‘Sing,’ ‘Scream’ Loudest on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Sing 2 repeated as No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended April 9.

The animated sequel barely edged out Paramount’s newly released Scream relaunch, which sold 87% as many copies as the top title. However, the fifth “Scream” movie was the top Blu-ray Disc seller for the week, with 62% of its sales come from Blu-ray formats, compared with 50% for Sing 2. The 4K Ultra HD version accounted for 27% of total Scream sales (with 35% from regular Blu-ray and 38% DVD).

Another newcomer, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Director Kenneth Branagh’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation had 56% of its sales come from Blu-ray formats (45% regular Blu-ray and 11% 4K Ultra HD) and 44% from DVD.

Disney’s animated Encanto was the No. 3 overall disc seller for the week and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The No. 4 overall seller, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 10 also saw Sing 2 maintain the No. 1 spot, with Scream at No. 2.

Universal Pictures’ Marry Me slipped a spot to No. 3. The action comedy Last Looks from RLJ Entertainment debuted at No. 4, followed by Matrix Resurrections at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 4-9-22
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Merchandising: Walmart Offers Poster With ‘Scream’

There weren’t many retailer exclusives among the new releases April 5.

One notable one was touted by Walmart, which offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the new Scream with a movie poster. The bundle was listed online at $29.96.

The fifth “Scream” movie and first in 10 years finds a mix of new characters and returning favorites joining forces to battle the latest copycat of the Ghostface killer.

Target put its entertainment promotional energy during the week into a video game sale, with a buy-two-get-one-free offer on select video games.

In addition, Target offered a free $10 gift card with purchase of the new Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game for any platform.

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Murder Is in the Air April 5 With ‘Scream,’ ‘Death on the Nile’ Arriving on Disc

Mystery and horror fans are in for a bloody good time April 5 with the Blu-ray and DVD release of the latest entries from a couple of popular franchises — the new Scream and the latest adaptation of Death on the Nile — while the first season of “CSI: Vegas” arrives on DVD.

Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group releases the fifth entry in the “Scream” franchise on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 5. The studio is also releasing the new film and the original 1996 horror flick in a “Scream” two-movie collection on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. The 2022 Scream film reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghostface attacks. Only Sidney Prescott (Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) can find a way to stop the killer when everyone is a suspect. The film also stars Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid and Marley Shelton. The film earned $81.6 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution April 5 releases 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed 1937 novel is directed Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and serves as a sequel to his 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. The cast also includes Tom Bateman as Bouc, Annette Bening as Euphemia Bouc, Russell Brand as Dr. Bessner, Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian, Dawn French as Bowers, Gal Gadot as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle, Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget, Emma Mackey as Jacqueline de Bellefort, Sophie Okonedo as Salome Otterbourne, Jennifer Saunders as Marie Van Schuyler and Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne. In the film, Poirot’s spectacular Egyptian vacation aboard a river boat becomes a terrifying search for a murderer after a picture-perfect couple’s honeymoon is cut tragically short. The film earned a disappointing $45.4 million at the domestic box office, a far cry from the $102.8 million of its predecessor. However, Death on the Nile also had to contend with several delays due to the pandemic, and in the meantime saw many of its cast members hit by negative press and social media cancellation campaigns. It did earn positive reviews for its performances and spectacle, and a third Branagh adaptation is reportedly already in development. Read a review here.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release CSI: Vegas — Season One on DVD April 5. The continuation of the 2000-15 original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” procedural crime drama stars Jorja Fox and William Peterson reprising their roles as Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom. “CSI: Vegas” follows the team as they return to where it all began, faced with obstacles and trying to keep the city of Las Vegas from disaster. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire crime lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) must enlist the help Gil, Sara and David Hodges (Wallace Langham). This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best — follow the evidence — in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. The three-disc collection includes all 10 episodes from the first season, plus deleted scenes and three bonus featurettes.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases season four of the dystopian drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale” on DVD April 5. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Complete Fourth Season includes all 10 episodes of the fourth season. Starring Emmy Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss (“Top of the Lake,” “Mad Men”), “The Handmaid’s Tale” tells the story of June Osborn (Moss), a handmaid who is one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as an attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In season four, June strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader but the risks she takes bring dangerous new challenges and her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her. The series also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Bradley Whitford and Sam Jaeger.

