‘Scoob!’ Stays No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Aug. 1.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier.

Staying as the No. 2 seller on both charts, in its fourth week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog jumped back up to the No. 3 spot on both charts in its 11th week.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart were Warner’s The Mule at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Capone at No. 5.

Capone was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller, followed by Lionsgate’s Survive the Night (which was No. 14 overall).

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The top new releases for the week were Paramount’s NCIS: The Seventeenth Season DVD at No. 9, at Well Go USA’s Gundala, which was No. 15 on both charts.

Universal’s DVD-only release of the Kevin Bacon-starring thriller You Should Have Left didn’t crack the top 50 sellers, but still managed to land at No. 2 on the DEG’s weekly Watched at Home transactional chart, an indicator of the title’s strength as a digital seller.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 2 had Scoob! on top for a second consecutive week, with You Should Have Left debuting at No. 2.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early as a Redbox kiosk rental, was No. 3.

Survive the Night slipped to No. 4 and Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 5, each two spots down from the previous week.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 8-1-20
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‘You Should Have Left,’ Three Other New Releases Debut on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The DVD and digital release of You Should Have Left sent the psychological thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment soaring up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart to debut at No. 2.

The film, from Blumhouse Productions, stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. Their retreat soon turns into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

Another Universal-distributed film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, remained in the top spot on the chart for the week ended Aug. 1. It’s the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob!, which debuted at No. 2 the previous week in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD, slipped to No. 7. Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five, in the same spots as the prior week: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

Aside from You Should Have Left, three other new films, all released through digital retailers only, entered the “Watched at Home” top 20 the week ended Aug. 1. The Rental, an IFC Films drama about two couples on an unnerving weekend getaway, debuted at No. 8. Most Wanted, a Paramount Home Entertainment crime drama starring Josh Hartnett as an investigative reporter probing a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man, bowed at No. 10. And Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, a shark tale starring Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Goliath”) entered the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  8. The Rental (IFC Films)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Most Wanted (Paramount, 2020)
  11. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  12. The High Note (Universal)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  15. Bloodshot (Sony)
  16. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  20. Birds of Prey (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Aug. 1.

‘Scoob!’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Second Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! remained in the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 2. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 2 disc rental and debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Warner’s direct-to-video Deep Blue Sea 3 was the No. 3 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. Redbox offers early availability of the disc, which will be widely released Aug. 25.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 4 title on the disc rental chart and No. 10 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour, the top On Demand title the previous three weeks, slipped to No. 2 on that chart. It was No. 5 on the disc chart.

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Rounding out the top five on the On Demand chart were Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 3, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man at No. 4 and Screen Media’s The Outpost at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. You Should Have Left — Universal
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  6. Grand Isle — Screen Media
  7. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  8. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  9. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  10. Becky — Redbox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 2:

  1. You Should Have Left — Universal
  2. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  3. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  4. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  5. The Outpost — Screen Media
  6. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  7. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  9. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  10. Survive the Night — Lionsgate

 

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‘Scoob!’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 25.

The CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters had been slated for a theatrical release but due to the coronavirus pandemic was instead released through premium VOD, and was finally released on disc July 21.

The No. 2 seller on both charts, in its third week, was Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour. The DreamWorks Animation sequel had been the top disc seller the previous two weeks.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Capone, debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The film from director Josh Trank stars Tom Hardy as legendary mobster Al Capone in the waning years of his life.

The No. 3 Blu-ray was Warner’s Batman Beyond: The Complete Series.

The No. 4 overall disc seller and No. 5 Blu-ray was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The No. 5 overall seller was Warner’s The Mule, followed by Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 6.

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Other newcomers in the top 20 included Lionsgate’s Survive the Night at No. 7 on both charts, and Shout! Factory’s Resistance at No. 8 overall (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart).

Criterion Collection’s Marriage Story, the disc release of the Oscar-winning Netflix movie, was No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 46% of first-week Scoob! sales, compared with 48% for Capone, 45% for Survive the Night and 49% for Resistance. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 5% of total Scoob! sales.

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Scoob! was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 26, with Survive the Night at No. 2. Trolls World Tour dropped to No. 3 after a couple of weeks in the top spot.

Redbox’s own Becky dropped two spots to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Force of Nature slipped a spot to No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 7-25-20
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 7-26-20
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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 7-25-20
Sales Report for Week Ended 7-25-20
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 7-27-20

‘Scoob!’ Surges in Home-Viewing Demand After Blu-ray Disc, DVD Release

The animated Scoob! debuted at No. 2  on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 25, with demand for the film skyrocketing in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.

The Warner Bros. film was the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo movie intended for theatrical release, but with the mid-March closure of theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic the film instead debuted digitally, on premium VOD and EST, on May 15.

