‘Cocaine Bear’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Plane’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cocaine Bear debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended April 23. The horror comedy, based on an actual incident, involves a bear becoming addicted to cocaine dumped by smugglers into the woods of Georgia, and rampaging through a national park in search of more. It earned $64.4 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate’s Plane retained the No. 1 spot on the Redbox On Demand chart. This marks the third consecutive week as the top digital title for the actioner, which stars Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle. It was No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks.

The No. 2 disc rental was Warner’s Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the third film starring Channing Tatum as the male stripper of the title.

The No. 2 title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, released through digital channels April 18. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment finds team Ant-Man being transported to the Quantum Realm, where they encounter the villainous Kang, a warlord with plans to conquer the multiverse.

That pushed Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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The No. 4 disc rental was Universal’s Marlowe, starring Liam Neeson as Philip Marlowe, the fictional detective from the books of Raymond Chandler.

Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto slid a spot to No. 5 on the disc chart, and stayed No. 5 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Paramount’s 80 for Brady, which has been available through digital channels since March 7 but recently offered at a discount. The film involves four elderly women who travel to the Super Bowl to meet Tom Brady.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 23:

  1. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  2. Magic Mike’s Last Dance — Warner
  3. Plane — Lionsgate
  4. Marlowe — Universal
  5. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  6. M3GAN — Universal
  7. Transfusion — Lionsgate
  8. Missing — Sony Pictures
  9. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  10. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 23:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania — Disney/Marvel
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  4. 80 for Brady — Paramount
  5. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  6. The Whale — A24
  7. Missing — Sony Pictures
  8. 65 — Sony Pictures
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. Creed III — MGM

 

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‘Plane’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week; ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Lionsgate’s Plane remained No. 1 for a third week on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended April 15.

The film stars Gerard Butler as an airline pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after they crash land in a hostile jungle.

After two weeks atop the Blu-ray chart, however, Plane slipped to No. 2 in its third week, with Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero moving back into the top spot on the dedicated HD ranking.

The new “Dragon Ball Super” movie had been the top Blu-ray seller for two weeks prior to the arrival of Plane. It remained No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart.

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was the DreamWorks Animation sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Universal’s creepy robot doll thriller M3GAN stayed No. 3 overall, but slid to No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The No. 4 overall disc seller was again Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto, which slid one spot to No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top new release was Decal’s Infinity Pool, a horror film about a vacationing couple who are lured away from their resort to discover a subculture of hedonism and violence. It was No. 6 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray chart, No. 3 was Lionsgate’s House of 1000 Corpses, the Rob Zombie horror film which was re-released as a 20th anniversary Blu-ray. It was No. 8 on the overall disc chart. The No. 4 Blu-ray was Warner’s Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, which was No. 11 overall.

The dedicated 4K disc chart had Paramount’s new 4K edition of Flashdance in the top spot. It was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 29 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 16 also had Plane repeating at No. 1, with M3GAN again No. 2.

The No. 3 rental was Sony Pictures’ Missing, with A Man Called Otto at No. 4, and Infinity Pool at No. 5.

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‘Plane’ Remains Atop Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Lionsgate’s Plane retained the No. 1 spot on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 16. This marks the third consecutive week as the top disc rental for the actioner, which stars Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle. It has spent two weeks atop the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s creepy robotic doll thriller M3GAN remained No. 2 for a third week on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. It remained No. 8 on the digital chart.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water remained No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 3 disc rental, and No. 4 on the digital chart, was Sony Pictures’ Missing, about a girl scouring the Internet for her missing mother.

Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto slid a spot to No. 4 on the disc chart, but rose two spots to No. 5 on the digital chart.

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No. 5 on the disc rental chart was Decal’s Infinity Pool, a horror film about a vacationing couple who are lured away from their resort to discover a subculture of hedonism and violence.

The No. 3 digital title was again Sony Pictures’ 65, a sci-fi film starring Adam Driver as an astronaut who lands on a planet with dinosaurs.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 16:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. M3GAN — Universal
  3. Missing — Sony Pictures
  4. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  5. Infinity Pool — Decal
  6. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  7. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  8. The Whale — Lionsgate
  9. Meet Cute — Universal
  10. Babylon — Paramount

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 16:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  3. 65 — Sony Pictures
  4. Missing — Sony Pictures
  5. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  6. The Whale — A24
  7. Shazam! Fury of the Gods — Warner
  8. M3GAN — Universal
  9. Creed III — MGM
  10. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks

 

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‘Plane’ Lands Atop DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts for Second Week

Lionsgate’s Plane remained No. 1 for a second week on both the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended April 8.

The film stars Gerard Butler as an airline pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after they crash land in a hostile jungle. It earned $32 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was the DreamWorks Animation sequel Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Universal’s creepy robot doll thriller M3GAN slipped a spot to No. 3 overall, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 overall disc seller was Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto, which was No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five was Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, at No. 5 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray.

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The week’s top new release, at No. 26 overall, was Paramount’s South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fifth Season, though there were several titles that climbed back up the charts thanks to new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-releases.

