‘The Invisible Man’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart as ‘Yellowstone’ S3 Linear Premiere Boosts Sales of Earlier Seasons

Continued interest in Universal Pictures’ acclaimed The Invisible Man remake sent the thriller to the top of the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 20, ending a four-week run at No. 1 by Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Invisible Man debuted at No. 2 three weeks earlier after its May 26 release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD. The film became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

Sonic finished the week at No. 2.

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, available for home viewing since March, jumped up three spots to No. 3 on the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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The home entertainment pipeline is now feeling the impact of COVID-19 production halts and movie theater closures, three months after the country was effectively shuttered. Traditional 90-day windows gave home entertainment a grace period, but studio marketers are now turning to catalog, TV product and other programming to fill the void.

To that end, the linear premiere of the third season of “Yellowstone” stoked consumer interest in the two previous seasons, both available on disc and digitally from Paramount Home Entertainment. Yellowstone: Season 1, initially released on disc in December 2018, shot up the “Watched at Home” chart to No. 4 from No. 17 the prior week, while Yellowstone: Season 2, released on DVD in November 2019, debuted at No. 10.

According to Deadline, the Season 3 debut of “Yellowstone” on June 21 across four networks — three Paramount Network telecasts and three simulcasts on CMT, TV Land and Pop — attracted 6.6 million total viewers, making it the top cable premiere so far this year.

Featuring a cast headed by Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 20 was Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, down from No. 4 the prior week.

  1. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Parmount)
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  6. The Hunt (Universal)
  7. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  12. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  13. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  14. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  15. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  16. Onward (Disney)
  17. Dolittle (Universal)
  18. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  19. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  20. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)

 

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 June 20

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Most-Watched Movie in Homes for Third Straight Week

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog remained on top of the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 6, its third consecutive week at No. 1.

With the COVID-19 production halts and movie theater closures beginning to impact the home entertainment pipeline, a lack of high-profile new releases is finding older releases dominating the weekly chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Sonic the Hedgehog, based on a popular video game franchises, first hit No. 1 on the chart three weeks ago after it was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Sonic earned $146 million at the domestic box office before theaters shut down in mid-March due to governmental shutdown orders intended to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases. Earlier this week, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) said it expects upwards of 90% of movie screens in the world to re-open by July 17.

Sonic was released digitally on March 31 for digital purchase only.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man remake also remained at No. 2 on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended June 6, a position it vaulted into the prior week after its May 26 release on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The Invisible Man became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

The remainder of the “Watched at Home” chart also is largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and two Sony Pictures releases, Bad Boys for Life and Jumanji: The Next Level, repeated at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Walt Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker returned to the chart, at No. 18, after a week-long absence.

New to the chart, at No. 15, is RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5, its popularity buoyed after it debuted on MTV June 5.

Season four of the Adult Swim TV series “Rick and Morty” shot up the chart to No. 10 from No. 16 the prior week. The first appeared on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 9, debuting at No. 17.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  2. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  3. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  4. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  7. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  8. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  9. Onward (Disney)
  10. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  11. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  12. 1917 (Universal)
  13. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  14. Dolittle (Universal)
  15. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5 (MTV)
  16. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  17. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Warner)
  18. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  19. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  20. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)

 

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 June 6

‘The Invisible Man’ Remains Atop Redbox Disc Rental Charts

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man held onto the No. 1 spot on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart for a second consecutive week. However, the modernized horror remake slipped to No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week ended June 7.

Taking over the top spot on Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, was Warner’s Just Mercy, a civil rights-themed legal drama that the studio is offering for free via VOD during June to support current social justice movements.

Similarly, Paramount’s Selma, also offered as a free VOD rental in June, was No. 10 on the digital chart. And Universal’s Brian Banks, about a black high school football star falsely accused of rape, was No. 6.

Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild adaptation starring Harrison Ford remained in the No. 2 spot on the rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The No. 3 disc rental was Warner’s Birds of Prey. The No. 3 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which remained the No. 7 disc rental.

The No. 4 disc rental was Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, which was No. 7 on the digital chart.

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog eased into the No. 5 disc rental slot and was No. 4 on the digital list.

