Paramount’s Eddie Murphy Sequel ‘Coming 2 America’ Going to Amazon Prime Video

Chalk up another loss for the theatrical market. Paramount Pictures has reportedly licensed rights to the Eddie Murphy sequel Coming 2 America to Amazon Prime Video for $125 million. The movie, co-starring original headliners Murphy and Arsenio Hall, is slated to bow on Prime Dec. 18 — the same date as the original theatrical launch, according to Deadline, which first reported the move.

Co-stars in the sequel, in which Akeem (Murphy) learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda, include Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Jay Pharaoh.

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Amazon had been relatively quiet on content spending in 2020 compared with rivals Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and Apple — reportedly slated to spend $6 million on original content this year before the coronavirus hit.

Now the deal represents another high-profile theatrical steal for Amazon Studios under the direction of Jennifer Salke, following deals for Sasha Baron Cohen’s second Borat flick, and Dave Bautista’s My Spy.

The 1988 original Coming to America was a blockbuster for Paramount, generating $128 million at domestic screens and $288 million worldwide — just behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Rain Man.

The transaction leaves just four high-profile studio movies still on the theatrical calendar in 2020, including Open Road’s Honest Thief on Oct. 16; 20th Century’s Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds on Dec. 11; Death on the Nile with Kenneth Branagh reprising Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth detective Hercules Poirot on Dec. 18; and Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas.

Studios have repeatedly pushed back big-budget releases to 2021 as theaters grapple with pandemic closures and limited seating at screens that are open. With Warner’s espionage thriller Tenet failing to bring consumers in the U.S. back to the cineplex, the domestic box office is trending nearly 80% below 2019 levels.

ViacomCBS CEO: ‘Paramount+’ Rebranding Gives New Life to Studio

ViacomCBS’s move to rebrand subscription streaming video service CBS All Access to Paramount+ in 2021 could be the spark that returns the famed Paramount Pictures studio to global prominence, CEO Bob Bakish told an investor event.

Speaking Sept. 15 during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Bakish said the Paramount name resonates globally, giving the rebooted CBS All Access service greater appeal as it is supersized for worldwide access to compete against Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

“It’s a brand with a history of innovation, it’s over a century old, and a legacy of producing great content,” Bakish said. “It’s a brand that has always brought people together to enjoy the entertainment experience. Importantly, it’s a brand that also leverages ViacomCBS’s global position with near universal brand recognition. The fact is consumers all over the world know the Paramount brand, and they love it. So it’s a natural choice for us.”

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Indeed, Paramount could use the jolt. The studio is the fifth-oldest in the world, the second-oldest in the U.S. after Universal Pictures, and the only major still headquartered in Los Angeles. In addition to select “Transformers” movies, the studio’s biggest franchise (six movies) in recent years has been “Mission: Impossible” with Tom Cruise, generating a combined $3.6 billion at the global box office. The studio has also fared well with Sonic the Hedgehog, A Quiet Place and television production of “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner.

“It is really the beginning of an exciting new chapter for one of the most storied brands in Hollywood,” Bakish said.

Paramount Snags Home Entertainment, TV Rights to Three Romulus Entertainment Movies

Paramount Pictures on Sept. 8 announced that it has secured home entertainment and television licensing rights to three feature films from Romulus Entertainment.

The films will be released in select U.S. theaters by Vertical Entertainment in tandem with their release on home entertainment platforms.

“We are delighted to bring these exceptional films to audiences around the world through a combination of home entertainment platforms and television licensing,” said Dan Cohen, president of the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “With top-notch casts and creative talent, these films offer gripping stories that will appeal to a wide array of viewers.”

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The three films included in the agreement are:

Dreamland, starring Margot Robbie as an outlaw bank robber during the Great Depression who becomes involved with a young man who must choose between collecting the bounty on her head or following his heart. Aside from Robbie, the film stars Finn Cole, Travis Fimmel, and Garrett Hedlund. It was directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and written by Nicolaas Zwart.

