2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.

 

Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843

 

*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

‘Solo’ Holds Course as No. 1 Disc Seller

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stayed on top of the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Oct. 6.

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom held onto the No. 2 spot on both charts.

Disney’s Hocus Pocus was No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray sales chart.

Two newcomers rounded out the top five.

Sony Pictures’ Sicario: Day of the Soldado debuted at No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The sequel to 2015’s Sicario (which is distributed on home video by Lionsgate) earned $50 million in U.S. theaters, about $3 million more than its predecessor.

Universal’s The First Purge bowed at No. 5 on both charts. The fourth film in the “Purge” franchise earned $69 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 69% of Sicario: Day of the Soldado sales, with 14% coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. For First Purge, Blu-ray comprised 51% of total unit sales, and 9% on UHD BD.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 7, Sicario: Day of the Soldado was No. 1 and First Purge was No. 2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom slipped to No. 3, with Solo coming in at No. 4 and Warner’s Ocean’s 8 at No. 5.

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‘Solo’ Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 29.

The film, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, is a prequel to the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie, telling the story of how a youthful Han Solo became embroiled in the galactic criminal underworld. Amid numerous production problems, however, Solo grossed just $213.8 million at the domestic box office, the lowest tally of any live-action “Star Wars” film to date.

Slipping a spot to No. 2 on both charts was the previous week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, followed by Disney’s Hocus Pocus at No. 3.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew, landed at No. 4 on both charts. The basketball comedy, which stars NBA player Kyrie Irving reprising his old-man streetball legend character from a series of Pepsi commercials, earned $42.5 million in U.S. theaters.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War was No. 5 on both charts in its seventh week on shelves.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Solo sales, compared with 50% for Uncle Drew. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format comprised 18% of Solo‘s unit sales total, compared with 4% for Uncle Drew.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 30, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom held onto the top spot for a second week.

Uncle Drew debuted at No. 2, followed by Solo at No. 3. Redbox does not have a distribution agreement with Disney, which sometimes limits the number of copies of Disney titles available in the rental market and leads Disney titles to sometimes debut lower than they might otherwise be expected to.

Rounding out the top five rentals were two titles from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: Ocean’s 8 at No. 4 and Tag at No. 5.

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‘Uncle Drew’ Outrents ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at Redbox

Uncle Drew, a sports comedy from Lionsgate that earned $42.5 million in North American movie theaters, saw higher rental demand at Redbox kiosks the week ended Oct. 1 than Walt Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which even with a domestic gross of $214 million was the poorest performer of the 11 “Star Wars” movies.

Both films were released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 25.

Uncle Drew debuted at No. 2 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, while Solo bowed at No. 3.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on both the Redbox kiosk chart and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

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.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox rental chart: the much-maligned Gotti, starring John Travolta as the notorious New York gangster. The crime drama, bowing at No. 7, had been slated for release in December 2017, but two weeks before the scheduled release date Lionsgate sold the film back to its producers – hence, the delay. Gotti was ultimately released for the home market on Sept. 25 by Vertical Entertainment, with Lionsgate still handling distribution.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox kiosk charts were the Sandra Bullock-starrer Ocean’s 8 at No. 4 and Tag at No. 5, both released by Warner Bros.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Ocean’s 8 remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week while Uncle Drew debuted at No. 3, even though it was released digitally two weeks prior to its disc issuance.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox digital chart were Tag at No. 4 and Gotti at No. 5, the latter up from No. 8 the prior week.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Uncle Drew (new)
  3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (new)
  4. Ocean’s 8
  5. Tag
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Gotti (new)
  8. Siberia
  9. Hereditary
  10. Adrift

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending October 1

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Uncle Drew
  4. Tag
  5. Gotti
  6. Deadpool 2
  7. Adrift
  8. Book Club
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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Netflix Streams ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Following Super Bowl LII

For football fans, it was the Philadelphia Eagles denying a trademark New England Patriots rally to win its first Super Bowl (discounting a 1960 NFL Championship) in a thrilling contest, 41-33.

For Hollywood, the marquee televised event (111 million viewers in 2017) provided massive eyeballs for movie trailers/teasers reportedly costing more than $5 million to air.

Netflix went a step further, using the Super Bowl’s typical 100 million household audience to announce that its acquisition of former Paramount Pictures’ sequel, The Cloverfield Paradox, would be available to stream globally following the game.

The SVOD pioneer reportedly acquired the movie after Paramount pushed back its theatrical release to April, and then abandoned the idea. Netflix and Paramount previously partnered on Annihilation, a sci-fi action horror film starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

This marked the first time a major motion picture was made available almost immediately following its Super Bowl commercial.

Early results from comScore cited spots from Walt Disney’s Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Disney’s Lucasfilm Solo: A Star Wars Story generating the most social media buzz.

comScore said Fallen Kingdom and Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout generated 3.56 million and 2.09 million views, respectively on Facebook and YouTube.

The Cloverfield Paradox generated the most buzz among subscription streaming video services, followed by Universal’s Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Quiet Place (Paramount) and Red Sparrow (Fox).

Amazon Studios ran a spot for “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski, while Hulu ran a trailer for new series, “Castle Rock,” starring Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgard, among others.

HBO ran a spot for the second season of “Westworld.