JustWatch: ‘Spider-Man,’ Christmas, Split Weekly Top-Streamed Movie Themes

It was a toss-up between catalog “Spider-Man” movies and Christmas-themed family titles, according to new weekly data through Dec. 19 from JustWatch. The content recommendation website tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Last week’s top two movies, 2018’s The Grinch and 2003’s Elf, again led the most-streamed movies list — followed by three “Spider-Man” movies: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ranked ninth, underscoring the current consumer demand for the webslinger driven by the hot new theatrical release Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Among episodic programming, Paramount Network’s Montana-based drama “Yellowstone” again led all shows. Indeed, the series, which is in its fourth season, bested Netflix newcomer “Station Eleven,” followed by the streamer’s “The Witcher.”

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‘The Grinch’ Holds Off ‘Elf’ to Claim Third Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Christmas remains a dominant theme to U.K. home entertainment consumers. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Grinch (2018) finished atop the Official Film Chart through Dec. 15 — the third-straight week for the animated film featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch.

Despite close competition from Warner catalog title Elf, which climbed one spot to No. 2, The Grinch held tight with 80% of its sales this week coming from digital download.

Universal’s 2000 live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas dropped to No. 3, landing just ahead of Warner’s The Polar Express, which jumped four spots to No. 4.

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Climbing six spots to No. 5, 20th Century Studios’ The Last Duel entered the top 10 for the first time. Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jody Comer, and based on the true story of France’s last trial by combat in the Middle Ages, knight Sir Jean De Carrouges (Damon) challenges squire Jacques Le Gris (Driver) to a duel after his wife Marguerite (Comer) accuses Le Gris of assault. The story is told across the different points of view of the three characters.

Warner’s The Suicide Squad dropped one spot to No. 6, while Signature Entertainment’s Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins entered the top 10 for the first time at No. 7. Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie slid down one spot to No. 8, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Arthur Christmas climbed to a new peak at No. 9.

Finally, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings rounded off the week’s countdown at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 15, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 THE GRINCH (2018) UNIVERSAL
2 3 ELF WARNER
3 2 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000) UNIVERSAL
4 8 THE POLAR EXPRESS WARNER
5 11 THE LAST DUEL 20TH CENTURY
6 5 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
7 15 RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER: ORIGINS SIGNATURE
8 7 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT
9 10 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS SONY PICTURES
10 4 SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS DISNEY/MARVEL

© Official Charts Company 2021

JustWatch: ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Landscapers,’ and All Things Christmas Dominate Weekly Streaming

No fewer than six Christmas-themed movies dominated household streaming the week ended Dec. 12, according to new data from JustWatch. The data/recommendation software tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Among the holiday movies, The Grinch, Elf, the 2000 live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the 1960s animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas! took the top four spots, with Scrooged and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the No. 6 and No. 10 spots, respectively.

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Among TV shows, Paramount Network’s Montana-based drama “Yellowstone” again led all episodic programming. Indeed, the series, which is in its fourth season, bested high-profile competitors “And Just Like That …,” the new HBO Max “Sex and the City” reboot, which finished No. 8. That trailed the Disney+ original miniseries from Peter Jackson, “The Beatles: Get Back,” which finished No. 4.

 

Another ‘Grinch’ Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

The sneaky Grinch kept his hold on the U.K. home entertainment market with two separate movies — Universal Pictures’ 2018 animated feature The Grinch and 2000 live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas — holding the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Official Film Chart through Dec. 8.

Warner Home Video’s Elf leaped six spots to No. 3, underscoring consumer interest in Christmas-themed content. The movement pushed Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings down two spots to No. 4, and The Suicide Squad (Warner) to No. 5.

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga sped up two spots to No. 6, and Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie dropped three spots to No. 7. Animated catalog title The Polar Express (Warner) climbed three spots to No. 8, while Marvel’s Black Widow fell two spots to No. 9.

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Finally, Sony Pictures’ Arthur Christmas climbed six spots to No. 10. The animated film, released originally in 2011 has seen a new wind of popularity this year, cracking the Top 20, and now Top 10, for the very first time in 2021.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 8, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 THE GRINCH (2018) UNIVERSAL
2 5 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000) UNIVERSAL
3 9 ELF WARNER
4 2 SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS DISNEY/MARVEL
5 3 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
6 8 F9: THE FAST SAGA UNIVERSAL
7 4 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT
8 11 THE POLAR EXPRESS WARNER
9 7 BLACK WIDOW DISNEY/MARVEL
10 16 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2021

JustWatch: ‘Grinch’ Movies, ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Streamed Content

With the winter holidays approaching, consumers appear to be interested in Christmas-themed movies, especially comedies.

New data from JustWatch found that the 2018 animated title The Grinch, along with Will Ferrell’s 2003 family comedy Elf, the 2000 Jim Carrey movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in addition to the 1966 animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring Boris Karloff, dominated household movie streaming through Dec. 5.

JustWatch tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

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Among TV shows, Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, continues to spearhead episodic program streaming. The venerable series topped early episodes of director Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back,” in addition to new Marvel Studios’ series “Hawkeye” on Disney+.

JustWatch: ‘Yellowstone’ Tops ‘Hawkeye’ Among Top Weekly Streamed TV Shows

Streaming access to Paramount Network’s original series “Yellowstone” easily distanced the newest Disney+ Marvel series “Hawkeye,” according to new weekly data (through Nov. 28) from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Catalog movies The Grinch, Elf and Planes, Trains and Automobiles led the top 10 streamed movies — ahead of Sony Pictures’ recent release Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

But it is the fourth season, as well as growing buzz surrounding Kevin Costner-led “Yellowstone,” that continues to resonate among streamers. The series has been the top-streamed TV show since debuting the newest season in early November.

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Meanwhile, “Hawkeye,” co-starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, has been hyped as Marvel Cinematic Universe’s buzziest Disney+ series launch in 2021 — or since “Loki.” And it still lagged behind Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time” and Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop.”

 

 

 

 

Merchandising: Retailers Hope to Bring in the Green With ‘The Grinch’

Each of the big three retailers Feb. 5 offered an exclusive edition of Universal Pictures’ new Blu-ray of the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

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Target’s The Grinch with gallery book

Target offered a version of the Grinch Blu-ray combo pack with a 26-page gallery and activity book for $22.99.

Walmart’s version of the Blu-ray came with unique box art and 16 Valentine’s Day postcards for $19.96.

Best Buy, as is typical for the chain, offered a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray for $24.99.

Best Buy is also selling Steelbooks for new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2 at $19.99 each. The third film arrives in theaters Feb. 22.

Best Buy’s The Grinch Steelbook

Walmart has exclusive availability of the Civil War drama Finding Josephine on DVD from Gaiam, at $9.96.