‘Honest Thief’ Tops Redbox Charts for Third Week

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart for a third consecutive week, and returned to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand Chart the week ended Jan. 17.

The week’s top newcomer was Paramount’s Spell, 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. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Spell, which earned $500K at the domestic box office, stars Omari Hardwick as a man who survives a plane crash only to discover the couple caring for him has sinister motives.

Another newcomer, 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man, debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart. The horror film deals with a former cop in a Midwestern town coming out of retirement to investigate a series of disappearing teenagers attributed to a local legend.

New to the On Demand chart are Universal’s News of the World, a Western starring Tom Hanks, at No. 9, and STX Entertainment’s Horizon Line, a thriller about a couple trapped on a plane heading into a storm after their pilot has a heart attack, at No. 10.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

On the On Demand chart, War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, and Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. Spell — Paramount
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  5. Tenet — Warner
  6. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. Jungleland — Paramount
  9. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  10. Unhinged — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 17:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Spell — Paramount
  5. Unhinged — Solstice
  6. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  7. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  8. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Horizon Line — STX

 

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Redbox Expanding Advertising Across Its Entertainment Ecosystem

Redbox is embracing advertising across its packaged-media/digital distribution network. The venerable kiosk disc rental service is expanding third-party advertising opportunities through a partnership with Screenvision Media, an “advertising representation services” company catering to theatrical exhibitors, sports venues and outdoor advertising.

With Screenvision Media, Redbox aims to bolster its ability to provide national, regional, and local advertising to its 40+ million customers delivering hundreds of millions of video and display impressions through digital out-of-home, Web, app, and connected TVs. Redbox and Screenvision Media will combine efforts under Redbox’s Redbox Connect advertising sales arm.

“Audiences are hungry for entertainment and spending increased time with Redbox browsing and enjoying content across our newly expanded services,” Terrence Coles, senior director Redbox Media Networks, said in a statement.

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Coles said the pact would enable Redbox to expand national campaigns, as well as deploy regional and hyper-local opportunities for advertising partners to engage with Redbox customers.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the team,” he said.

As part of the relationship with Redbox, Screenvision’s sales team will connect advertisers with the hard-to-reach moviegoing audience beyond the cinema.

“It’s a natural evolution for brands looking to amplify their in-theater presence and engage with the home viewing audience,” said John Partilla, Screenvision Media CEO. “Redbox brings incredible brand recognition and a growth platform that aligns with the evolution of our business.”

With its signature DVD/Blu-ray Disc kiosks located within a five-minute drive of nearly every American across the nation, Redbox has one of the largest retail footprints in the U.S., generating hundreds of millions of monthly impressions.

Redbox fuels awareness throughout the rental experience with online and in-person touchpoints to drive frequency of message with customers. This year Redbox expanded its services to include free streaming movies and television series creating “exciting opportunities” to reach movie-loving audiences.

Redbox’s Free Live TV currently has over 85 digital linear channels and Free On Demand has a growing catalog of ad-supported movies and television, unlocking opportunities to get in front of this coveted audience.

“What sets Redbox apart is our ability to create movie-watching moments that delight customers and drive sales for our advertising partners,” said Jason Kwong, chief strategy and digital officer at Redbox. “Enjoying entertainment is so often a social occasion and a great way to deepen brand interaction that feels organic. With Screenvision Media, we’ll be able to deliver greater value to consumers and advertisers.”

‘Honest Thief’ Stays Atop Redbox Disc Rental; ‘Croods’ Sequel Takes No. 1 On Demand Spot

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief remained No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 10, while another Universal release, the animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, climbed to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

On the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, the top five were unchanged from the previous week: Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa remained No. 2, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet remained No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Love and Monsters at No. 4, and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer at No. 5.

The top newcomer on the disc chart, at No. 8, was Vertical Entertainment’s Skylines, a sci-fi film that deals with a virus impacting alien-human hybrids living on Earth in the future. It is the third film in the “Skyline” trilogy.

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The Redbox On Demand chart had the newly released Fatale, from Lionsgate, at No. 3. The film stars Hilary Swank as a woman who ropes her one-night stand into a police investigation.

Rounding out Redbox’s top five digital titles were Tenet at No. 4 and War With Grandpa at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 10:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. The Informer — Vertical
  6. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  7. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  8. Skylines — Vertical
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 10:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Honest Thief — Universal
  3. Fatale — Lionsgate
  4. Tenet — Warner
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  8. Unhinged — Solstice
  9. The Informer — Vertical
  10. Let Him Go — Universal

 

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‘Honest Thief’ Swipes No. 1 Spot on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Jan. 3.

The film, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The previous week’s top title, Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa, slid to No. 2 on both charts.

On Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet slipped to No. 3, followed by Paramount’s Love and Monsters at No. 4, and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer at No. 5.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, at No. 3, followed by Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4, and Love and Monsters at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 3:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Tenet — Warner
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. The Informer — Vertical
  6. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  7. Fatman — Paramount
  8. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. The Call — Cinedigm

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 3:

  1. Honest Thief — Universal
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  4. Unhinged — Solstice
  5. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  6. Greenland — STX
  7. The Informer — Vertical
  8. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  9. Buddy Games — Paramount
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

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‘War With Grandpa’ Conquers Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Dec. 27.