Jungleland, in which Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell play brothers trying to escape their circumstances by traveling across the country for a bare-knuckle boxing match that becomes a fight for their lives. The film, directed by Max Winkler, was co-written by Winkler, Theodore B. Bressman, and David Branson Smith. Jessica Barden also stars.

Gully is about three disaffected teens who roam the streets of Los Angeles, seeking seek revenge for all the ways the world has failed them through a series of increasingly violent crimes. The film stars Amber Heard, Jonathan Majors, John Corbett, Terrence Howard, Charlie Plummer, Robin Givens. Nabil Elderkin directed the film, which was written by Marcus J. Guillory.

The deal was negotiated by Lauren Fisher for Paramount Pictures, Brad Feinstein from Romulus Entertainment and Andrew Kramer of Loeb & Loeb.

Paramount to Reissue Third ‘Godfather’ Film With New Edit, Restoration

Paramount Pictures Sept. 3 announced it will release a new edit and restoration of Francis Ford Coppola’s third and final film in his epic “Godfather” trilogy, The Godfather Part III.

The rebranded Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, Paramount says, “achieves director/screenwriter Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale, which has been meticulously restored for the finest presentation of the Corleone saga’s last chapter.”

The 1990 release of the third film was maligned by critics as not living up to the standard set by the first two films in the franchise, which won the Oscar for Best Picture for the 1972 and 1974 movie years, respectively. The new version of the third film will have a limited theatrical release in December, followed by availability through digital retailers and on disc.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather Part III,” Coppola said in a statement. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”

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Coppola’s three-part movie adaptation of Puzo’s novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone mob family. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, The Godfather Part III was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film follows Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in his 60s as he seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire.

Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a frame-by-frame restoration of both the new Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone and the original The Godfather Part III. Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team began by searching for more than 50 original takes to replace lower-resolution opticals in the original negative. This process took more than six months and involved sifting through 300 cartons of negative.  American Zoetrope worked diligently to repair scratches, stains, and other anomalies that could not be addressed previously due to technology constraints, while enhancements were made to the original 5.1 audio mix. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, midway through the project all work — even the search for the negative — shifted to the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles and was completed remotely.

“Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision,” said Andrea Kalas, SVP of Paramount Archives.

Additional details about the theatrical and home entertainment releases will be provided at a later date, Paramount says.

On Rotten Tomatoes, The Godfather Part III has a 69% favorable rating from critics and a 78% favorable rating from audiences. This compares to 98% for The Godfather from both segments and 98% from critics and 97% from audiences for The Godfather Part II.

 

‘Love and Monsters’ to Bow on PVOD Oct. 16

Paramount Pictures will release Love and Monsters via premium VOD Oct. 16.

It will be available on VOD platforms for a 48-hour rental period at $19.99.  The film will also be available for early digital purchase at $24.99.

Joel Dawson in ‘Love and Monsters’

“Given the demand for new, high-quality entertainment right now, Paramount has decided to release Love and Monsters widely on digital platforms,” said Andrew Gumpert, chief operating officer, Paramount Pictures. “While we eagerly look forward to the reopening of movie theaters, we wanted to make this original and imaginative film available for everyone to enjoy at home.”

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The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies. As Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner, “Teen Wolf”) watches his fellow survivors pair off, he decides to brave the surface and face the monsters standing between himself and his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick, “Iron Fist,” “Game of Thrones”).  Along his dangerous journey, Joel makes unlikely friends, including a heroic dog and a pair of survivalists (Michael Rooker, Guardians of the Galaxy; Ariana Greenblatt, The One And Only Ivan, Avengers: Infinity War) who help him survive the monster-infested road to true love.

Paramount Pictures is releasing the film in association with eOne.

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Scream Factory Presents ‘Friday the 13th’ Blu-ray Boxed Set Oct. 13

To mark the 40th anniversary of the original “Friday the 13th” film, Shout! Factory’s horror imprint, Scream Factory, will release The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Oct. 13. The 16-disc Blu-ray set will include all 12 franchise films released by Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema.

