‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Speeds to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 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 chart the week ended Aug. 13.

The video game adaptation and sequel to the 2020 film finds Sonic in a race around the globe to find a powerful artifact. The film outgrossed its predecessor with $190.9 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 59% of total Sonic 2 unit sales, with 22% from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 37% from regular Blu-ray.

A collection of both “Sonic” movies was No. 11 on the overall sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its third week on shelves. Doctor Strange 2 sold about 32% as many copies as the top title during the week.

No. 3 on the overall sales chart, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Paramount’s adventure comedy The Lost City.

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The No. 4 overall seller was another newcomer, Vertical Entertainment’s Last Seen Alive, an action thriller starring Gerard Butler as a man search for his wife when she disappears at a gas station. It was No. 11 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 3 Blu-ray seller, and No. 11 overall, was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1995 crime thriller Heat, which got a bump from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. The 4K version accounted for 95% of its total sales for the week.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 14 also had Sonic 2 in the top spot.

Lost City slipped to No. 2, followed by Doctor Strange 2 at No. 3.

No. 4 was Vertical’s Gone in the Night, a thriller starring Winona Ryder, with Last Seen Alive at No. 5.

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‘Sonic 2’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Elvis’ Leads on Digital Charts

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Aug. 14. The video game adaptation finds Sonic teaming with Tails the flying fox to locate a mystical jewel being sought by Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles. It was No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s The Lost City, slid to No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks, but rose to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart was Warner’s Elvis, a biopic about Elvis Presley, which was released through digital channels Aug. 9.

The No. 2 digital title was Vertical Entertainment’s Gone in the Night, a thriller starring Winona Ryder. It was No. 4 on the disc rental chart, where it is a Redbox exclusive.

The No. 3 disc rental was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, down a spot from the previous week.

The No. 3 digital title was Universal’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Vertical Entertainment’s action-thriller Last Seen Alive. It dropped to No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 5 digital title was Lionsgate’s Paradise Highway, a thriller about truckers in a human smuggling ring trying to outrun the FBI.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 14:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  2. The Lost City — Paramount
  3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — Disney/Marvel
  4. Gone in the Night — Vertical
  5. Last Seen Alive — Redbox
  6. The Bad Guys — Universal
  7. Code Name Banshee — Screen Media
  8. Morbius — Sony Pictures
  9. Memory — Universal
  10. Dog — Warner/MGM

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 14:

  1. Elvis — Warner
  2. Gone in the Night — Redbox
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  4. The Lost City — Paramount
  5. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  6. Last Seen Alive — Redbox
  7. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  9. The Bad Guys — Universal
  10. Everything Everywhere All at Once — Lionsgate

 

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Returns Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart Following Release on Disc

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 raced back to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K. weekly home entertainment chart through Aug. 17.

The live-action video game adaptation sequel marked a second, non-consecutive week as the top-selling movie at retail, after moving up 16 spots following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

The physical release comes some nine weeks after its original launch on digital and coordinated with the announcement of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 theatrical release in December 2024.

The Paramount franchise also sees a second placing in the top 10 this week, as a packaged-media set of both “Sonic” movies landed in at No. 10.

Meanwhile, the previous week’s chart topper, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, dropped to No. 2, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era rounded out the podium at No. 3.

At No. 4 was the 1978 release Grease, which entered the top 10 for the first time following death from cancer of Olivia Newton-John on Aug. 8 at age 73. The movie musical launched Newton-John’s career from moderate fame into superstardom after she took on the lead role of Sandy.

Warner’s latest DC adaptation The Batman was down one spot (No. 5) just ahead of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (No. 6).

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1995 action-drama Heat — which stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer — made its Official Film Chart debut at No. 7, following a newly-refreshed 4K UHD release.

