‘Scream VI’ Tops Blu-ray Sales But Edged by ‘Super Mario Bros.’ on Overall Disc Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Scream VI was the top-selling new release the week ended July 15 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and topped the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart as well.

However, the well-regarded horror sequel was edged out on the overall disc sales chart by returning favorite The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the animated adaptation of the Nintendo video game franchise from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Super Mario Bros., in the fifth week since its official release date, retained the No. 1 overall spot it held a week earlier. The film had previously been the top seller in the week leading up to its official release thanks to early availability at the nation’s top brick-and-mortar retail chains.

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In its first week, Scream VI sold 95% as many copies as Super Mario Bros. HD formats accounted for 65% of total Scream VI unit sales, with 32% from regular Blu-ray and 33% from its 4K Ultra HD edition (which is not a combo pack that contains a regular Blu-ray). With Super Mario Bros. having just 56% of its total from Blu-ray (45% regular and 11% 4K), the HD gap was enough to push Scream VI to the top of the Blu-ray and dedicated 4K disc charts.

Super Mario Bros. was the No. 2 Blu-ray and No. 6 4K seller.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, with 85% as many sales as the top seller, was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4. The actioner was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart with 96% as many HD sales as Scream VI, as it had 69% of its sales come from Blu-ray (48% regular and 21% 4K) in its fifth official week of release. The “John Wick” sequel was No. 3 on the 4K chart.

No. 4 on the overall disc chart was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, which was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 4 on the 4K chart in its fourth week of physical-media availability. Way of Water continues to underperform in HD relative to its pedigree, posting just a 52% Blu-ray Disc share of its total unit sales, with 27% from regular Blu-ray, 7% from 3D, and 18% from 4K.

The No. 5 overall seller was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Sisu, a Finnish actioner set in World War II about a gold prospector who takes on a Nazi death squad. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 2 on the 4K chart, with 78% of its total unit sales coming from HD formats (40% regular Blu-ray and 38% 4K).

Among other new releases, Universal’s Book Club: The Next Chapter was No. 6 overall (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart); Sony Pictures’ Knights of the Zodiac debuted at No. 8 (No. 11 Blu-ray); and Lionsgate’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was No. 11 overall (No. 22 Blu-ray).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 16 had John Wick: Chapter 4 at No. 1, with Super Mario Bros. slipping to No. 2.

Sisu debuted as the No. 3 rental, while Book Club: The Next Chapter was No. 4, and Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 7-15-23
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 7-16-23
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray and 4K Discs for Week Ended 7-15-23
Top HD Formats Disc Share Per Title for Week Ended 7-15-23
Sales Report for Week Ended 7-15-23
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 7-17-23

July 11 New Releases Include ‘Scream VI,’ ‘Sisu,’ ‘Margaret,’ ‘Book Club’ on Disc, ‘Transformers,’ ‘Asteroid City’ Digitally

New home entertainment releases for July 11 include Scream VI, Sisu, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and Book Club: The Next Chapter on Blu-ray and DVD, while Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and Asteroid City become available for premium digital sale and rental.

Paramount Home Entertainment July 11 releases Scream VI on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, as well as a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook. In Scream VI, the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a fresh start. But just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. It earned $108.2 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

The World War II film Sisu will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD July 11 from Lionsgate. In the film, during WWII, a solitary prospector crosses paths with Nazis in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover he is no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu,” the legendary ex-commando will embody what it means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. The one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back — even if it means killing every last Nazi in his path.

The comedic drama Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., based on best-selling classic by Judy Blume, arrives on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) combo pack and DVD July 11 from Lionsgate. The film stars Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl), Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time) and Kathy Bates (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery). It is written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen).  In the long-awaited movie adaption of Blume’s coming-of-age novel, 11-year-old Margaret (Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother Sylvia (Bates).

The comedy sequel Book Club: The Next Chapter will be available on Blu-ray and DVD July 11 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Oscar winners Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, Something’s Gotta Give), Jane Fonda (80 for Brady, “Grace and Frankie”) and Mary Steenburgen (Nightmare Alley, “The Last Man on Earth”), and Oscar nominee Candice Bergen (Let Them All Talk, Miss CongenialityBride Wars), the sequel follows four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime, cross-country adventure. The film also stars Oscar nominees Andy Garcia (Ocean’s ElevenThe Godfather Part III) and Giancarlo Giannini (Quantum of SolaceCasino Royale), Primetime Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson (“Parenthood,” “Coach”), and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Don Johnson (Knives Out, “Miami Vice”).

