‘Smile,’ ‘Ticket to Paradise,’ ‘Woman King’ Lead Dec. 13 New Releases Slate

Dec. 13 new releases include Smile, Ticket to Paradise, The Woman King and Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile on Disc, while The Banshees of Inisherin and Prey for the Devil arrive for digital purchase.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13. The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan. Smile has earned more than $105.9 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year.

The rom-com Ticket to Paradise will be available on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 13 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ticket to Paradise stars Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and George Clooney as exes who find themselves on a shared mission: to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. It earned $67.5 million at the domestic box office.

The Woman King arrives on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The historical drama stars Viola Davis as the titular character and is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Davis’ character, General Nanisca, leads the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors who protect the kingdom. The film follows her as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. The cast also includes Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and John Boyega. The film earned more than $67 million at the domestic box office.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 13. The film earned $46.2 million at the global box office. In the film, when the Primm family moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle — a singing crocodile who loves baths, caviar and great music — living in the attic of his new home. The two become fast friends, but when Lyle’s existence is threatened by evil neighbor Mr. Grumps, the Primm’s must band together with Lyle’s charismatic owner Hector P. Valenti to show the world that family can come from the most unexpected places and there’s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release And Just Like That … The Complete First Season on DVD Dec. 13. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the first season of the HBO Max series that serves as a revival of “Sex and the City,” and features returning cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Charlotte. The cast also includes Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases Reacher: Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 13. The Prime Video original series is based on Lee Child’s novel series about veteran military police investigator Jack Reacher, who has just recently entered civilian life. Played by Alan Ritchson, Reacher is a drifter, carrying no phone and the barest of essentials as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served. When Reacher arrives in the small town of Margrave, Ga., he finds a community grappling with its first homicide in 20 years. The cops immediately arrest him and eyewitnesses claim to place Reacher at the scene of the crime. While he works to prove his innocence, a deep-seated conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will require Reacher’s keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. Prime Video has renewed the series for a second season. The first season will be available as a three-disc set on Blu-ray Disc or DVD, with a 4K Ultra HD edition available on a manufacture-on-demand basis. The discs include all eight episodes from the first season, plus 30 minutes of bonus featurettes: “Realizing Reacher,” a look behind the scenes, and “Novelistic,” an in-depth interview with Child.

The thriller The Minute You Wake Up Dead will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 13 from Lionsgate. The film stars Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Jaimie Alexander (Thor) and Cole Hauser (“Yellowstone”). In the noir thriller, a stockbroker romances a waitress as a murder shocks a small town. Someone’s getting rich — but who?  The Minute You Wake Up Dead is directed by Micheal Miller.

The drama Call Jane arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD Dec. 13  from Lionsgate.  Inspired by true events of Chicago’s underground abortion network known as The Jane Collective, Call Jane stars Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Banks and Kate Mara. Set in Chicago in 1968 as a city and the nation are on the brink of political upheaval, the film follows suburban housewife Joy (Banks), her husband and daughter, who are living the all-American dream until Joy’s life-threatening pregnancy forces her to navigate a medical establishment unwilling to help. This impossible situation leads Joy to the “Janes,” an underground network providing the only available alternative, helmed by fierce advocates Virginia (Weaver) and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), who not only save Joy’s life, but change it forever.

Distribution Solutions will release the Mill Creek Entertainment faith film Lifemark on digital, DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 13. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers —creators of War Room and Fireproof —  Lifemark is inspired by a true story. In the film, David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. The film stars Kirk Cameron and Alex Kendrick.

The faith and family film Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters will be released on DVD and digital Dec. 13 from Pureflix and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name by Dr. Meg Meeker, the story follows a wealthy businessman who learns of his daughter’s sudden engagement to a missionary and embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home. When his efforts go awry, he must reconsider what it means to be a strong father. The film is a heartfelt journey of a parent who is desperately trying to hold on to his children who learns to trust in God with their future instead of controlling his daughter’s narrative. Both set of couples, playing Steve and Connie (Bart Johnson and Robyn Lively) and Carlos and Bella (David Barrera and Maria Canals-Barrera), are also married in real life.

From director Pierre Morel (Taken) comes the foreign action film The Ambush, available in a new English dub Dec. 13 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Well Go USA Entertainment. In the film based on a true story, three UAE soldiers on the final patrol of their deployment are ambushed by heavily armed militants, leaving them wounded, isolated and nearly out of ammunition. They are trapped in a remote canyon with only one chance for survival: a daring, midnight-hour rescue mission plotted by their courageous commander. The Ambush stars Marwan Abdulla Saleh, Khalifa Al Jassem, Mohammed Ahmed, Abdulla Saeed Bin Haider, Saeed Alharsh, Hassan Yousuf Alblooshi, Khalifa Albahri, Ghanim Nasser and Mansoor Alfeeli. 

Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin will be released through digital retailers Dec. 13 by Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. From acclaimed filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the tragicomedy is an immersive tale of friendship and folly starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. In the film, although Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) have been lifelong friends, they find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, bringing alarming consequences for both of them. The film made its world premiere in September at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award for McDonagh and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for Farrell. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 20.