Finally, Paramount’s The Lost City fell three spots to No. 8, and Warner’s Dune scored another week on the chart at No. 9.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 17, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 17 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT
2 1 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
3 2 DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL
4 NEW GREASE PARAMOUNT
5 4 THE BATMAN WARNER
6 3 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS DISNEY/MARVEL
7 NEW HEAT 20TH CENTURY
8 5 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
9 7 DUNE (2021) WARNER
10 NEW SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2-MOVIE COLLECTION PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2022

This Week’s Podcast: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2,’ ‘Light & Magic’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report; Streaming Deals, Mergers, and Layoffs

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover the John Latchem-penned reviews of the quirky live action/animated Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and docuseries “Light & Magic,” about the studio that pioneered effects for Star Wars, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and many other influential Hollywood films. Charles remembers back to being pleasantly surprised with the first Sonic when it released in early 2020 as one of the last movies he saw in theaters before coronavirus shut everything down, and thinks that the sequel surpassed it in just about every way. Charlie, having only played the video games the property is based on, tries to keep up.
 
The hosts also cover the continuing summer box office slump, with Bullet Train remaining No. 1 movie of the past weekend despite barely cracking $13 million. Top Gun: Maverick rose back up to No. 2, bringing its domestic total to $673 million and approaching $1.38 billion worldwide. Finally, the latest news in the streaming space has Walmart bundling Paramount+ with its Walmart+ service as an incentive and HBO/HBO Max experiencing layoffs as its merger with Discovery+ continues.
 

Aug. 9 New Releases Include ‘Sonic 2’ on Disc, ‘Elvis’ on Digital

Aug. 9 new releases on Blu-ray and DVD include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Crimes of the Future, Men and Pam & Tommy, while Elvis becomes available for digital purchase.

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In addition, Sonic 2 and the original Sonic the Hedgehog will be available in a two-movie collection on digital or Blu-ray. In the sequel, after settling in Green Hills, Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. The film also stars James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore and Lee Majdoub. The film earned $190.9 million at the domestic box office.

David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 from Neon, Decal and Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment. In the sci-fi thriller, a performance artist — who turns the removal of organs into real-time theater — is forced to consider the most shocking performance of all as the government and a strange subculture take note of his act. Written and directed by Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence), the film marks his directorial return to the science-fiction and horror genres for the first time since the 1990s. The thriller stars Viggo Mortensen (“The Lord of the Rings,” A History of Violence), Best Actress Academy Award nominated Kristen Stewart (Spencer, “The Twilight Saga”), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch) and Scott Speedman (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Felicity”). 

The enigmatic horror film Men arrives on Blu-ray plus DVD plus digital and DVD Aug. 9 from Lionsgate. In filmmaker Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina, Annihilation) shape-shifting horror film, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears.

The docudrama miniseries Pam & Tommy arrives Aug. 9 on DVD from Lionsgate. The series is streaming on Hulu. Following the scandalous drama that set the internet down a new path, “Pam & Tommy” is based on the incredible true story of the Pamela Anderson (Lily James, Cinderella, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The Winter Solider) sex tape. Stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled contractor (Seth Rogen, This Is the End, Superbad, Pineapple Express), the video went from underground bootleg/VHS curiosity to full-blown cultural obsession when it hit the Web in 1997. A love story, crime caper, and cautionary tale rolled into one, the eight-part original limited series explores the intersection of privacy, technology and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current reality-TV era to a stolen tape seen by millions but meant to have an audience of just two. The series also stars Nick Offerman (“The Great North,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One, “Orange Is the New Black”).

Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis arrives for premium digital ownership at home Aug. 9 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). The film earned $136.5 million at the domestic box office. It arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13.

The music documentary Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is a celebration of 50 years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as New Orleans’ unique culture, featuring Jimmy Buffett; Bruce Springsteen; Katy Perry; Pitbull; Al Green; Herbie Hancock; Aaron Neville; Earth, Wind & Fire; and many others.