Sony Pictures’ Fantasy Island horror reboot was the No. 5 On Demand title, and No. 6 on the disc chart.

Screen Media’s Robert the Bruce, a docudrama about the 14th century Scottish king, debuted as the No. 9 disc rental.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended June 7:

  1. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  2. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  3. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  4. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  6. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  7. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  8. The Way Back — Warner
  9. Robert the Bruce — Screen Media
  10. Dolittle — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended June 7:

  1. Just Mercy — Warner
  2. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  3. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  6. Brian Banks — Universal
  7. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  9. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  10. Selma — Paramount

 

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Outruns Debuting ‘Invisible Man’ on Disc Sales Charts

Sonic the Hedgehog remained the top Blu-ray/DVD seller in America for a second consecutive week despite the disc debut of the critically acclaimed remake of The Invisible Man the week ended May 30.

Paramount’s Sonic, based on the video game, had debuted in the top spot a week earlier on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Coming in a close No. 2 on both charts, Universal’s Invisible Man sold 90% as many copies as Sonic. The film, which turns the classic horror tale of a man who can’t be seen into a modern psychological thriller, earned $65 million from a domestic box office run that was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading Universal to release the film early via VOD (the digital equivalent of a rental).

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for just 51% of first-week Invisible Man sales, with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 11% of its total.

Down a spot from the previous week, at No. 3, was Disney’s Onward in its second week on disc. The latest Pixar film also had a shortened theatrical run and premiered on the Disney+ streaming service about a month after debuting in theaters.

Warner’s Birds of Prey in its third week on disc was the No. 4 seller on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 overall seller was Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild, also in its third week.

The No. 4 Blu-ray seller (No. 6 overall) was Warner’s direct-to-video ‘R’-rated animated superhero movie Justice League Dark: Apokolips War in its second week.

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Invisible Man was the only new release to crack the weekly top 50. With a number of potential theatrical releases from the past two months having been rescheduled due to the pandemic, retailers are likely to see a dearth of major new disc releases for the time being, with the most notable upcoming titles being a handful of TV or catalog special editions.

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On the Media Play News disc rental chart for the week ended May 31, Invisible Man took the No. 1 spot.

Call of the Wild held onto the No. 2 spot, while Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot rose a spot to No. 3, swapping places with Birds of Prey, which dropped to No. 4.

The previous week’s top rental, Warner’s The Way Back, dropped to No. 5.

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‘The Invisible Man’ Soars to No. 2 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart After Blu-ray, DVD Release

Universal Pictures’ acclaimed reimagining of The Invisible Man soared up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 30 after the thriller was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The film, whose theatrical run was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, shot to No. 2 from No. 14 the prior week on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The Invisible Man became available through digital retailers on May 12, after appearing as a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) rental at $19.99 on March 16, after movie theaters were shuttered.

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The subsequent disc and digital releases include more than 20 minutes of bonus content — including a close-up look at lead actress Elisabeth Moss, feature commentary with writer-director Leigh Whannell, and deleted scenes — that were not included on the PVOD release.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog remained at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart. The film, based on a popular video game franchise, captured the top spot the previous week after its release on disc.

Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn slipped to No. 3 from No. 2.

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Rounding out the top five on the “Watched at Home Chart” for the week ended May 30 are Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, repeating at No. 4, and Jumanji: The Next Level, which moved back up the chart to No. 5 from No. 9 the prior week.

Walt Disney’s Onward, catapulted to No. 3 the previous week in the wake of its disc release, fell to No. 7. The studio’s latest Pixar animated feature film has been available since April 3 on the Disney+ subscription streaming service.

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  2. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  3. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  4. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  6. Bloodshot (Sony, 2020)
  7. Onward (Disney)
  8. Fantasy Island (Sony)
  9. The Call of the Wild (Disney, 2020)
  10. 1917 (Universal)
  11. The Gentlemen (STX/Universal, 2019)
  12. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Warner)
  13. Dolittle (Universal)
  14. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  15. The Way Back (Warner, 2020)
  16. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  17. Ford v Ferrari (Fox)
  18. I Still Believe (Lionsgate)
  19. Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  20. Emma (Universal)

 

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 May 30.

