Liam Neeson Film ‘Marlowe’ Available Now for Premium Digital Sale and Rental, on Disc April 18

The Liam Neeson crime thriller Marlowe is available now for premium digital purchase and rental and will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 18 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Neeson (Memory, Blacklight) portrays Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in the Open Road Films release from Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The film also stars Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Tootsie, The Gambler), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown, The Infiltrator), Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” Battle of the Sexes, X2: X-Men United), and Golden Globe  nominee Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, The Aviator, 21 Grams). 

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Set in late 1930s Bay City, Marlowe centers on streetwise, down on his luck detective Philip Marlowe, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide.

‘Honest Thief’ Steals Another Sedate Domestic Weekend Box Office

The Open Road Films drama Honest Thief, starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, took top billing at another moribund weekend domestic box office (Oct. 23-25). The film generated an estimated $2.28 million across 2,500 screens nationwide — or $912 per screen. The tally was 44% less than the previous weekend. Thief has generated $7.4 million in 10 days of release, and $10.7 million globally.

With major theater chains only slowly re-opening screens (New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles remain closed), moviegoers still appear reluctant to return without an available coronavirus vaccine and/or major studio releases playing in cineplexes. Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said the feel-good Thief is aimed at bringing consumer confidence.

“Our belief was that releasing a crowd-pleaser of a film…at this point in time, would generate the positive word-of-mouth necessary to successfully propel the film for many weeks,” Ortenberg said in a media statement. “Back to back weeks at No. 1, confirms that belief.”

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Other weekend revenue generators included The War With Grandpa, which tallied $1.9 million, or 25% less than the previous weekend. The Robert De Niro-starrer has generated $9.7 million over 17 days. The horror film The Empty Man from 20th Century Studios debuted with $1.3 million in ticket sales across 2,027 screens. Warner Bros.’ Tenet sold another $1.3 million worth of tickets across 1,801 screens.

Indie Films, Older Movies Score on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The lack of fresh theatrical product continues to lead home viewers toward older films as well as niche product from independent suppliers.

The crime drama The Tax Collector, from RLJ Entertainment, remained No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Aug. 15. The film, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord, was released through digital retailers on Aug. 7.

New to the chart were two more independent films, Homefront and Made In Italy, which debuted, respectively at No. 6 and No. 7 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Homefront, from Open Road Films, is a 2013 action thriller that stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. The film earned $51.7 million during its theatrical run.

Made In Italy is a new comedy-drama written and directed by James D’Arcy. Starring Liam Neeson and his son, Micheál Richardson, as well as Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, the film follows an artist who must restore a villa with his estranged son after his wife dies in a terrible car crash. Made in Italy was released Aug. 7 through in select theaters and on VOD.

Also new to the weekly chart is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow-helmed comedy rerouted from theaters to an early digital release, at a premium price, in June. The film debuted at No. 11 on the “Watched at Home” chart after its release the prior week through digital retailers.

Jurassic World entered the chart at No. 19, a week after its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, debuted at No. 18 amid publicity around the next installment in the dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, slated to bow in theaters next summer. Fallen Kingdom moved up two spots to finish the week at No. 16.

Rounding out the top five the week ended Aug. 15 were DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour at No. 2 and the three seasons of “Yellowstone,” from Paramount, at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. Homefront (2013, Open Road Films)
  7. Made In Italy (IFC Films)
  8. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  9. The Rental (IFC Films)
  10. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  11. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  12. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  13. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  14. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  15. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  16. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  19. Jurassic World (Universal)
  20. 1917 (Universal)


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 Aug. 15.