‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Superman: Man of Tomorrow debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc units sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 12.

The direct-to-video animated movie tells the story of Superman’s early days in Metropolis. All disc copies of the film were on Blu-ray: either a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack or a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The 4K version accounted for 13% of the title’s total unit sales.

No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart was another newcomer, the Western True Story of the Kelly Gang, from Shout! Factory. It was No. 5 on the Blu-ray Chart, with 41% of its total unit sales coming from the Blu-ray Disc format.

The No. 3 overall seller, moving up seven spots from the previous week, was the Clint Eastwood movie The Mule, from Warner.

No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, which was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour slipped to No. 5 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 12 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller was the 25th anniversary 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release of the anime film Ghost in the Shell, from Lionsgate.

The No. 3 Blu-ray Disc seller was a Steelbook Blu-ray collection called the Rob Zombie Trilogy, consisting of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell. The Steelbook was a Target exclusive.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was the previous week’s top seller on both charts, Warner’s Beetlejuice, which was No. 7 on the overall sales chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 13 had Universal’s Irresistible on top for the second straight week.

Universal’s The King of Staten Island moved up a spot to No. 2, while Lionsgate’s Rogue dropped a spot to No. 3.

Screen Media’s The Outpost held onto the No. 4 spot, while the Redbox-exclusive Hard Kill maintained the No. 5 spot.

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Pauly Shore’s ‘Guest House’ Most-Viewed New-Release Movie in U.S. Homes

Three new films appeared on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 12: Guest House at No. 7, Superman: Man of Tomorrow at No. 12, and The Karate Kid at No. 14.

Guest House, from Lionsgate, is a comedy starring Pauly Shore, best known for a string of 1990s comedies such as Encino Man and Jury Duty. Shore, the son of comedian Sammy Shore and The Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore, plays a squatter who refuses to move from a guest house even after the property is sold to a newly engaged couple. The film was released through digital platforms and retailers on Sept. 4, ahead of its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Sept. 8, two weeks after its digital release. It’s the 40th entry in the direct-to-video DC Universe series of superhero movies based on DC Comics characters, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. It details the early days of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent, in Metropolis.

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The Karate Kid is a 1984 martial arts drama starring Ralph Macchio Jr., who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso in “Cobra Kai,” a Web series based on the movie and its sequels. Consumers were likely motivated to watch the movie by the recent surge in popularity of “Cobra Kai,” the first two seasons of which became available on Netflix on Aug. 28.

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, made the biggest jump on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Irresistible moved up to No. 10 after debuting at No. 19 the prior week in the wake of its Sept. 1 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (though its disc version hasn’t cracked the top 50 on VideoScan’s sales chart in either its two weeks on shelves). The film was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. A Focus Features production, Irresistible was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

The top five remain relatively unchanged from the prior week  — and from the week before that. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, though this week season three leapfrogged season two to take the No. 2 spot. Universal’s The King of Staten Island switched places with RLJ FIlms’ The Tax Collector to finish as No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  5. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  11. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  12. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner)
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  14. The Karate Kid (Sony)
  15. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  16. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  17. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  18. Scoob! (Warner)
  19. 1917 (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)

 

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 Sept. 12.

Merchandising: Steelbooks Galore After Labor Day

Several Steelbook editions of new and catalog titles hit shelves Sept. 8, and not just at Best Buy, which is best known for offering the exclusive packaging variant.

Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook of Lionsgate’s Ghost in the Shell at $19.99 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the anime movie.

A few titles from Universal Pictures also made their way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at Best Buy via the Steelbook, at $22.99 apiece: 47 Ronin, 2020’s The Invisible Man, and the 60h anniversary re-release of Psycho.

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Best Buy also offered an exclusive edition of Warner’s animated Superman: Man of Tomorrow, but it wasn’t a Steelbook. Best Buy offered a $29.99 gift set of the film that paired the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack with a figurine of the Parasite character.

Best Buy’s ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ with Parasite figurine

To get Man of Tomorrow in Steelbook packaging, fans had to head to Target, which offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the movie in the collector’s packaging for $19.99 (though the box art was the same as the standard release).

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Another Steelbook offered through Target was Lionsgate’s Rob Zombie Trilogy Blu-ray set at $29.99, containing House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell.

Target’s ‘Rob Zombie Trilogy’ Steelbook

Target also offered an exclusive Jojo Siwa Party Pack at $19.99, a three-DVD bundle of Nickelodeon’s “Jojo Siwa” programs

Target’s ‘Jojo Siwa’ bundle

Speaking of Nickelodeon, Amazon had the Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue DVD Sept. 3, before other stores stocked in Sept. 8.

‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’; ‘Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection’ Now Available for Home Viewing

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, tops the slate of new disc releases available Sept. 8.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the latest direct-to-video “Superman” movie from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment — the 40th release in the franchise, to be precise. The film, which was released through digital retailers on Aug. 23, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. It details the early life of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent.

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Also out Sept. 8 are a flurry of disc reissues, most notably the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment of “The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” an eight-disc set featuring the films Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds. Psycho for the first time includes the original theatrical cut of the film released in 1960; subsequent home video releases have all featured a version from a 1968 re-release that was slightly trimmed to get an ‘R’ rating from the MPAA. Universal is releasing this version of Psycho as a standalone 60th anniversary edition Blu-ray.

On the TV and web series front, highlights include season five of “Supergirl,” available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital, from Warner Bros.; season four of “Bull” on DVD and digital from Paramount/CBS; and season seven of “Chicago P.D.,” also on DVD and digital, from Universal.

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