DEG: Home Entertainment Spending Surges 18% in Q3 of 2020

Fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, consumers spent nearly 18% more on home entertainment in the third quarter of this year than in the comparable period of 2019, according to numbers released Nov. 11 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

DEG numbers do not include money spent on premium video-on-demand (PVOD), which would have taken the home entertainment spending total significantly higher. With theaters shuttered due to the pandemic, studios chose to release several high-profile films digitally, at a premium price.

Even without PVOD, spending rose to an estimated $7.3 billion from $6.2 billion in the third quarter of 2019, DEG says, maintaining that “when new [theatrical] releases slowed as a result of production halts and theater closures … consumers seamlessly shifted their viewing to a broad variety of content, including catalog movies and TV shows.”

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As expected, consumer spending on subscription streaming surged during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, rising nearly 39% to an estimated $5.5 billion, or 75% of total consumer spending.

With no fresh theatrical product, spending on home entertainment purchases slipped 24.4% during the third quarter, to an estimated $1.1 billion. Packaged media was hit particularly hard due to widespread store closures due to regional bans on “non-essential” retail, with consumer spending on DVD and Blu-ray Discs down 34.3% in the quarter, to an estimated $483.3 million. Spending on digital content, or “electronic sellthrough” (EST), was off just 13.9%, to an estimated $600.8 million.

Consumer spending on transactional video-on-demand, or electronic rental, ticked up slightly to an estimated $459 million from $447.6 million in the third quarter of 2019.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental spending was off 34.4% as stay-at-home orders limited foot traffic to video stores and Redbox kiosks.

In the first nine months of the year, overall U.S. consumer spending across digital and physical home entertainment formats came in at an estimated $22.2 billion, a 23% spike from the $18 billion consumers spent in the same period a year earlier.

Electronic sellthrough spending was up 15.8% to an estimated $2.2 billion, while electronic rental was up nearly 24% to an estimated $1.8 billion.

Spending on subscription streaming for the first nine months of 2020 is pegged by DEG at $15.6 billion, a 38.7% gain from the first nine months of 2019.

DEG says that among the top titles purchased and rented in the third quarter of 2020 were all three seasons of the TV series “Yellowstone,” from Paramount; the DreamWorks movie Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal; RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector; MGM/Orion’s Bill & Ted Face the Music, distributed by Warner Bros.; The King of Staten Island (Universal); Force of Nature (Lionsgate); Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount); Schitt’s Creek: Season 6 (CBS), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner Bros.) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.).

‘Irresistible’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘King of Staten Island’ Remains On Demand No. 1

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Irresistible debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 6. The political comedy directed by Jon Stewart was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

Universal’s The King of Staten Island remained at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, but slipped two spots to No. 3 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The Lionsgate action movie Rogue debuted at No. 2 on the disc chart, and No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Screen Media’s war drama The Outpost slipped to No. 4 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, followed by Redbox’s own Hard Kill at No. 5.

RLJ Films’ The Tax Collector remained No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Universal’s The 2nd debuted at the No. 4 spot on Redbox’s digital transactions chart. Another newcomer, RLJ’s Z, was No. 7.

MGM’s Bill & Ted Face the Music slipped to No. 9.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 6:

  1. Irresistible — Universal
  2. Rogue — Lionsgate
  3. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  4. The Outpost — Screen Media
  5. Hard Kill — Redbox
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. You Should Have Left — Universal
  8. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  9. 21 Bridges — Universal
  10. Blood Quantum — RLJ

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 6:

  1. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  2. Irresistible — Universal
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. The 2nd — Universal
  5. Rogue — Lionsgate
  6. Homefront — Universal
  7. Z — RLJ
  8. You Should Have Left — Universal
  9. Bill & Ted Face the Music — MGM
  10. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal

 

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‘King of Staten Island’ Ascends on Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The King of Staten Island debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts the week ended Aug. 30.

The latest comedy from Judd Apatow stars and is loosely inspired by the life of Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.”

Screen Media’s war drama The Outpost slipped to No. 2 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Outpost stayed at No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The No. 3 disc rental is Redbox’s own Hard Kill, an action-thriller about a billionaire (Bruce Willis) who hires a team of mercenaries to protect a new piece of technology.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! dropped to No. 4 on the disc chart.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s You Should Have Left was the No. 5 disc rental and slid to No. 9 on the On Demand chart.

RLJ Films’ The Tax Collector slipped to No. 3 on the On Demand chart after three weeks in the top spot.

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Universal’s Luce took the No. 4 spot on Redbox’s digital transactions chart.

A number of Universal catalog films also moved up the On Demand chart, with Girls Trip taking No. 2, Straight Outta Compton at No. 6, Get Out at No. 7, and BlacKkKlansman at No. 10.

MGM’s Bill & Ted Face the Music entered the chart at No. 8.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Aug. 30:

  1. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  2. The Outpost — Screen Media
  3. Hard Kill — Redbox
  4. Scoob! — Warner
  5. You Should Have Left — Universal
  6. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  7. One Night in Bangkok — Lionsgate
  8. Deep Blue Sea 3 — Warner
  9. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  10. Emperor (2020) — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Aug. 30:

  1. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  2. Girls Trip — Universal
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. Luce — Universal
  5. The Outpost — Screen Media
  6. Straight Outta Compton — Universal
  7. Get Out — Universal
  8. Bill & Ted Face the Music — MGM
  9. You Should Have Left — Universal
  10. BlacKkKlansman — Universal

 

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‘King of Staten Island,’ ‘Deep Blue Sea 3’ Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Topping the slate of new disc releases available Aug. 25 is Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, the new Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.” The film bypassed theaters as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in lieu of a VOD release June 12. It has been available for digital sellthrough since Aug. 11, and is now available at retail on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

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Another newcomer is Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the latest direct-to-video sequel to the shark attack franchise. The third installment finds the genetically engineered sharks from the second movie attacking an abandoned island fishing village that serves as the base for a team of oceanographers. The film is now available widely on Blu-ray and DVD, after being released through digital retailers July 28, when it also became available early on disc through Redbox and Walmart.

Warner also releases the DVD and Blu-ray edition of The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season, the latest disc collection from the “Arrowverse” family of CW superhero shows. The season contains the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover.

Sony Pictures releases The Burnt Orange Heresy on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally. The neo-noir thriller focuses on a disgraced art critic tasked with stealing a painting.

Arriving for digital sale is Virgil Films’ The Blech Effect: The Rise and Fall of the King of Biotech, a documentary about a pioneer investor whose inner demons cost him his fortune.

Among catalog titles, Blue Underground is releasing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of The New York Ripper and The House by the Cemetery.

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