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.

Sony Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue Slips

Sometimes, even Spider-Man can’t do it all.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Feb. 4 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue of $255 million, down from revenue of $320 million during the previous-year period.

Through the first nine months of the fiscal year, revenue from sales and rental of movies and TV shows sits at $615 million — down almost 14% from $713 million during the previous-year period.

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The studio’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ranked among the Top 10 packaged-media releases in 2019. Yet, despite the Oct. 1, 2019, release date for Spider-Man: Far From Home, it wasn’t enough to drive revenue growth in the quarter.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Emerges Atop 2019 Black Friday Sales Derby

The Black Friday post-Thanksgiving sales rush saw Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home in its ninth week on disc return to 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 Nov. 30.

The superhero movie was originally released on disc Oct. 1 and hasn’t been the top title since its debut week.

No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Aquaman, selling 85% as many copies as the top title in its 36th week on disc. Aquaman is the year’s second-best selling title, according to VideoScan.

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No. 3 overall (No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart) was Warner’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, in its 17th week of availability.

The No. 4 overall seller and No. 2 Blu-ray was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.

Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in its 38th week, was No. 5 overall and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 Blu-ray, and No. 13 overall in its 16th week, was the year’s top-selling title, Disney’s Avengers: Endgame.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which was No. 17 overall in its 14th week.

The week’s top newcomer, and the only new release to crack the top 50 as a result of deep-discount sales pushing older titles back up the charts, was Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, which was No. 15 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.

Angel Has Fallen is the third film in the “Fallen” trilogy featuring Gerard Butler as a U.S. Secret Service agent who fights off terrorists threats against the American presidency — following 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen. The actioner earned $69 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 60% of first-week Angel Has Fallen sales, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 12% of its total sales.

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Angel Has Fallen was the top title on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 1, pushing Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold to No. 2.

Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw slid to No. 3, with Universal’s Good Boys at No. 4 and Disney’s The Lion King remake at No. 5.

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‘Spider-Man’ Ups Sony Pictures Theatrical, Home Entertainment Q2 Revenue

Sony Pictures again pulled out its perennial ace card, Spider-Man, with predictable results.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Oct. 30 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) revenue of $160 million, up $1 million from revenue of $159 million during the previous-year period. One of its biggest home video sellers was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released to retail March 19.

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Sony Pictures theatrical revenue topped $2.1 billion, a 31% increase from revenue of $1.6 billion driven largely by the webslinger.

Spider-Man: Far From Home led with $1.1 billion at the global box office since its July 2 debut, while Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood added $390 million. The Angry Birds Movie 2 contributed $125 million.

This compared with Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($516 million); The Equalizer 2 ($187 million); Slender Man ($52 million) and Searching with $65 million in the previous-year period.

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stays No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

The superhero film Spider-Man: Far From Home, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Oct. 13.

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.

Disney’s Toy Story 4, the latest sequel from Pixar Animation Studios, debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart.

Another newcomer, Warner’s horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home, was No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin dropped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, slipped to No. 5 on the rental chart and No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

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The No. 3 On Demand title was Lionsgate’s Midsommar, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

Universal’s Yesterday grabbed No. 5 on the On Demand chart and was the No. 10 disc rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 13:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. Toy Story 4 — Disney
  3. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  4. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  5. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  7. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  8. Midsommar — Lionsgate
  9. Anna — Lionsgate
  10. Yesterday — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 13:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. Annabelle Comes Home — Warner
  3. Midsommar — Lionsgate
  4. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  5. Yesterday — Universal
  6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  7. Ma — Universal
  8. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. The Hustle — MGM

 

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Swings to Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alart chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Oct. 5.

Produced by Marvel Studios, the film is the 23rd chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and takes place in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, which is the highest-grossing film of all time. Far From Home earned $1.13 billion at the worldwide box office to become Sony’s top-grossing film ever.

The No. 2 overall title was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, making its annual bounce back into the top 10 in the lead-up to Halloween. The 1993 film sold 13% as many copies as the new Spidey adventure and was No. 5 on the Blu-ray sellers list.

The No. 3 overall title and No. 2 Blu-ray was Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum in its fourth week of release.

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, also in its fourth week, slipped to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart after spending the previous weeks in the top spot on each.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox, landed at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart in its third week.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 80% of first-week Spider-Man: Far From Home unit sales, with 23% of the title’s total sales coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week, Spider-Man: Far From Home debuted at No. 1, pushing the Aladdin remake to No. 2.

John Wick: Chapter 3 slipped to No. 3, with Dark Phoenix at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Anna at No. 5.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

The superhero film Spider-Man: Far From Home, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Oct. 6.

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.

The latest “Spider-Man” film earned $390.4 million at the domestic box office.

Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin stayed at No. 2 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, remained at No. 3 on the rental chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

The No. 3 On Demand title was Universal’s Yesterday.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, was No. 4 on both charts.

Lionsgate’s Anne grabbed No. 5 on the disc chart while Universal’s Ma was No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 6:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  3. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  5. Anna — Lionsgate
  6. Shaft (2019) — Warner
  7. Yesterday — Universal
  8. The Fanatic — Redbox
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. Child’s Play (2019) — Fox

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 6:

  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Sony Pictures
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  3. Yesterday — Universal
  4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  5. Ma — Universal
  6. The Hustle — MGM
  7. Child’s Play (2019) — Fox
  8. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  9. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  10. Anna — Lionsgate

 

Merchandising: ‘Spider-Man’ Brings Exclusives Home

The big retailers trotted out their usual exclusive add-ons for the Oct. 1 Blu-ray release of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the superhero film in Steelbook packaging for $32.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ 4K Steelbook

Target had the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a 48-page mini-book for $24.99.

Target’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Blu-ray with mini-book

And Walmart packaged the Blu-ray combo pack with a Night Monkey retro action figure for $27.96.

Walmart’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Blu-ray gift set with Night Monkey figure

Also at Walmart, fans looking to prepare for the 2020 debut of the new season of “Doctor Who could pick up the DVD of BBC Studios’ Doctor Who: The Complete Eleventh Series as a gift set with a collectible 3-inch figure of the Doctor for $29.96.

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Spidey Field Trip

Instructor chaperones Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) and Mr. Dell (J.B. Smoove) Sept. 17 took journalists and others on a field trip around Los Angeles to uncover some of the visual magic behind Spider-Man: Far From Home, available now on digital and Oct. 1 on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Among the stops were the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood and Ironwood Studio, which designed costumes for the latest “Spider-Man” movie. (To watch slide show, click on any photo.)