Knights of the Zodiac, which is based on the international anime series and brings the Saint Seiya saga to live-action for the first time, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, Seiya (Mackenyu), a headstrong street teen, spends his time fighting for cash while he searches for his abducted sister. When one of his fights unwittingly taps into mystical powers he never knew he had, Seiya finds himself thrust into a world of warring saints, ancient magical training and a reincarnated goddess who needs his protection. If he’s to survive, he will need to embrace his destiny and sacrifice everything to take his rightful place among the Knights of the Zodiac.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Carmen on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 11. The film stars Melissa Barrera (Scream VI) as the title character, a fiercely independent woman who is forced to flee her home in the Mexican desert following the brutal murder of her mother. After surviving a terrifying and dangerous illegal border crossing into the United States, she is confronted by a lawless volunteer border guard who cold-bloodedly murders two other immigrants in her group. When the border guard and his patrol partner, Aidan (Paul Mescal) — a Marine with PTSD — become embroiled in a deadly standoff, Carmen and Aidan are forced to escape together. They make their way north towards Los Angeles in search of Carmen’s mother’s best friend, the mercurial Masilda (Rossy de Palma) and owner of La Sombra nightclub — a sanctuary of music and dance. Carmen and Aidan find both solace and their unwavering love for one another in the safety of Masilda’s magical refuge, but time is running out as the police hunt closes in. The film has been described as director Benjamin Millepied’s reimagining of the classic Bizet opera of the same name, but with a completely reworked plot and setting and using only a handful of lyrics in the background score. The film was given a limited theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics in April and earned just over $100K.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be available to buy or rent digitally at a premium price July 11 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The seventh live-action film in the “Transformers” franchise based on the Hasbro toy line is a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee. In the film, Noah Diaz and Elena Wallace team up with the Autobots and the Maximals to save the planet from Unicron, when the Terrorcons and an army of Predacon scorpions, fronted by Scourge, hunt for the Transwarp Key. The film was directed by Steven Caple Jr. and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, with an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, and returning regulars Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio and David Sobolo. A 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, and DVD release will follow on Oct. 10.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is making director Wes Anderson’s latest comedy, Asteroid City, available via PVOD and premium digital purchase beginning July 11. Asteroid City stars Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks as residents of a fictional American desert town in the 1950s where Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets from across the country assemble for the annual Asteroid Day celebration — but the scholarly competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. The cast also includes Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan and Jeff Goldblum.

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The Filipino zombie thriller Day Zero arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment. An official selection at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2022, Day Zero stars recently retired MMA fighter Brandon Vera (BuyBust), Pepe Herrera (“The Killer Bride”), MJ Lastimosa (Damaso), Joey Marquez (On the Job 2: The Missing 8) and Ricci Rivero (Rabid, Happy Times). In the film, after serving eight incident-free years in prison, a former elite soldier is released, finally free to reunite with his estranged wife and young daughter. However, he re-enters civilization only to discover that the outside world has been completely overtaken by a dangerous virus with terrifying effects on the human body. Chased by hordes of the undead, he races through the dangerous urban landscape in a final desperate attempt to redeem himself and rescue his family.

The dark comedy Employee of the Month will be released on DVD and for digital purchase July 11 by Film Movement. In the film, after working for EcoClean — an industrial cleaning supplies company — for nearly 17 years, model-employee Inès (Jasmina Douieb) believes it’s time for a raise. Despite daily jibes from her incompetent and misogynistic co-workers (including Patrick, EcoClean’s ineffectual owner), she remains professional and dedicated to the company’s brand. When Inès confronts Patrick about her salary, he not only disparages her request but makes a lecherous pass at her. New intern Mélody (Laetitia Mampaka) witnesses this and jumps in to help, but in the process both women accidentally find themselves with blood on their hands. Spiraling more out of control by the minute, Inès and Mélody must conjure up increasingly maniacal solutions to cover their tracks — and clean up their mess. The film is directed by Veronique Jadin.

The comedic drama Beau Is Afraid arrives on Blu-ray (plus DVD and digital) and DVD July 11 from A24 and Lionsgate. Writer and director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) creates another unsettling story, starring Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix (2020, Best Actor, Joker), Primetime Emmy winner Nathan Lane (2022, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Only Murders in the Building”), Primetime Emmy nominee Patti LuPone (1998, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Frasier”), and Parker Posey (Superman ReturnsDazed and ConfusedScream 3). The film follows a paranoid man who embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release The Black Demon on DVD July 11. Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari, “Yellowstone”) stars in the action thriller from the director of Rambo: Last Blood. In the film, oilman Paul Sturges’ (Lucas) idyllic family vacation turns into a nightmare when they encounter a ferocious megalodon shark that will stop at nothing to protect its territory. Stranded and under constant attack, Paul and his family must somehow find a way to get his family back to shore alive before it strikes again in this epic battle between humans and nature. The film also stars Fernanda Urrejola, Venus Ariel, Carlos Solórzano, Julio César Cedillo, Jorge A. Jimenez, Raúl Méndez, Héctor Jiménez, Edgar Flores and Omar Chaparro.

