Packaged media spearheaded Disney’s Onward to hold onto the top of the U.K. Official Film Chart through Oct. 28, as competition from classic Halloween films clawed their way into the Top 10.
The Pixar adventure finished a second week at No. 1 with 90% of its sales coming from DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales. The movie finished just ahead of Disney’s Frozen II (No. 2) and Warner’s Scoob! (No. 3).
Ushering in the spooky season at No. 4, Disney’s classic Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, which climbed 20 places, bettering its previous No. 7 ranking on the 2019 post-Halloween chart. Close behind was Tim Burton’s 1993 animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas at No. 5 following a surge in sales during the week.
The week’s highest new entry came from Universal Pictures crime-drama The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, debuting at No. 6 on digital downloads only. Next up; Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog (No. 7), DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour (No. 8) and 20th Century Studios’ The Greatest Showman (No. 9), just ahead of the return of eOne’s 1917, which rose four spots to No. 10.
After five months and four stints as runner-up, Disney and Pixar Animation’s Onward finished atop the U.K.’s Official Film Chart for the week ending Oct. 21. The animated fantasy adventure stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as brother elves Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who set off on a quest to reunite with their late father for one day.
Onward pushed Warner’s four-week chart-topper Scoob! to No. 2, as Disney’s Frozen II finished at No. 3. Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith entered the chart at No. 4 thanks to a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc Steelbook release.
Signature Entertainment’s Papillon, starring Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam, dropped one place to No. 5; The Greatest Showman (20th Century Home Entertainment) held on to No. 6, and record-breaking former chart topper Trolls World Tour (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) dropped to No. 7.
Blumhouse horror movie You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, debuted at No. 8. In the film, a former banker (Bacon) and his actress wife (Seyfried) book a holiday in the remote Welsh countryside with their daughter (Avery Essex). The perfect retreat turns into a nightmare when banker Bacon loses his grasp on reality, and suspects a sinister force is within the house.
Finally, two Paramount Home Entertainment releases, Elton John biopic Rocketman and video game adaptation Sonic the Hedgehog moved into the No. 9 and No. 10 spots for the week.
Five movies generated significant gains in home viewership after their May 19 release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, led by Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which soared to No. 1 on “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended May 23, up from No. 5 the prior week.
The film, based on a popular video game franchise, has been in the top five of the weekly chart — which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group — ever since its early digital release on March 31.
Walt Disney’s Onward, the studio’s latest Pixar animated feature film, reappeared on the chart at No. 3, also after its release on disc — and in spite of the fact that it has been available since April 3 on the Disney+ subscription streaming service. The film was one of several high-profile movies that was given an early digital release in mid-March after the pandemic-induced shutdown of movie theaters. Onward spent just two weeks in theaters prior to its March 20 digital release.
Target and Best Buy offered a slew of exclusives for several of the new titles hitting shelves May 19, particularly for Disney’s Onward and Warner’s Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
For Onward, the latest Pixar release, Target offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a gallery booklet and slipcover for $34.99. Best Buy had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook edition for the same price.
Onward arrived at retail without much fanfare, as Disney did little to promote the disc version after the studio’s prominent announcement the Pixar fantasy would be available on the Disney+ streaming service in early April. Stores then offered the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K editions without the so-called first-week discount, typically $2 to $5 off new releases. That is, the stores that bothered to actually put them on shelves. A clerk at a Target in Tustin, Calif., found the box of the store’s entire inventory hidden in the stockroom after being prompted to search for them by customers wondering why the shelf spaces allocated for them were empty despite other new releases having been put out, and the Target website indicating all versions were in stock at that store.
Further, the lack of a slipcover for the regular 4K and Blu-ray editions motivated several Pixar collectors to take to message boards to complain that their absence, in addition to the lack of early discount, would lead them to forgo buying the title until it goes on sale for the holidays. (Slipcovers, often sought by collectors, are typically only included with new discs in their early shipments to stores.)
Moreover, Onward was also apparently not for sale through Amazon.com except via third-party sellers, and even then finding the disc versions wasn’t particularly easy to do through Amazon’s search function.
Onward’s lack of presence on Amazon is similar to another Disney-owned title, Fox’s The Call of the Wild, which didn’t have a disc listing at the online retailer until several days after its May 12 street date. This may relate to longstanding issues Amazon often has with studios such as Disney over distribution agreements for new titles, leading to Amazon not to take preorders for such titles.
Similarly, the newly released disc of Disney-owned Fox’s Downhill was almost nowhere to be found not just on Amazon (where it was offered by marketplace sellers, essentially Amazon’s version of eBay), but any physical store shelves, being relegated to the online stores of the major retailers.
For Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Target offered a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $19.99, while Best Buy offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray gift set that included a figurine of the Teen Titans’ Raven character for $29.99.
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog was offered as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook by Best Buy for $32.99.
Best Buy also offered Universal’s new The Blues Brothers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release as a Steelbook edition for $19.99.
Another Best Buy promotion lets customers buy Warner’s The Way Back Blu-ray at $19.99 and get $5 off another Warner Blu-ray.