No. 21 overall (No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart) was Warner’s The Maltese Falcon, and No. 22 overall (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart) was Paramount’s Star Trek: The Next Generation — 4-Movie Collection. On the dedicated 4K chart, the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movie set was No. 1, and Maltese Falcon was No. 2.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 9 also had Plane repeating at No. 1, with M3GAN again No. 2.

The No. 3 rental was A Man Called Otto, with Sony Pictures’ Missing at No. 4, and Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer at No. 5.

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‘Plane’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Lionsgate’s Plane retained the top spot on the Redbox disc rental chart, and moved up to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 9.

The actioner stars Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle.

The previous week’s top digital title, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, dropped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s creepy robotic doll thriller M3GAN remained No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, but slipped to No. 8 on the digital chart.

Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto rose a spot to No. 3 on the disc chart and stayed No. 7 on the digital chart.

The No. 4 disc rental, and No. 6 on the digital chart, was Sony Pictures’ Missing, about a girl scouring the Internet for her missing mother.

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No. 5 on the disc rental chart was Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer, a thriller starring Cole Hauser as a detective who seeks advice from a professor (Morgan Freeman) to decode the ritualistic killings of a murderer.

The No. 3 digital title was Sony Pictures’ 65, a sci-fi film starring Adam Driver as an astronaut who lands on a planet with dinosaurs.

MGM’s Creed III, the latest boxing drama from the “Rocky” franchise spinoff, rose to at No. 4 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 digital title was A24’s Oscar-winning drama The Whale, which stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his daughter. The disc distributed by Lionsgate was the No. 7 rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 9:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. M3GAN — Universal
  3. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  4. Missing — Sony Pictures
  5. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  6. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  7. The Whale — Lionsgate
  8. Meet Cute — Universal
  9. Babylon — Paramount
  10. The Old Way — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 9:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  3. 65 — Sony Pictures
  4. Creed III — MGM
  5. The Whale — A24
  6. Missing — Sony Pictures
  7. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  8. M3GAN — Universal
  9. Shazam! Fury of the Gods — Warner
  10. Cocaine Bear — Universal

 

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‘Plane’ Tops DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Lionsgate’s Plane debuted at No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended April 1.

The actioner, which stars Gerard Butler as a commercial airline pilot who must team with a convict to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle, earned $32.1 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top overall seller, Universal Pictures’ creepy android doll thriller M3GAN, dropped to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The No. 3 overall disc seller, and No. 10 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto.

Universal Pictures’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was No. 4 on the overall disc chart. The DreamWorks Animation sequel was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was another newcomer, Warner’s Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, a direct-to-video animated movie. It was the No. 2 Blu-ray seller and No. 6 on the dedicated 4K chart.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller was Crunchyroll’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (No. 6 overall), while No. 5 was Lionsgate’s Everything Everywhere All at Once (No. 7 overall).

Among other new releases, Sony Pictures’ Missing, about a girl scouring the internet for her mother, was No. 10 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top 4K title was MPI’s release of Netflix’s Oscar-lauded All Quiet on the Western Front, which was No. 19 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

All Quiet was released on disc only as a 4K/Blu-ray combo pack, and thus had a 100% HD sales share. Plane had 61% of its sales come from Blu-ray Disc units, with 45% from regular Blu-ray and 16% from 4K. Doom That Came to Gotham was similarly released only as Blu-ray or 4K combo packs, and thus had a 100% Blu-ray sales rate, but 15% of its total came from 4K units.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 2, Plane was No. 1, pushing M3GAN to No. 2.

Missing was No. 3, followed by A Man Called Otto at No. 4, and Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer at No. 5.

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‘Avatar’ Sequel No. 1 on Redbox Digital Chart; ‘Plane’ Tops Disc Rentals

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 2.

Director James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Avatar earned $681.8 million at the domestic box office, and was released for home video viewing exclusively through digital retailers March 28. The film finds humans returning to the alien moon of Pandora, forcing Jake Sully and his family to seek refuge with a clan of sea-dwelling Na’vi.

No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, and No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Lionsgate’s Plane. The actioner stars Gerard Butler as a commercial pilot who must team with a criminal to rescue his passengers after crash landing in a hostile jungle.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s creepy robotic doll thriller M3GAN slipped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart. The thriller, which earned $95 million at the domestic box office, follows a robotic doll whose bond with an orphaned girl has unintended consequences.

The No. 3 disc rental, and No. 4 on the digital chart, was Sony Pictures’ Missing, about a girl scouring the Internet for her missing mother. It earned $32.5 million at the domestic box office.

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Sony Pictures’ Tom Hanks starrer A Man Called Otto slid to No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

No. 5 on the disc rental chart was Screen Media’s The Ritual Killer, a thriller starring Cole Hauser as a detective who seeks advice from a professor (Morgan Freeman) to decode the ritualistic killings of a murderer. It was No. 10 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 digital title was A24’s Oscar-winning drama The Whale, which stars Brendan Fraser as a reclusive overweight English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his daughter. The disc distributed by Lionsgate was the No. 7 rental.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, dropped to No. 6 on the Redbox disc rental chart and No. 8 on the digital chart.