Parallel Mothers, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Penelope Cruz) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias). In the film, two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment April 5 also releases Jockey, a film festival favorite about an aging racehorse rider (Clifton Collins Jr.) and his quest for one last win. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Collins portrays veteran jockey Silva, who hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years — and injuries — have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to fulfilling his dream. Filmed at a real racetrack in Arizona, and featuring real jockeys, Jockey was an official selection at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where Collins won a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Actor. It also was an official selection at the 2021 SCAD Savannah Film Festival, where Collins was honored with a Distinguished Performance Award; the 
2021 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival, and the 2021 AFI Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the Narrative Feature Film category.

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The Pierce Brosnan adventure The King’s Daughter was released for digital purchase April 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Gravitas Ventures. In addition to Brosnan, the film features Kaya Scodelario, Benjamin Walker, Pablo Schreiber, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Fan Bingbing, William Hurt and Julie Andrews as the narrator. In the film, King Louis XIV’s (Brosnan) quest for immortality leads him to capture a mermaid’s life force, but his immovable will is challenged when his long-hidden illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) forms a bond with the magical creature. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 19.

The horror-thriller The Long Night debuts on Blu-ray and DVD April 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film, while searching for the parents she never knew, a young woman returns to her childhood stomping grounds with her boyfriend to investigate her family’s whereabouts. Her search takes a bizarre turn when a nightmarish cult looking to fulfill a twisted apocalyptic prophecy arrives to terrorize the couple.  The sophomore feature film from music video director and composer Rich Ragsdale stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween I and II), Nolan Gerard Funk (“The Flight Attendant”), Deborah Kara Unger (The Game) and Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” Machete).

Two Japanese Ultraman titles, Ultraseven X: The Complete Series and Superior 8 Ultra Brothers, hit Blu-ray Disc April 5 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Superior 8 Ultra Brothers unites three generations of Ultra Heroes for an interdimensional adventure. The story begins in 1966 as three boys named Daigo, Asuka, and Gamu watch the premiere of a new television series called Ultraman. Captivated from the start, they continue to follow and be inspired by the ongoing exploits of Ultraman and his fellow Ultra Brothers.  Decades later, Daigo is working for the tourism board in Yokohama when he witnesses a strange mirage of a dying world ravaged by giant monsters.  Additional visions soon follow, including one in which the friendly shopkeepers Hayata, Dan, Goh and Hokuto transform into the famous Ultra Brothers from TV. Daigo confides in Asuka and Gamu, who begin to have similar dreams in which they become Ultramen called “Dyna” and “Gaia.” The sudden appearance of Monster Guesra and the hero Ultraman Mebius convince Daigo that his visions are coming true, and his world is in great danger.

In Ultraseven X: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray and digital, a young man is awoken from a fevered dream and barely recognizes himself. A mysterious woman hands him a spectacles-shaped item, says the key holds tremendous power, and tells him it is his duty to save the world. Before asking any more questions, he and the woman are torn apart by a violent explosion. Soon, he is contacted by a secret organization named Deus. He is told he is Agent Jin and his job is to rid this world of vicious alien invaders.

Independent film distributor 1091 Pictures April 5 releases through digital retailers On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors, a documentary from Small Town Monsters that investigates a series of cattle mutilations that have occurred at the Miller Ranch in Southern Colorado since 1999. On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors follows investigator Shannon LeGrow (host of the “Into the Fray” podcast) as he visits the Miller Ranch in Southern Colorado, where the property owner claims to have lost 16 cattle in ways that truly defy logic. They find an unusual amount of activity, from odd lights seen in the air and on the ground, to unusual sounds, enigmatic government black helicopters, and even specific parts of the property that seemed to invite deadly accidents. At the heart of all this activity was a series of cattle mutilations that truly call into question what we think we know about the topic of aliens and UFOs. Directed and produced by Seth Breedlove, the documentary is a follow-up to the 2020 miniseries On the Trail of UFOs, and 2021’s On The Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky.

On the streaming side of things, April 5 sees the premiere of the new 4K restoration of Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut exclusively on streaming service Paramount+ on April 5. The 1979 theatrical cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was considered by many fans to be an incomplete film due to a string of production problems, as due to an ironclad release date it was rushed to theaters with incomplete visual effects and forced editing choices, clocking in at 131 minutes. Many critics felt the film’s pace was slow and ponderous. A 1983 television edit for ABC added 12 minutes of deleted scenes back into the film. In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects with CGI. His updated vision, coming in at 136 minutes, was released on DVD in standard-definition, but has never been available in high-definition until now, as the new visual effects had to be re-rendered in 4K. Read a review here.