Mutiny Pictures’ Swedish psychological thriller Mareld will be released for digital purchase Aug. 9 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the story, a film crew sets sail on a catamaran to film a horror film where the scenes are improvised in chronological order, keeping the cast in the dark about the story. But what happens behind the scenes may be the real horror. Director Ove Valeskog mixes documentary style with narrative film, blending lush cinematography with behind-the-scenes documentary film and blurring the boundary between fiction and reality. Mareld stars Hanna Oldenburg (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Animalistic), Viktor Akerblom (Border, Agent Hamilton), Moa Malan (The Giant) and Matti Boustedt (The Unlikely Murder). The film has won more than 50 awards (and been nominated for 34 more) at film festivals around the world, including the Around International Film Festival, New York International Film Awards and IndieFEST Film Awards. It picked up Best Feature at the Creation International Film Festival 2021.

The romantic comedy My Favorite Girlfriend will be released on digital and on demand Aug. 9 from Saban Films. The film follows a mismatched couple and the multiple personalities that come between them. Aspiring chef Conrad’s meticulously ordered life is upended by his new girlfriend Molly, who shares headspace with five or six other women, each with distinct traits Conrad finds lovable. The film stars Bonnie Piesse (“Obi-Wan Kenobi”) and Tyler Johnson.

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Teen idols Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello returned to the big screen for a new surf-and-sand adventure with the 1980s update Back to the Beach, which was originally released on Aug. 7, 1987. To celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary, the film will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the “Paramount Presents” line on Aug. 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Newly remastered from a new 4K scan of the original film elements, Back to the Beach lovingly parodies the quintessential 1960s “beach party” films.  In the film, Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there’s still some wild times left in them. Also starring in the feature are Connie Stevens, Dick Dale, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Don Adams, Bob Denver, Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and Pee-Wee Herman.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Heat arrives on 4K Ultra HD Disc for the first time Aug. 9. Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and writer-director Michael Mann will reunite at this year’s Tribeca Festival June 17 for the first public premiere of the new 4K Ultra HD version of Michael Mann’s 1995 classic. The screening will be followed by an on-stage conversation, moderated by journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri. In Heat, in the wake of a precision heist of an armored truck, an obsessive detective (Pacino) begins to hunt ruthless, professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) through the streets of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate, their lives begin to mirror and unravel, and McCauley’s crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist. The film co-stars Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight. The remastered film on disc includes previously released audio commentary with Mann, Q&As, deleted scenes and more extras. Also on Aug. 9, Mann’s first novel, Heat 2, which tells an original story woven from the lives of the characters in Heat, both before and after the events depicted in the movie, will be published.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases the sci-fi horror cult classic Event Horizon on limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook Aug. 9 for the film’s 25th anniversary. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil), the film originally debuted in theaters on Aug. 15, 1997. Known for its elaborate production design and unsettling visuals, the film stars Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic World: Dominion), Kathleen Quinlan (Breakdown), Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) and Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery”). In the film, seven years have passed since pioneering research spacecraft “Event Horizon” mysteriously vanished without a trace on its maiden voyage. But then, in the darkness of deep space, a persistent signal prompts a crew to make their way through the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. What they uncover is an unimaginable interstellar horror that will test the entire team’s sanity and souls. The release features exclusive slipcase packaging, the feature on a 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and HDR-10, access to a digital copy of the film, as well as legacy bonus content on Blu-ray Disc. Extras include commentary by Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt; “The Making of Event Horizon”; “The Point of No Return,” the filming of Event Horizon with director commentary; deleted and extended scenes with selectable director commentary; “The Unseen Event Horizon”; the theatrical trailer; and the video trailer.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, releases the 1961 sci-fi classic Battle of the Worlds on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 9. In the film, a runaway asteroid dubbed “The Outsider” mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers. Filmed in Italy at the height of the country’s sci-fi craze, this independent classic stars Claude Rains (Casablanca, The Invisible Man, Notorious), Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent, Jaqueline Derval and Renzo Palmer with cinematography by Marcello Masciocchi. Director Antonio Margheriti’s thriller comes ripe from the period of such Italian filmmakers as Sergio Leone, Mario Bava and Dario Argento. The release is presented from a 4K scan of an original 35mm archival print.