Kino Lorber on July 11 will release the documentary Only in Theaters on DVD. Only in Theaters chronicles the history of the Laemmle Theatres arthouse cinema chain in Los Angeles, spotlighting the Laemmle family, which over four generations has been supporting and popularizing independent films and documentaries, and their filmmakers. The DVD edition of Only in Theaters features additional interviews with Ava DuVernay, Cameron Crowe, Leonard Maltin and more. It also includes an audio commentary from director Raphael Sbarge, an alternate opening sequence, a proof-of-concept video, outtakes, and the original theatrical trailer. The film was produced by Wishing Well Entertainment and has a runtime of 94 minutes.

Indican Pictures will release the musical comedy Galatea on DVD and video on demand July 11. In the film, Jesse Park (Russell Hawkins) is an introverted genius who has made groundbreaking progress with an emotionally intelligent A.I. robot. In need of a vocal actor for his project, Jesse hires a quirky and shy woman named Kim (Jess Paul). Jesse’s passion for technology becomes dually powerful with his growing feelings for his new hire.

The horror flick What the Waters Left Behind: Scars will be released on Blu-ray and DVD July 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment. In the film, after a packed gig in the middle of nowhere and a wild night out, an indie rock band’s RV gets stuck in the middle of nowhere. The situation is tense: there is trouble within the band and member Billy Bob (Matías Desiderio, Palermo Hollywood) lives up to his reputation as the band’s black sheep when he first sleeps with a groupie and then flees. The remaining band members Jane (Clara Kovacic, The 100 Candles Game) and Mark (Juan Pablo Bishel), as well as manager Javi (Agustin Olcese, The Red Book Ritual) and companion Sophie (Eugenia Rigón, Abracadabra) go in search of the ruins of Epecuén. They soon realize not only that they are not alone, but that they are also in acute danger — and that you should also be careful with groupies. Bonus features include trailers and a slide show.

The Japanese science-fiction fantasy Shin Ultraman arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment. Shin Ultraman is a reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, villains, and giant Kaiju. The 37th film in the “Ultraman” franchise and the second reboot of a tokusatsu series to be adapted by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi — after the success of Shin Godzilla. In the film, there’s never a dull day on Japan’s newly established SSSP Kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura, (Hidetoshi Nishijima, Drive My Car). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the planet. Dubbed Ultraman, the giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Nominated for eight Japan Academy Film Prize Awards (2023), including Best Picture and Best Director, the film also stars Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) as Ultraman, Takumi Saitoh (13 Assassins) and Masami Nagasawa (Before We Vanish). Read a review here.

The 1918 silent Johanna Enlists, a comic romance starring Mary Pickford, will be released on Blu-ray plus DVD July 11 from MVD Entertainment Group and VCI Entertainment. In this strikingly different and very personal war story, instead of the guns, cannons and Huns audiences were getting used to in 1918, Pickford plays a young woman living quietly with her family on an isolated farm, wondering how she will ever meet a potential husband. When an entire battalion of soldiers march in to be bivouacked on the land, the war is brought home and she suddenly is faced with a wide choice of suitors. Johanna Enlists served as an important means of encouraging enlistments that were still needed even as the film was released only a few months before the war’s end. The release features a 4K restoration.

The Japanese stop-motion animated Junk Head will be released on DVD July 11 from Synergetic Distribution and MVD Entertainment Group. In the sci-fi fantasy film, mankind can no longer reproduce because of gene manipulation aimed at making life longer. The clones ruling the bottomless underworld may have become fertile. Parton is selected to go on a mission through a subterranean labyrinth crawling with monsters to secure humanity’s future. The film won a 2021 New York Asian Film Festival Audience Award; a 2017 Fantasia Film Festival, Satoshi Kon Award, Best Animated Feature, Special Mention; a 2017 Fantastic Festival Best Director award for Takehide Hori; and a 2021 Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg Golden Stork Award.

Virgil Films will release the documentary Yes I Am — The Ric Weiland Story, about the unknown founder of Microsoft, on DVD July 11. The documentary chronicles LGBTQ pioneer and unknown founder of Microsoft Ric Weiland. With his newfound wealth, Weiland turned to philanthropy. During his life, he donated more than $200 million to fund more than 60 nonprofit organizations. His efforts still have a massive impact today. However, as his wealth grew, Weiland seemed to slip further into self-doubt, depression, and a kind of impostor syndrome.

