Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Tops Sluggish Pandemic Weekend Box Office

Disney’s new theatrical/Premier Access release, Raya and the Last Dragon, topped the weekend domestic box office with a projected $8.6 million in ticket sales through March 7. That’s slightly more than the film generated in China at $8.4 million. The movie is tracking toward more than $26 million worldwide.

With some New York City movie theaters re-opening, the tally underwhelmed when compared to the previous-weekend’s $14.1 debut of Warner Bros. Pictures live-action/animation hybrid Tom & Jerry, which also bowed simultaneously on HBO Max. The movie took in $6.6 million in the No. 2 spot; $23 million since launching.

Lionsgate’s fantasy Chaos Walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, rounded out the podium with a reported $3.8 million — a far cry from the movie’s reported $100 million production budget.

Raya also underperformed compared with the opening of Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age with $9.7 million last Thanksgiving, and Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 with $16.7 million over Christmas weekend. Raya was hamstrung as Cinemark, the No. 3 exhibitor in the country, refused to screen the movie without a renegotiated distribution deal with Disney.

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Indeed, Raya was concurrently available to Disney+ subscribers for $29.99, the same price of Disney’s first Premier Access release, Mulan, over the Labor Day weekend. Disney has not reported financial details of that direct-to-consumer retail release. Notably, Disney keeps 100% of all Premier Access revenue while splitting theatrical revenue with exhibitors.

On a March 1 virtual investor event, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the studio still believes in the theatrical business model but added the the consumer dynamic is changing.

“I think the consumer is probably more impatient than they’ve ever been before because now they’ve had the luxury of an entire year of getting [movies] at home pretty much when they want them,” Chapek said. “I’m not sure there’s a going back, but we certainly don’t want to cut the legs off a theatrical exhibition run.”

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods: A New Age 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. 27.

The computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

Produced by DreamWorks Animation, The Croods: A New Age proved popular enough with audiences that a two-pack of both “Croods” movies was No. 2 on both charts for the week.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of total A New Age unit sales, and 45% for the two-pack. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (which is also included in the Blu-ray tally) on its own accounted for 5% of A New Age sales, while its rare 3D Blu-ray edition comprised 0.3%.

The top disc seller the previous two weeks, STX Films’ Greenland, a disaster movie distributed by Universal Pictures, slipped to No. 3, selling about 9% as many copies in its third week as newcomer A New Age did in its first (when accounting for the “Croods” tw0-pack, Greenland sold about 7.5% as many copies). The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart was Warner’s newly released Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob, which was a DVD-only disc release. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

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Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, debuted at No. 5 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, which was No. 9 overall.

Warner Archive made its presence felt on the top 20 Blu-ray chart, with its new HD edition of the 1990 Christian Slater coming-of-age drama Pump Up the Volume arriving at No. 18.

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The Croods: A New Age also topped the Media Play News rental chart the week ended Feb. 28, pushing Greenland to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Universal’s Freaky held the No. 3 spot for a third week, while Wrong Turn debuted at No. 4, and Universal’s Let Him Go dropped three spots to No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-27-21
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Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-27-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-27-21

 

‘Croods’ Sequel Returns to Top of ‘Watched at Home List’; ‘Wrong Turn’ Reboot Top Newcomer

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age returned to the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 27 thanks to its Feb. 23 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was previously No. 1 the week ended Feb. 13 following its digital sellthrough release Feb. 9, then slipped to No. 2 the next week. A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age has earned $52.6 million at the domestic box office. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The movie that displaced A New Age the week ended Feb. 20, STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped back to No. 2 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. The film stars Gerard Butler as a man trying to get his family to a military shelter after comets threaten life on Earth.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter remained No. 3. 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.

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

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The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6, was Lionsgate’s reboot of Wrong Turn, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23. The new version, in which a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail wander off course and enter the land of the deadly mountain dwellers of The Foudnation, stars Charlotte Vega, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine and Bill Sage.

Sony Pictures’ 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Spider-Man: Homecoming made its way onto the list for the first time at No. 17, fueled by news that new franchise installment Spider-Man: No Way Home will arrive on Christmas.

Warner’s Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob debuted at No. 18 following its Feb. 23 release on DVD. The latest direct-to-video animated “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Freaky (Universal)
  5. Tenet (Warner)
  6. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)
  7. Let Him Go (Universal)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  11. When Calls the Heart: Season 8 (Cinedigm)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  13. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  14. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  15. Supernova (Bleecker Street)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony Pictures/Marvel)
  18. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (Warner)
  19. Snowfall: Season 4 (FX)
  20. Songbird (STX)

 

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. 27.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Arrives at No. 1 on Redbox Charts

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental and Redbox On Demand charts the week ended Feb. 28.

Distributed by Universal Pictures, the computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans. It has earned $52.5 million at the domestic box office.