The horror film Prey for the Devil arrives for digital purchase Dec. 13 from Lionsgate. In the film, Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist — but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until she arrives, such schools had only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism, but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realizes that evil has been expecting her. The cast also includes Lisa Palfrey, Nicholas Ralph, Ben Cross and Virginia Madsen. It arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD and VOD Jan. 3.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing a collection of holiday titles for digital purchase Dec. 13. A Christmas Story Christmas follows Ralphie from the classic A Christmas Story, who all grown up. In this sequel to the annual holiday favorite, he must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it, this time as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role he played as a child. The film also stars Erinn Hayes, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Zack Ward and Julie Hagerty. In Holiday Harmony, singer/songwriter Gail lands an opportunity to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the big time, and heads cross country — only getting as far as Harmony Springs, Okla., when her ride, her budget and all her hopes are stalled. With just two weeks to get to the iHeartRadio Christmas Eve performance of her dreams, she takes the advice of local Jack-of-all-trades Jeremy and takes on a group of misfit kids hoping to perform in a Christmas Eve Gala of their own. Gail and Jeremy grow close, but if she’s going to fulfill her lifelong dream, she may have to leave him and the town she’s grown to love behind. The film stars Annelise Cepero, Jeremy Sumpter and Brooke Shields. In A Christmas Mystery, 100 years ago, a strip of Santa’s magical jingle bells was discovered by a young boy in Shelter Bay, Ore., bringing about a century of prosperity and peace for the small town. Now, just days before Christmas, the bells — the lifeblood of the town — are missing, and it’s up to a group of intrepid kids to solve the case, find the bells and restore the Christmas magic to Shelter Bay and its citizens. The film stars Violet McGraw, Santino Bernard, Lauren Lindsay Donzis, Leonardo Cecchi, Eddie Cibrian, Oscar Nuñez, Christoph Sanders, Drew Powell and Beau Bridges. A Hollywood Christmas follows Jessica, a young, up-and-coming filmmaker in Hollywood who has made a name for herself directing Christmas movies. But when handsome network executive Christopher shows up threatening to halt production on her latest movie, Jessica’s assistant Reena points out the irony: Jessica isn’t just trying to save her Christmas movie, she’s actually living in one. Jessica must now juggle all the classic tropes — her actors falling in and out of love, a wayward elf dog, and her own stirring romantic feelings for her perceived nemesis — in order to get her movie and her life to their happy endings. The film stars Jessica Van, Josh Swickard, Anissa Borrego, Riley Dandy, Zak Steiner, Tom Williamson and Missi Pyle.

The holiday drama Who Is Christmas Eve? will be available on digital and VOD Dec. 13 from Lionsgate. Directed by Christina Faith (Masters of the Game, Love You Right: An R&B Musical), the film is inspired by the work of investigative genealogist Pam Slaton. It follows Eve, an adoptee who was left on the steps of a church on Christmas Eve as a newborn, who feels like she can’t move forward in her relationship with her boyfriend Chris because she’s uncertain as to who she really is and where she really comes from. As a Christmas present, Chris hires investigative genealogist Pam Slaton to solve the mystery of Eve’s origin. As Pam works to reunite Eve with her birth family, Eve and Chris embark on an emotional and romantic journey that may lead them to marriage and a committed future together. The film stars Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd (TV’s “Power Book II: Ghost,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Hawaii Five-O”), Juliana Harkavy (TV’s “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Romeo Miller (TV’s “Paper Empire,” “Empire,” “Romeo!”),  Alex Wong (The Greatest Showman, TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Glee”), Bradley Stryker (Let Him GoCold Pursuit, TV’s “Supernatural”) and Keith Arthur Bolden (TV’s “Lovecraft Country,” “Cobra Kai,” “Black Lightning”).

The Silent Night, Deadly Night Collection of three horror films will be released on Blu-ray (plus digital) Dec. 13 from Lionsgate. The collection includes Vestron Video classics Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989), Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) and Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991). In Better Watch Out!, it’s a very bloody Christmas after Ricky Caldwell, the notorious “Killer Santa Claus,” awakens from a six-year coma with one thing on his mind: murder. In Initiation, a reporter’s investigation into a mysterious death leads her into the clutches of a cult that’s chosen her as its new queen. Finally, The Toy Maker stars entertainment legend Mickey Rooney as a toy maker whose creations display some very human — and deadly — tendencies.

The Julia Roberts classic My Best Friend’s Wedding is being released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 13 for its 25th anniversary from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett star in the 1997 romantic comedy. Roberts is commitment-shy Jules Potter, who reluctantly realizes she is in love with her best friend Michael (Mulroney). There is just one catch: he’s about to marry someone else. Comically crazed and full of devious plans, Jules will do anything to steal him back — except tell him the simple truth. The film is remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio plus original theatrical 5.1. The 4K UHD release does not include a Blu-ray and includes digital for a limited time.