The 1991 cult classic McBain will be released on Blu-ray July 11 from Synapse Films and MVD Entertainment Group. The release features a new 5.1 Surround mix (the original 2.0 theatrical stereo mix is also included). In the film, at the end of the Vietnam War, POW Robert McBain (Christopher Walken) is freed by a squad of Army Rangers led by Santos (Chick Vennera). In gratitude, McBain promises to help Santos whenever he’s in need. Santos takes out a $100 bill, tears it in two, gives half to McBain and says, “If the other half of this bill ever finds you, you can pay me back.” Almost 20 years later, Santos, back in his native Colombia, is killed while leading a fight against drug lords and corrupt politicians. Santos’ sister Christina (Maria Conchita Alonso) travels to America with the other half of the $100 bill in an attempt to enlist McBain’s help in overthrowing the Colombian regime. McBain brings together the former Rangers (Michael Ironside, Steve James, Thomas G. Waites, Jay Patterson) to help bring down the dictator and drug lords.    

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Paramount’s ‘Scream VI’ Claims Second Week Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Scream VI secured its second-straight No. 1 position on the Official Film Chart, the U.K. weekly home entertainment sales listing, through May 24.

Again, driven by digital retail, the movie held off 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water at No. 2, and the resurgence of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fast & Furious 9, which raced up six spots to No. 3 following the release of Fast X last week in theaters. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish dropped one spot to No. 4 as a result.

New to the chart at No. 5, and the highest entry of the week is Universal’s Vampiric comedy-horror Renfield. Starring Nicholas Hoult as the title character and loyal servant to the narcissistic Dracula (Nicholas Cage), and based in the modern day, after centuries of servitude Renfield decides to see if there’s a life outside of his codependent relationship with his boss — and all the demands and bloodshed that comes with it.

Universal’s horror-mystery Knock at the Cabin finished No. 6, moving up 13 spots to enter the top 10 for the first time. M Night Shyamalan directs a strong cast, including Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Ben Aldridge, telling the story of a young family who must decide whether they live or die to save the world from an impending apocalypse.

The studio’s Cocaine Bear storms back into the chart at No. 7, ahead of MGM Studios’ Creed III (No. 8) and Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era (No. 9).

Finally, StudioCanal’s new rom-com What’s Love Got To Do With It? zoomed up 18 spots to No. 10. Documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James) decides to chronicle her childhood friend’s (Shazad Latif) journey from London to Lahore, as he opts for an arranged marriage in Pakistan to a bride chosen by his parents.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 24, 2023

Rankk Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 SCREAM VI PARAMOUNT
2 2 AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER 20TH CENTURY
3 9 FAST & FURIOUS 9 UNIVERSAL
4 3 PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH UNIVERSAL
5 NEW RENFIELD UNIVERSAL
6 18 KNOCK AT THE CABIN UNIVERSAL
7 RETURN COCAINE BEAR UNIVERSAL
8 4 CREED III MGM
9 8 DOWNTON ABBEY – A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
10 28 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT STUDIOCANAL

© Official Charts Company 2023

‘Scream VI’ Upends ‘Avatar 2’ Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Scream VI debuted atop the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart, for the period ended May 17.

The latest installment in the “Scream” franchise upended previous chart topper, 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water, which dropped into the No. 2 spot, finishing ahead of it by 5,000 digital unit sales. The Way of Water had held the chart pole position for five consecutive weeks and remains the top-selling home entertainment release in 2023.

In Scream VI, which features returning cast members Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Hayden Panettiere (Kirby Reed) and Jenna Ortega (Tina Carpenter), survivors of the Ghostface killings leave Woodsboro to start new lives in New York, with little success escaping their past.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s release of MGM’s Creed III continues to sell, climbing three spots to No. 4. The third installment in the franchise sees Michael B. Jordan return as Adonis Creed, who has been thriving in both his personal and professional life. But when his childhood friend (and former boxing prodigy played by Jonathan Majors) returns to the scene he’s forced to put his future on the line.

Separately, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era moved up 10 spots to No. 8, while the studio’s Fast & Furious 9 shot up 12 spots into the top 10 due to the pending theatrical release of Fast X.

Paramount bookended the chart with perennial top 10 finisher Top Gun: Maverick at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 17, 2023

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW SCREAM VI PARAMOUNT
2 1 AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER 20TH CENTURY
3 4 PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH UNIVERSAL
4 7 CREED III MGM
5 2 ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA DISNEY/MARVEL
6 3 DUNE (2021) WARNER
7 5 LAMBORGHINI: THE MAN BEHIND THE LEGEND SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
8 18 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
9 21 FAST & FURIOUS 9 UNIVERSAL
10 8 TOP GUN: MAVERICK PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2023

Paramount Home Entertainment, Other Licensing Q1 Revenue Topped $456 Million

Paramount Global May 4 said it generated $456 million in first-quarter (ended March 31) revenue from sales and rental of original movies and TV shows as well as consumer products and licensing revenue. The tally was down a slight 7% from $491 million in the prior-year period. Revenue in the overall licensing and other revenue segment decreased $35 million, primarily due to “softness” in consumer products licensing. This suggests that film licensing and home entertainment revenue was essentially flat.

