Universal Pictures Continues Redbox Chart Streak With ‘Halloween’

Universal Pictures continues its run on top of the Redbox charts, with the latest installment in the gruesome “Halloween” horror movie franchise debuting at No. 1 on both charts the week ended Jan. 20.

Halloween, the 11th installment that began with the 1978 original also called Halloween, topped both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming.

The new Halloween earned nearly 160 million in North American theaters. It comes full circle, following Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) 40 years after she survived Michael Myers’ initial killing spree chronicled in the first movie.

Halloween bumped another Universal Pictures film, Night School, out of the No. 1 spot it had held for the past three weeks on the Redbox disc-rental chart and two weeks on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was another new release, Goosebumps 2, from Sony Pictures. Like Halloween, Goosebumps 2 was released theatrically in time for Halloween. A sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps, the followup racked up a $46.7 million domestic gross.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 on the kiosk chart, and to No. 6 from No. 4 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was a third new release, Speed Kills, from Lionsgate. The film stars John Travolta as a rich speedboat racing champion who leads a double life that gets him in hot water with both the police and a team of drug lords. It’s the latest in a string of theatrical flops starring the one-time ‘A’ list star.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor moved back up to No. 4 from No. 6 the prior week, while the No. 5 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, down two spots from the previous week.

A fourth new release, Warner’s A Star is Born, debuted at No. 8 on the Redbox digital chart. The film – which received eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for “Best Picture,” won’t be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc until Feb. 19.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. Venom
  5. Speed Kills (new)
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. The Equalizer 2
  8. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  9. Smallfoot
  10. Peppermint

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. A Simple Favor
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. Venom
  7. The Old Man & The Gun
  8. A Star is Born (2018, new)
  9. The Equalizer 2
  10. White Boy Rick

 

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Lionsgate’s ‘Hell Fest’ Only New Release to Crack Redbox Top 10

Lionsgate’s newly released Hell Fest is the only new release to make the Redbox charts for the week ended Jan. 13.

The slasher film,  about a group of teens who are stalked by a serial killer at a Halloween carnival, debuted at No. 9 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and No. 10 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Universal Pictures’ Night School once again scored a double win, remaining at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Redbox kiosk chart and the second week on the digital chart.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, remained at No. 2 on the kiosk chart but slipped to No. 4 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, remained at No. 3 on the kiosk chart but slipped to No. 9 from No. 5 on the digital chart.

White Boy Rick, from Sony Pictures, moved up to No. 4 on the Redbox disc-rental chart after debuting at No. 7 the prior week.

Bowing at No. 5 was 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, which became available to Redbox one week after its street date.

On the Redbox digital chart, Paramount’s Book Club, released back in August, reappeared in the top 10 at No. 2.

Bad Times at the El Royale was No. 3, with White Boy Rick rounding out the top five.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 13

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  4. White Boy Rick
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. The Equalizer 2
  7. The Predator
  8. Peppermint
  9. Hell Fest (new)
  10. Smallfoot

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 13

  1. Night School
  2. Book Club
  3. Bad Times at the El Royale
  4. Venom
  5. White Boy Rick
  6. A Simple Favor
  7. Peppermint
  8. The Equalizer 2
  9. The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  10. Hell Fest

 

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Kevin Hart-Starring ‘Night School’ Scores Double Win at Redbox

Universal Pictures’ Night School scored a double win at Redbox in the first week of the new year.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines.

The film also knocked Sony Pictures’ Venom out of the No. 1 spot on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, was No. 2 on both charts.

Night School’s lingering popularity might be due in part to the controversy surrounding Hart, who in December was briefly tapped to host the 2019 Academy Awards. After being blasted for homophobic jokes and tweets he made more than eight years ago, the Academy asked him to apologize; he ultimately stepped down as host.

In Night School, Hart portrays a successful salesman who sees his life turned around after getting fired for accidentally destroying his workplace. Forced to attend night school so he can finally get his GED and find another job, he soon finds himself amongst a group of misfit students, a teacher with no patience for class clowns (Tiffany Haddish) and his high school nemesis-turned-principal (Taran Killam) who will strive to make sure he fails the course.

Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in its Walls, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, moved back up to No. 3 on both charts from No. 5 the prior week.

The Sony Pictures revenge thriller sequel Equalizer 2 remained at No. 4 on both charts for the second consecutive week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was The Predator, from 20th Century Fox, down two spots from its No. 3 debut the prior week.

The No. 5 spot on the Redbox digital chart went to Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor, also down from No. 3 the previous week.

The sole new release to chart at Redbox the week that ended Jan. 6 was A-X-L, a science-fiction adventure from Global Road Entertainment that debuted on the kiosk chart only at No. 10. The film only earned $8.2 million in domestic theaters against a reported budget of $10 million.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. The Predator
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. Peppermint
  8. Smallfoot
  9. A Simple Favor
  10. A-X-L (new)

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. A Simple Favor
  6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  7. Peppermint
  8. White Boy Rick
  9. Smallfoot
  10. The Predator

 

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Redbox, Sony Pictures Extended Disc, Digital Distribution Pact

Redbox and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) on Jan. 7 announced a new multi-year distribution deal that continues to make SPHE DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles available at Redbox kiosks on the day they are released.

Additionally, as part of the deal SPHE titles will also be available on Redbox On Demand, the company’s year-old digital retailer that allows consumers to buy and stream movies and other content over the Internet. Redbox  On Demand is considered to be one of the big eight digital retailers.

“Sony Pictures Home Entertainment continues to be a great partner in making their content accessible to Redbox consumers no matter how they want to watch it,” said Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox.  “We’re excited about their 2019 content slate and look forward to making it available at our kiosks and through Redbox On Demand.”

“Redbox continues to be an important distribution partner for our content,” said Jason Spivak, EVP of distribution at SPHE. “At Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we are committed to satisfying all the ways audiences engage with entertainment, and our deal with Redbox is an important part of our efforts to provide a wide range of options for our consumers.”

The new deal goes into effect with SPHE’s latest and upcoming home entertainment releases, including Goosebumps 2Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Holmes & Watson.

Redbox has distribution deals in place with all major studios except Walt Disney. The company has always stocked DVDs and Blu-ray Discs from Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures as soon as they are released, but 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. used to hold back releases from Redbox for as long as a month because the studios feared rentals would cannibalize sales, particularly since Redbox kiosks are often situated outside big retail stores like Walmart. Universal even sued Redbox over renting its discs.

Over the last year, however, Redbox has negotiated new distribution deals with these studios that have either reduced the holdbacks to one week or eliminated them entirely.

‘Night School,’ ‘Venom’ Top Redbox Charts

It was a split decision at Redbox the week ended Dec. 30.

Universal Pictures’ Night School, a comedy starring Kevin Hart that earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines.

Sony Pictures’ Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, remained on top of the Redbox On Demand chart for the second consecutive week. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Night School debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart. In the film, a successful salesman (Hart) sees his life turned around after getting fired for accidentally destroying his workplace. Forced to attend night school so he can finally get his GED and find another job, he soon finds himself amongst a group of misfit students, a teacher with no patience for class clowns (Tiffany Haddish) and his high school nemesis-turned-principal (Taran Killam) who will strive to make sure he fails the course.

Venom, with a domestic gross of $213 million 2018’s No. 10 movie, slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox disc-rental chart its second week in kiosks.

The Predator, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 3 on the Redbox kiosk chart while slipping to No. 7 from No. 6 the prior week on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart were the Sony Pictures revenge thriller The Equalizer 2 at No. 4, down from No. 3 the prior week, and Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in its Walls at No. 5. The latter, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, had debuted at No. 2 the previous week.

Another new release, Sony Pictures’ White Boy Rick, debuted at No. 7 on the kiosk chart. The film, a biographical crime drama about the youngest-ever FBI informant, earned $24 million in theaters after debuting at the Telluride Film Festival.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor, a black comedy about a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich and mysterious best friend, slipped to No. 3 after bowing at No. 2 the prior week.