The top title the previous two weeks, STX Films’ Greenland, distributed on Blu-ray Disc and DVD by Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2 on the the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

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The newly released Wrong Turn reboot, from Lionsgate, was No. 2 on the On Demand chart and No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Two other Universal-distributed movies rounded out the top five. The comedy/horror hybrid Freaky remained the No. 3 disc rental and was No. 5 on the digital chart, while Let Him Go was No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 4 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 28:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Greenland — Universal/STX
  3. Freaky — Universal
  4. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  5. Let Him Go — Universal
  6. Horizon Line — Universal
  7. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  8. Breach — Paramount
  9. Redemption Day — Paramount
  10. The War With Grandpa — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 28:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal/DreamWorks
  2. Wrong Turn (2021) — Lionsgate
  3. Greenland — STX
  4. Let Him Go — Universal
  5. Freaky — Universal
  6. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  7. Wonder Woman 1984 — Warner
  8. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  9. Songbird — STX
  10. Honest Thief — Universal

 

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Merchandising: Retailers Focus on ‘Croods: A New Age’

Target and Walmart brought out exclusive editions of DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, which was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 23 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Target offered the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the animated film with a 40-page filmmaker gallery book at $24.99.

Walmart had a gift set of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for $24.96 packed with a “Croods” water bottle and a 35-piece puzzle.

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‘Croods’ Sequel Debuts on Disc; Other Top New Releases Include ‘Redemption Day,’ ‘The Last Vermeer’

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, distributed by Universal Pictures, the Paramount Pictures action thriller Redemption Day, and the World War II drama The Last Vermeer, from Sony Pictures, top the slate of new releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 23.

Also newly available for home audiences are the documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story, from Virgil Films; the remake of the horror classic Wrong Turn, from Lionsgate; and the 1972 biopic The Lady Sings the Blues, which Paramount is releasing for the first time on Blu-ray Disc.

The Croods: A New Age arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Feb. 23 while it continues to top the domestic box office. The animated film was made available for digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It was released Nov. 25 in U.S. theaters and topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks before becoming available through premium VOD Dec. 18, then returned to the top of the box office charts earlier this month.

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The CroodsA New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

Redemption Day arrives on DVD Feb. 23 after showing in select theaters and an earlier release through digital retailers and on demand. In the film, having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton (Gary Dourdan) finds his wife Katie kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the women he loves. The film also stars Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Sami Naceri and Andy Garcia.

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The Last Vermeer becomes available Feb. 23 on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and through digital retailers. Based on the book The Man Who Made Vermeers by Jonathan Lopez, the film follows a Dutch Jew fighting in the Resistance who after the war winds up identifying and redistributing stolen art — and fighting to save the life of a flamboyant art dealer.

Lionsgate’s Wrong Turn also arrives Feb. 23 on Blu-ray Disc (plus digital) and DVD. The reboot of the franchise is executive produced by Martin Moszkowicz (Resident Evil franchise), Bill Bromiley (3 From HellWe Summon the Darkness) and Jonathan Saba (The VanishedHangman), and stars Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head and Bill Sage.

The documentary 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story  will come out on DVD and digital Feb. 23 from Virgil Films. 7 Yards is a feature-length film that explores the resilience and perspective of Chris Norton, a promising college football star who in 2010, at the age of 18, suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury. Doctors gave him just a 3% chance to ever move again, but he defied that diagnosis. After years of physical therapy and training, Norton and his story went viral in 2015 when he successfully walked across the college graduation stage with the help of his fiancée Emily. Video of Norton walking to get his diploma touched the world, and it received more than 300 million views. Soon after, Chris and Emily set an ambitious new goal: walk seven yards side-by-side down the wedding aisle.

Lady Sings the Blues stars Diana Ross as singer Billie Holiday. The drama was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. The late comedian Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable Piano Man.

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

Universal’s ‘Croods 2’ Again Tops Pandemic Weekend Box Office; Narrowing Revenue Gap to ‘Tenet’

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age again topped the domestic weekend box office Feb. 19-21, generating an estimated $1.9 million across more than 1,900 screens — the fifth time the title has been No. 1 in its 13 weeks of release. A New Age now tops $50 million in U.S. theaters and more than $154 million worldwide. The numbers, which don’t include PVOD and TVOD sales, suggest the A New Age is approaching Warner Bros.’ pandemic king Tenet at $57.9 million ($363.1 million globally).

In second is Warner detective drama The Little Things, with $1.2 million in ticket sales across more than 2,000 screens. The title, co-starring Oscar winners Jared Leto, Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, has totaled $12 million ($18.5 million worldwide) since debuting in theaters and on HBO Max Jan. 28.

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Similar Warner theatrical/HBO Max release Judas and the Black Messiah finished No. 3 with more than $900,000 in ticket sales, $3.3 million overall since its Feb. 12 bow, followed by DC superheroine Wonder Woman 1984 at No. 4 with more than $800,000; $42 million total ($158 million globally).

