior week. On Redbox’s kiosk chart, Adrift slipped to No. 7 from No. 5.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Siberia (new)
  6. Avengers: Infinity War
  7. Adrift
  8. Hereditary
  9. SuperFly
  10. Life of the Party

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Adrift
  6. Sherlock Gnomes
  7. Book Club
  8. Gotti
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Displaces ‘Deadpool 2’ From Top Spot on Home Video Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Ocean’s 8 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 Sept. 15.

The heist comedy, a female-driven spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy with Sandra Bullock as the sister of George Clooney’s character, earned $139.4 million at the domestic box office.

Deadpool 2, which had been the top seller for the previous three weeks, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. The superhero comedy is distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War, the runner-up to Deadpool 2 the previous three weeks, slid to No. 3 on both charts.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus slipped a spot to No. 4 on both charts. The 1993 film typically enjoys a sales spike in the fall lead-up to Halloween, aided this year by a new 25th anniversary Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five on the overall sales chart was Warner’s The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season. The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Lionsgate’s Hereditary.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of first-week Ocean’s 8 sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 8% to the film’s unit sales total.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 16 also saw Ocean’s 8 debut at No. 1, pushing Warner’s Tag to No. 2.

Deadpool 2 slipped to No. 3, followed by Sony Pictures’ Superfly debuted at No. 4, and Universal’s Adrift slipping to No. 5.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Ocean’s 8, the newly released comedy from Warner Bros., was the top physical and digital movie at Redbox the week ended Sept. 17.

The film, an all-female spinoff of the Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy, was No. 1 on both Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Ocean’s 8 grossed nearly $140 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 was released digitally Aug. 21 and on disc Sept. 11.

Two other new releases also debuted in the top 10, one on the Redbox kiosk chart and the other on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, the DVD and Blu-ray Disc of SuperFly bowed at No. 4. A remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly, the theatrical underperformer stars Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell,  Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”), Lex Scott Davis, Jennifer Morrison, Kaalan Walker, Esai Morales, and Andrea Londo.

On the Redbox on Demand chart, Vertical Entertainment’s much-maligned mobster film Gotti, with John Travolta portraying notorious New York gangster John Gotti, debuted at No. 7.

Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero spoof Deadpool 2 dropped to No. 3 on Redbox’s disc rental chart after two weeks at No. 1, while Warner’s Tag held firm at No. 2.

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart was Universal Pictures’ Adrift, which debuted at No. 4 the prior week. The film, about two seafaring adventurers who unwittingly sail into a hurricane, earned just under $31.5 million domestically.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Paramount’s Annihilation, originally released back in May, made a surprise return to the chart at No. 2.

Tag, the top digital title the prior week, slipped to No. 3.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart for the week ended Sept. 17 were Adrift at No. 4 (down from No. 2 the previous week) and  Deadpool 2 at No. 5 (down from No. 3).

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 17

  1. Ocean’s 8 (new)
  2. Tag
  3. Deadpool 2
  4. SuperFly (new)
  5. Adrift
  6. Hereditary
  7. Life of the Party
  8. Book Club
  9. Avengers: Infinity War
  10. Breaking In

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 17

  1. Ocean’s 8 (new)
  2. Annihilation
  3. Tag
  4. Adrift
  5. Deadpool 2
  6. Book Club
  7. Gotti (new)
  8. SuperFly
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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Walmart Covering the Digital Spectrum — at the Retail Store

Walmart may be considering launching a branded over-the-top video service, but it hasn’t turned its back on home entertainment at the retail level.

The world’s largest retail chain of home entertainment reported low single-digit increase in same-store entertainment sales during the second quarter (ended July 27). It was the strongest entertainment quarter in the fiscal year. Entertainment includes electronics, DVD, Blu-ray Disc movies, music CDs, video games and books.

During a recent late-night visit to a Walmart Supercenter in North Platte, Neb. (pop. 25,000), new-release and catalog movies and TV shows were available in abundant supply across all formats (including 4K UHD Blu-ray) in point-of-purchase displays and on store shelves.

From Warner Home Video’s Ocean’s 8 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo placard greeting visitors at the door to the $3.74 DVD dump bin, this Walmart store had exponentially more titles than customers.

The location featured standalone displays for catalog titles in price points ranging from $9.96, $14.96 to $24.96. The Ocean’s 8 4K UHD Blu-ray combo (which bowed Sept. 11) was available for $29.96.

