‘Bloodshot’ Shoots to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot 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 May 9.

The film, which stars Vin Diesel as the Valiant Comics title character, earned $10 million in its pandemic-abbreviated domestic theatrical run.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s faith-based I Still Believe, debuted at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. A docudrama about Christian singer Jeremy Camp, the film earned $9.9 million at the domestic box office, also having its theatrical potential cut short due to the coronavirus.

The top title the previous two weeks, Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, dropped to No. 3 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart went to Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The No. 5 overall title and No. 6 Blu-ray was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level. The No. 5 Blu-ray and No. 6 overall title was Warner’s Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 was Warner’s horror-tinged fairytale reimagining Gretel & Hansel, at No. 9 on the overall chart and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 57% of total Bloodshot unit sales, with 10% of its total coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. For I Still Believe, Blu-ray accounted for 43% of its total, and 50% of Gretel & Hansel.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 10, Bloodshot debuted at No. 1, pushing the previous week’s top title, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, to No. 2, and Bad Boys for Life to No. 3.

Gretel & Hansel debuted at No. 4, followed by I Still Believe at No. 5.

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‘Bloodshot’ Grabs Top Spot on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bloodshot took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended May 10.

Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel as the title character based on the comic book series from Valiant Comics.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog slipped to No. 2 on the rental chart and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, dropped to No. 3 on the rental chart but stayed No. 2 on the digital chart.

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Warner’s newly released Gretel & Hansel debuted at No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five was the Lionsgate’s faith-based docudrama I Still Believe, at No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 10:

  1. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  3. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  4. Gretel & Hansel — Warner
  5. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  6. The Gentlemen — Universal
  7. Dolittle — Universal
  8. Arkansas — Lionsgate
  9. Like a Boss — Paramount
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 10:

  1. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  2. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  4. I Still Believe — Lionsgate
  5. Gretel & Hansel — Warner
  6. Like a Boss — Paramount
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  8. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  9. Dolittle — Universal
  10. Trolls World Tour — Universal

 

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Sony Inches Up Q4 Home Entertainment Revenue

Sony Pictures Entertainment May 13 announced that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment generated revenue of $303 million in the fourth quarter (ended March 31), which was up 1% from revenue of $300 million in the previous-year period. For the fiscal year, sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital titles declined almost 10% to $918 million, from $1.01 billion in the previous-year period.

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Overall, Sony Pictures revenue topped $4.37 billion, up 11.7% from $3.91 billion in the previous fiscal year. Theatrical sales increased 142% to $471 million from $194 million. For the year, box office revenue topped $1.7 billion from $1.19 billion.

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Sony’s top-grossing releases in the fiscal year included Spider-Man: Far From Home with $1.13 billion in global ticket sales, including $391 million in the United States. Runner-up was Jumanji: The Next Level with $797 million in worldwide box office, including $317 million domestic.

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Finally, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filled out the podium with $372 million in worldwide ticket sales, including $142 million domestically.

‘Bad Boys for Life’ No. 1 Disc Seller for Second Week

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life remained 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 May 2.

A lack of notable new releases during the week helped the action sequel hold onto the top spot for the second consecutive week by a wide margin.

Likewise, No. 2 on both charts for the second week in a row was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, now in its fifth week on disc. It had been No. 1 its first three weeks on shelves.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 3 on both charts, was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, the latest adaptation of the “Mortal Kombat” video game. Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 73% of first-week Mortal Kombat sales, with the 4K Ultra HD edition comprising 10% of its total.

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Jumping up two spots to No. 4 on the overall chart (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart) was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, in its seventh week.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller, holding its spot from last week, was Well Go USA’s Ip Man 4: The Finale. It dropped two spots to No. 6 on the overall sales chart.

Holding onto the No. 5 spot on both charts was Universal’s Dolittle.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 3, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog took over the No. 1 spot after being made available early for rental on Redbox disc kiosks. The disc won’t be available for sale until May 19.

Bad Boys for Life dropped to No. 2. Universal’s The Gentlemen slipped to No. 3, while Dolittle maintained the No. 4 spot, and Paramounts Like a Boss dropped to No. 5.

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Takes Over Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life 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 April 25.

The third movie in the “Bad Boys” action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence earned $204 million at the domestic box office. A Blu-ray trilogy of all three films was No. 12 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Falling to No. 2 on both charts after three weeks in the top spot was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which sold about 34.5% as many copies in its fourth week as the new “Bad Boys” did in its first.