‘The Invisible Man’ Tops Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ critically lauded remake of The Invisible Man took over the No. 1 spot on both Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended May 31.

Directed by Leigh Whannell, the film is a mix of psychological thriller and sci-fi horror, and stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman convinced her reportedly dead abusive boyfriend is stalking her using technology that renders him invisible.

Disney-owned Fox’s The Call of the Wild adaptation starring Harrison Ford remained in the No. 2 spot on the rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It was No. 8 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The No. 2 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which remained the No. 8 disc rental.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot, starring Vin Diesel as the Valiant Comics superhero.

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The No. 4 disc rental was Warner’s Birds of Prey, which was No. 7 on the digital chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Warner’s The Way Back, slid to No. 5.

The No. 5 On Demand title was the Paramount comedy Like a Boss.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 31:

  1. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  2. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  3. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  4. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  5. The Way Back — Warner
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  7. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  8. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  9. Capone — Vertical
  10. Brahms: The Boy II — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 31:

  1. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  2. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  3. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  5. Like a Boss — Paramount
  6. Fantasy Island — Sony Pictures
  7. Birds of Prey … — Warner
  8. The Call of the Wild — Fox
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  10. Dolittle — Universal

 

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The Invisible Man (2020)

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Horror;
Box Office $64.91 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for some strong bloody violence and language.
Stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Writer-director Leigh Whannell’s new version of The Invisible Man is a masterfully crafted example of using a relatively simple premise to build suspense while keeping the audience guessing.

The script is centered on the concept of the “invisible man” as a metaphor for the constant fear experienced by someone who escapes a traumatic situation only to wonder if they will eventually be found and hunted by their abuser.

Elisabeth Moss gives a compelling performance as Cecilia, who in the opening scenes carries out an elaborate plan to leave her boyfriend, Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), in the middle of the night while he sleeps. We never see their relationship in play, only hear about it second-hand from her, which immediately puts us in her head and begins the mind games that make the film so effective.

Cecilia gets word that Adrian has died, and begins to ease out of her fears once she learns he left her a $5 million inheritance. Yet she can’t shake the feeling that he’s somehow still haunting her, surmising that as a leading scientist in the field of optics he was able to construct some sort of invisibility suit.

Her friends and family begin to doubt her sanity, and even the audience is left to wonder what’s really going on, and how much of her troubles are either in her head or a result of her losing touch with reality.

Even when the film peels back the curtain about what’s really going on, we’re still left guessing as to who is doing what, who is planning what, and whether there’s another layer of manipulation we have yet to comprehend.

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And to think, the studio’s original plans for the film would have had it be a more conventional remake starring Johnny Depp as the title character, fitting into the shared “Dark Universe” of Universal movie monsters before that franchise became a non-starter after the awful 2017 version of The Mummy snuffed it out.

Instead, it was re-conceived by Whannell, co-creator (along with James Wan) of the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises, and placed under the auspices of producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, experts at crafting low-budget suspense thrillers for big returns (even before the coronavirus lockdowns cut short its theatrical run, the film grossed $126 million worldwide against a budget o $7 million).

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The Blu-ray includes a terrific solo commentary track by Whannell, which is one of the better examples of such an accompaniment nowadays. Both witty and effusive, Whannell delves into the challenges of shooting the film in Australia to make it look like America, while setting up shots to cover the empty spaces where someone we can’t see might be standing.

The Blu-ray also includes nine deleted scenes totaling about 13-and-a-half minutes. The scenes are pretty good on their own and even inform some of the scenes in the final film, but why they were removed is understandable.

There are also four making-of featurettes that pack a lot of insight into less than a half-hour of screentime. The primary one is the 11-minute “Director’s Journey With Leigh Whannell,” which serves as a basic behind-the-scenes featurette and is a good companion to the commentary.

The four-minute “Moss Manifested” puts the spotlight on Elisabeth Moss and her interpretation of the role, and the five-and-a-half-minute “The Players” focuses on the rest of the cast.

Finally, “Timeless Terror” examines how Whannell reimagined the story and imbued it with modern themes.