Another rerouted animated movie, Trolls World Tour, from DreamWorks Animation, remained at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week on the “Watched at Home” chart, which  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five.

With no new theatrical product entering the home entertainment pipeline, home viewing demand remains high for recent high-profile feature films such as Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man and Sony Pictures Jumanji: The Next Level, which finished at Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively.

Another PVOD release, Universal Pictures’ The High Note, starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, debuted at No. 10 after its release through regular digital channels. The film becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Aug. 11.

Also new to the chart: Lionsgate’s Capone, a multi-platform release about the notorious gangster Al Capone (No. 18), and the British science-fiction film Archive, released digitally to home audiences by Vertical Entertainment (No. 20).

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  8. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  10. The High Note (Universal)
  11. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  12. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony)
  14. Batman Beyond: Seasons 1-3 (Warner)
  15. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  16. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  17. The Hunt (Universal)
  18. Capone (Lionsgate)
  19. Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)
  20. Archive (Vertical)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended July 25

‘Scoob!’ Scampers to Top of Redbox Rental Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! took over the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 26. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour stayed at No. 1 for a third consecutive week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. It was No. 3 on the disc chart.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 2 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

Redbox’s own Becky slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s Force of Nature was No. 5 on both the disc and digital charts.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man was No. 3 on the digital chart and No. 6 on the disc chart.

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The No. 2 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which was No. 8 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  3. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  4. Becky — Redbox
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  7. The Hunt — Universal
  8. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The High Note — Universal
  7. The Outpost — Screen Media
  8. The Hunt — Universal
  9. 3 Days to Kill — Relativity
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount

 

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Merchandising: ‘Spartacus’ Steelbook Available at Best Buy

Best Buy’s latest exclusive Steelbook arrived July 21 in the form of the re-release of the 1960 Stanley Kubrick-directed Spartacus. The consumer electronics retailer offered a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $19.99.

The big new release of July 21, Warner’s Scoob!, didn’t have any major exclusives at the big three retailers, but did have a few tie-in promotions.

Walmart offered a DVD double feature of Scoob! with the previously released animated direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost for $22.96.

Target offered 20% off select “Scooby-Doo!” titles.

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Restocking the Shelves, Part Four: Maximizing Recent Releases

Deep catalog product isn’t the only part of the studio library fueling home entertainment as theatrical titles are stalled during the pandemic.

Jason Spivak, EVP of U.S. distribution at Sony Pictures Television Distribution, notes that Sony Pictures had a full pipeline of high-profile product when the pandemic hit. “And we’ve been actively promoting those titles to keep them top of mind, as well as releases from the end of last year, like Little Women and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he says.

“Mother’s Day gave us an opportunity to revisit one of our more recent releases, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women,” adds Sony Pictures Home Entertainment senior EVP of worldwide marketing Lexine Wong. “Our team worked with Hello Sunshine to help launch a brand-new online series called ‘Comedians on Classics’ just in time for the holiday. The content featured rising female comedian Taylor Tomlinson giving a fresh and hilarious take on the beloved Louisa May Alcott story, which resonated with the film’s audience. The video has been viewed over 515,000 times since launch.”

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is coming up with inventive ways to market films that premiered digitally at premium prices (due to the theaters shutting down) once they become available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and regular digital channels.

“With captive at-home audiences demonstrating a heightened need for great family entertainment during this time, we recognized a unique opportunity to evolve and elevate our new home entertainment release for Trolls World Tour to fit the tone and tenor of the moment,” says Hilary Hoffman, EVP of global marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “We created a robust Dance Party Edition offering that includes dynamic song and dance elements and all-new character-driven short-form content, we launched TikTok and Zoom-style Trolls music videos, and we adapted other marketing efforts to virtual tactics to remain connected to consumers in real time and further keep Trolls World Tour relevant.”

At Warner Bros., the May release of Scoob! was the studio’s first-ever PVOD and premium digital ownership title. The animated film came to market through “a tremendous joint effort between our theatrical team and home entertainment,” says Jessica Schell, EVP and GM, film, for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “When the health crisis hit and the decision was made to release Scoob! in homes, the marketing campaign for the film shifted from theatrical to at-home messaging and we enjoyed a very successful release. International release plans were just announced and it will be a mix of theatrical exhibition in markets where theaters are open, and premium in-home viewing.”

Schell says the film has become Warner Bros.’ No. 1 digital release, ever.  “We recently announced our 4K and Blu-ray release dates for Scoob!,” Schell says, “and we are leveraging the extensive at-home messaging and awareness from the May debut and are drafting heavily on the film’s success to continue strong sales through our physical availability.”

