‘Greenland’ Climbs to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, jumped up to the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 20.

Greenland, in which Gerard Butler plays a man trying to get his family to get his family to a military shelter while comets threaten life on Earth, had been in second place a week earlier on the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. This is its fourth week on the chart, having started in the fourth spot at the end of January and moved up one spot each week since.

The previous week’s most-watched title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2.

The top newcomer to the chart was No. 3 Monster Hunter, from Sony Pictures. Based on the video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. Monster Hunter became available for digital sellthrough on Feb. 16, ahead of its March 2 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Rounding out the top five were Universal’s Let Him Go at No. 4 and Warner’s Tenet at No. 5.

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The only other title making its first appearance on the chart during the week was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, was released through digital channels at the beginning of the year and is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox (though the Watched at Home chart doesn’t account for disc rentals).

  1. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Let Him Go (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Freaky (Universal)
  7. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  12. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  13. Honest Thief (Universal)
  14. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  20. Come Play (Universal)

 

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 Feb. 20.

‘Greenland’ Remains No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

There wasn’t much change at the top of Redbox’s disc rental and digital charts the week ended Feb. 21.

The top three titles remained the same on each, with STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, remaining atop both the Redbox disc rental chart the Redbox On Demand chart.

Two other Universal-distributed movies stayed in the next two spots as well, with Let Him Go holding on to No. 2 on both charts, and the comedy/horror hybrid Freaky remaining No. 3.

The top newcomer was another Universal release, Horizon Line, which was No. 4 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Horizon Line tells the story of a couple who must figure out how to survive on a private plane in midair after the pilot dies. The film stars Allison Williams (Get Out, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Alexander Dreymon (“The Last Kingdom,” “American Horror Story”).

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No. 5 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud, which is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox. It was No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Shadow in the Cloud is an action horror film that takes place during World War II, when a group of Allied soldiers preparing to take to the air in a B-17 Flying Fortress is joined by a woman officer carrying a top-secret package.

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, available through premium video on demand until March, slipped to No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 21:

  1. Greenland — Universal/STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Horizon Line — Universal
  5. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  6. Breach — Paramount
  7. Come Play — Universal
  8. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  9. Honest Thief — Universal
  10. The Stand-In — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 21:

  1. Greenland — STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  5. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  6. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  7. Songbird — STX
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. Tenet — Warner
  10. Unhinged — Solstice

 

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‘Greenland’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

STX Film’s Greenland, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 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 Feb. 13.

The low-key sci-fi drama stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter when comets start hitting the Earth, threatening all life on the surface of the planet. Like most films in 2020, its theatrical plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. It debuted domestically on VOD in December.

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No. 2 on both charts was another newcomer from Universal Pictures, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, which stars Vince Vaughn as a serial killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) when he stabs her with a magical dagger. It earned $9 million at the domestic box office. It sold 40% as many disc copies as Greenland.

The previous week’s top selling-disc, Universal’s Let Him Go, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 selling disc overall, though primarily in its DVD format (with just 3% sales on Blu-ray) was Warner’s Justice League, as fans prepare for Zack Snyder’s four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero actioner March 18 on HBO Max.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 50% of Greenland sales and 51% of Freaky.

The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Feb. 14 also had Greenland at No. 1, pushing Let Him Go to No. 2. Freaky debuted at the No. 3 rental.

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‘Greenland’ Moves to Top of Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

STX Films’ Greenland debuted atop the Redbox disc rental chart and was also No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Feb. 14.

Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter while deadly comets threaten life on Earth.

The previous week’s top title on both charts, Universal Pictures’ Let Him Go, slipped to No. 2 on both.

The comedy/horror hybrid Freaky, also from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 3 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks,and was also No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

No. 4 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud, which is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox. The No. 5 disc rental was Paramount’s sci-fi/horror hybrid Breach, which was No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

Two other titles also made their debut on the top 10 disc rental chart. No. 7 was Paramount’s The Stand-In, available early at Redbox kiosks. The film follows a disaffected comedy actress who trades places with her ambitious stand-in, with both roles played by Drew Barrymore.

The No. 10 rental was indie High Octane’s sci-fi thriller Monsters of Man, in which a weapons manufacturer sends four killer robots to attack heroin producers, but the test goes wrong.

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The On Demand chart saw the first appearance of Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, available through premium video on demand since Feb. 12 after a month-long streaming run on HBO Max and a $41.9 million haul at the domestic box office.

The No. 5 On Demand title was Universal’s The War With Grandpa.

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

  1. Greenland — Universal/STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  5. Breach — Paramount
  6. Come Play — Universal
  7. The Stand-In — Paramount
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  10. Monsters of Man — High Octane

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 14:

  1. Greenland — STX
  2. Let Him Go — Universal
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Songbird — STX
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Honest Thief — Universal
  9. Breach — Paramount
  10. Love and Monsters — Paramount

 

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Jodie Foster Film ‘The Mauritanian’ to Debut on PVOD March 2

STX Films’ The Mauritanian will debut on premium VOD March 2 at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental period.

