‘Stranger Things’ Remains Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

There were no changes to the top five on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 1, with “Stranger Things” remaining at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The third season of the Netflix science-fiction horror series, set in 1985, won’t debut until July 4, but the show shot to the top of the chart the prior week due to mounting hype – fueled by a clever marketing campaign that includes several real-world tie-ins, including the return of Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “New Coke,” introduced that year, and “Stranger Things”-inspired ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins.

Despite a subsequent 8.5% drop in Demand Expressions, “Stranger Things” retained its grip at No. 1, with 54.4 million Demand Expressions to 46.3 million for second-ranked “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman.”

Demand for “Lucifer” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, aka the devil, who moves to Los Angeles to run his own nightclub and serve as a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” remained at No. 3 with 34.6 million Demand Expressions, a slight gain of less than 3% from the prior week, while another DC Universe series, “Titans,” repeated at No. 4 with 33 million expressions, just a half percentage point more than in the prior week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, again came in at No. 5 on the digital originals chart despite a 4% drop in Demand Expressions to 31.2 million.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Demand for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was up less than 6% from the prior week, but the bump was enough to send the dystopian drama to No. 6, up from No. 8 the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

‘Cobra Kai’ Paley Center Screening

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles April 22 welcomed the cast and creative team of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai” for a special screening and conversation in celebration of the April 24 season two premiere.

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Original ‘Karate Kid’ on 4K Blu-ray After Theatrical Re-release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 1984’s The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary.

The Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, a teenager who trains with a martial arts master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in order to defeat a gang of bullies at a local karate tournament. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The film spawned three sequels, a remake and the sequel series “Cobra Kai,” which returns for a second season this spring on YouTube Premium. “Cobra Kai” stars Zabka, reprising his role as the bully Johnny from the original film, and Macchio, reprising his role as Daniel.

The 4K UHD disc in the combo pack will include the new retrospective featurette “Remembering The Karate Kid,” featuring new interviews with  Macchio, Zabka and Kove.

The combo pack will also include previously released bonus material such as a trivia track, audio commentary and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As part of the film’s 35th anniversary promotions, Fathom Events will screen The Karate Kid in theaters nationwide March 31 and April 2. The screenings will include a preview of season two of “Cobra Kai.” Tickets for the two-day-only Fathom screenings will be available beginning Feb. 15 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative, the UHD Blu-ray includes a newly mixed Dolby Atmos audio track as well as the original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes.

YouTube Red Original Series ‘Cobra Kai’ Bowing Premiere Episodes With ‘The Karate Kid’ Theatrical Screening

The 1984 box office hit The Karate Kid will have a one-day theatrical screening April 25 in 700 theaters nationwide to promote upcoming YouTube Red Original series “Cobra Kai.”

The new series from Sony Pictures Television debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24 and begins streaming May 2 on YouTube Red.

A commercial success, the original movie spawned a franchise of memorabilia, three sequels, a television series, and a 2010 remake featuring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Ralph Macchio, who played young high schooler Daniel Russo in the original Karate Kid (along with the late Pat Morita and William Zabka), returns as a family man operating a string of car dealerships. His life become intertwined with high school adversary Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), who seeks redemption reopening the famous Cobra Kai karate dojo.

“A beloved American classic, The Karate Kid film continues to be one of the most searched entertainment properties on YouTube,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to recreate the world inside the dojo in this exciting new YouTube Red Original Series, featuring iconic cast members from the original film.”

Tickets for “Cobra Kai: Premiere Feat. The Karate Kid” can be purchased beginning Friday, March 23, at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.