‘Barbie’ Still No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Retirement Plan’ Stays Atop Digital Titles for Third Week

Warner’s Barbie remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Nov. 5.

The blockbuster comedy based on the iconic doll brand was the top box office title of the year with $636 million domestically.

The No. 2 title on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was again Universal Pictures’ The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The film is based on the chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel in which the vampire travels via a ship from Transylvania to London. It earned $13.6 million from U.S. theaters.

Universal’s Strays remained the No. 3 disc rental. The raunchy comedy follows a pack of foul-mouthed dogs as one of them seeks to return home to avenge his owner abandoning him. It earned $24 million domestically and was also No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

No. 4 was Universal’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. In the comedic romance drama, the Portokalos family travels to Greece to fulfill the final wish of their beloved patriarch.

No. 5 was Screen Media’s Us or Them, a thriller about two childhood friends who get more than they bargained for when they agree to play each other in a deadly game.

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The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart was again Vertical’s The Retirement Plan, an actioner starring Nicolas Cage as a beach bum with a mysterious past who comes out of retirement to save his daughter and granddaughter from a crime boss.

The new No. 2 was the surprise summer hit Sound of Freedom, from Premiere Digital Services. The film stars Eric Bana as a former U.S. federal agent who dedicates his life to freeing children from traffickers.

No. 4 was Vertical’s After Everything, the fifth chapter in the soapy “After” franchise about a pair of young lovers.

Down a spot on the digital chart to No. 5 was Asylum’s The Exorcists, a horror film about three experts hired by a father to purge his possessed son who learn the demon is merely the gatekeeper to a true evil that will be unleashed if they fail.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Nov. 5:

  1. Barbie — Warner
  2. The Last Voyage of the Demeter — Universal
  3. Strays — Universal
  4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 — Universal
  5. Us or Them — Screen Media
  6. Ocean Deep — Screen Media
  7. The Hill — Universal
  8. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  9. Fast X — Universal
  10. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Nov. 5:

  1. The Retirement Plan — Vertical
  2. Sound of Freedom — Premiere
  3. Strays — Universal
  4. After Everything — Vertical
  5. The Exorcists — Asylum
  6. The Good Mother — Vertical
  7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Universal
  8. Arctic Armageddon — Asylum
  9. Fast X — Universal
  10. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal

 

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‘Barbie’ Still No. 1 on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Retirement Plan’ Stays Atop Digital Titles

Warner’s Barbie remained No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 29.

The blockbuster comedy based on the iconic doll brand was the top box office title of the year with $635.9 million domestically.

The No. 2 title on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was again Universal Pictures’ The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The film is based on the chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel in which the vampire travels via a ship from Transylvania to London. It earned $13.6 million from U.S. theaters.

Universal’s Strays remained the No. 3 disc rental. The raunchy comedy follows a pack of foul-mouthed dogs as one of them seeks to return home to avenge his owner abandoning him. It earned $24 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals were a pair of titles from Screen Media available early at Redbox kiosks.

No. 4 was Ocean Deep, a thriller about a woman (Connie Nielsen) searching for her husband after he goes missing during a routine research dive in the Atlantic. Its slated for wide disc release Nov. 21.

No. 5 was Us or Them, a thriller about two childhood friends who get more than they bargained for when they agree to play each other in a deadly game.

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The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was again Vertical’s The Retirement Plan, an actioner starring Nicolas Cage as a beach bum with a mysterious past who comes out of retirement to save his daughter and granddaughter from a crime boss.

Up three spots to No. 2 on the digital chart was Vertical’s The Good Mother, a thriller about a journalist (Hilary Swank) who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend to track down the killers.

The No. 3 digital title was Universal’s extended cut of Halloween Kills, while No. 9 was Halloween Ends.

Down two spots on the digital chart to No. 4 was Asylum’s The Exorcists, a horror film about three experts hired by a father to purge his possessed son who learn the demon is merely the gatekeeper to a true evil that will be unleashed if they fail.

The No. 5 Redbox on Demand title was Universal’s Fast X.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 29:

  1. Barbie — Warner
  2. The Last Voyage of the Demeter — Universal
  3. Strays — Universal
  4. Ocean Deep — Screen Media
  5. Us or Them — Screen Media
  6. The Hill — Universal
  7. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  8. The Bell Keeper — Screen Media
  9. Fast X — Universal
  10. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 29:

  1. The Retirement Plan — Vertical
  2. The Good Mother — Vertical
  3. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal
  4. The Exorcists — Asylum
  5. Fast X — Universal
  6. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  7. The Royal Hotel — Decal
  8. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  9. Halloween Ends — Universal
  10. Jules — Decal

 

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‘Barbie’ Grabs No. 1 Spot on Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘Retirement Plan’ Tops Digital Titles

Warner’s Barbie debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 22.