The family comedy, which stars Robert De Niro as a widower who moves in with his daughter, only to have his grandson start a prank war with him for being given the youngster’s room to live in, earned $18.4 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet, slipped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Similarly, the previous week’s top Redbox On Demand title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 4 on the digital chart, but landed at No. 3 on the disc chart with it being available early at Redbox kiosks prior to it being widely available on disc Jan. 5.

No. 4 on the disc chart, and No. 6 on the digital chart, was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Paramount’s Fatman.

The top five Redbox On Demand list also included a pair of holiday titles: Universal’s animated The Grinch at No. 3, and Warner’s Elf at No. 5.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Other newcomers to the disc chart included No. 6 The Craft: Legacy, produced by Blumhouse and distributed by Sony Pictures; No. 7 Alone, a thriller from Magnolia about a woman escaping a kidnapper (not to be confused with another movie of the same name from Lionsgate about a zombie attack); and No. 8 Jiu Jitsu, a Paramount actioner starring Nicolas Cage.

The Craft: Legacy also hit No. 9 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. Tenet — Warner
  3. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  4. The Informer — Vertical
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  7. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  8. Jiu Jitsu — Paramount
  9. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  10. Mulan (2020) — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  3. The Grinch — Universal
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. The Informer — Vertical
  7. Greenland — STX
  8. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Warner

 

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‘Tenet’ Leads Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Croods’ Sequel No. 1 On Demand

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 20.

Director Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending film, which deals with a secret agent’s attempts to stop enemies from the future triggering World War III, earned $57.9 million at the domestic box office.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, landed at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The sequel to 2013’s The Croods is newly arrived on premium VOD after earning $27.4 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s Fatman, dropped to No. 2.

No. 3 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer, about a reformed criminal working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish Mob. The disc release is exclusive to Redbox for the time being.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4 and Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5.

The disc chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

On the digital chart, Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 2. Unhinged was No. 3.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Newcomers on the top 10 disc chart include, at No. 6, Relativity’s Come Away, which reimagines the title characters of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as siblings trying to help their parents overcome the death of their eldest son.

No. 7 was Paramount’s Echo Boomers, about five college graduates who decide to steal from Chicago’s richest and give to themselves.

No. 8 was Universal’s Infidel, the story of a Christian American journalist put on trial in Iran for espionage.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. Tenet — Warner
  2. Fatman — Paramount
  3. The Informer — Vertical
  4. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  5. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  6. Come Away — Relativity
  7. Echo Boomers — Paramount
  8. Infidel — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. Buddy Games — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  3. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  4. Greenland — STX
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. Elf — Warner
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Krampus — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. The Polar Express — Warner

 

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Paramount’s ‘Fatman,’ ‘Love and Monsters’ Take Over Redbox Charts

A pair of films distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment took over the No. 1 spots on Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Dec. 13.

The disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, saw Paramount’s Fatman take over the top spot. While the disc won’t be widely released until Jan. 26, Redbox has it early. The movie stars Mel Gibson as an action-oriented Santa who must fight for his life when a disgruntled kid sends a hitman after him.

Fatman was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, with Paramount’s Love and Monsters taking the top spot there. Love and Monsters stars Dylan O’Brien as a man trying to reconnect with his high school girlfriend (Jessica Henwick) in a dystopian future where giant monsters have overtaken the Earth.

Another Paramount title, the comedy Buddy Games, was No. 4 on both charts. Paramount also had two more films on the On Demand chart: The Vanished, about a couple searching for the missing daughter, at No. 7, and the newly released Wander, a thriller about a mentally unstable man who gets caught up in a murder conspiracy, at No. 8.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained at No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, and slipped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan remained dropped to No. 3 on the disc rental chart after spending three of the previous four weeks in the top spot.

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Rounding out the top five on both charts was The New Mutants, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, which dropped a spot from the previous week.

Newcomers on the top 10 disc chart include MPI’s Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot, another retelling of the Camelot tale, at No. 8, and Lionsgate’s Smiley Face Killers, a horror film about a man who believes he is being stalked by a hooded figure, at No. 9.

Another title new to the On Demand chart, at No. 9, was STX Films’ Songbird, a controversial thriller about a future world where the pandemic is in full effect in 2024 after the coronvirus continues to mutate. It hit premium VOD Dec. 11.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 13:

  1. Fatman — Paramount
  2. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  3. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  4. Buddy Games — Paramount
  5. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  6. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  7. The Rental — Shout! Factory
  8. Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot — MPI
  9. Smiley Face Killers — Lionsgate
  10. 2067 — RLJ

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 13:

  1. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  2. Fatman — Paramount
  3. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  4. Buddy Games — Paramount
  5. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  6. Elf — Warner
  7. The Vanished — Paramount
  8. Wander — Paramount
  9. Songbird — STX
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Warner

 

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Netflix, Redbox Veteran Mitch Lowe Says Discovery Is Biggest Challenge in New Entertainment Landscape

Discovery is the biggest challenge facing the new entertainment landscape of endless choice, said Netflix co-founding executive and former Redbox president Mitch Lowe.