The Equalizer 2 finished the week at No. 4 followed at No. 5 by The House With a Clock in its Walls. Both films slipped a spot from the prior week.

White Boy Rick came in at No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 30

  1. Night School (new)
  2. Venom
  3. The Predator (new)
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  6. Smallfoot
  7. White Boy Rick (new)
  8. Peppermint
  9. A Simple Favor
  10. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 30

  1. Venom
  2. Night School
  3. A Simple Favor
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. Peppermint
  8. The Predator
  9. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  10. Smallfoot

 

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2018: Getting Along in a Multi-Platform World

Back in 1989, a State Department official named Francis Fukuyama wrote a controversial essay on the “end of history,” opining that the collapse of the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc communism, the reform movement in China, and the reunification of Germany signaled a triumph for Western democracy and a very real promise of freedom and liberty for all.

Fukuyama’s vision of a global utopia didn’t last long, but for a brief moment in time cultural and political differences seemed to be set aside in favor of everyone working together to make the world a better place.

Similarly, in 2018 the various factions in home entertainment seemed to set aside their differences and recognize that we’re living in a multi-platform world — and that a peaceful coexistence between disc and digital, subscription and transactional, was, indeed, possible.

“2018 saw the continued integration of technology and content at an even more accelerated pace, and, with that, the opportunity to engage fans with more focused and meaningful experiences that extend the life of our film and television properties,” said Keith Feldman, president of worldwide home entertainment for 20th Century Fox.

Indeed, studios cut back on selling content to Netflix — most notably Disney, which pulled all its movies off the service by the end of the year — in favor of issuing it on their own platforms. They rallied behind Movies Anywhere, a digital movie storage “locker” launched in October 2017, and saw digital movie sales soar, with an 18% gain reported in the third quarter of 2018, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group numbers.

Netflix, meanwhile, vowed to spend $8 billion in 2018 on producing its own shows, with the goal of making its content library 50% original.

Studios that once sued Redbox for renting DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, claiming the kiosk vendor was cannibalizing disc sales, struck distribution deals in which prior holdbacks were either sharply cut back or eliminated. They also rallied behind Redbox On Demand, a digital movie store launched in December 2017.

On the retail front, big-box chains like Best Buy and Walmart put discs back into the spotlight, buoyed by the emergence of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

And digital retailers like FandangoNow and Google Play revved up their promotional muscle and pumped up the message that they had fresh movies for sale or rent. FandangoNow even put up a notice on its home page, touting the fact that it offers “New releases not on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime subscriptions.”

It was all part of a bigger picture, in a year dominated by major media mergers — AT&T buying Time Warner, Disney buying 20th Century Fox — suggesting it was high time to come together and restructure existing business models to reflect changing consumer habits.

Content, as always, was king, but the feuding fiefdoms of the past were at last coming to peace with each other — and with themselves.

Subscription streaming continued to dominate the home entertainment business in 2018. Indeed, in the first nine months of this year, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, consumer spending on Netflix and other subscription streaming services rose more than 30% to $9.4 billion, nearly $2 billion more than consumers spent on all other forms of home entertainment combined– disc purchases ($2.79 billion) and rentals ($1.37 billion); digital purchases, or electronic sellthrough (EST, $1.8 billion),  and digital rentals, or transactional video-on-demand (TVOD, $1.57 billion).

But where Hollywood once saw a threat, in 2018 the studios saw an opportunity. As consumers, thanks to streaming, became increasingly accustomed to viewing movies and other content electronically, studios focused on moving them toward on-demand digital purchases or rentals — driving home the message that new releases aren’t typically available through subscriptions.

“Our comprehensive and strategic efforts to drive digital ownership and bolster engagement such as leveraging the early window, offering exclusive extras and emphasizing the best viewing experience possible are proving to be very effective as consumers continue to move toward and embrace the digital experience,” said Chris Oldre, EVP of pay TV, digital and international distribution at Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

“Movies Anywhere has had a tremendous impact on transforming digital consumption and is a testament to the strength of the studios and digital retailers that have joined forces on an unprecedented scale. This year Disney once again experienced remarkable growth as our digital sales exceeded expectations in conjunction with the studio’s unrivaled box office success. Disney has the top three bestselling digital titles to date with Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok. We’re also incredibly proud of our celebration of Marvel’s 10-year anniversary this year.  We promoted the Marvel Cinematic Universe home entertainment catalog with a special sales promotion across digital, which undoubtedly helped propel Avengers: Infinity War to the No. 1 live-action spot on the all-time digital sales chart in a record-setting period.”