Two newcomers took up the next spots on the charts. No. 3 was Universal’s The Gentleman, the latest action comedy from director Guy Ritchie. It earned $36.3 million at the domestic box office.

No. 4 was Well Go USA’s Ip Man 4: The Finale.

Paramount’s comedy Like a Boss debuted at No. 8 on the overall sales chart and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 54% of total Bad Boys for Life unit sales, with 11% of the total coming from 4K Ultra HD. The Gentlemen had 63% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray, compared with 56% for Ip Man 4 and 48% for Like a Boss. UHD comprised 7% of the total for The Gentlemen and 10% for Ip Man 4.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 26, Bad Boys for Life took over the top spot, with The Gentlemen at No. 2 and Like a Boss at No. 3.

The previous week’s top rental, Universal’s Dolittle, slipped to No. 4, while Warner’s Just Mercy slid two spots to No. 5.

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Grabs No. 1 Spot on Redbox Charts

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life took over the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended April 26.

The third “Bad Boys” movie, and the first sequel since 2003, earned $204.4 million at the domestic box office.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Another title new to disc, Universal’s The Gentlemen, landed at No. 2 on the rental chart and was No. 6 on the digital chart. It has been available for digital transactions for several weeks.

Newcomer Like a Boss, from Paramount, debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal’s Dolittle, dropped to No. 4 on the rental chart and was No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Warner’s legal drama Just Mercy was the No. 5 disc rental.

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On the On Demand chart, Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level was No. 4 (No. 8 on the disc chart), with Warner’s Birds of Prey at No. 5.

The previous week’s top On Demand title, Fox’s Underwater, dropped to No. 9. On the disc chart, Underwater was No. 6, down from the second spot a week earlier.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 26:

  1. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  2. The Gentlemen — Universal
  3. Like a Boss — Paramount
  4. Dolittle — Universal
  5. Just Mercy — Warner
  6. Underwater — Fox
  7. The Turning — Universal
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  9. 1917 — Universal
  10. Little Women (2019) — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 26:

  1. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  2. Like a Boss — Paramount
  3. Dolittle — Universal
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  5. Birds of Prey — Warner
  6. The Gentlemen — STX
  7. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  8. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  9. Underwater — Fox
  10. The Turning — Universal

 

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‘Bloodshot’ on Disc May 5 From Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the comic book actioner Bloodshot on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 5. The film is available now through digital retailers.

Vin Diesel stars as the title character, a recently killed soldier brought back to life with nanotechnology that makes him an unstoppable force. But the corporation that created him has sway over his mind and memories, leaving Bloodshot unsure about what’s real and what isn’t.

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Based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name, Bloodshot earned $10 million during a limited theatrical run that was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Blu-ray, DVD, digital and 4K editions will include deleted and extended scenes, including an alternate ending.

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions will also include outtakes and a blooper reel; the featurettes “Initiate Sequence: Directing Bloodshot,” in which visual effects and video game artist Dave Wilson takes the reins of his first feature film and reveals all of the passion, creativity, and hard work that he and his team of artists employed in bringing the film to life; and the featurette “Forgotten Soldiers: The Cast of Bloodshot,” in which Vin Diesel takes center stage to unveil the compelling aspects of his approach to the comic book superhero, and Guy Pearce, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan and Lamorne Morris detail all aspects of the film’s ensemble.

The digital version will also include “R.S.T. Hack: Chainsaw,” a series of four animated in-world videos about Bloodshot.

 

Little Women (2019)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Sony Pictures;
Drama;
Box Office $108.10 million;
$30.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘PG’ for thematic elements and brief smoking.
Stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper.

The latest version of Little Women, masterfully directed and adapted by Greta Gerwig, manages to find the modern sensibilities of Luisa May Alcott’s signature work while retaining all the trappings of its mid-19th century period setting.

Gerwig takes Alcott’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel that was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, and expertly translates the classic tome into the language of cinema, eschewing the linear narrative of the book and previous adaptations in favor of a flashback structure that better contrasts the childhood and adult lives of its characters.

The core of the story remains centered on the lives of the March sisters — Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) — growing up in Massachusetts around the time of the Civil War.