It also includes new and existing extras, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-pg collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for the first four movies, with part three in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ra case featuring original theatrical artwork.

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The 12 films included in the set are Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake.

The new boxed set is limited to a run of 13,000 copies. For a limited time, fans who buy the collection through ShoutFactory.com can receive an exclusive 36×24-inch lithograph featuring new artwork from artist Devon Whitehead, and an exclusive 24×36-inch 40th Anniversary poster featuring new artwork from artist Joel Robinson.

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Among the features of each movie are:

Friday the 13th (two discs):

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative (theatrical cut and unrated cut);
  • Audio Commentary by director Sean S. Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller and more (unrated cut);
  • “Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th”;
  • “The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham”;
  • A Friday the 13th Reunion;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 1”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.S. Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • U.K. Radio Spot (New to the Set);
  • U. S. Theatrical Trailer;
  • International Theatrical Trailer (New to the Set).

 

Friday the 13th Part 2:

  • New 4K scan of the original camera negative;
  • Amy Steel podcast interview;
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories: The Book;
  • “Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 2”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part 3:

  • New 4K scan from the original film elements;
  • Contains both the 2D and a new 3D version;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker and Dana Kimmell;
  • “Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror”;
  • “Legacy of the Mask”;
  • “Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular”;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 3”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:

  • New 4K scan from the original camera negative;
  • Audio Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch;
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 4”;
  • Slashed Scenes with audio commentary by director Joseph Zito;
  • “Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”;
  • The Lost Ending;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I”;
  • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • Radio Spots (New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning:

  • New audio commentary with Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees and Tiffany Helm;
  • Audio Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales of Camp Blood Part 5”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II”;
  • “New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V”;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

  • New audio Commentary with Thom Mathews, Vinny Gustaferro, Kerry Noonan, Cynthia Kania and CJ Graham;
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom McLoughlin;
  • Audio Commentary With writer/director Tom McLoughlin, actor Vincent Guastaferro and editor Bruce Green;
  • Audio Commentary by fans/filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch (New to the Set);
  • “Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 6”;
  • “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III”:
  • Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI”;
  • “Meeting Mr. Voorhees”;
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spots (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:

  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actor Kane Hodder;
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder;
  • “Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII”;
  • “Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis”;
  • “Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A**”;
  • Slashed Scenes with introduction;
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD ROM — New to the Set);
  • TV Spot (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer.

 

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

  • Audio Commentary with director Rob Hedden;
  • Audio Commentary with actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder;
  • “New York Has A New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan”;
  • Slashed Scenes;
  • Gag Reel;
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to Set).

 

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (two discs):

  • New 2K scan of the original film elements (Theatrical Version);
  • New 2K scan of the original film elements with HD inserts (Unrated Version)
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Adam Marcus and Kane Hodder;
  • New audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Audio Commentary with director Adam Marcus and screenwriter Dean Lorey;
  • Additional TV footage with new optional audio commentary with director Adam Marcus and author Peter Bracke;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots (New to the Set).

 

Jason X:

  • New audio commentary with Kane Hodder, writer Todd Farmer and Peter Bracke;
  • New interviews with Sean Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Kristi Angus and Todd Farmer;
  • Audio commentary with director Jim Isaac, writer Todd Farmer and producer Noel Cunningham;
  • “The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees,” a documentary on the history of Jason;
  • “By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X“ making-of/production documentary;
  • Electronic Press Kit (New to the Set);
  • Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spot (New to the Set).

 

Freddy vs. Jason:

  • Audio commentary by director Ronny Yu, and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger;
  • 21 deleted/alternate scenes, Including the original opening and ending with optional commentary by director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis;
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film’s development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts and principal photography;
  • Visual effects exploration;
  • “My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash”;
  • Pre-fight press conference at Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas;
  • Original Theatrical Trailer;
  • TV Spots;
  • “How Can I Live” music video by Ill Nino.

