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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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Disc and Digital Redbox Charts

Crazy Rich Asians, the surprise blockbuster from Warner Bros. about an American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and is surprised to find they are, well crazy rich, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Nov. 25.

The romantic dramedy, which earned nearly $174 million in North American theaters, took the No. 1 spot 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, and 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., slipped to No. 2 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the prior week.

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, slipped to No. 3, again on both charts. The film debuted at No. 2 the prior week.

Alpha, a historical adventure film about a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last Ice Age, finished the week at No. 5 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart, down a spot from its debut the prior week.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, the No. 4 spot went to Walt Disney’s The Incredibles 2, down from No. 3 the previous week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, an action comedy with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best friends on the run from assassins. The film spent two weeks at No. 1 before slipping to No. 4 last week.

Another new release, Lionsgate’s Kin, debuted at No. 6 on the disc-rental chart and No. 9 on the digital chart. Kin is a science-fiction film about a young boy who finds a strange weapon and his newly paroled brother. The film earned less than $10 million at the domestic box office.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 25

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

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 25

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

 

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Digital Movie Deals Abound for Thanksgiving Weekend

In addition to all the offers on TVs and physical discs at brick-and-mortar and online stores, retailers are offering digital movie deals this holiday weekend.

Google Play is offering 99 cent rentals on Thanksgiving Day, including such recent releases as Crazy Rich Asians and Incredibles 2, giving consumers something to watch while they enjoy their turkey coma.

It has also slashed prices on digital purchases to as low as $4.99. Among the movies consumers can buy for less than $5 are The Maze Runner, Wrath of the Titans, Now You See Me, Escape Plan 2, A Prayer Before Dawn and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Other “limited time Cyber Week deals” include various recent hit movies for $9.99, including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (regular price, $14.99), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($21.99) and Deadpool 2 ($19.99).

Google Play also is offering access to Starz for $5 a month for three months (the regular price is $8.99 per month).

Redbox is offering deals on numerous digital purchases, including such recent releases as A Quiet Place (cut to $7.99 from $14.99), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (at $9.99 from $18.99), Rampage (at $9.99 from $19.99) and Uncle Drew (at $9.99 from $14.99). The rental kiosk company is also offering deals on used discs based on location.

FandangoNow, the on-demand service owned by Fandango, is offering special deals on digital purchases as well, with such new releases as Deadpool 2, Rampage, A Quiet Place, Daddy’s Home 2 and Ready Player One at under $10.

‘The Meg,’ ‘Mile 22’ Top Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

The Meg, the hit Warner Bros. movie about a giant killer shark, rode its $143 million domestic gross to a No. 1 debut on both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov.19.

Centered around a team of scientists who face off against a 75-foot-long prehistoric megalodon shark on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, The Meg took the No. 1 spot 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, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

Mile 22, a spy thriller from Universal Pictures that stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, and Ronda Rousey, debuted at No. 2, also on both charts. The film, 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, earned $36.1 million in North American movie theaters.

A third new releases, Alpha, a historical adventure film about a young hunter who befriends an injured wolf during the last Ice Age, debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox kiosk chart and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The film earned just over $35 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

On the Redbox kiosk chart, the No. 3 spot went to Walt Disney’s The Incredibles 2, which had debuted the prior week at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on the disc-rental chart was Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, an action comedy with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best friends on the run from assassins. ad debuted in the top spot the prior week on both charts. The film was No. 2 the previous week.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me slipped to No. 4 after two weeks at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on the digital Redbox chart was Universal Pictures’  Skyscraper, down from No. 3 the previous week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 18

  1. The Meg (new)
  2. Mile 22 (new)
  3. The Incredibles 2
  4. Alpha (new)
  5. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  6. Christopher Robin
  7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  8. Skyscraper
  9. Hotel Transylvania 3
  10. BlacKkKlansman

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 18

  1. The Meg
  2. Mile 22
  3. Alpha
  4. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  5. Skyscraper
  6. BlacKkKlansman
  7. Hotel Transylvania 3
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  10. The Darkest Minds

 

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‘Incredibles 2,’ Three Other New Releases Among Redbox’s Top 10 DVD, Blu-ray Disc Rentals

The Incredibles 2, the latest animated hit from Walt Disney Studios, debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox kiosk chart for the week ended Nov. 11.

Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, meanwhile, remained at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the second consecutive week.

The action comedy, with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two best friends on the run from assassins, had debuted in the top spot the prior week on both charts. The film slipped to No. 2 on the kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red disc vending machines.

Universal Pictures’ BlacKkKlansman came in at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming. The Spike Lee-helmed biopic, about a black cop who sets out to infiltrate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, grossed $48.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

BlacKkKlansman debuted at No. 4 on the Redbox disc-rental chart, one spot behind Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 the prior week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk chart for the week was another Universal Pictures film, Skyscraper, the action film about a high-rise rescue starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Skyscraper finished the week at No. 3, down a spot from the prior week.

The No. 4 spot went to Universal Pictures’ 2018 Papillon remake, with 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds coming in at No. 5

The Darkest Minds also debuted at No. 7 on the Redbox disc-rental chart, the third new release to bow in the top 10 for the week.

The Darkest Minds is a science fiction thriller film based on Alexandra Bracken’s young adult novel of the same name. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie and follows a group of teenagers on the run from the government after mysteriously developing superpowers. The film earned just $12.7 million in North American theaters.

A fourth new DVD and Blu-ray Disc release, Disney’s Christopher Robin, debuted at No. 9 on the Redbox kiosk chart with a domestic theatrical gross of $99.1 million.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 11

  1. The Incredibles 2 (new)
  2. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  4. BlacKkKlansman (new)
  5. Skyscraper
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3
  7. The Darkest Minds (new)
  8. Slender Man
  9. Christopher Robin (new)
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 11

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  2. BlacKkKlansman (new)
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Papillon (2018)
  5. The Darkest Minds
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3
  7. Ocean’s 8
  8. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  10. Slender Man

 

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‘Spy Who Dumped Me’ Bows at No. 1 on Both Redbox Charts

The Spy Who Dumped Me, a newly released action comedy from Lionsgate starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, topped both Redbox charts for the week ended Nov. 4.

The film, which follows two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their old boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent, earned $33.6 million in North American theaters.

The movie 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, and the Redbox On Demand digital chart, which tracks digital transactions, both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) streaming.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Ant-Man and the Wasp slipped to No. 2 after one week in the top spot. Universal Pictures’ Skyscraper slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Rounding out the top five were Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania at No. 4 and another Sony film, the new-to-disc Slender Man, bowing at No. 5.

A third new release, Warner’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, debuted at No. 6 on the Redbox disc-rental chart.

Slender Man, a critically panned horror film inspired by the creepy pasta Internet meme of a murderous, thin, faceless humanoid who stalks children, grossed $30.6 million domestically.

Teen Titans Go!, an animated superhero fantasy based on the TV series (and DC Comics characters) of the same name, earned $29.6 million in North American theaters.

Universal Pictures’ Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again slipped to No. 7 after debuting at No. 4 the week before.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, The Spy Who Dumped Me took the No. 1 spot from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, which slipped to No. 4.

Skyscraper held onto the No. 2 chart position, while Hotel Transylvania repeated at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five was Slender Man, which had been released digitally on Oct. 19, two weeks before its Oct. 30 DVD and Blu-ray Disc street date.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  3. Skyscraper
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3
  5. Slender Man (new)
  6. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (new)
  7. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  8. The First Purge
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending November 4

  1. The Spy Who Dumped Me (new)
  2. Skyscraper
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3
  4. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
  5. Slender Man
  6. The Darkest Minds
  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  8. Ocean’s 8
  9. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

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