Hong Kong Cinema titles Drive and Flying Guillotine Part II from 88 Films are being released Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The sci-fi action adventure Drive (1997), from director Steve Wang, is being released on 4K Ultra HD. It stars Mark Dacascos as Toby Wong, a special agent from Hong Kong with a device implanted into his chest. The device gives him superhuman speed and agility, effectively making him a prototype for an enhanced human and the perfect weapon for war. Not wanting to live under Chinese control, Wong flees to San Francisco with Chinese hitmen following in pursuit. Wong’s goal is to make it to Los Angeles and sell the device for $5 million. Part of the significant influx of Hong Kong influence on American action films in the 1990s, Drive co-stars Kadeem Hardison and Brittany Murphy. The special edition release includes the director’s cut in 4K Ultra HD, as well as the original cut of the film in 2K. Special features include audio commentary, cast and crew interviews, and the new feature Highway to Nowhere.

Also due Aug.9 on Blu-ray is Flying Guillotine Part II (1978), also known as Palace Carnage. This follow-up to the Shaw Brothers’ film The Flying Guillotine stars Lung Ti as Ma Teng, a heroic outlaw that partners with a group of female freedom fighters to rise up against evil emperor (Feng Ku). Despite being plagued by various production issues, including the departure of key cast members, the film — a favorite of Quentin Tarantino — delivers impressive action with high-flying aerial attacks and a never-ending display of creative weaponry. Even the titular guillotine is updated to include new features that make it even deadlier and bloodier than before. The 88 Films release includes the complete and uncut version of the film package in a limited edition slipcase with a collector’s booklet and poster.

The 2014 romantic drama Amira & Sam and the 2014 French crime thriller The Connection will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 9 from MVD Entertainment Group and Drafthouse Films.

In Amira & Sam (2014), to help adjust to coming home from war, former Green Beret Sam Seneca takes a stab at a life-long dream: stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, Amira, who fled Iraq after her brother was killed by U.S. soldiers, has a run-in with the police, so Sam takes her under his wing. The more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to combat their feelings for one another. The film stars Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley,” Spider-Man: No Way Home), Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan,” Netflix/Marvel’s “Daredevil”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), David Rasche (Men in Black 3) and Ross Marquand (“The Walking Dead'”). Amira & Sam won awards at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival, 2014 Savannah Film Festival, 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival, 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival, 2015 Irvine International Film Festival and 2015 Prescott Film Festival.

The Connection (2014), set in Marseilles in 1975, is inspired by true events. It tells the story of real-life magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: The French Connection. The film also stars Céline Sallette (Marie Antoinette) and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher). The Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” film from producer Alain Goldman (Babylon A.D., La Vie en Rose) was a 2015 César Awards nominee for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

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

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 moved up to No. 1 on the U.K’s Official Film Chart on digital sales only the week ended June 29. After being nipped for the top spot the previous week, the sequel co-starring Jim Carrey moved past previous week chart-topper The Batman from Warner Bros.

The caped crusader didn’t fall far, landing at the No. 2 spot, thanks to sales on physical formats, including DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. The original 1986 Top Gun filled out the podium in the No. 3 spot.

The week’s highest new entry is Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Bad Guys at No. 4. The animated comedy heist film — whose voice cast includes Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, Richard Ayoade and Alex Borstein — tells the story of a group of animal criminals, who, to avoid a prison sentence, must become model citizens with disastrous and hilarious results.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Morbius (No. 5) and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Dune (No. 6) both dropped one spot, while Universal’s animated musical Sing 2 rose two spots to No. 7. Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections finished at No. 8, and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home crawled back to No. 9.

