Disney Home Entertainment Revenue Drops in Q3

Walt Disney Studios Aug. 4 reported third-quarter (ended June 27) home entertainment revenue of $416 million, which included $395 million from studio content and $21 million from direct-to-consumer. That compared with revenue of $456 million in the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, however, home entertainment revenue topped $1.4 billion, up nearly 17% from $1.2 billion during the previous-year period.

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With scant new releases due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney continues to generate home video sales with titles such as Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the two top-selling titles of 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios reported a 55% drop in third-quarter (ended June 27) revenue to $1.7 billion, from revenue of $3.8 billion in the previous-year period. Operating income declined 16% to $668 million, compared with income of $792 million in the prior-year period.

The decrease in operating income was due to lower theatrical distribution results, partially offset by growth from TV/SVOD distribution, a decrease in home entertainment marketing costs and lower film cost impairments.

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Theatrical distribution in the quarter was negatively impacted by COVID-19 as theaters were generally closed domestically and internationally.

No significant titles were released in the current quarter compared with the release of Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Dark Phoenix in the prior-year quarter. Growth in TV/SVOD distribution was due to the sale of content to Disney+, including library titles, of The Rise of Skywalker and Pixar Animation’s Onward. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in sales to third parties in the pay-TV window.

‘Star Wars’ Tops April Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

Disney-owned Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for April 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest “Star Wars” installment was released on disc March 31, and had been the No. 3 seller in March based on its single day of sales alone. Its April tally, when it spent three weeks atop the weekly charts, helped pushed it up two spots on the year-to-date list to become 2020’s No. 2 top seller.

The No. 2 seller in April is Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, the action sequel that arrived on disc April 21 and spent two weeks as the top seller. That wasn’t enough to place it on the top 10 yearly list though.

Universal’s Dolittle, an April 7 release, landed at No. 3 on the monthly chart, while Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level ended up at No. 4, down two spots from the previous month.

Another Sony Pictures’ release, Greta Gerwig’s lauded Little Women remake, debuted at No. 5 on the monthly chart.

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Universal’s 1917 slid two spots from the previous month to be April’s No. 6 seller.

Other April releases to crack the month’s top 10 include Warner’s Just Mercy at No. 8, Well Go USA’s Ip Man 4: The Finale at No. 9, and Universal’s The Gentlemen at No. 19.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II dropped to No. 7 in April after being the top seller the previous two months, though it remains the year’s top seller overall.

The rise of Skywalker on the annual list pushed Warner’s Joker down a spot to No. 3 for the year, and Jumanji: The Next Level to No. 4.

Otherwise, the list of the year’s top sellers was relatively unchanged from the previous month, with the exception of 1917 taking over the No. 9 spot. That and good sales for Lionsgate’s Knives Out (which remained at No. 10) pushed Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari dropped off the yearly top 10 list.

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According to NPD, the April 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  2. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  3. Dolittle (Universal)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Little Women (2019) (Sony Pictures)
  6. 1917 (Universal)
  7. Frozen II (Disney)
  8. Just Mercy (Warner)
  9. Ip Man 4: The Finale (Well Go USA)
  10. The Gentlemen (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through April 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  7. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)
  8. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  9. 1917 (Universal)
  10. Knives Out (Lionsgate)

 

‘Frozen II’ Tops Disc Sales in March

Early Digital Releases Push ‘1917’, ‘Onward’ Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated World War I movie 1917 replaced Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the top-selling weekly home entertainment release in the United Kingdom through May 13. The Universal Pictures movie is distributed by Hasbro’s Entertainment One in the U.K.

In the second spot was Disney’s Onward, which entered The Official Film Chart rankings eight weeks early on digital due to the coronavirus’ upending retail distribution schedules. Rise of Skywalker completed the podium.

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The Official Film Chart is a weekly rundown of the U.K.’s favorite films bought on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download and is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales across a seven day period through outlets including mail order, entertainment shops, supermarkets and download stores.

Rounding out the Top 20 selling titles of the week in order included JoJo Rabbit (2C Studios); Birds of Prey (Warner Home Video); Frozen 2 (Disney); Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment); The Gentleman (EIV); Spies in Disguise (Disney/Fox); Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Home Entertainment); Knives Out (Lionsgate U.K.); Playing With Fire (Paramount); Spider-Man: Far From Home (SPHE); Joker (Warner); LeMans ’66 (Disney/Fox, known as Ford v. Ferrari in the U.S.); Rocketman (Paramount); Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel); Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment); Midway (Lionsgate) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (SPHE).

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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Again Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life was once again the movie consumers most watched at home during the week that ended May 2.