Studio Laika and Shout! Factory have announced the Dec. 13 disc release of Coraline and ParaNorman, both of which have been remastered by Laika CEO Travis Knight and visual effects supervisor Steve Emerson. The films will be available in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray limited Steelbook edition, with a standard edition also available. From Henry Selick, 2009’s Coraline is a suspenseful adventure featuring a young girl who walks through a secret door in her new home, only to discover an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life — only better. But when the adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to save her family and return home. From Sam Fell and Chris Butler, ParaNorman features a small town that comes under siege by zombies. The only person who can help is the misunderstood local boy named Norman, who is able to speak to the dead. But this young ghoul-whisperer bravely summons up all that makes a hero as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their limits.

The documentary Anne Murray: Full Circle will be released on DVD Dec. 13 from Virgil Films. The film takes audiences on a personal and emotional journey showcasing in-depth interviews with Murray exploring her evolution as a ground-breaking, trailblazing female Canadian artist from the ‘60s and ‘70s to a global superstar, selling more than 55 million albums in pop, country, and adult contemporary music over a 40-year career. The film is Murray’s personal story in her own words. The documentary showcases an original, in-depth interview with her, sharing anecdotes, memories, and observations from her 40-plus years in the music business starting with her breakout song “Snowbird” in 1970 reaching No. 1 in the United States and her first Gold Record. Her commitment to simultaneously raising a family and giving her all on tour took an emotional toll, but it also inspired her to push for change. Featuring interviews with Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, manager Bruce Allen, former manager Shep Gordon and others, the film explores not only the creative and business challenges of an international career, but also Murray’s lasting impact. 

The Expressionistic German drama Hinterland will be released on DVD plus digital Dec. 13 from Film Movement. The film brings the visual style of post-World War I classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to the 21st-century through almost exclusive use of blue-screen technology. Winner of the Audience Award at the Locarno International Film Festival and from the director of the Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters comes this visually audacious work of Expressionistic cinema. In the film, the year is 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has fallen and what remains has devolved into social unrest and political turmoil. Peter Perg, a soldier of the Great War, returns to Vienna only to realize the place he once called home is now unfamiliar to him. Having spent years as a prisoner of war, Perg is disillusioned by this strange new city distorted by the nightmares of war. His world is further upended when a gruesome series of murders targeting veterans begins to unfold. Feeling connected to the victims, Perg decides to investigate the mysterious crimes. A stranger in his own city, the looming threat of a serial killer begins to take its toll on him.

The action thriller Repeater will be available via on demand and digital sale Dec. 13 from Saban Films. The film stars Paul Sidhu, Kristanna Loken, Nick Moran, Corbin Bernsen and Gary Daniels. Repeater follows hired hitman Smith (Sidhu), who is in the crosshairs when rival contract killers come gunning for him. For Smith, his directive is straightforward: seek, locate and terminate. But rival assassins have him in their sites as they track and target each other and aim for their latest assignment, a hacker who threatens to expose the malicious criminality of a conglomerate head.

MVD Entertainment Group will release two horror films from Diabolik on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13 — Maniac Driver and Nightmare Symphony. In the Japanese horror film Maniac Driver, a deranged taxi driver appears to be randomly stalking and killing various young women on the streets of Tokyo. His descent into madness follows a personal tragedy that has since left him in search of a worthy victim to satisfy his own bloodlust and possible death. Framed by a retro ’80s soundtrack and psychedelic colors, the film features Japan’s top adult stars (Saryu Usui, Iori Kogawa and Ai Sayama, among others) who are portrayed as lascivious victims in a gory, neo-giallo from cult director Kurando Mitsutake (Gun Woman, Karate Kill). Special features include audio commentary by director Kurando Mitsutake; a making-of featurette; and a slideshow. Nightmare Symphony follows Frank, a stressed-out director trying to complete a seemingly doomed horror film called A Peacock’s Tale. Between ongoing arguments with the scriptwriter and producer, Frank faces his own existential crisis and is plagued by terrible nightmares and paranoia. Life begins to imitate art, it seems, when those involved in the film production are butchered by a mysterious masked figure. Can Frank still differentiate between reality and the brutal killings that are based on the movie’s script? Nightmare Symphony is a tribute to the films of Lucio Fulci and the Italian giallo. Starring Lady in White‘s Frank LaLoggia, written by Antonio Tentori (Fulci’s Cat in the Brain) and directed by Domiziano Cristopharo and Daniele Trani, the horror-thriller also features a soundtrack by Antony Coia and is enhanced by Fabio Frizzi’s original theme of terror. Special features include an exclusive interview with director Domiziano Christopharo; an interview with screenwriter Antonio Tentori; and behind-the-scenes footage.