The latest HD format appears to be taking off, according to the Consumer Technology Association. The trade group expects 1.2 million 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc players to ship in 2018 (39% growth over 2017), which will make up 22% of all BD player shipments (regular BD + UHD BD). 4K UHD Blu-ray player revenue is expected to reach $180 million (up 17% over 2017).

The North Platte Walmart also marketed titles available through the industry-backed Movie Anywhere platform as well as Walmart-owned Vudu.com. The latter included digital cards for sale that activate online access to content through a code printed on the purchase receipt.

While this Walmart store didn’t appear to be shrinking shelf space for packaged media, it did heavily market digital access. A strategy Michael Pachter, media analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, contends reflects geography, especially in rural areas he says are behind the curve in adopting digital distribution.

“Sounds like what we saw five years ago in metropolitan areas,” said Pachter.

Media Play News just reported 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s ‘R’-rated superhero comedy Deadpool 2 was the top-selling disc for the third consecutive week.

And with good reason.

Fox’s shrewd in-store marketing of the sequel starring Ryan Reynolds features an entire display of “other” Fox titles with the Deadpool character superimposed on the box art and following disclaimer on the back: “I wish I was in this movie but I’m not.”

The marketing, however, was lost on Katie O’Shea, a Boulder, Colo., resident in the North Platte Walmart shopping for vacation staples.

Wandering through the entertainment section, O’Shea had stumbled across the DVD dump bin and began digging.

“I look for actors I like and movies I haven’t seen,” she said. “I like action movies. They are in a bargain bin. They’re less expensive. Seems like a good deal you can’t resist.”

O’Shea, whose DVD purchases included Criminal (Lionsgsate), The Monuments Men (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) and Three Kings (Warner Bros.), said she was impressed with the quality of movies available in the dump bin, adding that paying $14.99 or more for a movie at Walmart seemed too expensive.

“I can pay that at home,” she said. “It was fun to look through the selections.”

 

 

 

Ocean’s Eight

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Warner;
Comedy;
Box Office $139.32 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for language, drug use, and some suggestive content.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Richard Armitage. 

Ocean’s Eight is pretty much exactly the movie one might expect from the premise of making a female-centric version of an “Ocean’s” heist movie.

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney’s character from the “Ocean’s” trilogy, who gets out of prison and gathers her former cohorts for a scheme to steal an expensive necklace during the Met Gala.

Their plan is to convince a famous actress (Anne Hathaway) to wear the jewels, and through the franchise’s usual series of complicated maneuvers find a way to swap it for a fake and sneak off with the goods. Debbie also might want some revenge against a former boyfriend who got her sent to prison in the first place.

So, naturally, the plan seems to get more out of control with every detail while the twists and turns become more far-fetched. It’s best not to think too much about the logic of all of it.

True to the franchise, the film is mostly just an excuse to spend some time with the quirky and likable personalities of the all-star assembly of talent involved. There are even a few cameos from some of the characters from the earlier trilogy (but, alas, Matt Damon’s rumored cameo is nowhere to be found, not even the deleted scenes).

The Blu-ray offers a couple of short deleted scenes totaling less than two minutes.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes that run about 38 minutes in total. One focuses on the cast, one focuses on the caper, and one focuses on how the filmmakers re-created the Met Gala for the story.

Cast of ‘Ocean’s 8’ Promotes Anti-Piracy Video in the U.K.

The cast of Warner Bros.’ upcoming $70 million female-driven heist thriller Ocean’s 8 has created a video to combat piracy in the United Kingdom.

Working together with The Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a British-based copyright protection organization, Warner Bros. created the trailer in which cast members Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter discuss the appeal of the cinema experience.

In its own research, The Trust found that most movie pirates are avid moviegoers who covet ubiquitous access to content.

The trailer — part of The Trust’s “Moments Worth Paying For” anti-piracy initiative — directs viewers to the U.K. industry-funded movie search engine (FindAnyFilm.com) to help them buy tickets, packaged-media releases or digital editions.

“Having the cast come together to help deliver the message is truly thrilling and a massive endorsement on the important work the Trust does,” James Gallagher, senior marketing manager of The Industry Trust, said in a statement. “The latest round of our campaign effectiveness research shows that featuring key talent resonates strongly with audiences and results in a likely increase in cinema trips and spend in the category.”

“We want audiences to get completely immersed in every twist and turn of this summer’s biggest heist movie and experience all the movie moments worth paying for in the way they are seen best of all — on the big screen,” added Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. U.K. and Ireland.

Ocean’s 8 opens in the Unites States June 8, and June 18 in the U.K.