Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Third Week

What a difference packaged media makes.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway finished No. 1 on the Official Film Chart in the U.K. following the sequel’s release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. With 87,000 unit sales, Sony’s family feature finished ahead of all other releases on digital and physical formats for the week ending Aug. 11.

Peter Rabbit 2 streets on disc in the U.S. on Aug. 24.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods finished No. 2, while Warner’s Space Jam was No. 3. The Peter Rabbit 1 & 2 collection moved up to No. 4, while Universal’s Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman moved up to No. 5 position.

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At No. 6, the week’s highest new entry came from Disney’s Luca, about a boy named Luca and his best friend Alberto, who spend an unforgettable summer having the time of their lives with their new friend Giulia. But their fun is threatened by a pretty big secret: They’re actually sea monsters from a different world just below the water’s surface.

Warner’s Birds of Prey climbed two spots to No. 7, while Zack Snyder’s Justice League dropped four spots to No. 8, and Tom & Jerry fell three spots to No. 9. Finally, Godzilla vs. Kong rounded out the Top 10 releases of the week.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 11, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
9 6 TOM & JERRY (2021) WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart Through July 28

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hopped to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom for the retail week ended July 28.

The family film with CGI characters — featuring the voice of James Corden as the title character — claimed the top spot based on digital sales only, ahead of its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Aug. 2. Meanwhile, a boxed set of both “Peter Rabbit” movies entered the chart at No. 2, while the first 2018 film appeared as a standalone release at No. 17.

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A 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc re-release of Quentin Tarantino-written True Romance sent the 1993 romantic crime drama onto the chart at No. 4, and the previous week’s chart topper Mortal Kombat (2021) dropped to No. 5, followed by Godzilla vs. Kong (No. 6), The Croods (No. 7), Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 8), Promising Young Woman (No. 9) and Tom & Jerry (No. 10).

Warner again dominated among distributors with 50% of the week’s Top 10 selling titles.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – July 28, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 New PETER RABBIT 2 Sony Pictures
3 3 SPACE JAM Warner
4 New TRUE ROMANCE Arrow Films
5 1 MORTAL KOMBAT (2021) Warner
7 4 THE CROODS Universal/DreamWorks
10 8 TOM & JERRY (2021) Warner

© Official Charts Company 2021

Warner’s ‘In The Heights’ Misses Weekend Box Office Projections; Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Performs as Expected

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Latino musical In The Heights was supposed to lure non-action/monster moviegoers back to theaters through June 13.

Instead, the theatrical adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Broadway hit — which won four Tony awards, including best musical — sputtered, reportedly taking in about 60% ($11.4 million) of the movie’s projected $20 million theatrical gross across 3,456 screens.

Indeed, the movie was edged out by Paramount Pictures’ post-apocalyptic sequel A Quiet Place Part II for top-grossing weekend domestic release with a reported $11.65 million in revenue. The latter has grossed more than $108 million in three weeks at U.S. theaters.

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Despite enhanced studio promotion and strong critical reviews, the ensemble cast-driven Heights was perhaps undermined by its simultaneous availability for free on HBO Max. The movie will likely generate more than 1 million Max household views — which has been the average for most non-blockbuster 2021 Warner titles released concurrently in theaters.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway performed as expected, generating an estimated $10.4 million across 3,346 screens, and on par with studio estimates ranging from $8 million to $10 million. Sony expects the live-action sequel with CGI animals to post an extended theatrical run and come close to the original’s $351.5 million global run.

Separately, Warner’s horror threequel The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It reportedly generated $10 million, to bring its domestic total to $43.6 million.


Weekend Box Office Preview: Sony Returns; Warner Hits ‘The Heights’

NEWS ANALYSIS — The emerging domestic box office in the pandemic era gets a dose of family friendly fare the weekend ending June 13  — driven by the return of Sony Pictures and, separately, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of a Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway play.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Sony Pictures has largely remained on the sidelines, repeatedly delaying its major theatrical releases until market conditions improved. With the June 10 release of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, Sony is back with a major sequel to its 2018 sleeper hit that generated more than $351 million at the global box office.