MVD Entertainment Group and Synapse Films will release the 1976 horror film Creature From Black Lake on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13. In the film, there’s a hairy humanoid beast lurking in the Louisiana swamps, but only trapper Joe Canton (Jack Elam, Once Upon a Time in the West) has seen it and lived to tell the tale. The other residents of Oil City, Louisiana, don’t talk about it. But that doesn’t stop intrepid grad students Pahoo (Dennis Fimple, House of 1000 Corpses) and Rives (John David Carson, Empire of the Ants), who are determined to track down the Bigfoot-like creature. Defying local sheriff Billy Carter (Bill Thurman, The Last Picture Show), the duo trek deep into the wilds of Black Lake, and a series of frightening encounters make it clear the monster is no mere legend. Following in the (big) footsteps of The Legend of Boggy Creek and similar docudramas, Creature From Black Lake is a fictional Sasquatch saga, albeit one inspired by real reports.

MVD Entertainment Group will release the Full Moon Features horror film Piranha Women on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 13. From the fevered mind of indie exploitation movie guru and Emmy award winning director Fred Olen Ray (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Sideshow, The Bay) comes this aquatic teeth-tit exploitation epic. In the film, when Richard James becomes suspicious of his girlfriend’s new experimental medical treatment, he grows even more concerned when she suddenly vanishes. In his frantic search for her, he discovers a secret society of beautiful women, all medically altered by the mysterious Dr Sinclair. They’re something less than human. They’re Piranha women.

Three 1980s action films — Born to Fight, Cop Game and Double Target — are being released on Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group. To create Born to Fight (1989), shortly after completing Strike Commando 2, director Bruno Mattei, screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi, and stars Brent Huff and former Miss World/Bond girl Mary Stavin immediately reloaded for another shot-in-the-Philippines, exploding-hut classic. In the film, when a badass Vietnam veteran (Huff) is hired by a television reporter (Stavin) to return to the jungle hellhole where he was tortured as a P.O.W., the fuse is lit for betrayal, vengeance, massive fireballs and incongruous Austrians. Romano Puppo (Robowar), Werner Pochath (Cop Game) and Massimo Vanni (Zombie 3) co-star in this action epic scanned in 2K from the original negative. Special features include audio commentary with Huff and Stavin (theatrical cut only); “Mr. Cobra Dundee,” an interview with screenwriter/assistant director Claudio Fragasso; “Cigarettes in Heaven,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and the trailer. In Cop Game (1988), after exploding miles of Philippine jungle, director Bruno Mattei and screenwriter Rossella Drudi borrow the plot of Off Limits for an action-thriller that blasts more than just bamboo huts. In the film, in the final days of the Vietnam War, a squad of rogue U.S. soldiers begins slaughtering American officers. But when a tough Army investigator (Huff) and his partner (Max Laurel of Robowar) are assigned to the case, they tear apart Manila-as-Saigon in a frenzy of machine guns, car chases, stock footage and miniatures. Candice Daly (Zombie 4), Werner Pochath (Born to Fight) and Brett Halsey (The Devil’s Honey) co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Sweet Home Manila,” an interview with second unit director Claudio Fragasso; “Giallo in Saigon,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; “The Last King of the Philippines,” an interview with producer Franco Gaudenzi; extended scenes; and the trailer. In Mattei’s Double Target (1987), when terrorist attacks ravage Southeast Asia, the U.S. government recruits former loose-cannon commando Bob Ross (O’Keeffe of Tarzan the Ape Man and Ator) to return to Vietnam, hunt down the Russian madman (Bo Svenson of The Inglorious Bastards) responsible, rescue his long-lost Amerasian son and destroy anything that gets in his way. Ottaviano Dell’Acqua (Zombie 3), Luciano Pigozzi (Strike Commando), Massimo Vanni (Robowar) and Donald Pleasence co-star in the film restored in 2K from the original negative. Special features include “Italian Masters of War,” an interview with co-director/screenwriter Claudio Fragasso; “All About the Sentiment,” an interview with screenwriter Rossella Drudi; and trailers.

Regime Films releases a documentary on Los Angeles graffiti artists Can’t Be Stopped on Dec. 13, distributed by MVD Entertainment Group on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Can’t Be Stopped looks inside the legendary Los Angeles graffiti crew C.B.S. and their contributions to the art world, and the part they played in shaping urban culture through the late 1980s and early ’90s.  Founded by Frost, Hex, Theory and Demo, Hollywood’s Can’t Be Stopped crew emerged as one of the most influential and recognizable graffiti crews in the United States. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the initials C.B.S. have been at the forefront of evolving graffiti art into a true and viable art form. The kinship that was forged by the crews’ father figure, “Skate,” created a bond of brotherhood that is the focal point of this story. C.B.S. was a surrogate family that became the buffer between these young graffiti artists and the temptations of the Hollywood streets. Skate led these boys from broken homes on a journey to prosperity. Directed by Cody Smith and assembled over a 10-year period using archival footage from the members’ personal archives and vintage photographs, Can’t Be Stopped is narrated by Everlast and features interviews with graffiti icons Kelly “Risk” Graval, Mear, Axis, Anger, Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), and musicians including Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and Alchemist, and actor David Arquette. Can’t Be Stopped was one of the breakout films at the Sundance Film Festival, and was hailed as one of the best independent documentaries of the year. It was released in a limited theatrical run at various film festivals, earning critical acclaim and winning the Best Documentary Jury Award at the Cinema At The Edge Film Festival.