The film earned Golden Globe nominations for leads Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.

The film also stars Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani.

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Greenland

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/9/21;
Universal/STX;
Thriller;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.
Stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, Hope Davis, David Denman, Andrew Bachelor.

The excellent Greenland plays like a cross between Deep Impact and 2012, but manages to be better than both by stripping away the traditional trappings of the disaster film genre. Where most films about a potentially world-ending event would focus on the people trying to prevent it, or how it impacts a wide variety of stock characters, Greenland stands apart by personalizing the doomsday scenario to its effect on a single family and their efforts to survive it.

Gerard Butler (who in 2017 starred in the lousy Geostorm as one of the people trying to stop the global disaster) plays John Garrity, a building engineer who is estranged from his wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), with whom he has a 7-year-old son, Nate (Roger Dale Floyd).

The news is buzzing with reports of a comet field passing close near Earth, and when a smaller fragment is projected to hit the middle of the Atlantic, several families, including the Garritys, hold parties to watch it.

However, the fragment misses the mark and ends up wiping out Central Florida instead. In the confusion, the Garritys receive a message from the government to head to a military base for transport to a shelter, leading to one of several heartbreaking scenes as they leave the other families of the neighborhood behind.

Soon the news turns much more grim. The comet field is larger than anticipated and will slam into Earth over the next few days, culminating with the impact of a giant comet bigger than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Those familiar with the general framework of these kinds of disaster films can guess what happens next, as similar depictions of the breakdown of society in the face of extinction have been the subject of many a project, but as noted earlier, the ones that seem most similar to the story of Greenland are 1998’s mostly well-regarded Deep Impact, about society preparing for a comet impact, and 2009’s awful 2012, an action spectacle about various people trying to reach shelters to survive a global disaster.

Director Ric Roman Waugh for the most part eschews the big-budget visual effects sequences these kinds of movies have become known for, instead focusing on the humanity of the situation, reminding us what it means to be a family when times get tough.

John, Allison and Nate make it to an airbase, but their plans to board a plane hit a snag because Nate is diabetic, and the military doesn’t want to take sick people. When the base is overrun by a mob, John is separated from Allison and Nate, and separately they begin to make their way to a fallback meeting place — a ranch in Kentucky owned by her father (Scott Glenn).

Through their journeys we get street-level experiences of the societal impacts of the global disaster, from gun-toting gangs taking over stores, to desperate strangers trying to steal John’s travel credentials or kidnap Nate to further their own survival plans. By keeping the focus on a single family, the audience feels every moment of heartbreak and triumph.

Ultimately, John, who learns he was selected because his profession was deemed desirable to rebuilding the world, gets word of private planes smuggling people to the shelters, which the U.S. military has built in Greenland, and becomes determined to get his family there.

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The film is beautifully shot, from simple shots of the comets haunting the night sky, to the devastating effects their impacts have on the landscape. It’s a bit surprising the film isn’t being made available on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in its U.S. retail debut.

The Blu-ray includes a smattering of extras, including a simple, one-minute featurette called “Humanity” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss the movie.

A bit more substantial are a couple of deleted scenes and the film’s original ending, which run a total of about five minutes. Each includes an optional introduction with Waugh discussing why they didn’t make the final cut. The original ending is a bit more hopeful, which didn’t sit too well with test audiences, leading to the final version that takes a bit of a cue from 2012, but not in a bad way.

The best extra is the commentary with Waugh and producer Basil Iwanyk, in which they discuss the whole process of making the movie and conveying the motifs they wanted to explore with it.

 

Latest ‘Secret Garden’ Remake Due Digitally Sept. 22, on Disc Oct. 6

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release STX Films’ The Secret Garden through digital retailers Sept. 22, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 6.

The film offers a new take on the 1911 fantasy novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl (Dixie Egerickx) who, after being sent to live with her uncle (Colin Firth), discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Isis Davis and Amir Wilson.

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This is the fourth filmed adaptation of the book, following versions in 1919, 1949 and 1993. It was also the subject of BBC television miniseries in 1952, 1960 and 1975, plus a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie in 1987, and an animated special in 1994.

The new film has been available through premium VOD since Aug. 7.

Extras include the featurettes “Characters,” “Concept to Reality” and “Page to Screen,” plus the film’s trailer.

‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Hustlers’ Is On Demand No. 1

Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood remained at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 5. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

It was the third straight week Rambo: Last Blood has been the top disc rental.

STX Films’ Hustlers, distributed by Universal Pictures, was No. 2 on the disc rental chart but returned to No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. Hustlers, in its fourth week, had previously debuted as the No. 1 digital title.

