Merchandising: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ ‘Sicario’ Steelbooks Arrive at Retail

Walmart’s ‘Godzilla/Kong’ DVD three-pack

A couple of retailers offered exclusives tied to Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong for its Blu-ray and DVD release June 15.

Best Buy offered a Godzilla vs. Kong 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $36.99.

Walmart offered a $24.96 Godzilla/Kong 3-Film Collection containing DVDs of Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island.

New Steelbook editions of Lionsgate’s 2015 crime drama Sicario also were making the rounds. Best Buy had a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $21.99, while Target had a $19.99 Steelbook edition of Sicario on Blu-ray with a digital copy.

Best Buy’s ‘Sicario’ 4K Steelbook
Target’s ‘Sicario’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Target also ran a by-two-get-one-free promotion timed for Father’s Day on movies, books, video games, board games, activity sets and puzzles.

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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado,’ ‘The First Purge’ Top Redbox Disc Rental and Digital Charts

Two new releases debuted in the two top spots on both Redbox charts the week ended Oct. 7.

Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado, a thriller centered around the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, bowed at No. 1 on both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Bowing at No. 2, also on both charts, was Universal Pictures’ The First Purge, the fourth film in “Purge” franchise, about an annual 12-hour span in which Americans are invited to get out their aggressions, no matter how violent.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 2 and on digital two weeks earlier, on Sept. 18.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which earned $50.1 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, features Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jeffrey Donovan reprising their roles. Joining the cast are Isabela Moner, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Catherine Keener.

The First Purge, with a worldwide gross of $135.9 million the top box officer earner in the franchise, is a prequel to the three other films. The film earned $69.1 million in North American theaters and stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Steve Harris.

After two weeks at No. 1, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew in its second week of release finished the week at No. 6 on the disc-rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five on the kiosk chart were Solo: A Star Wars Story, from Walt Disney, at No. 4, and Warner’s Ocean’s 8 at No. 5

On the digital chart, Ocean’s 8 came in at No. 4.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 7

  1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (new)
  2. The First Purge (new)
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  5. Ocean’s 8
  6. Uncle Drew
  7. Tag
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. Gotti
  10. Life of the Party


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 7

  1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  2. The First Purge
  3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Uncle Drew
  6. Tag
  7. Deadpool 2
  8. Life of the Party
  9. Leave No Trace
  10. Gotti


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Sony Releasing ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Digitally Sept. 18, on Disc Oct. 2

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Sicario: Day of the Soldado digitally Sept. 18, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Oct. 2.

The film, a sequel to 2015’s Sicario, stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, who reprise their roles from the first movie. In the film, federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) calls on Alejandro (Del Toro) to escalate the drug war at the U.S. border in response to the cartels trafficking terrorists.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado earned $49.6 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital editions will include three behind-the-scenes featurettes: “From Film to Franchise: Continuing The Story,” “An Act of War: Making Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and  “The Assassin and the Soldier: The Cast and Characters.”

The 4K Blu-ray includes the film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, plus the bonus materials contained on the Blu-ray copy included with the combo pack.