Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) April 7 announced launch of a new YouTube Channel, Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone, with a variety of interactive fun, physical movement, learning, and hands-on activities.
Sony Pictures says its Kids Zone is curated with a wide range of activities that will support families coping with school closures, new work-from-home routines and social distancing.
“A significant portion of Sony Pictures’ workforce is made up of working parents,” said Lexine Wong, senior EVP of worldwide marketing. “The idea of Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone was born from parents on our own team adjusting to working from home and managing home schooling.
“We are proud to offer this resource to help families navigate these new and challenging circumstances, while hopefully having a little fun in the process.”
Sony Pictures’ Kids Zone will feature content from Sony Pictures Animation as well as SPE’s catalog of live-action programming. Viewers can enjoy content from movies such as Peter Rabbit, “The Angry Birds Movie” series, the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise, Center Stage: On Pointe, the “Swan Princess” series and more.
Venom ranks the sixth-bestselling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc title in 2019 with $13.1 million in revenue and 657,000 units sold, according to The-Numbers.com. The Tom Hardy-starrer generated more than $37.6 million in 2018 on 1.7 million discs.
The Equalizer 2 ranks 21st with $4.5 million in revenue and 256,000 units sold. The title, starring Denzel Washington, generated $16.3 million in revenue last year on 855,000 discs sold.
Peter Rabbit generated $18.4 million on 1 million discs sold in 2018. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation sold $37 million worth of discs (2 million).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was only released into retail channels on March 19.
Top 2018 release — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — sold more than $65 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc unit sales.
Current quarter SPHE releases include A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson, Escape Room, Miss Bala and Never Look Away.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 30 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $159 million, down less than 2% from $162 million during the previous-year period.
Through the year-to-date fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up nearly 9% to $393 million compared to $361 million last year.
Releases in the quarter included The Leisure Seeker, The Good Doctor: Season 1, The Blacklist: Season 5, Superfly andFraggle Rock: The Complete Series. Releases in the previous-year period included Smurfs: The Lost Village, Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Blacklist: Season 4, Rough NightandStarship Troopers: Traitor of Mars.
Top-selling SPHE discs in 2018 remain Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $56.7 million in revenue via more than 2.5 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Discs units sold; Peter Rabbit($17.4 million) through 932,000 discs, and Spider-Man: Homecoming($8.2 million, 630,000), according to The-Numbers.com.
Overall, Sony Pictures posted operating income of $23.5 million on revenue of $241 million. That compared to operating income of $7.7 million on $244 million during the previous-year period.
Theatrical revenue declined due to year-over-year comparisons with Spider-Man: Homecomingin the previous-year quarter.
The studio is projecting operating income of $50 million on revenue of $1 billion for the fiscal year, ending March 31, 2019. That’s up from $44 million and $990 million in revenue during the previous (July) projection.
Sony generated $41.1 million in operating incomes on $1.01 billion in revenue in fiscal-year 2017.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended May 5.
The family comedy, an animated/live-action hybrid based on the classic Beatrix Potter books, earned $114.8 million at the domestic box office.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s military drama 12 Strong, which earned $45.5 million at the U.S. box office, debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling 56% as many units as Peter Rabbit.
The hit musical The Greatest Showman, from 20th Century Fox, slipped a spot to No. 3 on both charts in its fourth week on disc.
Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the previous week’s top seller, dropped to No. 4 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.
Walt Disney Studios’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi held onto the No. 5 spot overall and slipped to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.
Lionsgate’s Winchester, a horror film that earned $25.1 million domestically, debuted at No. 6 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.
Blu-ray Disc accounted for 54% of total Peter Rabbit sales, 51% for 12 Strong and 43% for Winchester.
On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 6, 12 Strong debuted at No. 1.
Death Cure rose to No. 2 after its studio-imposed week-long delay at Redbox rental kiosks.
Universal’s Den of Thieves, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 3, followed by Peter Rabbit at No. 4 and Winchester at No. 5.
To celebrate Earth Day and the April 20 digital home entertainment release of Peter Rabbit, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment partnered with Slow Food USA and schools in New York City and Los Angeles to launch school and community gardens.
In New York City April 20, DIY Network gardening expert and host Sara Bendrick led efforts to plant East Harlem elementary school P.S. 108’s inaugural school garden. The program kicked off with a “Peter Rabbit Earth Day” assembly for 140 kids that featured a lesson on how to recycle milk cartons and plastic bottles for indoor gardening activities, and a screening of bonus content from the home entertainment edition including the Flopsy-Turvy mini-movie and the “Shake Your Cotton-Tail Dance Along”. The Peter Rabbit costume character and Sara Bendrick then visited classrooms teaching kids how to plant a starter carrot garden with seeds, soil, and recycled milk cartons. April 21, Bendrick and Peter Rabbit returned to P.S. 108 to help build the garden beds for their first-ever school garden. The day featured activities for kids, families, and volunteers from the Nature Conservancy, transforming their asphalt playground into a colorful school garden. To close out the day, Sara Bendrick and Peter Rabbit led the first planting activity in the new garden beds, showing the kids and volunteers how to plant lettuce seeds.
In Los Angeles April 21, Peter Rabbit and The Garden School Foundation teamed to teach kids about gardening during Fiesta de la Huerta (Garden Party) at the 24th Street Elementary School. More than 100 kids were in attendance alongside influential parenting bloggers with their families who shared videos and photos on their social channels highlighting the morning full of fun. Activities included a Peter Rabbit costume character, green screen photo op, screening of the exclusive Peter Rabbit mini-movie, carrot seed planting demonstration and much more. Additional partners CAVA, Thrive Market and SeaSnacks provided lunch and educational activities for all in attendance.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Peter Rabbit digitally April 20 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 1. The physical versions also include digital copies of the film.
The film, based on the stories by Beatrix Potter, sees Peter feuding with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) for the affections of the animal lover (Rose Byrne) who lives next door.
The voice cast includes James Corden as Peter, Margot Robbie as Flopsy, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy, and Daisy Ridley as Cotton-tail. Peter Rabbit has earned $112 million at the domestic box office
Exclusive to the Blu-ray and digital releases of Peter Rabbit will be the short Flopsy Turvy, a new adventure featuring Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, narrated by Robbie.
The DVD, Blu-ray and digital versions will include the behind-the-scenes featurette “Mischief in the Making” and a “Shake Your Cotton-tail” dance-along to the film’s theme song — “I Promise You” sung by Corden.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes the film presented in high dynamic range with Dolby Atmos sound.