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

‘Smile’ Tops Redbox On Demand Chart; ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Leads Disc Rentals for Fifth Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick was No. 1 for a fifth week on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 4.

The fighter jet sequel starring Tom Cruise slipped to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The top Redbox On Demand title was Paramount’s Smile, newly released on VOD. The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide.

The previous week’s top digital title, Warner’s Black Adam, slipped to No. 2.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, was again Screen Media’s Poker Face, a film directed by and starring Russell Crowe about a billionaire whose poker night is attacked by thieves. It was No. 8 on the digital chart.

Warner’s Don’t Worry Darling debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart. The psychological thriller explores the mindset of a housewife in a 1950s community as she begins to question her reality.

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The No. 4 disc rental was Savage Salvation, a Redbox-exclusive about a sheriff’s race to stop a vigilante’s deadly crusade against the town’s drug dealers. It was the No. 7 digital title.

The No. 4 digital title was Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch. Similarly, the No. 6 on-demand title was the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas based on the Dr. Seuss book.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bullet Train slipped to No. 5 on both charts.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 4:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  2. Poker Face — Screen Media
  3. Don’t Worry Darling — Warner
  4. Savage Salvation — Redbox
  5. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  6. Detective Knight: Rogue — Lionsgate
  7. Nope — Universal
  8. Beast — Universal
  9. The Enforcer — Screen Media
  10. Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon — Shout! Factory

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 4:

  1. Smile — Paramount
  2. Black Adam — Warner
  3. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  4. The Grinch — Universal
  5. Bullet Train — Sony Pictures
  6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Universal
  7. Savage Salvation — Redbox
  8. Poker Face — Screen Media
  9. Fall — Lionsgate
  10. Fatman — Paramount

 

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JustWatch: ‘Smile,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Dominated Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 20

Paramount+ access to horror movie Smile, and the fifth season of “Yellowstone” on Peacock were the most-streamed movie and TV show for the week ended Nov. 20, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The movie topped fellow podium newcomers A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) and The Wonder (Netflix), while Netflix’s newest season of “The Crown” and Prime Video’s “The British” rounded out the episodic programming podium.

Nov. 15 Finds ‘Smile,’ ‘Halloween Ends’ New on Digital, ‘Pearl,’ ‘Three-Thousand Years of Longing’ on Disc

Titles such as Smile and Halloween Ends become available through digital retailers Nov. 15, while others such as Pearl and Three-Thousand Years of Longing arrive on DVD and Blu-ray.

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile for digital purchase starting Nov. 15. The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan. The film has earned more than $102 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13.

Halloween Ends, said to be the final entry in the “Halloween” horror/slasher franchise, arrives for digital purchase Nov. 15 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block and Jason Blum, the film finds Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis) facing off for the last time against fabled killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn’t been seen for four years after the events of Halloween Kills. Laurie lives with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violence and terror is ignited with a final confrontation between Laurie and Michael. Only one of them will survive. Halloween Ends earned $64 million at the domestic box office and arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 27.

Lionsgate releases the horror movie Pearl on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. From director Ti West, Pearl serves as a prequel to X, the film released earlier this year about an elderly couple that attacks members of a porn crew shooting a movie at their farm. Pearl was shot in secret in conjunction with X and serves as an origin story for the title character. Mia Goth, who co-wrote Pearl with West, reprises her role as Pearl, who was one of the elderly farmers from X, detailing how she developed a taste for murder growing up on her family’s isolated farm in the early 20th century while dreaming of a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies. The cast also includes David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland and Emma Jenkins-Purro.

The fantasy romantic drama Three-Thousand Years of Longing, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing, will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award winning director George Miller (Happy Feet, the “Mad Max” franchise, The Witches of Eastwick) from a screenplay by Miller and Augusta Gore, the film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. In the film, Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic — a creature of reason. While in Istanbul, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. At first, she doubts that he is real, and she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. But the Djinn pleads his case, and eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

Screen Media releases the horror reboot Jeepers Creepers: Reborn on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15. In the relaunch of the “Jeepers Creepers” franchise, Chase and Laine head to the Horror Hound festival, where Laine begins to experience unexplained premonitions and disturbing visions associated with the town’s past, and in particular, local legend The Creeper. As the festival gets underway and the blood-soaked entertainment builds to a frenzy, Laine believes that something unearthly has been summoned and that for the first time in 23 years, The Creeper is back. The film was directed by Timo Vourensola, written by Sean-Michael Argo and Jake Seal, and stars Sydney Craven, Imran Adams, Ocean Navarro, Matt Barkley, Alexander Halsall, Jodie McMullen, Georgia Goodman and Jarreau Benjamin. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn earned about $2 million at the domestic box office from special Fathom Events screenings before becoming available through digital retailers Oct. 4. A disc rental of the film has been available exclusively through Redbox.