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On the theatrical side, revenue dipped 3% to $127 million from $131 million in the prior-year period. Theatrical revenue was down $4 million, reflecting the timing and mix of releases. The quarter was driven by Paramount Pictures’ No. 1 box office debut of Scream VI, which is now the top-grossing installment, domestically, in the franchise.

Filmed entertainment segment revenue dropped 6% to $588 million, from $624 million in the prior-year period. The adjusted pre-tax operating loss increased $62 million, to $99 million, reflecting an adverse impact from the timing of the release of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves on the last day of the quarter, as well as costs from the release of Miramax’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, and “macro-driven softness in consumer products licensing.”

 

JustWatch: ‘Scream VI,’ ‘The Diplomat’ Topped Weekly Streaming Through April 30

The streaming debut of Scream VI on Paramount+ helped the slasher film finish atop the weekly streamed movies, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the streaming video habits, including digital retail and rental, of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The title wrested the No. 1 position from Universal Pictures’ Cocaine Bear, which had topped the chart for the past two weeks since its availability on the Peacock streaming platform. The black comedy finished No. 3.

Apple TV+’s Ghosted, co-starring Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Adrien Brody and Ryan Reynolds, among others, moved up one spot to No. 2.

On the episodic programming site, Netflix’s just-renewed “The Diplomat” moved up two spots to No. 1, ahead of the previous week’s chart topper, quasi reality show “Jury Duty,” and perennial charter, Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” up two spots to No. 3.

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April 25 Home Video Releases Include ‘Scream VI’ on Digital, ‘Jesus Revolution,’ ‘Triangle of Sadness’ on Disc

The week of April 25 sees the release of Scream VI and Champions through digital channels, while Jesus Revolution arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, and Oscar-nominated Triangle of Sadness becomes available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases Scream VI, the latest installment in the “Scream” horror franchise and one of the year’s top-grossing movies, for digital purchase on April 25, the same day it debuts on the Paramount+ streaming service. In addition, Scream VI and 2022’s Scream reboot will be available in a two-movie digital collection, beginning April 25. Scream VI opened theatrically in March and has since grossed more than $107 million at the domestic box office and $168 million worldwide. It is currently the year’s No. 5 movie in terms of theatrical earnings, according to Box Office Mojo. In Scream VI, the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a fresh start. But just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. The film will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 11.

The faith-based film Jesus Revolution will be released on Blu-ray combo pack (plus digital and DVD) and DVD April 25 from Lionsgate. Directed by Jon Erwin (American Underdog, The Jesus Music) and Brent McCorkle (Unconditional, TV’s “BBQuest”) and written for the screen by Jon Gunn (American Underdog, I Still Believe) and Jon Erwin, Jesus Revolution tells the story of a community coming together, leading to unexpected joy. In the film set in the 1970s, young Greg Laurie (Joel Courtney) is searching for all the right things in all the wrong places — until he meets Lonnie Frisbee (Jonathan Roumie), a charismatic hippie street preacher. Together with Pastor Chuck Smith (Kelsey Grammer), they open the doors of Smith’s languishing church to an unexpected revival of radical and newfound love, leading to what Time magazine dubbed a “Jesus Revolution.”

The Academy Award nominated satire Triangle of Sadness will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 25 from The Criterion Collection. The film is already is available through digital retailers from Lionsgate. Writer-director Ruben Östlund examines the status-obsessed culture of wealth, beauty and privilege in his English-language debut, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Triangle of Sadness was nominated for three Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In the film, a model-influencer couple (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) are invited an all-expenses-paid cruise filled with wealthy guests — but an act of fate turns their Insta-perfect world upside down. The cast also includes Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Henrik Dorsin, Vicki Berlin and Woody Harrelson. The Criterion edition sports a new 4K digital master with a 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack. The 4K Ultra HD package will include a 4K disc of the film, and a regular Blu-ray with the film and bonus material. Extras include an interview with Östlund and filmmaker and actor Johan Jonason; two behind-the-scenes featurettes, one about the film’s special effects and another about a challenging day on set; and the film’s trailer. Triangle of Sadness also marks the final film for Charlbi Dean before her death from a bacterial infection in August at age 32.

