‘Old’ Debuts Atop Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Free Guy’ Tops Digital Chart Again

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Old debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 24, and was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The latest thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, which involves a group of people trapped on a secluded beach that rapidly ages them, earned $48.2 million at the domestic box office. It was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 19.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy. It’s the second consecutive week in the top digital spot for the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who learns he is a video game character.

Another Oct. 19 disc release, Paramount’s Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The film provides an origin story for the ninja warrior known as Snake Eyes, who serves as a covert commando on the G.I. Joe anti-terrorist team. It earned $28.3 million at the domestic box office and was No. 5 on the digital chart.

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No. 3 on both charts was Lionsgate’s The Protégé, an actioner about a deadly assassin out for revenge that stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick. It earned $7.4 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Vertical Entertainment’s Joe Bell, slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga slipped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 24:

  1. Old — Universal
  2. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  3. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  4. Joe Bell — Vertical
  5. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  6. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner
  7. The Forever Purge — Universal
  8. Pig — Decal
  9. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  10. Survive the Game — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 24:

  1. Free Guy — Disney/20th Century
  2. Old — Universal
  3. The Protégé — Lionsgate
  4. F9: The Fast Saga — Universal
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins — Paramount
  6. The Forever Purge — Universal
  7. Black Widow — Disney/Marvel
  8. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions — Sony Pictures
  9. The Addams Family 2 — MGM
  10. Space Jam: A New Legacy — Warner

 

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Old

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $48.24 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language.
Stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre.

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest twisty thriller offers a disturbing examination of the concept of time and the aging process.

The story involves a family on vacation at a tropical resort. As a bonus perk, they are whisked away to a secluded beach with a few other families to spend a day relaxing in peace and quiet.

Things quickly go awry, however, when the older members of the group begin to experience health problems, while the children seem to be years older than they should be after a few hours.

They deduce that the cliffs surrounding the beach are composed of a strange type of strange type of rock that emits radiation that speeds up the body’s cellular processes, causing the visitors to age roughly one year each half-hour.

Making matters worse, the rock walls seemingly have them trapped on the beach, as the ocean currents make it difficult to swim away.

They also learn that someone in each family has a disease or illness, and it seems they were manipulated into visiting the resort and herded onto that beach, a suspicion compounded when they discover they’re being watched.

The story is built around the notion that time is a valuable resource that shouldn’t be squandered, hammered home by the scenario of parents literally watching their children grow into adulthood right before their eyes. Another member of the group is a model to whom the very concept of growing old suddenly becomes the immediate horror she must confront.

While the premise is fascinating, Shyamalan’s efforts to explore it are somewhat uneven, as scenes of creepy tension are often undercut by clunky dialogue.

The Blu-ray includes some deleted scenes that are too short to have much impact, and a few interesting behind-the-scenes featurettes, particularly one that explores the relationship between Shyamalan and his daughter, who worked as an assistant director on the movie.

The same extras can be found on both the regular Blu-ray and the 4K disc.

‘Old’ is Indeed New as M. Night Shyamalan’s Thriller Tops Quiet Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ Old surprisingly topped the July 25 domestic box office with an estimated $16.5 million ($20 million globally) in ticket sales in another pandemic-affected weekend as infections of the new delta variant spike nationwide.

The horror/thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan, which stars Gael García Bernal and Rufus Sewell, among others, bested Paramount Pictures’ Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins and also exceeded the sophomore weekend take of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is concurrently streaming for free to subscribers on HBO Max, finished behind Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow. The superhero movie generated $11.6 million across 4,250 screens to up its North American box office total to $154 million.

Should Old generate less than $50 million at the box office after 17 days, Universal could distribute the title direct-to-consumers via PVOD as part of the studio’s revenue-sharing agreement with AMC Theatres and Regal.

Snake Eyes, the third live-action movie based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line and a reboot of the film franchise, generated a reported $13.3 million across 3,521 screens.

‘Old’ is New in Weekend Box Office Forecast

The Universal Pictures thriller Old, from director M. Night Shyamalan, joins Paramount Pictures’ newest “G.I. Joe” franchise release Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins as the July 25 weekend’s biggest new theatrical releases.

The two films will take on previous domestic box office champs Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Widow and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Unlike Black Widow and Space Jam: A New Legacy, both Old and Snake Eyes will have exclusive theatrical runs. Universal, which has abbreviated window agreements with AMC Theatres and Regal, could offer Old to consumers in the home for $19.99 PVOD after three weekends if total ticket sales fall below $50 million.

The studio’s sequel The Forever Purge is available today (July 23) across myriad digital platforms, including Redbox Digital, Vudu Fandango and Amazon Prime Video.

Both Old and Snake Eyes are reportedly projected to generate around $15 million each this weekend across 3,500 screens, which includes Thursday (July 22) previews.

Black Widow and reigning box office topper Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James, are concurrently available online, the former, starring Scarlett Johansson, via a $29.99 Premier Access Disney+ add-on, and the latter for no extra charge to HBO Max subscribers.

Recent data from Samba TV found that 2 million households have purchased Black Widow, a $60+ million tally Disney confirmed in its first-ever PVOD data disclosure. Some observers contend the strong in-home consumer demand hurt the Marvel superhero’s sophomore weekend box office, which plummeted about 68%.

Other holdovers include Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga with $4.8 million projected box office, according to Box Office Pro; Sony Pictures’ Escape Room: Tournament of Champions ($3.7 million); The Boss Baby: Family Business ($3.3 million, Universal); The Forever Purge ($2.2 million); A Quiet Place Part II ($1.5 million, Paramount), and Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain ($1 million, Focus Features).