The blockbuster comedy based on the iconic doll brand was the top box office title of the year with $635.7 million domestically.

The No. 2 title on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was another newcomer, Universal Pictures’ The Last Voyage of the Demeter. The film is based on the chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel in which the vampire travels via a ship from Transylvania to London. It earned $13.6 million from U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal’s Strays, slid to No. 3. The raunchy comedy follows a pack of foul-mouthed dogs as one of them seeks to return home to avenge his owner abandoning him.

Universal’s Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, dropped to No. 4 on the Redbox disc rental chart. The DreamWorks Animation film remained No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Another newcomer took the No. 5 spot on the disc rental chart, Universal’s The Hill, a baseball drama starring Dennis Quaid.

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The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart was Vertical’s The Retirement Plan, an actioner starring Nicolas Cage as a beach bum with a mysterious past who comes out of retirement to save his daughter and granddaughter from a crime boss.

Remaining No. 2 on the digital chart was Asylum’s The Exorcists, a horror film about three experts hired by a father to purge his possessed son who learn the demon is merely the gatekeeper to a true evil that will be unleashed if they fail.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s extended cut of Halloween Kills.

No. 5 on the digital chart was Vertical’s The Good Mother, a thriller about a journalist (Hilary Swank) who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend to track down the killers.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 22:

  1. Barbie — Warner
  2. The Last Voyage of the Demeter — Universal
  3. Strays — Universal
  4. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  5. The Hill — Universal
  6. The Bell Keeper — Screen Media
  7. Fast X — Universal
  8. Us or Them — Screen Media
  9. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate
  10. Monsters of California — Screen Media

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 22:

  1. The Retirement Plan — Vertical
  2. The Exorcists — Asylum
  3. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  4. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal
  5. The Good Mother — Vertical
  6. Fast X — Universal
  7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  8. Kandahar — Universal
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. The Baker — Vertical

 

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‘Strays’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Meg 2’ No. 1 on Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Strays debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 15.

The raunchy comedy follows a pack of foul-mouthed dogs as one of them seeks to return home to avenge his owner abandoning him.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, dropped to No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart,which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. It slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Down a spot to No. 3 on the disc rental chart was Universal’s Fast X. The “Fast & Furious” sequel remained No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 4 disc rental was Screen Media’s The Bell Keeper, a horror film about a group of friends who travel to a secluded campsite to film a documentary and discover something much more sinister than they could have ever imagined. The film is available on disc early at Redbox kiosks.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4, down two spots from the previous week.

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The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart was Warner’s Meg 2: The Trench, grabbing the top spot after a couple of months of digital availability.

Down a spot to No. 2 was Asylum’s The Exorcists, a horror film about three experts hired by a father to purge his possessed son who learn the demon is merely the gatekeeper to a true evil that will be unleashed if they fail.

The No. 5 digital title was Universal’s extended cut of Halloween Kills.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 15:

  1. Strays — Universal
  2. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  3. Fast X — Universal
  4. The Bell Keeper — Screen Media
  5. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate
  6. Monsters of California — Screen Media
  7. Kandahar — Universal
  8. Sick — Universal
  9. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  10. The Little Things — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 15:

  1. Meg 2: The Trench — Warner
  2. The Exorcists — Asylum
  3. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  4. Fast X — Universal
  5. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal
  6. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  7. The Baker — Vertical
  8. Kandahar — Universal
  9. After Everything — Vertical
  10. Jules — Decal

 

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Redbox Teams with Jewel-Osco on ‘Pizza and a Movie Night’ Promotion

Redbox on Oct. 17 announced the launch of a promotion with Itasca, Illinois-based grocery retailer Jewel-Osco to offer consumers “Pizza and a Movie Night.”

By buying a Signature Select pizza, consumers will receive a code at checkout that can be redeemed for a free movie rental at Redbox kiosks or digitally through the Redbox app, which is available on a wide range of devices, including Roku, Samsung, iOS, and Android.