Rambo: Last Blood slipped to No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Universal’s Abominable slid to No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 6 on the On Demand chart.

The No. 3 On Demand title was Universal’s Good Boys, which was the No. 9 rental.

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Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stayed at No. 4 on the disc rental chart and was also No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

Rounding out the On Demand top five on both charts was Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 5:

  1. Rambo: Last Blood — Lionsgate
  2. Hustlers — Universal
  3. Abominable — Universal
  4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  5. Angel Has Fallen — Lionsgate
  6. It: Chapter Two — Warner
  7. Primal — Lionsgate
  8. Ad Astra — Fox
  9. Good Boys — Universal
  10. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 5:

  1. Hustlers — STX
  2. Rambo: Last Blood — Lionsgate
  3. Good Boys — Universal
  4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  5. Angel Has Fallen — Lionsgate
  6. Abominable — Universal
  7. Ad Astra — Fox
  8. It: Chapter Two — Warner
  9. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — Sony Pictures
  10. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal

 

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Hustlers

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 12/10/19;
Universal;
Drama;
Box Office $104.88 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.
Stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Mercedes Ruehl, Lizzo, Frank Whaley.

On the surface, Hustlers would seem to be little more than the simple tale of strippers ripping off their clients. But it’s actually a deeper story of friendship, empowerment and disenfranchised women striking back to get their cut of the system.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film was inspired by the New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores: The Ex-Strippers Who Stole From (Mostly) Rich Men and Gave to, Well, Themselves,” which detailed a scheme to bring wealthy clientele into the club and intoxicate them to the point where they would run up huge credit card bills while passed out, with the ladies taking a generous cut.

Seeing Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s names pop up as producers (their production company owned the film rights to the article) might lend to an assumption that this is a comedy, although it turns out to be much more of a character drama.

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Constance Wu stars as Dorothy, a newcomer to the exotic dancing business who is taken under the wing of Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) in the early 2000s. The film does a good job showcasing the less glamorous nature of exotic dancing as a profession for women who are just trying to raise families and get by just like everyone else. Technically regarded as independent contractors, they have to pay the clubs for the opportunity to work there. But Ramona has been around long enough to have learned all the tricks to make the job both fun and profitable. In 2007 Dorothy made more than most high-profile surgeons, she brags to a reporter (Julia Stiles) in a flash-forward meant as a nod to the story’s origins as a magazine article.

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The other half of the equation is the clientele, mostly sleazy Wall Street types who love to flash their money around for a good time.

But with Wall Street hit hard by the 2008 recession, the strip clubs end up taking a hit, just as an unexpected pregnancy forces Dorothy to exit the business. After a few years trying to get by with limited job prospects, she returns to the club to find that most of the new dancers are Russian prostitutes she won’t degrade herself enough to compete with.

Enter Ramona, who decides it’s time for the girls to get their piece of the Wall Street action. She and her team of girls head into the city to “market” the club, which usually just involves picking up a lonely guy at a fancy bar and getting him drunk enough to come back with him, so they can get a cut of whatever he spends.

To up the ante, they start drugging their potential clients and stealing their credit cards, getting all the necessary PIN codes and personal information they need from the half-conscious dupes, who usually head home too embarrassed to report anything was stolen.

According to Scafaria in a solo commentary track on the Blu-ray, the film was shot at a real strip club, whose actual owner and some of the real girls who worked there appeared in the film, which lends a healthy verisimilitude to the proceedings.

Scafaria’s energetic and informative commentary turns out to be the Blu-ray’s only extra feature. In it, she also relates the themes she wanted the film to explore and expresses how fortunate she was to have landed most of her first choices for the casting and song rights.

That she apologizes for the film’s depictions of smoking and people wearing fur coats is just a sign of the times we live in now, I guess.

‘Dragon’ Threequel Lights Up Disc Sales Charts

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 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 25.

The third “Dragon” film, distributed by Universal Pictures, earned $160.6 million at the domestic box office and outsold the No. 2 ranked title by a 5-to-1 margin. A collection of the entire “Dragon” trilogy debuted at No. 6 on the charts.

Bowing in second place on both charts was STX’s The Upside, also distributed by Universal. A remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables, about an unambitious man taking a job caring for a wealthy quadriplegic, The Upside stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston and earned $108 million in U.S. theaters.

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The previous week’s top Blu-ray, Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, slid to No. 3 on both charts.

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit, which had been the top seller on the combined chart the previous week, dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was another newcomer, the romantic comedy spoof Isn’t It Romantic, from Warner Bros. It earned $48.8 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 66% of Dragon unit sales, compared with 45% for Upside 40% for Isn’t It Romantic. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Dragon comprised 8% of its total overall unit sales.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 26 had The Upside at No. 1, with Dragon at No. 2 and Isn’t It Romantic at No. 3.

Cold Pursuit slid to No. 4, while Universal’s Fighting With My Family dropped to No. 5.

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