The comedy drama My Happy Ending arrives on DVD, on demand and for digital sale April 25 from Lionsgate. Based on the play by Anat Gov and directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit, My Happy Ending is the third collaboration between the producers and directors after The Farewell Party. It stars Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell (2022, Best Supporting Actress — Television, “Maid”) alongside BAFTA winner Miriam Margolyes, Sally Phillips, Rakhee Thakrar, Tamsin Greig, Michelle Greenidge and BAFTA winner David Walliams. Set in a British hospital, My Happy Ending follows poised and put-together Hollywood star Julia Roth, who seems to be in the sunset of her career, as she begins her journey with a critical medical issue. Preferring to be incognito, Julia is instead thrust into a room with three remarkable women who, with humor and camaraderie, help Julia take on the most important and challenging role she has ever played: herself.

The heroes of DC’s Justice League and Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY join forces in the animated movie Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One, available on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and through digital retailers April 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The feature crossover, part of the DC Animated Movie line, finds Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen transported to RWBY’s world, where they are transformed into teenagers and presented in Rooster Teeth’s anime-influenced animation. To survive, they must partner with the heroes of Remnant (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) to battle a mysterious, superpowered creature before it destroys everything they know. The voice cast includes Natalie Alyn Lind as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Chandler Riggs as Superman/Clark Kent, and Nat Wolff as Batman/Bruce Wayne, alongside RWBY’s long-running cast of Lindsay Jones as Ruby, Kara Eberle as Weiss, Arryn Zech as Blake, and Barbara Dunkelman as Yang.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment April 25 releases Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 3 on DVD, with a Blu-ray available as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release from online retailers. The season will also be available for digital purchase. The animated series takes a satirical look at “Star Trek” through the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, a starship that specializes in “second contact” and cleaning up after the missions of more-famous ships. The voice cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman. Streaming service Paramount+ has renewed the series for a fourth season. The 10 episodes of the third season wrap up the cliffhanger from season two and other lingering plot threads while also revisiting some locales from previous “Star Trek” series, including an episode set on board the space station from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” with guest appearances by Nana Visitor as Kira and Armin Shimerman as Quark.

Mill Creek Entertainment releases the documentary series “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” on DVD April 25. Directed by Brian Volk-Weiss (“The Movies That Made Us,” “The Toys That Made Us,” “Behind the Attraction”), “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” is an 11-episode series from the Nacelle Company taking viewers on an in-depth journey behind the scenes of one of the greatest landmark franchises of all time — “Star Trek.” Honoring the show’s 55th anniversary, the four-disc set features interviews with cast, crew and experts, exploring pivotal moments in the franchise’s history from its inception at Lucille Ball’s production company Desilu to the recent film and television spinoffs. Long-time cast member Gates McFadden narrates “Star Trek’s” deep history while actors of the franchise provide insight into their experiences on set, chronicling the rare and fascinating details of how the show began and its journey to becoming one of the most-loved and storied series of all time. The collector’s edition includes more than three-and-a-half hours of never-before-seen-on-TV bonus interviews with “Star Trek” legends Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and Kirstie Alley talking about their characters and experiences in the franchise.

Season two of Adult Swim’s prehistoric animated series “Primal,” including all 10 episodes, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 25 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The series from Genndy Tartakovsky and Cartoon Network Studios has won a total of five Emmy Awards including “Outstanding Animated Program.” “Primal” follows the tale of a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost extinct dinosaur. In season two, Spear and Fang journey to a new world to rescue Mira from her captors only to find it is a place filled with savage brutality. The series is also now available to purchase digitally.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the sports comedy Champions for standard digital purchase and VOD rental April 28. The film will also be available to stream on Peacock starting April 28. Woody Harrelson stars in the film about a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. The cast also includes Cheech Marin, Ernie Hudson and Kaitlin Olson. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD release May 2. 

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The mystery thriller Invitation to a Murder will arrive for digital sellthrough and on demand April 25 from Lionsgate. Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) stars in in this homage to Agatha Christie, set in England in the 1930s. In the film, an amateur detective finds herself caught up in a real-life whodunit. Miranda Green (Barton) is summoned to the remote mansion of billionaire Lewis Findley along with five mysterious strangers. What do they all have in common? What’s become of their absent host? And who just murdered one of the guests in cold blood? Miranda must hunt for hidden clues, interview witnesses, and find the killer — before she becomes the next victim. The film also stars Chris Browning (Bright, “The Lincoln Lawyer”), Seamus Dever (“Castle”), and Bianca Santos (The DUFF, Ouija).