Fans will also have the opportunity to see the remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture — The Director’s Cut on the big screen when Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures bring it to theaters for an exclusive two-day event May 22 and May 25. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 8 at FathomEvents.com. The director’s cut will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in September.

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 (2022)

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 4/5/22;
Paramount;
Horror;
Box Office $81.62 million;
$25.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.
Stars Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Mikey Madison, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Sonia Ammar, Marley Shelton, Kyle Gallner, Heather Matarazzo, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich.

Rather than use the idea of a franchise relaunch to make a standalone movie unconnected to what came before, or ignoring previous sequels, creators of the new Scream explicitly wanted a continuation that honored all the previous installments.

Thus a lot of care went into crafting the fifth “Scream” film, and the result might be the best entry in the franchise since the 1996 original.

The new Scream focuses on a girl named Samantha (Melissa Barrera), a former resident of Woodsboro who is drawn back into town when her younger sister (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by the latest copycat Ghostface killer, 25 years following the events of the original film.

Sam turns out to have a secret connection to a character from the original film, and imagines communicating with that individual in a way that might drawn some comparisons with “Dexter.”

To help make sense of what’s happening, Sam and her boyfriend, Richie (Jack Quaid), recruit Dewey (David Arquette), which subsequently ends up dragging Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) back into the picture as well.

In sticking with the tradition of “Scream” movies dissecting the horror movie genre while being part of it, the new edition manages to cleverly assemble a number of homages to the original while also layering in an amusing satire of fan culture.

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The film’s home video configurations include separate DVD, Blu-ray and 4K releases that are not combo packs (ie, the 4K release does not also include a regular Blu-ray), with digital copies included with the Blu-ray and 4K versions.

Extras are included on both the 4K and Blu-ray discs, led by an enthusiastic and informative commentary with co-writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, and executive producer Chad Villella.

There are also three behind-the-scenes featurettes:  the seven-and-a-half-minute “New Blood,” about the new characters; the eight-and-a-half-minute “Bloodlines,” about connections to the earlier films; and the seven-and-a-half-minute “In the Shadow of the Master,” a tribute to the late Wes Craven, who directed the first four films.

Rounding out the extras are three minutes of some pretty good deleted scenes, and the trailer for the 1996 film.

 

‘King’s Man’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Scream’ Relaunch Tops VOD Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man took over the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended March 6.

Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to the “Kingsman” action franchise tells the story of the formation of the title spy agency during World War I. It was No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was the new-for-digital-purchase Scream relaunch from Paramount Home Entertainment. The fifth entry in the “Scream” horror franchise, which reunites several cast members from the original 1996 film, earned $80 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, MGM’s House of Gucci, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It also slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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No. 3 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, and no. 4 on the digital chart, was Lionsgate’s American Underdog, the biopic about Kurt Warner’s rise to becoming an unlikely NFL hall of famer.

The No. 4 disc rental and No. 2 digital title was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals slipped a spot to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, and was No. 7 on the digital chart.

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

  1. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  2. House of Gucci — Universal/MGM
  3. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  5. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  6. The 355 — Universal
  7. A Day to Die — Redbox
  8. Clifford the Big Red Dog — Paramount
  9. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 6:

  1. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  3. House of Gucci — MGM
  4. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  5. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  7. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  8. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  9. The Desperate Hour — Vertical
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

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March 1 Sees ‘Belfast’ Arrive on Disc, ‘Scream’ Available Digitally

Among a modest slate of new releases March 1, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s awards-season darling Belfast arrives on disc, while Paramount’s Scream relaunch becomes available for digital purchase.

Belfast, the critically hailed drama from director Kenneth Branagh, becomes available March 1 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Belfast revolves around one boy’s childhood amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s. Buddy’s family lives in a largely Protestant district with a few Catholic families, but one day his community and everything he thought he understood about life is suddenly turned upside down. Buddy’s family gets caught in the mayhem and must decide to stay or leave the only place they have ever called home. Through it all, his passionate parents (BAFTA Award winner Caitríona and Jamie Dornan) and quick-witted grandparents (Judi Dench and CiaránHinds) keep the joy alive through music and the magic of movies in a story that reminds us that no matter how far you go, you never forget where you came from. Belfast also stars Colin Morgan and Jude Hill in his feature film debut. Belfast is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Timed for the release of the new live-action film The Batman, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases an older but unrelated animated series with the same name on Blu-ray Disc March 1. The 2004-08 animated series ran for five seasons and 65 episodes on Kids WB and Cartoon Network, and won six Emmys. The episodes have been fully remastered for Blu-ray. The set also includes a digital copy of the episodes (U.S. only). “The Batman” follows 20-something-year-old Bruce Wayne’s early adventures as he balances his daytime persona as a bachelor billionaire with his nighttime guise as a caped crimefighter. Along the way, Batman is joined by allies Robin and Batgirl as they combat Gotham City’s villains, including updated versions of his familiar foes as well as a bevy of rarely seen villains like Killer Moth and The Everywhere Man. The voice cast includes Rino Romano as Batman, Evan Sabara as Robin, Danielle Judovits as Batgirl, Kevin Michael Richardson as the Joker, Ming-Na Wen as Detective Ellen Yin, Tom Kenny as The Penguin, Clancy Brown as Mr. Freeze, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, Gina Gershon as Catwoman, Jason Marsden as Firefly, Steve Harris as Detective Ethan Bennett/Clayface, Mitch Pileggi as Commissioner James Gordon, and Adam West as Mayor Grange.

