‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Black Phone’ Tops Digital Chart

Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 11. The fifth entry and second prequel in the “Despicable Me” franchise features the minions helping the younger Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) fulfill his dream of becoming a supervillain.

The top disc rental the previous three weeks, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World Dominion, slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The sixth “Jurassic” film unites the casts from the original and sequel trilogies to expose a corporation producing genetically enhanced locusts.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Universal’s The Black Phone, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke about a kidnapped boy who finds a phone that lets him hear from previous victims. It was No. 3 on the disc rental chart.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 3 digital title, and No. 4 on the disc chart, was Lionsgate’s Paradise Highway. The thriller is about truckers in a human smuggling ring trying to outrun the FBI.

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Paramount’s romantic comedy adventure The Lost City dropped to No. 5 on the Redbox disc rental chart.

Coming in at No. 4 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s Family Camp, a comedy about two dads struggling to keep their families together at a sleepaway camp as they compete for the coveted camp trophy.

The No. 5 digital title was the Mark Wahlberg starrer Father Stu, which was No. 10 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 11:

  1. Minions: The Rise of Gru — Universal
  2. Jurassic World Dominion — Universal
  3. The Black Phone — Universal
  4. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  5. The Lost City — Paramount
  6. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — Paramount
  8. Memory — Universal
  9. Dog — Warner/MGM
  10. Father Stu — Sony Pictures


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 11:

  1. The Black Phone — Universal
  2. Top Gun: Maverick — Paramount
  3. Paradise Highway — Lionsgate
  4. Family Camp — Lionsgate
  5. Father Stu — Sony Pictures
  6. Last Seen Alive — Vertical
  7. Blacklight — Universal
  8. Beast — Universal
  9. Where the Crawdads Sing — Sony Pictures
  10. Infinite — Paramount


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Disc and Digital Release Dates Set for Blumhouse Thriller ‘The Black Phone’

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set home release dates for the psychological thriller The Black Phone.

The film, which earned more than $84 million in North American movie theaters, will be released through digital retailers on Aug. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Aug. 16.

In The Black Phone, from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson, a 13-year-old boy is abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, where he starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.

The Black Phone, which stars Ethan Hawke, is based on the short story of the same name by Joe Hill. Other cast members include Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw.

The home releases come with exclusive bonus content, including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, Derrickson’s short film Shadowprowler, and a feature commentary by Derrickson, whose credits also include producer and co-writer.
With the purchase of The Black Phone on disc or digital, fans are eligible to earn points toward digital movies via the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, swag and more. For registration and details visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.

Crowded Weekend Box Office Features ‘Elvis’ and ‘The Black Phone’ Debuts

The June 26 weekend box office is set to take on a pre-pandemic look with five major theatrical releases competing for consumers’ spending.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ high-profile biopic Elvis generated $3.5 million in June 23 pre-screening revenue to cement itself as the weekend pole sitter. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie features Austin Butler as “The King of Rock & Roll,” and Tom Hanks as the Elvis Presley’s overbearing manager Colonel Tom Parker.

The movie, which generated a 83% Rotten Tomatoes score from 95 critics through June 22, is projected to generate from $25 million to $38 million in North American ticket sales, putting it ahead of Universal Pictures’ new Blumhouse horror flick, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, at $20.3 million in projected revenue. The movie has a 86% Rotten Tomatoes score from 57 critics.

The new releases buttress theatrical holdovers Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) with $31.5 million in projected revenue, Paramount Pictures’ enduring Top Gun: Maverick ($30 million), and Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear with $23 million is estimated revenue in its second weekend of release.

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