Shout! Factory releases The Magic Flute, a 2022 German musical fantasy based on the 1791 opera of the same name by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on premium VOD on April 25. Directed by Florian Sigl and written by Andrew Lowery, the film stars Jack Wolfe and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham along with an ensemble cast of international opera stars. The Magic Flute follows a teen on two journeys: one into a prestigious boarding school to fulfill his aspirations as a singer, and another into a parallel world filed with fantasy and adventure. Tim (Wolfe) has been dreaming his whole life about attending Mozart All Boys School, but in his first days there he is confronted with a hostile headmaster (Abraham). When he discovers a mystical gateway in the school’s library, he is pulled into the fantastic cosmos of Mozart’s opera, where imagination has no limits. On May 16 the film will become available for digital rental or purchase at regular prices, as well as on DVD and in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

The documentary Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation will be released on DVD April 25 from Virgil Films. Roy Lichtenstein is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Along with Andy Warhol, he created the Pop Art movement by appropriating items from modern American culture and incorporating them into art that found favor and acclaim in the galleries and inner echelons of the art world. Warhol’s appropriation of the Campbell’s soup can — taking it from the shelves of our grocery stores and elevating it into a piece of fine art — is the most remembered icon of this era. Lichtenstein sought to do the same, choosing to take what was then considered the tactless “low art” of the masses — comic books — and elevating the form into “high art” for the galleries of Manhattan and a more “sophisticated” audience. But unlike the Campbell’s soup can, the comic art appropriated by Lichtenstein was created by comic illustrators who also considered themselves artists, and they were not pleased by the unauthorized acquisition of their work by Lichtenstein. Whaam! Blam! Roy Lichtenstein and the Art of Appropriation (with a title that’s based upon two of Lichtenstein’s most famous paintings — Whaam! and Blam) offers a balanced analysis of Lichtenstein and features both advocates and critics of his work. Proponents enthusiastically defend him and argue he did nothing wrong and created unique, original, stunning art that provides worthy commentary about the American condition during the 20th Century. Then conversely, critics stand behind the original artists like Hy Eisman, Russ Heath, and the more than 30 other comic artists appropriated by the painter and argue that these original sources have been cheated of their work, recognition and compensation.

Lionsgate will release the family film Centurian: The Dancing Stallion via digital sellthrough and on demand April 25. Based on a true story, the film is about a young woman’s bond with her horse and the incredible power of the human spirit. Amber Midthunder (Prey, “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Legion”) and Billy Zane (Titanic) star in the tale of overcoming adversity and finding strength from unexpected places. The journey begins as Ellissia (Midthunder) adopts a white stallion to train in the art of Mexican horse dancing. As she starts teaching the handsome but previously abused Centurion, Ellissia falls critically ill, which keeps her from competing in a celebrated equestrian event. Under the watchful eyes of her father (Zane), new ranch hand Danny (Aramis Knight, “Into the Badlands”) steps in as trainer, hoping to win the competition — and, perhaps, Ellissia’s heart. The film also stars Michael Cimino (“Love, Victor”), Patricia DeLeon (Station 19) and Sal Lopez (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever).

The dramas The Dreams of Rene Sendam and Emile and the horror thriller Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff are headed to Blu-ray Disc April 25 from BayView Entertainment.

In the horror thriller Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff (2021), which will also be available on digital April 25, a newlywed couple moves into their dream home expecting their new life to be perfect, but unexplained incidents begin occurring that derail their married bliss. Detective Barun Rai is soon hired to investigate as his expertise lies in solving paranormal activities. What the detective ultimately finds will shock and disturb everyone involved.

The drama The Dreams of Rene Sendam (2022) follows an often-alienating eccentric and lonely graduate student studying poetry. Rene leads a fantasy life built on delusion and wonder — and a real life of isolation and rejection. The film follows Rene’s friendships with three other students, including with Marie DiPierro, a free spirit traumatized by her father’s untimely death. Eventually Rene’s dangerous dreams threaten to rupture reality, putting Marie’s life at risk.

In Emile (2003), in the twilight of his life, Emile tries to reconnect with his last living relatives: his niece Nadia and her daughter. But Emile’s past is sometimes more familiar and immediate than the world before his eyes. As he tries to re-discover the family that he abandoned long ago, he is forced to confront the anxieties in his memories, and the family he betrayed and abandoned at the expense of his own happiness. The film stars Academy Award nominee Ian McKellan (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Deborah Kara Unger (“The Game”).

Lionsgate will release the 1976 sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring the late David Bowie, newly restored for the first time on 4K Ultra HD (plus Blu-ray plus digital) in an exclusive Steelbook at Best Buy on April 25. Based on the 1963 novel by Paul Mayersberg and directed by Nicolas Roeg, the film explores the impact of capitalism and industrialization on the future of humanity and the planet. It follows Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie in his debut feature role), a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back to his home planet in the midst of a catastrophic drought. The film also stars Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey and Jackson D. Kane.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Scream VI’ Available for Digital Home Release April 25, on Disc July 11

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that Scream VI, the latest installment in the “Scream” horror franchise and one of the year’s top-grossing movies, will be available for digital purchase on April 25, the same day it debuts on the Paramount+ streaming service.