The Russian action thriller The Pilot will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and through digital retailers March 1 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on the true story of a World War II pilot whose fighter plane was shot down over the German-occupied Novgorod Region, the film follows the tale of Russian Aleksey Maresyev, who faces a relentless test of physical and mental endurance, battling hunger, extreme cold, and wild animals, all while evading Nazi soldiers — as he attempts to return home.  Directed by Renat Davletyarov (The Dawns Here Are Quiet), the film stars Pyotr Fyodorov (Sputnik, The Icebreaker, The Duelist), Anna Peskova (Good Boy), Pavel Osadchy, Maksim Emelyanov (The Blackout, The Search) and Nikoloz Paikridze.

The Oscar-nominated animated documentary Flee arrives on Blu-ray March 1 from Neon’s Decal label and Distribution Solutions. The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature Film and Best International Feature Film (Denmark). Recounted through animation, the documentary tells the story of Amin Nawabi’s extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to Denmark. The film is directed by Jonas Poher Rassmussen and features the voices of Daniel Karimyar, Daniel Karimyar and Daniel Karimyar.

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Highway to Heaven, a new original movie reboot inspired by Michael Landon’s iconic 1980s television drama, arrives March 1 on DVD from Lionsgate.  The Lifetime movie reboot stars Jill Scott (TV’s “First Wives Club,” Flint, Why Did I Get Married?), Barry Watson (TV’s “The Loudest Voice,” TV’s “Naomi”) and Ben Daon (TV’s “The Mysterious Benedict Society,”TV’s “The Astronauts,” Broken Diamonds). It follows Angela Stewart (Scott), an angel sent back to Earth in order to help people in need. The story finds a junior high student struggling with the tragic loss of his mother as he and his dad drift apart. Angela takes a temporary job as a school counselor working alongside principal Bruce Banks (Watson) to bring the broken family back together.

American Gods — Seasons 1–3: The Complete Series is being released on DVD March 1 from Lionsgate. Set in a hidden world where magic is real and gods exist on earth, “American Gods” chronicles the brewing war between Old Gods and New Gods, as the traditional gods of mythology are steadily losing believers to a burgeoning pantheon of modern gods focused on technology and money. The story across three seasons centers around ex-convict Shadow Moon, bodyguard for the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, an Old God trying to rebuild the power and influence the Old Gods once had. As events unfold and Shadow struggles with his identity and place in the world, the series examines humanity’s conflicted relationship with faith and the unknown. The series is based on the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and created by Bryan Fuller (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Hannibal,” “Dead Like Me”) and Michael Green (“Heroes,” Logan, Blade Runner 2049). Stars include Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Orlando Jones, Pablo Schreiber and Crispin Glover.  

The new Scream horror flick from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group arrives for digital purchase March 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The 2022 film reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original Ghostface attacks. Only Sidney Prescott (Campbell), former sheriff Dewey Riley (Arquette), and reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) can find a way to stop the killer when everyone is a suspect. Scream arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD April 5.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the animated film Sing 2 through digital retailers March 1. The sequel to Illumination Entertainment’s 2016 hit Sing finds the ever-optimistic Koala, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and his cast having big dreams of staging their most dazzling show yet in the glittering entertainment capital of the world, Redshore City. But to do so, they must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway (Bono), to join them. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Meena (Tori Kelly) and Gunter (Nick Kroll) also return. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 29.

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

Samba TV: ‘Scream’ Catalog Titles Top Weekly Streamed Movies

With the fifth installment of Paramount Pictures’ Scream slasher movie topping the Jan. 16 weekend box office, streamers gravitated toward the first four releases in the late Wes Craven-directed franchise, which began in 1996 and co-starred Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and Skeet Ulrich, among others.