 

Friday the 13th (2009):

  • Includes the theatrical cut and the special extended version;
  • “Hacking Back/Slashing Forward” — remembering the groundbreaking original movie;
  • Terror Trivia Track with Picture-In-Picture with comments from the cast and crew;
  • “The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees,” a look at the making of the film;
  • Additional Slashed Scenes;
  • The Best 7 Kills.

 

Bonus Disc 1:

  • New interview with composer Harry Manfredini;
  • New location featurette on Parts 1 & 2;
  • “The Friday the 13th Chronicles” — an eight-part featurette;
  • “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” — a three-part featurette;
  • “Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!”;
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor;
  • “Friday the 13th” artifacts and collectibles;
  • “Jason Forever” — a Q&A with Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder;
  • More TBA.

 

Bonus Disc 2:

  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (2014) — including interviews with Adrienne King and Melanie Kinnaman (78 minutes);
  • Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2013) — including interviews with Corey Feldman and John Carl Buechler (75 minutes)
  • Trailer Reel — all 12 trailers in a row;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) TV Spots;
  • Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit;
  • More TBA.

 

All 12 films were previously released in a boxed set by Warner in cooperation with Paramount in 2013, but with fewer extras and without the Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday unrated cut.

Paramount in June released a 40th anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray of the original film.

Peacock Strikes Content Licensing Agreement With ViacomCBS

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s pending streaming service, July 1 announced an agreement to license Paramount Pictures movies and TV shows from the ViacomCBS library.

TV shows include “Ray Donovan,” “The Affair,” “Charmed,” “Undercover Boss,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” will be available to stream on Peacock when it launches nationwide July 15. They will continue to be available on ViacomCBS platforms.

Paramount movies on Peacock in limited exclusivity windows throughout 2021, 2022, and 2023, include The Godfather trilogy, Catch Me If You Can, The Talented Mr. Ripley, American Beauty, Patriot Games, Last Holiday, Fatal Attraction, The Firm, and An Officer and a Gentleman, among others.

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“We continue to expand the Peacock catalog with premium programming from NBCUniversal and beyond; partnering with companies like ViacomCBS to ensure that all of our viewers can choose from the best entertainment options available in the market today,” Frances Manfredi, president, content acquisition and strategy, Peacock, said in a statement.

In two weeks, Peacock will launch across mobile, Web and connected TV platforms with a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium will also be available for $4.99 per month and feature more than 15,000 hours of content. Viewers may also upgrade Peacock Premium to ad-free for an additional $5 per month.

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“This agreement with Peacock demonstrates the incredible and enduring value of ViacomCBS content,” said Dan Cohen, president of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “The partnership we are announcing today is consistent with our strategy to maximize the value of our content by selectively licensing our library product to third parties while prioritizing franchise IP for our own platforms.”

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Skipping Theaters, Going to PVOD, CBS All Access

In another blow to the theatrical window, Paramount Pictures is taking pending summer blockbuster release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run off its theatrical slate and instead sending it direct-to-consumer via premium VOD in 2021, followed by SVOD platform CBS All Access.

The movie was originally slated for the Memorial Day weekend, but was pushed back to Aug. 7 when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered all movie theaters.

SpongeBob joins Warner Bros.’ Scoob! and Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour as big-budget theatrical releases bypassing the box office for distribution into home entertainment channels. Trolls generated $100 million in PVOD revenue in three weeks, while Warner has yet to release revenue data for Scoob! With the third theatrical “SpongeBob SquarePants” installment aimed at similar audiences to Scoob! and Trolls, Paramount’s decision to skip an uncertain theatrical debut makes fiscal sense.

“We are thrilled to have … a premier, first-run movie from one of ViacomCBS’s biggest brands, join CBS All Access’ expanding slate of franchise content from across ViacomCBS,” Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer of ViacomCBS, and president and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital, said in a statement. “This launch will be perfectly timed with our continued expansion and planned rebranding of the service in early 2021, as we welcome SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom to the service in the biggest way possible.”

