‘Croods’ Maintains Lead on Redbox Charts; ‘Promising Young Woman’ Top Newcomer

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended March 21, its second consecutive week in the top spot and third time in four weeks since it arrived on disc.

The DreamWorks Animation sequel also returned to the top spot on the Redbox On Demand chart after two weeks at No. 2. It had been No. 1 for a week at the end of February upon its sellthrough debut, and had previously topped the chart in December when it was in its premium VOD phase.

The week’s top newcomer was Universal’s Promising Young Woman at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Promising Young Woman, which is nominated for five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event. Wickedly smart and tantalizingly cunning, she’s now living a secret double life by night — and is eager to avenge the wrongs of the past. It earned $5.7 million at the domestic box office and $10.8 million worldwide, which in the pandemic-hampered release year makes it the highest-grossing film among the eight Best Picture Oscar nominees.

The previous week’s top digital title, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game adaptation Monster Hunter, slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox on Demand chart and no. 3 on the disc rental chart.

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No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart was the Redbox-exclusive SAS: Red Notice, an action movie in which a British officer confronts a mercenary who has hijacked a high-speed train in the Channel Tunnel.

Also new to the disc chart, at No. 9, was Universal Pictures’ Songbird, an STX Films release about a couple in the near future continuing to struggle with the pandemic.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 21:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Promising Young Woman — Universal
  3. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures
  4. SAS: Red Notice — Redbox
  5. Greenland — Universal/STX
  6. Fatale — Lionsgate
  7. Crisis — Redbox
  8. Brothers by Blood — Lionsgate
  9. Songbird — Universal/STX
  10. Freaky — Universal


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 21:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Monster Hunter — Sony Pictures
  3. Promising Young Woman — Universal
  4. Fatale — Lionsgate
  5. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. SAS: Red Notice — Redbox
  8. Vanguard — Lionsgate
  9. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  10. Crisis — Quiver


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‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ Top Slate of New Digital, Disc Releases Available March 16

Wonder Woman 1984, Promising Young Woman, Songbird and Don’t Tell a Soul top the slate of new releases available for home viewing March 16.

Wonder Woman 1984, which was supposed to be one of last summer’s big theatrical tentpoles, instead became the poster child for the multi-platform release strategy triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The superhero film, starring Gal Gadot, was famously released to theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on Christmas Day, followed by a  48-hour premium VOD rental window last month.

Now, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the film through normal digital retail channels on March 16, two weeks ahead of its debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.

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Promising Young Woman becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand March 16, after an initial release for digital purchase. The Universal Pictures film, nominated for four Golden Globe Awards and five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event. Wickedly smart and tantalizingly cunning, she’s now living a secret double life by night — and is eager to avenge the wrongs of the past.

Also making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on March 16 is another Universal Pictures film, Songbird, a sci-fi thriller directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark) and starring K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore.

In the film, a devastating pandemic ravages the world and the United States is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (Apa), who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Carson), though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment or worse.

Don’t Tell a Soul, from Lionsgate, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 16. Already available on demand and through digital retailers, the dramatic thriller stars Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Dylan and Mena Suvari. While stealing money to help their sick mother (Suvari), teen brothers Matt and Joey (Whitehead and Grazer) are surprised by Hamby (Wilson), a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.

Other new March releases of note include the werewolf horror film I Am Lisa, from Mill Creek, available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and VOD; Shout! Factory Steelbook Blu-ray editions of Japanese anime classics Whisper of the Heart (1995) and The Cat Returns (2002); and Warner Archive Blu-ray Discs of Damn Yankees; Driving Miss Daisy; What’s Up, Doc; and Crossfire.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Promising Young Woman’ Available Now Digitally, on Disc March 16

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Golden Globe nominee Promising Young Woman on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and on demand March 16. It is available now via digital sellthrough.

Promising Young Woman stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, who everyone pegged for great things until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: She’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to avenge the wrongs of the past.

The cast also includes Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Adam Brody.

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Written and directed by Emerald Fennell (who served as showrunner on “Killing Eve” and plays Camilla on “The Crown”), Promising Young Woman earned $5.2 million in a limited theatrical run. The film has earned a multitude of Awards recognition, including recent Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Actress for Mulligan, and Best Director and Best Screenplay for Fennell.

Home video bonus features include a commentary with Fennell; the featurette “A Promising Vision,” in which Fennell discusses her inspirations for creating the film; the featurette “Two-Sided Transformation,” a look at Mulligan in the role of Cassie and how filmmakers used wardrobe, hair and makeup to express the balance between light and dark; and the featurette “Balancing Act,” in which cast members discuss their unexpected reactions to the careful balance of levity and tragedy in Fennell’s take on female revenge.