‘The Croods: A New Age’ Tops March Disc Sales, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ No. 2

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods: A New Age was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for March 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

It’s the second month in a row topped by the DreamWorks Animation sequel, which was released on disc Feb. 23 and spent four weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts. It also remains the top-selling disc of the year so far.

Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 was the No. 2 seller in March despite having just two days to make the chart after its release on DVD and Blu-ray March 30. Those two days of sales were apparently also enough to push the superhero sequel to the No. 2 seller for the year to date as well.

The No. 3 March seller was Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter, which was released on disc at the beginning of the month.

Disney’s Soul, the latest animated movie from Pixar, was the No. 4 seller for the month, having been released on Blu-ray and DVD March 23.

Rounding out the month’s top five was Universal’s News of the World.

A two-movie “Croods” collection moved up to No. 6 after debuting at No. 8 in February. The rest of the top 10 monthly sellers consisted of catalog titles.

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On the year-to-date chart, Monster Hunter grabbed the No. 3 spot, pushing Universal and STX Films’ Greenland to No. 4, two spots lower than its position after February.

Soul by the end of March reached the No. 5 spot for the year.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters slipped two spots on the yearly chart to No. 6, though it did climb over Warner’s Tenet, which slipped five spots to No. 8. In between them, at No. 7, is News of the World.

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According to NPD, the March 2021 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Soul (Disney)
  5. News of the World (Universal)
  6. The Croods 2-Movie Collection (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Neighbors 2-Movie Collection (Universal)
  8. Friday 3-Movie Collection (Warner)
  9. Rush Hour Trilogy (Warner)
  10. The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2021):

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  4. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  5. Soul (Disney)
  6. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  7. News of the World (Universal)
  8. Tenet (Warner)
  9. Justice League (Warner)
  10. The Meg (Warner)

 

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Tops February Disc Sales, Jumps to No. 1 for 2021

‘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.

‘Croods,’ ‘Freaky,’ ‘Greenland’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases Out Feb. 9

The Croods: The New Age, Freaky and Greenland, all from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, top the slate of new disc and digital releases available for home viewing beginning Feb. 9.

Also newly available for home audiences — with Valentine’s Day in mind — are two new entries in the acclaimed Paramount Presents line of movie classics, Love Story and Elizabethtown, as well as a Steelbook special edition of the horror classic My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory.

The Croods: A New Age, the computer-animated sequel to 2013’s The Croods, both from DreamWorks Animation, becomes available Feb. 9 for digital purchase through digital retailers and cable operators, two weeks ahead of its Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD debut.

The film was released theatrically over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend and ultimately grossed $46 million domestically and $149 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The Croods: A New Age was released as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) 48-hour rental on Dec. 18.

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Freaky and Greenland are both arriving on disc Feb. 9, two weeks after they became available for purchase through digital retailers and cable operators.

Freaky is a horror film from Blumhouse that earned $15.2 million worldwide in theaters. The film — in which a teenage girl (played by Kathryn Newton) switches bodies with a relentless serial killer (Vince Vaughn) — was released as a premium VOD rental on Dec. 3, just 21 days after its theatrical bow.

The dystopian disaster film Greenland, from STX Films, was released as a PVOD rental on Dec. 18 and is slated to become available for streaming on HBO Max at some point in the first quarter of this year. In the meantime, it is available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

The film follows a family fighting for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Also on Feb. 9, Paramount is adding the acclaimed classic Love Story and director Cameron Crowe’s romantic Elizabethtown to its vaunted “Paramount Presents” line, which now numbers 15 titles.

Love Story, starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw as two college students who remain lovers against all odds, has been newly restored from a 4K film transfer in time for its 50th anniversary. Based on Erich Segal’s best-selling novel, Love Story was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and became a cultural phenomenon, earning more than $100 million at the domestic box office. In 2002, the AFI placed it at No. 9 on its list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

The limited-edition Blu-ray includes the newly restored film; a new “Filmmaker Focus” with film historian Leonard Maltin; previously released content, including a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, an introduction by film critic Ben Mankiewicz, “Love Story: A Classic Remembered” and the theatrical trailer; and digital copy access. Packaging includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments.

The limited-edition Elizabethtown Blu-ray Disc includes the 2005 film, which stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Crowe. The disc is presented in collectible packaging that includes a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster, and an interior spread with key movie moments. It also includes a new “Filmmaker Focus” with Crowe, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and an alternate ending with an introduction by Crowe. Along with access to a digital copy of the film, the Blu-ray also includes previously released special features, including deleted and extended scenes with an introduction by Crowe; the “On the Road to Elizabethtown,” “The Music of Elizabethtown,” “Meet the Crew” and “Training Wheels” featurettes; and a photo gallery.

Also out Feb. 9 is a new two-disc Steelbook edition of the 1981 Canadian slasher film My Bloody Valentine, from Shout! Factory. The film follows a group of young adults who throw a Valentine’s Day party, only to find themselves the targets of a vengeful killer dressed in mining gear.

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

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Available Digitally Feb. 9, on Disc Feb. 23

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Croods: A New Age through digital retailers Feb. 9, followed by a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release Feb. 23.

The DreamWorks Animation film, a sequel to 2013’s The Croods, finds the first prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together.

The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

The film earned $43.9 million at the domestic box office.

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The disc and digital versions (depending on retailer) will include the exclusive short films Dear Diary: World’s First Pranks and Family Movie Night: Little Red Bronana Bread.

Other bonus materials include filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes:

  • “The Croods’ Family Album” — A look at the actors who voice the Croods and Bettermans;
  • “The Evolution Of …” — A discussion about growing the franchise with the cast and filmmakers;
  • “How to Draw: Caveman Style” — a DreamWorks illustrator demonstrates how to draw one of the characters;
  • “Famileaf Album” — Fans can learn to create their own unique family album using real leaves or green construction paper for pages, and string (or dental floss) to hold it all together;
  • “Stone Age Attack” — A three-part featurette highlighting recipes that kids and parents can make together.

 

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