Finally, Dr. Who & The Daleks made its Official Film Chart debut at No. 10. Released in 1965, and starring Peter Cushing in the lead role, the British sci-fi movie marked the first time character was seen on screen in color. The movie was released in a 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc collector’s edition.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 29, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 2 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT PICTURES
2 1 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 3 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
4 NEW THE BAD GUYS UNIVERSAL
5 4 MORBIUS SONY PICTURES
6 5 DUNE (2021) WARNER
7 9 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
8 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
9 10 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
10 NEW DR. WHO & THE DALEKS STUDIOCANAL

© Official Charts Company 2022

May 24 Finds ‘The Batman’ New to Disc, ‘Sonic 2’ Arriving Digitally

The Batman leads the titles new to DVD and Blu-ray May 24, while titles available for digital sellthrough include Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The DC Comics-based film The Batman arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Reeves and Peter Craig, based on characters created by DC, and stars Robert Pattinson (Tenet, The Lighthouse). In the film, more than a year of stalking the streets as the Batman (Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred, Lt. James Gordon —amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham City’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the masked crusader on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle, the Penguin, Carmine Falcone and the Riddler. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, the Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City. The film also stars Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies,” Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) as Edward Nashton, aka The Riddler; Jeffrey Wright (No Time to Die, “Westworld”) as Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films, “The Plot Against America”) as Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (The Magnificent Seven, “Interrogation”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, Black Panther) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (The Gentlemen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Oz, aka The Penguin. It earned $369 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the animated movie Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and for digital purchase May 24. The film from WarnerMedia Kids & Family will premiere May 28 on Cartoon Network, and June 28 will become available on the HBO Max streaming service. Based on DC Comics characters, the film finds the Teen Titans and DC Super Hero Girls reuniting to combat Lex Luthor and his unified gang of supervillains.

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be available for digital purchase May 24 from Paramount Home Entertainment. It will also be available for streaming on Paramount+. In the sequel, after settling in Green Hills, Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. The film also stars James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore and Lee Majdoub. It earned $181 million at the domestic box office and arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Aug 9. A bundle of both “Sonic” movies also is available.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release Showtime’s Ray Donovan: The Movie on DVD May 24. Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight and Alan Alda return as Ray Donovan, Mickey Donovan and Dr. Arthur Amoit, respectively. The concluding chapter to the “Ray Donovan” series picks up where season seven left off. As the events that made Ray who he is today finally come to light, the Donovans find themselves drawn back to Boston to face the past. Each of them struggles to overcome their violent upbringing, but destiny dies hard, and only their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight.

The thriller Umma will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Umma, which is the Korean word for “mother,” follows Amanda (Sandra Oh) and her daughter (Fivel Stewart) living a quiet life on an American farm. When the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and is directed by Iris K. Shim. Additional stars include MeeWha Alana Lee, Tom Yi with Odeya Rush and Dermot Mulroney.

A24’s horror film X arrives May 24 on Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD from Lionsgate. From writer-director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The Sacrament) in his long-awaited return to horror, the film stars Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Suspiria, Emma.), Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), Jenna Ortega (“You,” 2022’s Scream, The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as well as Grammy Award nominee Scott Mescudi (better known as Kid Cudi, Don’t Look Up). The story follows a group of actors who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas under the noses of their reclusive hosts — an elderly couple with a farm and boarding house for rent. When the couple catches their young guests in the act, the cast finds themselves in a desperate fight for their lives in this tantalizing slasher.

The sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot will be released on DVD and digital sellthrough May 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The HBO Max original film — set in a future where Mars is terraformed and colonized by the best humanity has to offer — follows Walt and Sophie, two very different college students who sneak onboard a space shuttle to the red planet in order to be united with their significant others. The film stars Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale,” Five Feet Apart), Lana Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, Alita: Battle Angel), Mason Gooding (Scream, “Love, Victor”), Emily Rudd (“Fear Street” trilogy, “Hunters”) and Zach Braff (Cheaper by the Dozen, Garden State).