Samba TV reported that 2.598 million households streamed all four movies over a 13-day period ended Jan. 23. The research firm tracks more than 46 million opted-in televisions globally, including 28 million in the U.S.

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Specifically, 637,000 households watched the first movie Scream, while 628,000 streamed Scream 2, 653,000 watched Scream 3, and 642,000 streamed Scream 4. Samba said 289,000 watched at least two of the four movies.

The movies collectively topped Ray Donovan: The Movie, which was streamed by 1.1 million households on Showtime OTT.

‘Spider-Man’ Finds New ‘Way Home’ to Box Office Win

Sony Pictures’ enduring “Spider-Man” franchise kept its mojo for another weekend as Spider-Man: No Way Home reclaimed the North American box office mantle with an estimated $14.1 million in ticket sales through Jan. 23 across more than 3,705 screens in its sixth weekend of release.

The third “Spider-Man” movie featuring Tom Holland in the featured role has now generated $721 million in domestic ticket sales — fourth all-time behind Jim Cameron’s Avatar with $760 million, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame ($858 million) and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $936 million.

No Way Home is the sixth at all-time global box office with $1.69 billion in revenue.

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The webslinger topped last weekend’s No. 1 box office slasher relaunch Scream, which tracked an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales across more than 3,600 screens. Paramount Pictures’ fifth installment in the franchise features a new cast as well original stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Skeet Ulrich, and has topped $51 million in revenue after just two weeks.

Rounding out the podium is Universal Pictures’ enduring animated musical Sing 2, which generated an estimated $5.7 million across 4,400 screens. The movie has sold about $128 million tickets in North America, $241 million worldwide, to top Disney’s Encanto with $223 million and the studio’s PVOD star Croods: A New Age at $227 million.

Universal’s strong animated performance helped it ignore the debut of Redeeming Love, with the faith-based drama generating an estimated $3.7 million in revenue across more than 1,903 screens. The movie appears headed toward digital retail release as part of Universal’s shortened 17-day theatrical window for movies grossing less than $50 million at the domestic box office.

‘Scream’ Indeed: Does ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Still Have Box Office Legs?

NEWS ANALYSIS — Paramount Pictures’ slasher reboot Scream ended Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home weekend box office reign in convincing fashion through Jan. 16. Can the fifth installment in the “Scream” franchise hold off the webslinger’s enduring appeal through Jan. 23?

Industry estimates peg Scream generating $12.7 million in ticket sales, with No Way Home just behind at $12.6 million, followed by Universal Pictures’ enduring animated musical Sing 2 rounding out the podium with a projected $5.4 million in revenue.

Scream is projected to surpass previous release, 2011’s Scream 4, in total revenue ($38 million) today (Jan. 21). Meanwhile, No Way Home, after passing fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe box office champions Black Panther ($700 million) and Avengers: Infinity War ($679 million) for No. 4 on the all-time box office revenue chart, still lags significantly behind Avatar with more than $760 million in North American ticket sales. No Way Home is projected to approach the $720 million mark this weekend.

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Regardless, Spider-Man and Co. are expected to easily fend off box office newcomers The King’s Man (20th Century) and, separately, The King’s Daughter (Gravitas Pictures).

What a ‘Scream’! New No. 1 at Domestic Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ Scream, the fifth installment in the slasher franchise, exceeded the studio’s projections to generate more than $35 million in estimated North American theatrical revenue through Jan. 16. Paramount had expected a conservative $20 million opening weekend.

The movie — the first since 2011 and without original director Wes Craven, who died in 2015 — reunited original stars Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich — to jumpstart a new storyline around nemesis Ghostface terrorizing a group of teenagers.

“This opening has reinvigorated the franchise for fans, while simultaneously introducing it to a whole new generation of Scream fans,” Chris Aronson, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Paramount, said in a statement.

The tally was enough to unseat the longtime box office polesitter, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, which had around $26 million over the four-day period. The latest webslinger superhero movie will soon top the $700.4 million made in North America by Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther to take over the No. 4 spot on the all-time domestic earners list.

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Universal Pictures’ animated musical sequel Sing 2 generated an estimated $11 million over four days, to run its domestic box haul past $122 million.

Overall, the pre-Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box office is projected to top $92.3 million over four days, which would be down 55% from pre-pandemic 2020 when Sony’s Bad Boys for Life helped deliver a $205.3 million weekend, including a $73 million debut.