A physical media release will follow on July 11, on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Also available will be a 4K Ultra HD Steelbook.

In addition, Scream VI and 2022’s Scream reboot will be available in a two-movie digital collection, beginning April 25.

Scream VI opened theatrically in March and has since grossed more than $107 million at the domestic box office and $168 million worldwide. It is currently the year’s No. 5 movie in terms of theatrical earnings, according to Box Office Mojo.

In Scream VI, the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a fresh start. But just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. 

‘Scream VI’ 4K Steelbook

Fans who buy the film digitally will have access to over an hour of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew and a gag reel only available on the digital version.

Bonus content includes:

  • Commentary from the directors, writers, and executive producer on the making of Scream VI.
  • “Death Comes to the City” — The filmmakers and cast discuss Ghostface’s reign of terror in the big city.
  • “The Faces of Death” — The core four — Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding — and the rest of the cast and crew discuss their return to the franchise.
  • “More Meta than Meta” — A deep dive into the film with a look at new and legacy characters, a retrospective on the franchise, a guide to Easter eggs, and more.
  • “Bloodbath at a Bodega” — Nowhere in New York is safe from Ghostface.
  • “An Apartment to Die For” — An examination of the elaborate apartment attack and ladder escape, as well as the stunts and practical effects behind Ghostface’s kills.
  • “The Night Train to Terror” — A  behind-the-scenes look at the terrifying NYC subway sequence on Halloween night.
  • “Theater of Blood” — A dive into the nostalgia of the Scream movies that came before.

 

Paramount’s ‘Scream VI’ Ups Decibel With Record $44.5 Million Weekend Box Office Debut

Paramount Pictures’ Scream VI beat expectations, generating a projected franchise record $44.5 million weekend theatrical debut through March 12. The follow-up to the successful 2022 Scream again starred Courtney Cox and Melissa Barrera, while also returning small screen superstar Jenna Ortega (Netflix’s chart-topping “Wednesday,”) to the storyline involving serial killer Ghostface.

Paramount said the box office for Scream VI, which was made on a $33 million production budget, was bolstered by a strong viral marketing campaign, including a successful trailer debut, Ghostface webcam activation that scared up widespread media and public attention; high-profile partnerships, and a series of innovative stunts and activations that kept moviegoer interest up throughout the film’s marketing run.

The trailer debuted Jan. 19 and has accumulated 264 million cross-platform views to date. With 100,000+ shares the movie’s trailer became one of the top 15 most- shared TikTok posts of the past 12 months from any studio-wide or movie-specific TikTok account.

Scream VI topped the previous weekend’s No. 1, MGM Studios’ boxing drama Creed III, which finished No. 2 with $27.1 million, to break $101 million in North American ticket sales. The podium was rounded out with Sony Pictures’ debut of sci-fi drama 65 with $12.3 million in revenue, and starring Adam Driver as astronaut who crash lands on a mysterious planet only to discover he’s not alone.

Other weekend performers included Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which added $7 million to its near $200 million North American tally ($432 million globally) in its fourth weekend, and Universal Pictures black comedy Cocaine Bear, with $6.2 million in ticket sales to push its North American tally past $51 million ($65+ million worldwide).

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Weekend Box Office Sequel Showdown Could Be a ‘Scream’

Paramount Pictures is releasing Scream VI tonight (March 10), the latest installment in the horror movie franchise, which saw a moviegoer resurgence in 2022 ($138 million global ticket sales) when much of the original cast returned for 2022’s Scream the franchise’s fifth installment).

Sneak Thursday screenings generated $5.7 million, suggesting a strong debut weekend box office for VI through March 12. With franchise co-stars Courtney Cox and Melissa Barrera being joined by new fright “it” girl Jenna Ortega (Netflix’s “Wednesday”), the movie stands a good chance of dethroning current theatrical champ Creed III from MGM Studios.

The latter upended all expectations last weekend, when it set a franchise box office debut of more than $58 million in ticket sales. Its total stands at more than $114 million worldwide.

Scream VI is projected to generate $41 million in its debut, which would be about $11 million less than Scream in 2022, according to Box Office Pro. Creed III is expected to sell less than $28 million in tickets in its sophomore weekend frame to finish at No. 2.

Sony Pictures’ new sci-fi drama 65, about an astronaut (Adam Driver) who crash lands on a mysterious planet only to discover he’s not alone, is projected to sell less than $10 million in tickets, still more than enough to hold off Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania ($7.3 million), Universal Pictures’ ravenous Cocaine Bear ($6.3 million) and Lionsgate’s Jesus Revolution ($5.5 million).

Finally, Universal/Focus Features’ Champions, a basketball-themed sports comedy co-starring Woody Harrelson and Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), is set to debut with a modest $4 million in ticket sales.