Ron Schwartz, president of Lionsgate Worldwide Home Entertainment, said that as consumer habits evolve, digital movie sales and rentals – electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) — remain a priority. “We saw a significant increase in industry spending in this area in 2018, up 20%, and we will continue to collaborate with our retail partners on fresh ideas to keep consumer interest alive,” he said. “We see a large and growing market with multi-platform and specialty releases and will continue to build our leadership in this area.”

At the same time, Schwartz notes, “Disc sales remain robust … 4K UHD BD is rapidly gaining in popularity, as spend is on track to double this year versus last. We are committed to serving our audiences across the full spectrum of the digital   and physical business and we will continue to be a first mover in adapting these businesses as they continue to evolve.”

For Bob Buchi, president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures, 2018 was the year of 4K.

“More than 42 million homes now have a 4K Ultra HD television and roughly 400 titles are available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and over 600 on Digital 4K,” Buchi said. “The numbers keep growing and for good reason: 4K brings home entertainment to life like never before, delivering content that better represents filmmakers’ original vision.  We’ve seen this play out with the week one 4K sales of Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which delivered our highest number of UHD discs sold, as well as the highest percentage of our physical sales ever.”

Disney’s Oldre agrees. “4K Ultra HD is a robust line of business for us and we’re experiencing healthy growth,” he said. “We continue to receive solid support from our physical retail partners and are confident it’s a market that our customers will continue to embrace given the format’s premier resolution.”

Catalog sales were another bright spot in 2018, Buchi said. “We’ve seen our digital catalog sales growing in markets around the world, including a 35% increase domestically through October, which indicates that more and more consumers have become comfortable with the format and are returning to the concept of building collections.  In addition, physical catalog sales have exceeded our expectations, as we continue to make concerted efforts to celebrate anniversaries of classic titles and strategically promote films from our library.”

Retailers certainly did their part in pushing the transactional business. At Best Buy and Walmart, the emergence of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray led to bigger disc sections and, in the case of Best Buy, placement back in the center of the store.

Redbox in 2018 relaunched its brand, which included some major ad campaigns and sponsorships, including the Redbox Bowl college football game on New Year’s Eve at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The company also revamped its loyalty program; negotiated more favorable distribution deals with studios; and expanded the availability of previously rented movies and video games at kiosks.

The Redbox On Demand digital service, meanwhile, celebrated its first birthday in December with a new app on Vizio SmartCast TVs. The company also expanded its selection to 12,000 titles, from 7,000 at launch. CEO Galen Smith in December told Media Play News that Redbox On Demand has “surpassed major milestones to become a real player in the competitive digital home entertainment space. We’re seeing hundreds of thousands of customers, including bringing back folks we haven’t seen in a while.”

FandangoNow, a business unit of movie-ticket seller Fandango, struck deals with most major studios that allow it to package movie rentals into “binge bundles” that let consumers watch multiple movies at a lower price. The new offering launched on the Labor Day weekend with more than 100 bundles.

FandangoNow also cross-promotes digital movie sales and rentals with ticket sales. In December, just before the holidays, consumers who spent $20 on FandangoNow received $8 toward a movie ticket.

In the end, studio executives agree, it all comes down to keeping consumers engaged — which requires constant work.

“From a functional solution like Movies Anywhere that allows consumers to build and enjoy a streamlined digital library, to premium viewing with 4K HDR, to story extensions through virtual reality and other emerging formats, keeping consumers invested and engaged requires constant experimentation and innovation,” says Fox’s Keith Feldman. “Our ongoing challenge is to exceed consumer expectations today and simultaneously deliver next-generation offerings that will continue that engagement in the future.”