Finally, Open Road Film’s The Marksman rounded out the top five with $725,000 ($11.4 million) across 1,643 screens. The Liam Neeson-starrer has generated more than $15 million worldwide since its Jan. 15 debut.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Moves to Top of ‘Watched at Home’ List

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age made its debut on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Feb. 13.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, was made available for digital sellthrough Feb. 9. It was released Nov. 25 in U.S. theaters and topped the weekend box office for three straight weeks before becoming available through premium VOD Dec. 18, then returned to the top of the box office charts this past weekend (Feb. 12-14), pushing its domestic cume to $49 million.

A computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, A New Age features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage, and deals with the caveman Crood family encountering the more civilized Bettermans.

The Croods: A New Age was the only title during the week to make its first appearance 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.

Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, which had been No. 1 the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 4 on the Watched at Home.

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STX Films’ Greenland, released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, moved up a spot to No. 2, while Let Him Go slipped a spot to No. 3.

Another Universal release, the horror/comedy hybrid Freaky, returned to the chart at No. 5 after it too was released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 9.

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  2. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  3. Let Him Go (Universal)
  4. American Skin (Vertical Entertainment)
  5. Freaky (Universal)
  6. Honest Thief (Universal)
  7. Tenet (Warner)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  10. The Office: Complete Series (Universal)
  11. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  12. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  14. Synchronic (Well Go)
  15. Songbird (STX)
  16. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  17. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  18. Wild Mountain Thyme (Universal)
  19. Come Play (Universal)
  20. 100% Wolf (Viva Pictures Distribution)

 

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. 13.

‘Croods 2,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ ‘Greenland’ Lead TVOD Charts

Croods: A New Age, Greenland and Wonder Woman 1984, just released via PVOD Feb. 12, topped the transactional charts for the week.

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, available for non-PVOD transactional release Feb. 9, topped transactional revenue on FandangoNow for the past week, while tracking No. 2 and 3 on Apple TV and Google Play, respectively. The title also re-emerged atop the Presidents’ Day domestic weekend box office.

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STX’s Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), continues to track among the top three digital sellers, finishing No. 1 on Apple TV and Google Play and No. 3 on FandangoNow.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 tracked No. 2 on Google Play and FandangoNow and No. 5 on Apple TV. The title was released in theaters on Christmas Day, concurrently with a 31-day run for free to subscribers of HBO Max and just became available for PVOD as a $19.99 rental for 48 hours last week.

Lionsgate’s Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar, released on PVOD Feb. 12, came in at No. 3 on Apple TV, No. 5 on Google Play and No. 4 on FandangoNow.

Universal’s Let Him Go, which debuted on EST last month and stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, tracked at No. 4 on Apple TV, No. 6 on Google and No. 7 on FandangoNow.

Apple TV (week ended Feb. 15)

  1. Greenland (STX)
  2. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks Animation)
  3. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar (Lionsgate)
  4. Let Him Go (Focus Features)
  5. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)
  6. Tenet (Warner)
  7. Freaky (Universal)
  8. Valentine’s Day (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. The War with Grandpa (101 Studios)

Google Play (week ended Feb. 15)

  1. Greenland
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age 
  4. Tenet 
  5. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar 
  6. Let Him Go 
  7. The War with Grandpa
  8. Honest Thief (Universal)
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Freaky

FandangoNow (week ended Feb. 14)

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. Greenland
  4. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar
  5. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  6. News of the World (Universal)
  7. Let Him Go 
  8. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  9. Freaky
  10. Fatale (Lionsgate)

Universal’s ‘The Croods: A New Age’ Returns Atop Domestic Box Office

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age re-emerged atop the pandemic/winter weather challenged Presidents’ Day domestic weekend box office (Feb. 11-14) with an estimated $2.66 million in ticket sales across 1,890 screens. The movie has been a perennial draw during the COVID-19 pandemic, topping the domestic box office five consecutive weekends, beginning with its debut last Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-29, 2020). A New Age, which is also available on PVOD, has tracked $48.9 million in the U.S.; more than $150 million worldwide. The title releases on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Feb. 23.

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LaKeith Stanfield in Warner Bros.’ Judas and the Black Messiah

Other top weekend draws included Warner Bros. Pictures’ trio The Little Things ($2.4 million), the debut of Judas and the Black Messiah ($2.4 million), and Wonder Woman 1984 ($1.1 million). Black Messiah and Little Things are both available free to subscribers to stream on HBO Max. Open Road Film’s The Marksman, starring Liam Neeson, generated a projected $1.1 million, while Robin Wright’s directorial debut, Land, from Universal/Focus Features, tracked about $1 million.

The total box office tally, which includes Monster Hunter, News of the World, The War with Grandpa, Golden Globe nominated Promising Young Woman and Willy’s Wonderland among the Top 10, ranges from $10.6 million to $11.6 million depending on the length of the extended weekend.