The third “Bad Boys” film nabbed the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the previous week, after it was made available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

New to the chart — which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group — is Warner Bros.’ Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, which debuted at No. 17 after its release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge is the latest film in the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, based on the Midway Games video game series of the same name. It was released directly to home audiences, first through digital retailers (April 15) and then on disc (April 28).

The film finds the Scorpion character seeking revenge on those who murdered his family after being resurrected by Quan Chi, while Liu Kang, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage are picked to participate on the Mortal Kombat tournament for the fate of Earthrealm.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog jumped up two spots, to No. 2 from No. 4 the previous week, on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart after it became available for digital rental. Previously, it had only been available for digital purchase at $19.99 (since March 31). Sonic becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 19.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in Disney’s “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

Sony Pictures’  Jumanji: The Next Level moved up to No. 4 after three weeks at No. 5, a position now held by Universal Pictures’ The Gentlemen, which slipped from the No. 3 spot the prior week.

  1. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  5. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  6. Dolittle (Universal)
  7. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Little Women (Sony, 2019)
  10. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  11. Underwater (Fox)
  12. Like a Boss (Paramount)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  14. The Way Back (Warner)
  15. IP Man 4: The Finale (Well Go)
  16. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  17. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (Warner)
  18. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  19. Frozen II (Disney)
  20. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 2

Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Remains Top-Selling Home Video Release in the U.K.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remained atop The Official Charts list of the 10 best-selling home entertainment releases on disc and digital in the United Kingdom — the No. 2 home video retail market — through May 6.

Skywalker, which last week was also the top-selling title of the year, more than doubled unit sales of its closet rivals, which included the newly arrived Oscar-winning comedy Jojo Rabbit from Disney’s 20th Century Fox on digital only.

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Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn remained in the No. 3 spot.

See The Official Charts YouTube video here.

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The Official Charts is a 60-year-old joint venture of the BPI (representing the British recorded music industry) and the Entertainment Retailers Association (representing entertainment retailers and digital services from HMV, supermarkets and indie stores through to Amazon MP3, Spotify and Netflix). The role of the company is to commission, market, distribute and manage the U.K.’s official music and video charts — with its chart compilation contractor Kantar managing the databases, which it claims are the “fastest and most sophisticated” charts in the world.

Blu-ray Disc, DVD Release Sends ‘Bad Boys for Life’ to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life propelled the  action comedy into the top spot on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended April 25.

The third “Bad Boys” film was released digitally on March 31 after earning more than $200 million in North American theaters, making it the top box office earner in the franchise, which stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in Disney’s “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, slipped to No. 2 after three weeks at No. 1 on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Like Bad Boys, The Rise of Skywalker captured the top spot on the chart — which measures disc sales, digital purchase (electronic sellthrough, or EST) and digital rental — after it became available on disc.

Another Universal Pictures film, The Gentleman, rose to No. 3 from No. 7 the prior week, also in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The action comedy follows an American expat, played by Matthew McConaughey, as a successful marijuana dealer in London who is attempting to cash out. The film’s ensemble cast includes Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Eddie Marsan and Jeremy Strong.

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog slipped to No. 4 from No. 3, while  Sony Pictures’  Jumanji: The Next Level remained at No. 5 for the third week.

Independent supplier Well Go USA scored its first entry on the “Watched at Home” chart with IP Man 4: The Finale, which debuted at No. 16.

  1. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  3. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. Dolittle (Universal)
  7. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  8. Underwater (Fox)
  9. 1917 (Universal)
  10. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  11. Little Women (Sony, 2019)
  12. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  13. The Way Back (Warner)
  14. Like a Boss (Paramount)
  15. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  16. IP Man 4: The Finale (Well Go)
  17. Just Mercy (Warner)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  20. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 25

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Remains Top 2020 Disc Debut in the U.K.

Walt Disney Studios/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker maintained its No. 1 ranking as the top-selling weekly DVD/Blu-ray Disc release through April 29 in the United Kingdom, according to new data from the Official Film Chart.

With 235,500 combined unit sales from DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD this week, Rise of Skywalker topped by 5,000 discs the previous 2020 weekly record set by Downton Abbey in February.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level (2) holds on to the previous week’s position, as Disney’s Frozen II (5), Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic The Hedgehog (6), Blue Story (8), Lionsgate U.K.’s Knives Out (9) and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls (10) slip from their previous places.

Three new entries on the week’s Top 10 included Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey in the third spot.

Other top-selling packaged media releases included Disney’s Spies in Disguise (4) from Fox, and the boxed set release Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (7).