The Mel Gibson spy thriller Agent Game arrives May 24 as a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. Directed by Grant S. Johnson (Nighthawks), the movie also stars Dermot Mulroney (TV’s “Hanna,” Hard Luck Love Song, TV’s “The Purge”), Annie Ilonzeh (TV’s “Chicago Fire,” TV’s “Person of Interest,” TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”), Jason Isaacs (TV’s “The OA,” “Harry Potter” franchise, Black Hawk Down), Katie Cassidy (TV’s “Arrow,” TV’s “Gossip Girl,” TV’s “Melrose Place”), Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (2013, Actor in a Supporting Role, Captain Phillips), Adan Canto (TV’s “Designated Survivor,” TV’s “Blood & Oil,” TV’s “Mixology”) and Rhys Coiro (TV’s “Entourage,” TV’s “The Walking Dead,” TV’s “A Million Little Things”). In the spy thriller, Harris (Mulroney), a CIA interrogator at an Agency black site, finds himself the target of a rendition operation after being scapegoated for an interrogation gone horribly wrong. As the team tasked to bring Harris in begins to question their orders — and each other — Olsen (Gibson), a senior intelligence officer, and his subordinate, Visser (Ilonzeh), raise the stakes. Now, it’s up to Harris and some newfound allies to uncover the truth and turn the tables.

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The action thriller Ambulance was released for digital purchase May 23  from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon), the film follows veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman), desperate for money, who turns to his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch) for help. A career criminal, Danny instead offers him a huge score. When their heist goes awry, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop and paramedic (Eiza González, Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw) onboard. Will and Danny must evade a city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing an escape. It arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14.

Gravitas Ventures will release the documentary The Quest: Nepal on digital platforms May 24 timed to International Everest Day May 29. It follows filmmaker and host Alex Harz’s personal journey through the culture of Nepal, including his harrowing climb of Mt. Everest. The film is a quest to deeper understand and climb the most iconic mountain in the world while unveiling the fascinating culture, history and nature of Nepal. Viewers visit one of the most surreal cities on earth, Kathmandu, before embarking with the climbers on the expedition in the film. The Quest: Nepal has won awards at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, New York International Film Awards, Santa Monica Film Festival, Accolade Competition, Barcelona International Film Festival, Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK), Las Vegas International Film & Screenplay Festival, Silk Road Film Awards Cannes and the Vegas Movie Awards.

Mutiny Pictures’ Japanese fantasy Sayo will be released on digital May 24 from Mill Creek Entertainment. In the film, Nagisa lost her twin sister Sayo two years ago. One night, on her way home, a strange taxi driver picks her up and takes her to another world, the land of the souls where she goes on a journey to reach out to her sister one last time. The fantastical twist on the road-trip genre stars Nagisa Chauveau (Sumire, Unsaid) and Jai West (Equals, Love Exposure). The film has English subtitles.

Shout! Factory May 24 releases the documentary Trekkies on Blu-ray Disc for the first time to mark the film’s 25th anniversary. Denise Crosby of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosts this often-hilarious examination of “Star Trek” devotees, from autograph hounds, to dentists doing their work in Federation uniforms, to the debate over “Trekkies” vs “Trekkers” as the preferred term for the franchise’s fans. In addition to interviews with hundreds of devoted fans, the 1997 film includes discussions with “Star Trek” cast members such as James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner and George Takei. Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition offers a new 4K scan restoration, as well as new retrospective featurette “A Trek Back” with Crosby and director Roger Nygard about the making of the film.

Mattel’s Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends will be released on DVD May 24 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions. The disc features eight episodes of the series, in which Thomas and Percy are practically inseparable and everyone on the Island of Sodor knows they’re rarely seen without one another.

The Steven Seagal actioner A Dangerous Man and “Robocop: The Series” are being released on Blu-ray May 24 from MVD Entertainment Group and Liberation Hall. 

Based on the classic 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven, “Robocop: The Series” (1994) stars Richard Eden (Shootfighter: Fight to the Death) as the titular cyborg. ”Delta City” (the project OCP is trying to complete in the films) is now complete. Robocop/Alex Murphy (Eden) is now working for the Metro South Police Precinct along with his partner, Lisa Madigan (Yvette Nipar, ”21 Jump Street”), and a new set of supporting characters, including precinct head Sgt. Stan Parks (Blu Mankuma, 2012), technician Charlie Lippencott (Ed Sahely, Maximum Risk) and an adopted orphan named Gadget (Sarah Campbell, Body Parts). Starting with pilot episode (which uses an early script for RoboCop 2 as its basis), the series sees Robocop running into several new enemies including “Pudface” Morgan (James Kidnie, Bird on a Wire), Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo (Cliff De Young, The Craft), Commander Cash (Roddy Piper, WWE and They Live) and corrupt corporate executive Chip Chayken (John Rubinstein, The Boys From Brazil). Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette, a toy commercial, a photo gallery, cast profiles, “From Cinema to the Small Screen,” “The Future of Law Enforcement: The History of RoboCop,” fun facts, “Put Down Your Weapon: The Auto 9 Gun,” “The Car” and “The Suit.”