Moonage Daydream, Neon and Decal Releasing’s documentary on global superstar David Bowie, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of the late Bowie, one of the most influential artists of our time. Featuring never-before-seen footage, this cinematic odyssey explores the creative, musical and spiritual journey of Bowie.  Written and directed by Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck, 30 for 30), the documentary on the global superstar highlights footage and performances spanning Bowie’s 54-year career, including “The Jean Genie,” “Aladdin Sane,” “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” “Young Americans,” “Changes” and many more. The film is the first and only documentary done on Bowie in conjunction with the Bowie Estate, giving viewers a more intimate look into the man who captivated fans across the globe.

CBS, Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Halo: Season One on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 15. The big-budget sci-fi series, which was produced by Showtime for the Paramount+ streaming service, is a live-action adaptation of the popular “Halo” video game franchise. After years of human civil war and growing political unrest, mankind’s very future is threatened when its outermost colonies intrude upon the sacred worlds of an alien threat known as the Covenant. As this fanatical alliance destroys world after human world, only one soldier slows their advance — a cybernetically enhanced “Spartan” supersoldier, the Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber). As the mystery of the Covenant’s true ambitions are revealed, the Master Chief must find a way to save humanity from the alien threat while also coming to terms with the secrets of his own enigmatic past. In addition to Schreiber, the show also stars Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey, the creator of the Spartan super soldiers, and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. The cast also includes Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy and Danny Sapani. Paramount is releasing the 4K Ultra HD version in both standard packaging and as a limited-edition Steelbook.

The family drama Gigi & Nate arrives on Blu-ray plus digital and DVD Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. Directed by Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey, The Hole), Gigi & Nate is inspired by actual events. In the film, Nate (Charlie Rowe) suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic just weeks before departing for college. As Nate tries to adjust to his new life challenges, his mother (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden) helps him bring home an unlikely service animal Gigi — a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Nate and Gigi form an unbreakable bond, but when it’s threatened by a group trying to outlaw capuchins, Nate’s family rallies behind him to help him regain what he needs most: hope.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new animated holiday movie Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land through digital retailers Nov. 15. With magic in the air, Jerry the mouse and his nephew, Tuffy, make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life. To keep their new friend Larry the Snow Mouse from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman’s Village. In hot pursuit, Tom the cat and the devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry’s magic. The voice cast includes Kevin Michael Richardson as Larry, Kath Soucie as Tuffy, Laraine Newman as Mrs. LePage, Stephen Stanton as Doctor Doubleyay and Lightning, Rick Zieff as Meathead and the narrator, Carlos Alazraqui as Floyd, Kimberly Brooks as Snow Cop and Little Girl, Joey D’Auria as Butch, and Regi Davis as Snow Mayor. It arrives on DVD Dec. 29.

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The complete trilogy of the fantasy/sci-fi drama series “A Discovery of Witches” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 15 from RLJE Films. The series originally aired on the AMC streaming platforms Sundance Now and Shudder and aired linearly on the AMC Network from 2018 to 2022. “A Discovery of Witches” is based on the “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The series stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who”), Trevor Eve (“The Politician’s Wife”), Lindsay Duncan (“Sherlock”), Owen Teale (“Game of Thrones”), Gregg Chillingirian (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Aiysha Hart (“Line of Duty”) and Edward Bluemel (“Killing Eve”). A Discovery of Witches The Complete Trilogy will include all 25 episodes from the three seasons on six discs, more than 80 minutes of bonus features, and a collectible bookmark. The romantic thriller uncovers a secret underworld of vampires, witches and demons hiding in plain sight for fear of persecution by humans. Brilliant historian Diana Bishop is a witch denying her own heritage, but when she unexpectedly calls up an ancient, bewitched manuscript, Ashmole 782, she finds herself thrown into the heart of a dangerous mystery — and into the path of the enigmatic geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont. Across three seasons, Diana and Matthewʼs love for each other and their quest to solve the mystery of the book throws their world into dangerous turmoil.

Elvis Presley’s 1961 classic Blue Hawaii has been newly restored for its release on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for the first time Nov. 15 as part of the “Paramount Presents” line from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Technicolor musical is available in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR-10 fully restored from the original 35mm camera negative.  The first of three films that Elvis shot in Hawaii, Blue Hawaii celebrated the new exotic state and features the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which was certified platinum. For the restoration, the original negative was scanned in 4K/16bit, however the opening title sequence was very grainy because it originally used duped film. That sequence was completely rebuilt using the original film elements from the Paramount library. Brand new text overlays were created for the opening sequence. The “Paramount Presents” release includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and on Blu-ray, as well as access to a digital copy of the film.  The Blu-ray additionally includes the original theatrical trailer and the following new bonus content, commentary by historian James L. Neibaur and the Blue Hawaii photo scrapbook, which contains high-res images from the Paramount archives, including behind-the-scenes shots. A review can be found here.

The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute, an animated twist on the original Nutcracker story, will be available via on demand and digital sellthrough Nov. 15 from Lionsgate. In the holiday tale, one winter’s night, Marie makes a wish that shrinks her down to pint-sized and brings her toys to life — including a brave nutcracker named George. Marie and her toys follow George through a portal into the Land of Flowers, which has been taken over by a rat queen. With time running out, they must solve puzzles to find the Magic Flute, break the curse, and free the citizens of this enchanted land.