The Pizza and a Movie Night promotion will have prominent signage in all 188 Jewel-Osco locations, on Redbox kiosk headers, and on rental screens. Redbox customers in the Chicagoland area will also receive email and push notifications about the promotion. The promotion will run through Thanksgiving, with free rental codes expiring in early December.

“The pairing of Signature Select pizza and Redbox movies is a perfect combination as it provides consumers a fun experience – something they are seeking more and more,” said Maura Gray, SVP of marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “The promotion is launching as the hit movie Barbie will be available in our kiosks on Blu-Ray Disc and DVD. Don’t be a Ken — enjoy some delicious pizza and watch some of the best movies on us.”

“Pizza and a movie go hand in hand,” said Mark Laryea, Jewel-Osco SVP of merchandising and marketing. “Customers will find a variety of Signature Select pizzas to choose from, which will make the movie night even more enjoyable.” 

Jewel-Osco was founded in 1899 and is owned by Albertsons Companies. The grocery and drug retailer has 188 locations in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Iowa, and employs 31,000+ associates. 

‘Ruby Gillman’ Tops Redbox Disc Chart for Second Week; ‘Exorcists’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken was No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 8, its second week in the top spot.

The DreamWorks Animation film follows a shy teenager who discovers that she’s part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed. It slipped a spot to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Remaining No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Universal’s Fast X. The “Fast & Furious” sequel was also No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 remained the No. 3 disc rental, while Universal’s Sick stayed No. 4.

The No. 5 disc rental was Screen Media’s Monsters of California, a sci-fi actioner about a group of teenagers trying to uncover a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California. The film is available on disc early at Redbox prior to its Dec. 12 Blu-ray release.

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The top Redbox On Demand title was Asylum’s The Exorcists, a horror film about three experts hired by a father to purge his possessed son who learn the demon is merely the gatekeeper to a true evil that will be unleashed if they fail.

Warner’s Barbie remained No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The new No. 5 digital title was Vertical’s After Everything, the fifth and final entry in the soapy “After” series starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as a pair of passionate young lovers.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 8:

  1. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Fast X — Universal
  3. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate
  4. Sick — Universal
  5. Monsters of California — Screen Media
  6. Kandahar — Universal
  7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  8. Plane — Lionsgate
  9. The Little Things — Warner
  10. Renfield — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 8:

  1. The Exorcists — Asylum
  2. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  3. Barbie — Warner
  4. Fast X — Universal
  5. After Everything — Vertical
  6. Renfield — Universal
  7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  8. The Flash — Warner
  9. Jules — Decal
  10. Halloween Kills: Extended Cut — Universal

 

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Redbox, Now the Only Disc Rental Game in Town, Gears Up for ‘Barbie’ Release Oct. 17

Redbox is pulling out all the stops to make sure customers know they can rent the red-hot Barbie movie the day it’s released.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment has slated Barbie for DVD and Blu-ray release Oct. 17.

Yes, the release is aimed at buyers, but as the largest disc-rental operation in the country now that Netflix has shuttered its DVD.com subsidiary, the Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment-owned business is jumping on the chance to boost activity at its 29,000 rental kiosks around the country.

Consumers can use the Redbox app to easily locate the nearest Redbox kiosk and reserve Barbie. The Redbox app is available on a wide range of devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, Samsung TVs, Vizio, and many others. The app also gives viewers access to thousands of free movies and TV series, nearly 180 free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels, and the ability to rent or buy movies transactionally on select devices.

“Our customers have been anxiously waiting for Barbie to be available on DVD and Blu-ray, and we’re delighted it will soon be in our kiosks nationwide,” said William J. Rouhana, chairman and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Blu-ray discs provide the best sound and picture quality on a large TV screen, and there will be no better way to enjoy the amazing visuals and music in the film … at an inexpensive price, along with bonus content.”

Since buying Redbox in August 2022, Chicken Soup has been transforming the Redbox app into a “super app” that also gives viewers access to thousands of free movies and TV series, nearly 180 free ad-supported television (FAST) channels, and the ability to rent or buy movies digitally.

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Barbie — which has earned a whopping $1.4 billion at the global box office — stars Margie Robbie as the iconic doll in a comedy fantasy about her existential crisis. The film is directed by Greta Gerwig.

‘Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal Pictures’ Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken was No. 1 on both the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Oct. 1.

The DreamWorks Animation film follows a shy teenager who discovers that she’s part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed. The film earned $15.8 million at the domestic box office.