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The oft-delayed sequel, featuring the voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie and Lennie James, among others, is projected by Sony to generate upwards of $11 million — less than half of the original’s $25 million opening weekend. The sequel has already generated $45.8 million globally, led by U.K. with $6.5 million in ticket sales.

Warner’s In The Heights

Meanwhile, Warner has pulled out the stops promoting In The Heights, a theatrical adaptation of Miranda’s 2008 Broadway hit that won four Tony awards, including best musical. The movie is directed by Jon Chu, who hit box office gold in 2018 with Crazy Rich Asians.

Heights, like all of Warner’s 2021 theatrical slate, will have a concurrent release on HBO Max for 31 days. Warner, which is releasing the movie on 3,400 screens in the U.S., is banking on a recent Fandango survey that found a vast majority of respondents cited the film as a reason to return to theaters. The movie has a 97% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Miranda’s previously-planned theatrical release Hamilton was instead diverted by Disney to its subscription streaming platform at the beginning of the pandemic when theaters closed worldwide.

Home Release Dates Uncertain After Movie, Original Series Postponements and Production Halts

Movie release postponements as well as production suspensions for films and original SVOD series due to the mounting coronavirus health crisis will likely lead to significant shifts in the home release calendar for the rest of the year.

With movies typically becoming available for disc or digital delivery three months or so after their theatrical openings, delayed home releases include several big Hollywood movies, including the Walt Disney Co.’s live-action Mulan; Universal Pictures’ latest “Fast and Furious” film, F9; and the Paramount Pictures horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part II.

Meanwhile, such original digital series as the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie” and Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+, will likely debut later than expected due to production halts.

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On the film front, Mulan’s scheduled March 27 theatrical opening has been called off, with no new date set — despite a star-studded premiere March 9 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood that was attended by some 3,400 guests and a smaller London premiere March 12.

F9’s theatrical debut has been postponed by nearly a year, from May 2020 to April 2, 2021. According to a Twitter posting, “While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this movie is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration.”

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A Quiet Place: Part II, slated to open March 20, has also been taken off the schedule, with no new date set.

The first big movie to be postponed was the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, with Daniel Craig in his final turn as the fabled spy. On March 3 MGM, Eon and Universal Pictures announced that the planned April theatrical debut was off and the film, instead would open in the United Kingdom on Nov. 12 and in the United States on Nov. 25.

The companies said the decision came “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace.”

Disney also pushed back the theatrical openings of two other movies, the horror film Antlers, original slated for April 17, and Marvel’s New Mutants, which was supposed to hit the big screen on April 3. No new dates have been set. New Mutants has already been delayed for years due to production issues and uncertainties associated with Disney’s buyout of Fox.

In addition to A Quiet Place: Part II, Paramount postponed the theatrical debut of The Lovebirds from April 3 to an unspecified date. The theatrical release of another Paramount film, Mission: Impossible VII, is up in the air after filming in Venice, Italy, was stopped in February due to the coronavirus outbreak there.

Also pulled from its originally scheduled theatrical release date is Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which was supposed to open March 27 in Europe and in the United States on April 3. The film is now slated to open on Aug. 7.

Most recently, Variety on March 13 reported that Disney “for a short time” has halted production and pre-production on The Last Duel, The Little Mermaid, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Home Alone, Nightmare Alley, Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk.

“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time,” according to a studio statement, the Variety story said. “We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

The day before, March 12, various media outlets reported that Skydance Television, producer of “Grace and Frankie,” halted production of the seventh and final season of the comedy, which stars Jane Fonda, 82, and Lily Tomlin, 80.

Two days earlier, USA Today reported that Disney shut down production of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in Prague.