‘Venom’ Debuts at No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 23.

With a domestic gross of $213 million the year’s No. 10 movie, Venom debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2 on the kiosk chart and No. 4 on the digital chart was another new release, Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy film based on the 1973 book of the same name. The film, about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro. It grossed $68.5 million in North American theaters.

Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (and No. 5 on the disc-rental chart). A black comedy about a vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her rich and mysterious best friend, the film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding and earned $53.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

The Sony Pictures revenge-thriller sequel The Equalizer 2 slipped to No. 3 on both charts, a week after its debut at No. 1.

Smallfoot, a computer-animated musical comedy-adventure from the Warner Animation Group, finished its second week of availability at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart (down from No. 2) and No. 7 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart (down from No. 3).

Peppermint, another revenge thriller starring Jennifer Garner as a mom out to avenge the murder of her husband and 10-year-old daughter by a drug cartel, slipped to No. 6 from No. 3 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 from No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Holiday favorite Home Alone, from 20th Century Fox, shot up to No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart during the week before Christmas.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom (new)
  2. The House With a Clock in its Walls (new)
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. Smallfoot
  5. A Simple Favor (new)
  6. Peppermint
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  8. The Nun
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. Mile 22

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 23

  1. Venom
  2. A Simple Favor
  3. The Equalizer 2
  4. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  5. Peppermint
  6. The Predator
  7. Smallfoot
  8. Home Alone
  9. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  10. Crazy Rich Asians

 

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Redbox On Demand Celebrates First Birthday With New App Deal with Vizio

Redbox On Demand celebrates its one-year anniversary this month with a most welcome development: Redbox apps are now featured on all Vizio SmartCast TVs.

Without apps, it’s hard for digital retailers to sell or rent movies over the Internet. Redbox apps are already on TVs made by Samsung and LG, and the addition of Vizio – also a top 10 brand – is significant, said Chris Yates, general manager of Redbox On Demand.

“Our expansion to Vizio SmartCast TVs brings Redbox On Demand to millions of families directly from their couches,” Yates said. “As we head into 2019, we’ll continue to focus on the importance of device expansion to make our app available on as many devices as possible.”

Redbox – known for its nationwide fleet of more than 40,000 red kiosks where consumers can rent DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays for a little more than a buck a night – in December 2017 launched a digital movie store called Redbox On Demand.

Redbox On Demand lets customers buy or rent digital copies of films over the Internet, putting the company in the same digital retail space as Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and a handful of other vendors.

The service launched with more than 7,000 movie and TV show titles available for on-demand streaming or purchase and digital distribution deals with all major studios except the Walt Disney Co.

A year later, said Redbox CEO Galen Smith, Redbox On Demand has “surpassed major milestones to become a real player in the competitive digital home entertainment space. We’re seeing hundreds of thousands of customers, including bringing back folks we haven’t seen in a while.”

More than 50% of Redbox On Demand transactions are from people who have either stopped renting discs at Redbox kiosks or never patronized Redbox before, Smith said.

To maintain the momentum, Smith said, Redbox is aggressively seeking out partnerships with consumer electronics companies to install Redbox On Demand apps on new TVs.

Redbox also is expanding its library of content “to include more titles we know our customers want to watch,” Smith said. “Since launch, we’ve added about 5,000 titles, and now have about 12,000 titles in our curated library.”

Redbox also is prepping its first-ever national ad campaign, which will promote both kiosks and Redbox On Demand. Two national spots are in the works, bowing at the 2018 Redbox Bowl, a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the University of Oregon Ducks that will be held on New Year’s Eve at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Looking back, Smith said the concept for Redbox On Demand was simply to give customers more choices on how to bring entertainment into the home.

“Our customers come to us for that transactional experience — it’s Friday night, and they want to watch a specific movie,” he told Media Play News last January. “We try to satisfy them with our kiosk network, but there are occasions where you might not want to go out and rent a movie from a kiosk.

“So rather than lose that transactional occasion, we’re giving them the chance to get their movie online. We want to make sure we still capture that demand. It’s complementary to what we’ve been doing for years.”