Remaining No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was Universal’s Fast X. The “Fast & Furious” sequel was also No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 remained the No. 3 disc rental.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal’s Sick, fell to No. 4. The pandemic-set slasher film was also No. 10 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Universal’s Kandahar, a war drama starring Gerard Butler, slid to No. 5 on the disc rental chart.

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Warner’s Barbie fell to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 4 digital title was Warner’s Meg 2: The Trench, the sequel to the action thriller about Jason Statham taking on a giant shark.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 1:

  1. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Fast X — Universal
  3. John Wick: Chapter 4 — Lionsgate
  4. Sick — Universal
  5. Kandahar — Universal
  6. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  7. The Little Things — Warner
  8. The Ritual Killer — Screen Media
  9. Plane — Lionsgate
  10. Renfield — Universal

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 1:

  1. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Fast X — Universal
  3. Barbie — Warner
  4. Meg 2: The Trench — Warner
  5. Jules — Decal
  6. The Exorcists — Asylum
  7. Strays — Universal
  8. The Super Mario Bros. Movie — Universal
  9. The Flash — Warner
  10. Sick — Universal

 

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Chicken Soup in ‘Active Discussions’ About Possible Sale, Seeks to Woo Former Netflix Disc Renters

The future of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., bogged down by debt from its August 2022 acquisition of Redbox, may soon become clear.

The company is in “active discussions” about a possible asset or strategic sale, according to a Sept. 28 8K filing

At the same time, Chicken Soup is looking for ways to improve cash flow and working capital, including further cost reductions and factoring receivables to raise cash. According to the 8K, “the company has authorization from its board to factor up to an aggregate of $55 million in receivables, with any factoring discount limited to 5%.” In addition, the 8K says, Chicken Soup for the Soul may continue to sell securities.

The company on Sept. 22 was notified by the SEC that its stock is in danger of being delisted by NASDAQ because for the preceding 30 days shares in the company have been selling for less than the $1 per share minimum.  The company has been given 180 days, until March 20, 2024, to “regain compliance,” according to the filing.

Last week, Chicken Soup chairman and CEO William J. Rouhana announced plans to capitalize on Netflix shutting down its disc business through a PR blitz and media campaign aimed at converting former Netflix DVD and Blu-ray Disc renters into Redbox customers.

A social media campaign on X (formerly Twitter) called “Show Us Your Red Envelope” promises a free movie rental to fans who share photos of their Netflix rental envelopes. The company also is beefing up catalog and niche titles in its kiosks.

Rouhana told Media Play News he’s hoping business at Redbox’s 29,000 kiosks will pick up now that Netflix is out of the picture and Redbox is the only national DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental dealer. He’s also expecting a lift once box office heavyweight Barbie and Oppenheimer become available on disc. 

Barbie will be out on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD on Oct. 17. Oppenheimer has no official disc release date, but online sources say the film will likely be out in late November.

Crackle Connex, TransUnion Ink Pact to Reach Connected TV Viewers and Redbox Kiosks Users

Redbox corporate parent Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Sept. 28 announced that its Crackle Connect advertising sales division, has entered into an agreement with TransUnion to mine first-party viewership data and create custom marketing targeting viewers of Connected TV (CTV) toward disc rental kiosks nationwide.

New York-based TransUnion’s technology will enable Crackle and Redbox to generate audience insights from first-party data and improve separate monetization strategies. The aim is to extend the audience reach of Crackle and Redbox kiosks beyond their known customers with advanced modeling capabilities, including identity-based signals, instead of relying on cookies, device IDs or other identifiers.

Philippe Guelton, chief revenue officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the pact would offer “dynamic” data-driven solutions while delivering premium streaming programming and a more connected, engaging experience for U.S. viewers looking for premium video entertainment.

“This partnership enables us to bring advertising solutions to our partners looking to leverage the full-funnel metrics that CTV and [digital out-of-home ads] can offer,” Guelton said in a statement.

Redbox is the largest DVD rental service in the U.S., with approximately 40 million customer loyalty members across 29,000 kiosks in major retail locations nationwide. Crackle Connex was formed in April 2023 to help brands seamlessly integrate campaigns across AVOD, FAST, digital out-of-home kiosks, and through branded content.

“This collaboration demonstrates how our marketing solutions business provides leaders across the media and marketing world the identity-backed audience solutions they need to reach people as simply and effectively as possible across all media, whether programmatic display or CTV, email or streaming audio,” said Julie Clark, SVP of the media & entertainment business at TransUnion.

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