The Korean epic war drama Hansan: Rising Dragon sails onto digital, Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Writer/director Kim Han-min creates a prequel to his breakout hit The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the most-watched film in Korean cinema history — with this film based on the historical Battle of Hansando. The film stars Park Hae-il (Decision to Leave, War of the Arrows), Byun Yo-Han (The Book of Fish) and Ahn Sung-ki (The Divine Fury, The Hunt).​ In the film set in 1592, Admiral Yi and his fleet face off against the might of the invading Japanese navy and its formidable warships. As the Korean forces fall into crisis, the admiral resorts to using his secret weapon, the dragon head ships known as geobukseon, in order to change the tide of this epic battle at sea.

Level 33 Entertainment will release the feature-length documentary Facing Monsters on digital and VOD Nov. 15. Brought to life by Academy Award-nominated director Bentley Dean (Contact, Tanna), the documentary digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian “slab wave” surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than just a surfing story, it’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep southern ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before. It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as viewers explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

The documentary Anne Murray: Full Circle will be released via digital sellthrough and VOD Nov. 15 from Virgil Films. The film takes audiences on a personal and emotional journey showcasing in-depth interviews with Murray exploring her evolution as a ground-breaking, trailblazing female Canadian artist from the ‘60s and ‘70s to a global superstar, selling more than 55 million albums in pop, country, and adult contemporary music over a 40-year career. The film is Murray’s personal story in her own words. The documentary showcases an original, in-depth interview with her, sharing anecdotes, memories, and observations from her 40-plus years in the music business starting with her breakout song “Snowbird” in 1970 reaching No. 1 in the United States and her first Gold Record. Her commitment to simultaneously raising a family and giving her all on tour took an emotional toll, but it also inspired her to push for change. Featuring interviews with Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, manager Bruce Allen, former manager Shep Gordon and others, the film explores not only the creative and business challenges of an international career, but also Murray’s lasting impact. It arrives on DVD Dec. 1.

NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions will release season two of Cyber Group Studios’ animated “Gigantosaurus” on DVD Nov. 15. Gigantosaurus Season 2: We’re in This Together! features 90 minutes and eight episodes. In season two, four little dino heroes — Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu — are as brave and inseparable as ever and are off on new adventures in Cretacia. Whether running, flying or singing, the four friends explore brand-new corners of their land and make cool discoveries as they seek to learn the secrets of their new and mysterious friend Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur of all the dinos in Cretacia. Through great adventures and belly laughs alike, Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu overcome all sorts of fears and obstacles. The animated series features the voices of Dylan Schombing (“Pup Academy,” “Watchman”), Nahanni Mitchell (“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dragon Prince”), Nicholas Holmes (“Batwoman,” “Arrow”) and Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim, The Cabin in the Woods). 

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

Horror Hit ‘Smile’ Available Digitally Nov. 15, on Disc Dec. 13

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Smile for digital purchase starting Nov. 15, with a release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 13.

The film stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide. The cast also includes Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Smile has earned more than $102 million at the domestic box office and $210 million globally, making it the top original horror film of the year.

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Home video extras include a commentary from writer-director Parker Finn; Finn’s award-winning short Laura Hasn’t Slept, which inspired the film; deleted scenes; and the featurettes “Something’s Wrong with Rose: Making Smile” and “Flies on the Wall: Inside the Score.”

Smile will also be available digitally in a bundle alongside the thriller Spell starring Omari Hardwick.

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Paramount’s Low-Budget Horror Movie ‘Smile’ Tops $200 Million at Global Box Office

Paramount Pictures Nov. 6 announced that its horror film Smile has topped $200 million at the global box office gross after six weeks of release. The Parker Finn-directed film, from Paramount Pictures and Temple Hill, has to-date grossed over $99.1 million domestically and more than $103.8 million internationally for worldwide tally of $202.9 million. 

The film also marks the Paramount’s sixth No. 1 theatrical release this year after Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, Scream and Jackass Forever. 

“The spectacular worldwide performance of Smile demonstrates what is truly possible when you deliver a brilliantly sticky marketing campaign on top of a masterfully made high-concept horror film,” studio CEO Brian Robbins said in a statement. 

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Internationally, to date Smile is the biggest horror movie of 2022 in 43 markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, and Australia and the biggest Paramount all-time horror movie in 27 markets, including Germany, France, Austria, Scandinavia, Israel, Poland and Mexico. Top international markets include the United Kingdom, $12.5 million; Germany, $11.1 million; France, $8.7 million; Mexico, $8.2 million; Spain, $5.3 million; Australia, $5 million; and Brazil, $3.3 million.

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Smile is written and directed by Parker Finn, produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner and Robert Salerno and executive produced by Adam Fishbach. The film also stars Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Paramount Q3 Theatrical, Retail, Licensing Movie Revenue Up 48% to $780 Million

Paramount Global Nov. 2 reported third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue from the box office, home entertainment and licensing of movies was $780 million, up 48% from $528 million during the previous-year period. Adjusted pre-tax operating income increased to $41 million in the quarter, reflecting the strong performance of Top Gun: Maverick. The segment posted a loss of $24 million during the previous-year period.