MGM’s Creed III, the latest boxing drama from the “Rocky” franchise spinoff, debuted at No. 6 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 2:

  1. Plane — Lionsgate
  2. M3GAN — Universal
  3. Missing — Sony Pictures
  4. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  5. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  6. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  7. The Whale — Lionsgate
  8. Babylon — Paramount
  9. The Old Way — Lionsgate
  10. Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist — Trinity

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 2:

  1. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  2. Plane — Lionsgate
  3. M3GAN — Universal
  4. Missing — Sony Pictures
  5. The Whale — A24
  6. Creed III — MGM
  7. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures
  8. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish — Universal/DreamWorks
  9. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  10. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media

 

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Lionsgate Expediting PVOD Window for 2023 Theatrical Slate

Lionsgate is looking at shortening the PVOD window for at least some of its 2023 theatrical movies, executives with the Santa Monica, Calif.-based studio-distributor hinted on the company’s Feb. 9 fiscal call.

Instead of waiting 45 days after their box office debut for retail distribution, Lionsgate may cut by half the window for some of its 13 theatrical films’ digital premium VOD rent ($19.99) and premium electronic sellthrough ($24.99) release.

Executives pointed to the airplane hostage drama Plane, co-starring Gerard Butler and Mike Colter, which was released on premium digital channels Feb. 3 — just 21 days after the thriller’s Jan. 13 box office bow. Plane has generated $43 million globally, including $30.7 million across North American screens.

Plane got this year’s film slate off to a great start,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said on the call. “It outperformed expectations at the domestic box office and in nearly every one of our international territories. And by pivoting to a PVOD release date three weeks after its theatrical release, we’re creating an outsized contributor that illustrates our ability to create bespoke business models, new and more efficient marketing approaches, and alternative distribution strategies.” 

Upcoming theatrical releases include Jesus Revolution (Feb. 24); John Wick: Chapter 4 (March 24); Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (April 28); About My Father (May 26); The Blackening (June 16); Expendables 4 (Sept. 22); The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbird (Nov. 17); and White Bird: A Wonder Story, among others. Executives did not say which of these films, if any, also will get an expedited PVOD release.

For senior management, shortening the time gap between theatrical and retail offers Lionsgate’s increased monetization and marketing opportunities.

“The actual fundamental economics of the motion picture business theatrical release have improved,” Joe Drake, president of the motion picture group, said on the Feb. 9 fiscal call.

Drake contends that as the theatrical slate across Hollywood narrows due to market conditions, studios can be more prescriptive on every dollar of P&A (prints and advertising) spent on moviegoer retention.

“Theatrical films have become scarcer and therefore, they are more valuable,” Drake said, alluding to the fact that releasing titles earlier into premium digital retail channels — at an 80% mark-up on the average movie ticket price — has its advantages.

“Without giving you specific numbers [on PVOD/PEST], what I can tell you is … we’re going into this year very bullish on the trajectory of the business,” he said.

Four Movies Perform Well Under Long ‘Avatar 2’ Weekend Box Office Shadow

20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, the pricey sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 all-time box office behemoth Avatar, continues to dominate movie theaters, generating $31.1 million in ticket sales through Jan. 15. With another $7 million-plus in revenue projected over Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), the movie is approaching $1.9 billion in ticket sales after five weeks of release across more than 4,000 screens.

At the same time, a group of movies — Universal Pictures’ horror thriller M3GAN, animated family film Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Sony Pictures’ sentimental comedy A Man Called Otto, and Lionsgate’s Gerard Butler actioner Plane — all performed above expectations.

M3GAN, about a lifelike play doll with issues, sold more than $17 million worth of tickets in its second weekend, to push the Allison Williams-starrer near $61 million in revenue worldwide. Puss in Boots 2, follow-up to the 2011 original, added a projected $17+ million in ticket sales through MLK Day, upping its North American total to $110 million.

Otto, starring Tom Hanks as a lovable widowed senior citizen dealing with 21st Century reality, projects another $15 million in revenue through Jan. 16, upping its two-week tally near $25 million.

Finally, new releases, Plane and erstwhile HBO Max original movie reboot House Party, which was instead released theatrically, realized divergent box office results.

Plane took in a better-than-expected four-day estimate of $11.6 million, while playing at more than 3,000 screens in North America. The movie had been tracking an opening of less than $10 million.
 
The film was acquired for release in North America, Latin America, the U.K., and India. In North America, according to PostTrak, the opening weekend audience was 55% male, 77% older than 25 years-of-age.
 
Butler remains one of the world’s most reliable action stars, and Plane didn’t disappoint, generating a strong audience response during test screenings and 95% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.
 
House Party, a Warner Bros. Pictures’ reboot of the 1990s trilogy, failed to attract party-minded  moviegoers, generating a projected $4.5 million in revenue through Jan. 16. The comedy, which finds two well-meaning janitorial newbies unknowingly tasked with cleaning NBA superstar LeBron James’ mansion, saw a 25% Rotten Tomatoes critics score on social media.