Smith also sees Redbox On Demand as a way to transition consumers to the concept of bringing entertainment into their homes digitally. “We have a whole set of customers who might not have tried TVOD or EST, and we think we can transition them to this new form of content delivery that they’re not yet using,” he said. “It’s a big opportunity for us to get them to stay within the Redbox ecosystem and serve their needs — and it helps the studios, as well, by getting consumers interested in doing a higher transaction.”

Like other digital retailers, Redbox On Demand charges customers significantly more to stream a movie online ($3.99 to $4.99 for new releases, $1.99 for older films) than to rent a disc at a kiosk ($1.750). “The kiosk will always be the best value,” he said, “but if you want to watch it without leaving your home the value comes in the form of convenience, the ability to press a button on the remote and get the movie directly from the app.”

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Three Newcomers Atop Redbox Charts

Three new releases topped the Redbox charts the week ended Dec. 9, led by Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latest Tom Cruise actioner based on the 1966 – 1973 TV series.

The sixth, and highest-grossing, film in the “M:I” franchise debuted at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Warner Bros.’ The Nun, the latest of five inter-related supernatural horror films in “The Conjuring Universe.”

And The Happytime Murders, a quirky crime comedy – starring both puppets and humans – in which police set out to solve a series of murders of retired sitcom stars, debuted at No. 3 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Crazy Rich Asians, from Warner Bros., slipped to No. 4 on the kiosk chart and No. 3 on the digital chart after two weeks at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc rental chart was Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point. The film slipped to No. 5 after two weeks at No. 3.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Sony Pictures’ Searching, which had debuted the prior week at No. 4.  Set mostly on smartphones and computer screens, the film is about a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing teen daughter (Michelle La) with assistance from a police detective (Debra Messing).

A fourth new release, Operation Finale, from Universal Pictures, debuted at No.10 on the Redbox disc-rental chart. The historical drama film follows Israeli intelligence officers as they seek to capture former SS officer Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (new)
  2. The Nun (new)
  3. The Happytime Murders (new)
  4. Crazy Rich Asians
  5. Mile 22
  6. The Meg
  7. The Incredibles 2
  8. Searching
  9. Alpha
  10. Operation Finale

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 9

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  2. The Nun
  3. Crazy Rich Asians
  4. The Happytime Murders
  5. Searching
  6. The Meg
  7. Mile 22
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. The Heat
  10. Alpha

 

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Redbox Customers Still ‘Crazy’ About ‘Rich Asians’

For the second consecutive week, Crazy Rich Asians, the surprise blockbuster from Warner Bros. that earned nearly $174 million in North American theaters, took the top spot on the two Redbox charts for the week ended Dec. 2.

The romantic dramedy, about an American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and is surprised to find they are “crazy rich,” again took the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

The monster shark movie The Meg, also from Warner Bros., was again No. 2 on the Redbox kiosk chart but slipped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

Sony Pictures’ Searching, the only new release in the top 10, debuted at No. 2 on the digital chart and No. 4 on the disc-rental chart.

Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures about a CIA task force that has to escort an Indonesian police officer on the run from the government 22 miles to an extraction point, was again No. 3 on the kiosk chart but slipped a notch to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was Walt Disney’s The Incredibles 2, down from No. 4 the prior week.

On the digital chart, the No. 5 spot went to Alpha, a historical adventure film about a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last Ice Age. The film came in at No. 6 on the kiosk chart.

Two films that were original released to the home market in April, 20th Century Fox’s The Heat and MGM’s Creed, reappeared in the top 10 on the digital chart, coming in at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending December 2

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. The Meg
  3. Mile 22
  4. Searching (new)
  5. The Incredibles 2
  6. Alpha
  7. Kin
  8. Christopher Robin
  9. Skyscraper
  10. The Spy Who Dumped Me

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending December 2

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. Searching
  3. The Meg
  4. Mile 22
  5. Alpha
  6. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  7. The Heat
  8. Creed
  9. Skyscraper
  10. Ocean’s 8

 

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