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In addition to Sponge on the Run, all prior seasons of “SpongeBob SquarePants” also will be available on the expanded All Access service soon.

It remains to be seen how exhibitors react to Paramount’s move. AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron said he understands studios going straight to the consumer when screens are shut down. He does not agree with studios releasing new movies in theaters concurrent with home entertainment.

Regardless, direct-to-consumer has big shoes to fill considering the first “SpongeBob” movie release generated $141 million at the global box office in 2004, while the 2015 sequel, Sponge Out of Water, earned $325.1 million.

Bakish: Paramount Jumpstarting Biz Through Digital Retail

Paramount Pictures, like other studios, has seen its production business and theatrical slate upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The studio has been able to keep the lights on over the past three months in large part to transactional VOD and premium VOD, according to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish.

Speaking on the first Credit Suisse Virtual Communication Confab, Bakish said home entertainment has helped Paramount justify capital spending on new movies during a year of uncertainty.

“We sold The Lovebirds [to Netflix] early in the COVID-19 window,” he said. “We also accelerated the EST window with Sonic [the Hedgehog], which performed very well for us.”

The movie, starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, gross more than $300 million at the global box office before the theatrical shutdown.

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The executive said the company is monetizing the Paramount library by releasing more than 100 movies via CBS All Access and through the Sunday Night Movie on the Paramount Network.

“We’re already seeing a material benefit on the time-spent side by consumers,” Bakish said.

“Look, COVID in the short term has set us back in terms of film releases and TV productions, obviously,” he said. “But we continue to see a path to nicely improved profitability over the longer term.”

Warner’s ‘Scoob!’ Fiscal Results: It’s a Waiting Game

This much is certain: Warner Bros.’ PVOD release Scoob! was a big hit on major digital transaction charts.

In its first three days of availability, the erstwhile animated theatrical release, issued May 15 for rental or purchase at a premium price, finished atop the FandangoNow, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime charts.

The movie also featured prominently as the first “theater at home” releases available on Vudu and Comcast’s Xfinity Movie Premiere.

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The title, which bypassed theatrical distribution when exhibitors shuttered in March due to the coronavirus, is available to rent for $19.99, and to purchase for $24.99.

How much Scoob! has generated in revenue is anyone’s guess. That’s because unlike the traditional weekend box office tally, digital rental/retail industry numbers and how to market them during a pandemic remains a work in progress.

Universal Pictures set the bar high last month when it revealed to much media attention that its animated Trolls World Tour sequel generated $100 million in digital revenue after three weeks. Unless Scoob! tops that tally sooner, it’s a waiting game when Warner will make a fiscal announcement — if at all.

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In the meantime, Trolls World Tour continues to resonate with cinema-starved consumers stuck at home with children. The feature remains near the top podium on most charts except iTunes. Newcomer Capone, from Vertical and starring Tom Hardy as the cigar-chomping title gangster, has resonated with consumers on FandangoNow and iTunes in the No. 4 position.

Early digital release holdovers, including Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, Bloodshot and Fantasy Island; Universal’s The Invisible Man; Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog; and Warner’s Birds of Prey continue to sell — albeit at reduced price points.

Indeed, Bloodshot is the No. 1 seller on Charter Spectrum, while Lionsgate’s Arkansas ranks sixth. Knives Out (Lionsgate) sits in eighth on Amazon Prime.

Disney has refused to play the PVOD game, opting instead to move some theatrical releases to Disney+ or delay box office debuts until the COVID-19 dust settles. To fill the void, Disney has pushed catalog titles, including Fox’s The Greatest Showman (No. 5 on Amazon) and Tombstone (No. 7 on iTunes).

And then there’s the elephant in the room: Netflix. With the largest SVOD subscriber base in the U.S. and worldwide, new original movie release The Wrong Missy, from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, and starring David Spade and Lauren Lapkus, ranks No. 1 on the streamer’s U.S. chart. Netflix ended the most recent fiscal period with 70 million domestic subs.