Finally, Best Buy is already taking preorders for Warner’s Scoob!, which was released through digital channels May 15. The digital version is available now for $24.99, and Best Buy is offering the DVD at $17.99, Blu-ray at $19.99 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $27.99, though no street date for the discs has been announced.
Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated World War I movie 1917 replaced Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the top-selling weekly home entertainment release in the United Kingdom through May 13. The Universal Pictures movie is distributed by Hasbro’s Entertainment One in the U.K.
In the second spot was Disney’s Onward, which entered The Official Film Chart rankings eight weeks early on digital due to the coronavirus’ upending retail distribution schedules. Rise of Skywalker completed the podium.
The Official Film Chart is a weekly rundown of the U.K.’s favorite films bought on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download and is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales across a seven day period through outlets including mail order, entertainment shops, supermarkets and download stores.
Rounding out the Top 20 selling titles of the week in order included JoJo Rabbit (2C Studios); Birds of Prey (Warner Home Video); Frozen 2 (Disney); Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment); The Gentleman (EIV); Spies in Disguise (Disney/Fox); Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Home Entertainment); Knives Out (Lionsgate U.K.); Playing With Fire (Paramount); Spider-Man: Far From Home (SPHE); Joker (Warner); LeMans ’66 (Disney/Fox, known as Ford v. Ferrari in the U.S.); Rocketman (Paramount); Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel); Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment); Midway (Lionsgate) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (SPHE).
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, was the most-watched home release the week ended April 4 outside the streaming universe, according to a new weekly tally of transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.
The new “Watched at Home” chart measures disc sales, digital purchase (electronic sellthrough, or EST) and digital rental.
The Rise of Skywalker was released digitally March 17 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD two weeks later, on March 31, by Disney and LucasFilm. The disc release gave the title a boost. On the previous week’s chart for the week ended March 28, before its availability on disc, The Rise of Skywalker was No. 6.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker earned more than $515 million at the domestic box office and just over $1 billion worldwide.
Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog debuted at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 4, solely on the strength of its digital sales. The film, which earned $306.8 million at the global box office, was made available for purchase through digital retailers on March 31, just 46 days after its theatrical opening. The early release was prompted by a mass shuttering of movie theaters due to efforts to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic; the normal theatrical-to-home window is about three months. Sonic becomes available on disc and for digital rental on May 19.
The third spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart went to another early digital release, Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life. The third “Bad Boys” movie, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, grossed $204.4 million in North American theaters and $419 million globally. The film was made available for home viewing on March 31 and will be issued on disc on April 21.
Another Sony Pictures release, Jumanji: The Next Level, finished the week at No. 4, down two spots from the prior week. The fantasy adventure film, which generated $796.6 million in worldwide movie-ticket sales to become the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2019, was released through digital retailers on March 3 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD on March 17.
Rounding out the top five was Universal Pictures’ 1917, the acclaimed World War I movie that was released digitally March 10 and on disc March 24. The previous week 1917 was ranked at No. 3.
The week ended March 28’s most-watched film, Disney’s Onward, slipped to No. 6 the week ended April 4. The latest Pixar animated movie was made available for digital purchase on March 20 and premiered on the subscription streaming service Disney+ on April 3.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
Bloodshot (Sony Pictures)
The Call of the Wild (Disney)
Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Disney)
Birds of Prey (Warner)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
Spies in Disguise (Fox)
Frozen II (Disney)
Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
The Way Back (Warner)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures)
Disney’s modernized fairy tale Onward appears slated for a May 19 release on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
The latest effort from the vaunted Pixar Animated Studio earned $61.6 million during a domestic theatrical run that began March 6 but was cut short by the closure of theaters amid the coronavirus pandemic. Disney subsequently released the film for digital sellthrough March 20, and made it available on the Disney+ streaming service April 3.
The film stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as the voices of a pair of teenage elf brothers who embark on a mystical quest to spend another day with their late father.
Information regarding the May 19 disc release comes from a presale listing at the Disney Movie Club, an online storefront promoted by the studio for fans to buy merchandise and movies on disc at discounted prices, including titles available exclusively through the club.
Amazon early on Sunday, March 22, announced via email the launch of Prime Video | Cinema, a new online hub where the company says “you can watch the latest movies just released in theaters — without leaving home.”
Disney/Pixar’s Onward is available to buy for $19.99, while Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma are available to rent at the same price. The price is also the same for HD or SD.
All four films were made available for home viewing earlier than expected due to the closure of movie theaters in response to the escalating novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Walt Disney Studios announced it is making the Pixar animated film Onward available to buy digitally today (March 20) at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET., and will bring the film to Disney+ April 3 in the United States.
The film, about a pair of teenage elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) in a modern fairy tale world who embark on a mystical quest to spend another day with their late father, premiered in theaters March 6 and earned $61.5 million domestically and $103.1 million worldwide before the global coronavirus pandemic led to massive closures of movie theaters.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” Onward director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae said in a statement.