The film is filled with wonderful performances, anchored by Ronan’s confidence as Jo, and Pugh’s radiance as the bright-eyed Amy (both were nominated for Oscars). The exquisite period set design and (Oscar winning) costumes make for a film loaded with delightful visual touches that would make it worth viewing for those reasons alone.

But shifting the narrative back and forth between the two timelines allows Gerwig to focus on how the characters’ adult lives are practically responses to specific events of their childhoods, in a way that no doubt keeps the material fresh even for those who are fans of the novel or have seen the countless other adaptations of it.

Gerwig’s other spin on the material involves layering more elements from Alcott’s real life even more so than the original novel did. Historically, Jo is most often described as the most direct analog for Alcott in the story, as she’s the one who ends up writing about her sisters. And, as such, she remains the primary character of the film. But, according to Gerwig in the Blu-ray bonus materials, all the characters have some element of Alcott in them. In the very good nine-and-a-half-minute “Greta Gerwig: Women Making Art” featurette included with the Blu-ray, Gerwig relates that examining in her lifelong love of the novel in preparing to make the film, she realized that Jo was the hero of her childhood and Alcott is the hero of her adulthood.

Indeed, one of the best elements of the film is an ending that leaves much open to interpretation while honoring what Alcott once said was her original intent for some of the characters.

Gerwig’s script, while faithful to the original dialogue, plays up the artistic interests of its characters, emphasizing the struggles of the creative process, and how artists often face the choice of sacrificing the integrity of their visions for commercial realities (such as when a publisher declares to Jo that a novel with a female protagonist better see her married off by the end. Or dead.)

In crafting a screenplay that spoke to her as a 21st century female filmmaker, she suggests that this new film version becomes somewhat autobiographical for her as well.

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Other featurettes on the Blu-ray include the 13-minute “A New Generation of Little Women,” offering interviews with the cast and several of the filmmakers about the origins of the project, plus the nine-minute “Making a Modern Classic,” about looking at the story with a modern lens. The disc also includes a three-and-a-half-minute “Little Women Behind the Scenes” promotional video, and three minutes of hair and make-up test footage.

The best extra, in addition to the reflections from Gerwig, is undoubtedly “Louisa’s Legacy: Little Women and Orchard House” (labeled as “Orchard House, Home of Louisa May Alcott” in the menu), a 10-minute mini-documentary about Alcott’s real life and family. Hosted by Jan Turnquist, executive director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (the family home where she wrote Little Women), the video discusses what aspects of the book are based on reality, and the impact of the family’s real-life stories on the film.

The video also details the story of Alcott’s house, an old country home from the mid-1600s that has been rescued from destruction at least three times, most recently in 2002 when the walls were shored up and the foundation completely rebuilt to stop the house from sinking into the ground (the pictures of the house being propped up over a giant hole in the ground is rather striking). The real home ended up serving as the basis of the March house in the film.

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Interestingly, while this is the seventh movie adaptation of Little Women, not to mention numerous television and stage productions of it, not as much attention has been heaped on Alcott’s further adventures of the characters. Little Women was the first of what would end up being a March family trilogy, followed by Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

There have been three movie versions of Little Men, two of which were notably made more than 80 years ago, and a handful of television projects. But to date, there hasn’t been a Jo’s Boys movie — only an obscure 1959 BBC miniseries, as well as part of a Japanese anime television adaptation of the trilogy in the 1980s and ’90s.

Merchandising: ‘Bad Boys’ for Exclusives

Target’s ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Blu-ray box art

The big new title on disc the week of April 21 was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which came with a couple of retailer-exclusive options.

Target had a version of the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack with an exclusive poster and box art for $24.99.

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Best Buy had its usual 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook packaging for $32.99.

Another promotion at Best Buy involved Universal’s new The Gentlemen, offered at $19.99 for the DVD, $22.99 for the Blu-ray and $27.99 for the 4K UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray. Fans who purchased The Gentlemen on disc could save $5 on another title from a select list that includes Dazed and Confused, Smokin’ Aces, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Non-Stop, Last Christmas, Downton Abbey and more.

Best Buy also offered select Disney 4K Steelbooks starting at $14.99 each.

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‘Greed’ Due on Disc and Digital May 5 From Sony

The satire Greed will come out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital May 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, it’s the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, but after a damaging public government investigation, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicized and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, Greed sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer Nick (David Mitchell).

Bonus materials include a deleted scene and a behind-the-scenes featurette.