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week

The top titles on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart were relatively unchanged the week ended April 18 compared with the previous week.

For the third week in a row, the top seller on both charts was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, though it sold about half as many copies as it did in its second week.

No. 2 on both charts for the second week in a row was Universal’s Dolittle, the latest adaptation of the stories of the Victorian doctor who can talk with animals, this time with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role.

Up a spot on both charts to No. 3 was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level.

The No. 4 overall seller and No. 5 Blu-ray was Sony Pictures’ latest Little Women remake. It had been No. 3 the previous week.

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The week’s top newcomer was Warner’s Just Mercy, which landed at No. 5 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The legal drama earned $36 million at the domestic box office.

Universal’s 1917 slipped to No. 6 on the overall sales chart but moved up to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The only other new release in the top 20 was the thriller Underwater, from 20th Century Fox. It debuted at No. 7 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart after a $17 million haul at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 43% of first-week Just Mercy sales, and 55% of Underwater‘s tally.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 19, Dolittle repeated at No. 1, while Underwater debuted at No. 2 and Just Mercy came in at No. 3. Jumanji: The Next Level slipped a spot to No. 5, and 1917 came in at No. 5.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Week

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in Disney’s “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, was No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 18.

The film’s run at the top of the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, has been extended by the lack of any high-profile theatrical releases coming into the home video pipeline, due to the closure of movie theaters more than a month ago as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s stay-at-home orders.

The Rise of Skywalker vaunted into the top spot on the chart — which measures disc sales, digital purchase (electronic sellthrough, or EST) and digital rental — three weeks ago in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD.

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Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life shot up to No. 2 from No. 4 on the “Watched at Home” chart, its popularity perhaps fanned by marketing in support of the film’s April 21 debut on disc. The third “Bad Boys” film was released digitally on March 31 due to the pandemic but had already grossed more than $200 million in North American theaters, making it the top box office earner in the franchise.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog slipped to No. 3  on the “Watched at Home” chart after two weeks in the second spot. The film, based on the iconic video game character, was another early digital release (March 31) and is scheduled to come out on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 21.

Universal Pictures’ Dolittle, a fantasy comedy adventure film about a veterinarian (played by Robert Downey Jr.) who can communicate with animals, slipped to No. 4 from No. 3, while Sony Pictures’  Jumanji: The Next Level remained at No. 5 for the second week.

Fox’s Underwater and Warner’s Just Mercy both debuted in the top 20 for the first time after they were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Underwater, which bowed at No. 13 on the “Watched at Home” chart, is a science-fiction horror film, starring Kristen Stewart, that grossed just over $40 million at the domestic box office.

Just Mercy, which entered the chart at No. 15, is a legal drama starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx with a $50 million North American theatrical take.

Stay-at-home orders also appear to be making people rediscover older movies, as evidenced by the “Watched at Home” chart debut, at No. 20, of Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection, from Warner. The boxed set also is No. 1 on Amazon’s “Kids & Family” best sellers.

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  2. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  4. Dolittle (Universal)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  7. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  8. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  9. 1917 (Universal)
  10. Little Women (Sony, 2019)
  11. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  12. The Way Back (Warner)
  13. Underwater (Fox)
  14. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  15. Just Mercy (Warner)
  16. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  17. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  18. Onward (Disney)
  19. Frozen II (Disney)
  20. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 18

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Tops Disc Sales for Second Week

Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended April 11.

The concluding chapter of what is now dubbed “The Skywalker Saga” debuted in the top spot a week earlier.

The top newcomer, at No. 2 on both charts, was Universal Pictures’ Dolittle, a reboot of the “Doctor Dolittle” franchise with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role of the adventurer who can talk to animals. The film earned $77 million at the domestic box office. Dolittle sold 55% as many copies in its first week as Skywalker did in its second.

Another newcomer, Sony Pictures’ lauded remake of Little Women from director Greta Gerwig, debuted at No. 3 on both charts after a domestic box office haul of $108.1 million.

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level dropped two spots to No. 4 on both charts in its fourth week.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was Universal Pictures’ war film 1917.

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Disney’s Frozen II, in its seventh week, landed at No. 6 on both charts.

The only other newcomer in the top 20 was Universal’s Cats, the notorious adaptation of the famed stage musical. It earned $27.2 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 53% of total Dolittle sales, and 55% for both Little Women and Cats. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition comprised 6% of Dolittle‘s tally.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 12, Dolittle debuted at No. 1, followed by Little Women at No. 2.

Jumanji: The Next Level slid to No. 3, followed by 1917 at No. 4 and Cats at No. 5.

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