“I think if anybody can figure out how to solve this problem for big segments of the population, it’s a real big opportunity in the business, and no one’s doing it,” he said during a keynote presentation for the OTT.X@Pipeline 2020 online conference Dec. 9.

“On one side, people say they want all the choices in the world, but on the other they go, ‘But I don’t want to spend time wading through them,’” he noted. “[At kiosk rental company Redbox] we found that when we created that light box, that has I think 66 box arts on it, that was the maximum people could go through. Anything more and anything less was counterproductive and in fact constrained consumption.”

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He also pointed out limitations of computer algorithms in helping consumers find what they want to watch, noting one algorithm he remembered that recommended that folks who watched Willy Wonka would like to watch The Shining.

Discovery is key because “people don’t want to work hard to find something good, but they also don’t want to spend their time watching something that they end up turning off,” he said.

Recalling his early days as a video store chain owner and president of OTT.X’s predecessor the Video Software Dealers Association, Lowe said his experience talking with customers informed his later, groundbreaking career path.

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“What I learned one on one with customers was how they think about entertainment,” he said.

In fact, he noted, he met Netflix founder Marc Randolph at a video convention.

“If you look at my career at Netflix, I was really the video guy,” he said. “I was the guy who knew the entertainment industry.”

In a callout to the video store industry veterans at the online conference, he said, “It’s really wonderful to be back with so many familiar people. I think this is kind of a little bit of a homecoming.”

Asked about Warner’s recent decision to send new releases to its streaming service HBO Max concurrent with theatrical release, Lowe bemoaned the potential damage to the theater business.

“I absolutely love the experience in movie theaters,” said Lowe, who was also at one time CEO of MoviePass, a now-defunct theater ticket subscription service.

He noted the importance of a shared experience in theaters, where the audience can jump in tandem at a horror film or laugh together at a comedy.

He touted the subscription model for theaters, which some chains such as AMC have instituted.

“In the end, the entity or the business that has that one to one relationship with the consumer is the real winner,” he said, and that’s “why companies like AMC did not like companies like MoviePass getting between them and their customer.”

Redbox Owner in Talks to Buy AT&T’s DirecTV Business

Apollo Global Management, the investment group that acquired Redbox in 2016 for $1.6 billion, reportedly is in the running to acquire AT&T’s satellite operator DirecTV.

Apollo, along with Churchill Capital Corp. IV, have submitted separate bids around $15 billion for control of the El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV, which AT&T acquired in 2015 for $66 billion, including debt, according to The Wall Street Journal. AT&T would still be majority owner while relinquishing operational control of the pay-TV unit. A decision is expected early next year.

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The telecom is attempting to reduce its triple-digit billion-dollar debt load after acquiring Time Warner for $85 billion in 2018, which led to the creation of WarnerMedia.

DirecTV, like most pay-TV distributors, is losing video subscribers to less-expensive over-the-top video platforms such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. AT&T is staking much of its future on streaming video through the launch of HBO Max and separately as a major distributor of high-speed Internet.

Speaking Dec. 8 on a virtual investor event, AT&T CEO John Stankey said that he is pleased with the company’s progress in managing costs and corporate structure and overhead and will continue these efforts. He said a focus on corporate efficiency has resulted in lower distribution costs even as volumes continue to improve and that the coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated a move to digital customer engagement that was already underway. Stankey reiterated that AT&T continues to take a deliberate and thorough approach to monetizing non-core strategic assets such as DirecTV.

“We still have opportunities to do some things around rejiggering our portfolio,” Stankey said. “We’ll continue to force ourselves to look at those hard decisions.”

 

‘Mulan’ No. 1 Again on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Unhinged’ Still Atop On Demand Chart

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan remained in the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 6, its third time at No. 1 in the four weeks since it debuted on disc.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained at No. 2 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and was again No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Also repeating its position from the previous week, as the No. 3 disc rental and No. 2 on the On Demand chart, was the comedy Buddy Games, from Paramount.

The New Mutants, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, remained No. 4 on the disc chart but slipped a spot to No. 4 on the digital chart.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was new release The Rental, from Shout! Factory, which debuted at No. 5. The horror film directed by Dave Franco focuses on two couples whose vacation spirals out of control when they discover they are being spied on at the seaside retreat they rented.

Other new releases on the disc chart include RLJE Films’ Downrange, a thriller about stranded motorists being fired at by a sniper, at No. 8, and Viva’s animated movie 100% Wolf, about a werewolf who turns into a poodle, at No. 10.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 6:

  1. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  2. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  3. Buddy Games — Paramount
  4. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  5. The Rental — Shout! Factory
  6. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  7. 2067 — RLJ
  8. Downrange — RLJ
  9. Bill & Ted Face the Music — Warner/MGM
  10. 100% Wolf — Viva

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 6:

  1. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  2. Buddy Games — Paramount
  3. Fatman — Paramount
  4. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. Krampus — Universal
  7. Iron Mask — Lionsgate
  8. After We Collided — Open Road
  9. Freaky — Universal
  10. The Vanished — Paramount

 

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