The uptick was driven in part by Paramount Pictures’ sixth consecutive No. 1 box office debut release, horror movie Smile, and the retail release of Top Gun: Maverick, which became the best-selling digital sellthrough title in the U.S. in its first week of release.

Theatrical revenue increased 245% to $231 million, from $67 million during the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, Paramount’s box office revenue has skyrocketed 457% to $1.13 billion, from $202 million during the same period in 2021.

Filmed entertainment’s “licensing and other” segment, which includes home entertainment, saw revenue increase 19% to $549 million, from $461 million during the prior-year period. Through nine months, segment revenue is down 8% to $1.63 billion, from $1.78 billion a year ago.

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Paramount’s ‘Smile’ Tops $100 Million at the Global Box Office, Continuing Studio’s Theatrical Success

Paramount Pictures Oct. 12 announced that horror film Smile has topped $100 million in worldwide box office gross in just under two weeks of release.

The thriller, which stars Sosie Bacon as a doctor who starts experiencing frightening nightmare occurrences that she can’t explain, opened at No. 1 domestically in its first two weekends of theatrical release, with more than $55.5 million in North American ticket sales and $46.8 million in international box office for a cumulative worldwide total of $102.3 million to-date.

Internationally, 15 markets opened at No. 1 and rose to 24 markets in the second weekend where the movie’s ticket sales increased 32%. Smile marks Paramount Pictures’ sixth No. 1 movie of 2022.

“The moment we saw this film we knew it had immense cinematic potential, and we’re beyond thrilled and proud to see that audiences around the world agree wholeheartedly and are turning out in record numbers,” Brian Robbins, CEO of Paramount Pictures, said in a statement.

Paramount attributed much of the film’s success to an innovative marketing campaign, including a grassroots stunt that went viral, in which actors, “smiling” menacingly, were placed in high visibility locations appearing on camera during TV broadcasts such as in the stands behind home plate at baseball games, in the stands of NFL games and among the audience during morning shows.

The stunt generated extensive media coverage, significant social conversation and more than 101 million video views on social media.

Other marketing highlights included a TikTok post with more than 400 million video views and 250,000 videos created; AR lenses in partnership with Instagram and Snapchat allowing users to spread creepy smiles on their socials at an alarming rate of five-times the rate of other entertainment properties.

On the social media site Giphy, custom Gifs were viewed over 400 million times and Smile became the first brand integration on the AI model site Craiyon; and a world premiere as the opening night film for Fantastic Fest in Austin — the largest genre film festival in the U.S.

Top international markets include the United Kingdom, $5.9 million; Mexico, $4.6 million; Germany, $4 million; France, $3.6 million; Australia, $2.5 million; Spain, $2.4 million; and Brazil, $1.7 million.

Smile is written and directed by Parker Finn, produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner, and Robert Salerno; and executive produced by Adam Fishback.

Smile also stars Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, Robin Weigert, Caitlin Stasey with Kal Penn and Rob Morgan.

Paramount’s ‘Smile’ Remains No. 1 at North American Weekend Box Office

The horror genre topped a family friendly animated live-action crocodile as Paramount Pictures’ Smile beat Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile with $17.6 million in projected revenue through Oct. 9. That bests Crocodile, featuring Shawn Mendes’ voice for Lyle, with an estimated $11.5 million in ticket sales across more than 4,300 North American screens.

The other weekend theatrical debut, Amsterdam, proved a flop, generating just $6.5 million across 3,000 screens for distributor 20th Century Studios, which reportedly spent $80 million in production costs on the comedy drama with an expensive all-star cast.

Smile, which features Sosie Bacon playing a doctor working in a psychiatric hospital, has generated more than $52 million on a budget of $17 million. The title adds to Paramount’s successful 2022 theatrical slate that includes box office No. 1 Top Gun: Maverick, The Lost City, Scream and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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Sony’s The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis as a tribal warlord, and Warner’s Don’t Worry Darling, generated another $5.3 million ($53.5 million) and $3.4 million ($58 million), respectively, to round out the top 5 — and another slow weekend box office.

Weekend Box Office Looking at a Possible ‘Crocodile,’ ‘Smile’

Paramount Pictures’ sleeper horror hit Smile is looking to repeat its domestic weekend box office reign with a projected $14 million in second-week ticket sales. But that tally could come up short to the $15 million estimated for Sony/Columbia Pictures’ debut of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a live-action/animated musical comedy featuring the voice of singer Shawn Mendes as Lyle the crocodile.

The weekend’s second new release is Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Amsterdam, a period comedy from director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and featuring an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek and Robert De Niro, among others.

Returning weekend movies include Sony’s The Woman King ($4.7 million), Warner Bros. Pictures’ Don’t Worry Darling ($3.9 million), Universal Pictures’ gay romance Bros ($2.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ Barbarian ($2.1 million) and re-release of 2009’s Avatar ($2 million).