In A Dangerous Man (2009), after serving six years for a crime he didn’t commit, Shane Daniels (Seagal), an ex-Special Forces agent, is released from prison with an apology from the State of Arizona. Within hours of his release, he unluckily witnesses the murder of a cop by members of the Chinese mafia who have kidnapped a girl and taken a bag of drug money. Shane intercedes with the help of the Russian mafia, whose boss owes him a favor for saving his son from the Chinese cop killing that set off the chain of events. Bonus features include the trailer and EPK with cast interviews.

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

‘The Bad Guys,’ ‘Sonic 2’ Look to Repeat North American Box Office Supremacy

Ahead of the summer box office debut in May, two family-themed movies look to retain the top spots at the North American box office through May 1.

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys and Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 look set to top ticket sales with a projected $14.2 million and $11 million in respective revenue. Both movies look to up their combined box office tallies to $200 million in ticket sales through the weekend

Rounding out the podium looks to be Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore with $8.5 million in ticket sales, potentially upping its North American haul to $80 million.

Weekend newcomer is Briarcliff Entertainment/Open Road Films’ Memory, featuring Liam Neeson again reprising the antihero role that continues to resonate with moviegoers. The movie is projected to generate $3.5 million in ticket sales — well behind theatrical repeats The Northman (Focus Features) at $6 million, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once with $3.9 million, and Lionsgate’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with $3.7 million.

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DreamWorks Animation’s Kid-Friendly ‘The Bad Guys’ Tops Weekend Box Office

Family-friendly movies continue to resonate among consumers with Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys topping the North American box office with an estimated $24 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens ($87.1 million globally) through April 24.

The movie is following a 2022 theatrical trend that has seen family titles such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which generated an estimated $15.2 million across 3,800 screens to bring its global tally above $145 million after three weeks of release, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Turning Red and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — which saw about $12 million across 4,000 screens.

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“The very positive critical and audience reaction to The Bad Guys echoes the overperformance of our title at the domestic box office this weekend and deservedly so as this is a broad, action-packed, charming film with clever comedy for the entire family,” Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution at Universal Pictures, said in a statement.

Rounding out the top five are Universal/Focus Features’ The Northman, which saw an estimated $12 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 locations, and Lionsgate’s eccentric comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, headlining Nicolas Cage with $7.1 million in projected revenue.

Warner’s ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Barely Meets Fiscal Projection in Easter Box Office Win

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third installment in the “Harry Potter” spinoff franchise, is projected to top the Easter weekend box office with $43 million in ticket sales across more than 4,200 North American screens.

The movie has sold $191 million in tickets worldwide.

The domestic tally is 31% below the $62 million weekend debut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in 2018 and the $74 million opening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016.

Paramount Pictures filled out the box office podium with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 generating $30 million in revenue, to up the sequel’s North American haul to $119.6 million. The studio’s Sandra Bullock romantic drama The Lost City generated another $6.5 million, to bring its total above $78 million, and more than $90 million globally.

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Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling and Steve Klove, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) as he recruits zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team of wizards and witches to stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelson, subbing for Johnny Depp) from seizing control of the wizarding world.

The film was initially scheduled for theatrical release in November 2020, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Much of the cast from the first two films also appears in Dumbledore, with the notable exception of Depp, who had been asked to resign in the wake of negative publicity surrounding his divorce from Amber Heard.

The Secrets of Dumbledore premiered in London on March 29, opened wide in the U.K. on April 8, and was launched theatrically in the United States on April 15.