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part Three: Seeing Through Windows

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part Two: Home Entertainment Marketing Shifts Into High Gear

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part One: Home Entertainment Divisions Mine Catalog as Theatrical Slate Stalls

Bob Bakish

Home entertainment’s success in supporting new releases cut off by theater closings is attracting attention from the studio hierarchy. Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, Paramount Pictures’ parent company, sang the praises of home entertainment during a presentation during the first Credit Suisse Virtual Communication Confab in mid-June. He said home entertainment has helped Paramount justify capital spending on new movies during a year of uncertainty.

“We sold The Lovebirds [to Netflix] early in the COVID-19 window,” he said. “We also accelerated the EST window with Sonic [the Hedgehog], which performed very well for us.”

The movie, starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, grossed more than $300 million at the global box office before the theatrical shutdown.

The executive said the company is monetizing the Paramount library by releasing more than 100 movies via CBS All Access and through the “Sunday Night Movie” on the Paramount Network.

While the theatrical pipeline may be stalled for now, home entertainment executives look forward to its robust return.

Ron Schwartz

Ron Schwartz, the longtime president of worldwide home entertainment at Lionsgate, says the entertainment industry is united in helping the theatrical exhibition business return to full strength quickly.

“We, like everybody else, are eager to see our partners in the theater business open again soon,” he says. “We want to see crowds again flock to theaters, to see tentpoles and art-house films, to buy concessions and to enjoy a tremendous community experience that has made our industry so special for so many years. It’s an important part of our ecosystem, and we’re all looking forward to a safe and productive return to the movie-going experience, which we believe is right around the corner.”

Some challenges lie ahead, Schwartz says: “What will exhibition look like when theaters reopen? What’s going to happen with capacity? We can’t rush back, but we have to make sure we give theaters enough great content so they can re-open quickly, successfully, and thrive.”

The home entertainment side of the business, Schwartz says, will remain catalog-driven until theaters have fully re-opened and the supply of theatrical titles has been completely replenished. “We will continue to work with our retail partners to come up with creative ideas, dig deep into our catalogs, and look for repromotes and anniversaries — any opportunities to engage the consumer,” he says.

Schwartz says he is heartened that during the stay-at-home period, the public’s love of movies, TV shows and other filmed content seemed to intensify.

“The one thing we’ve all seen is a love of content,” he says. “We’re seeing it consumed like never before — physical, streaming, transactional, packages — and it is clearly evident that the public’s appetite to consume our product is not only healthy but still growing. That’s why I remain so bullish about our business.”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final installment in a four-part series, “Restocking the Shelves: With No Theatrical Releases, Studio Home Entertainment Marketers are Getting Creative.” The complete story will be available in the July print and digital editions of ‘Media Play News.’

Merchandising: Heading Into Summer Sales

As the lineup of major new releases slows to a crawl as a result of movies being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, stores are left with inventories of catalog titles to hold those shelf spots.

Best Buy continued its Father’s Day promotions, such as $9.99 Blu-rays, $14.99 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, buy-one-get-one on select Blu-rays, and two-for-$20 Blu-ray deals.

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Target, meanwhile, had a general buy two, get one free sale on all entertainment media, including movies, video games, books and music.

Walmart had an actual exclusive disc: a $24.96 two-pack containing a Vudu code for a Scoob! digital copy with a DVD and digital copy of Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost.

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‘Birds of Prey’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Fantasy Island’ Leads the Digital Chart

With its release on disc May 12, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended May 17. The comic book movie, which has been available digitally since March 24, landed at No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart, up two spots from the previous week.

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

The top digital title available from Redbox was the Blumhouse horror movie adaptation of Fantasy Island, distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It was the No. 3 disc rental.

The previous week’s top Redbox title, Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, dropped to No. 2 on both charts.

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Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild debuted at No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 9 on the digital chart.

The No. 5 disc rental was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which is available on disc early through Redbox (the disc sale date is May 19). Sonic was also the No. 4 on Demand title.

The No. 3 digital title, and No. 6 on the disc rental list, was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life.

Warner’s animated Scoob!, which became available digitally May 15 after bypassing theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic, was the No. 5 Redbox On Demand title.

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

  1. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  2. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  3. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  4. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  6. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  7. Gretel & Hansel — Warner
  8. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  9. Dolittle — Universal
  10. The Gentlemen — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 17:

  1. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  2. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  3. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Scoob! — Warner
  6. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  8. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  9. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  10. Like a Boss — Paramount

 

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Update (5/21/20): Redbox revised On Demand numbers for this week, combining the unrated and theatrical versions of ‘Fantasy Island,’ which were inadvertently separated, and removing sellthrough numbers from the ‘Scoob!’ digital totals. Redbox announced the On Demand chart no longer tracked digital purchases.