‘The King’s Man’ Takes Second Week at No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man claimed a second consecutive week at No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart through March 9.

The action-comedy-drama prequel starring Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton held on to its pole position, despite close competition from Disney’s animated musical Encanto, which climbed one spot to No. 2, just 1,000-unit sales behind.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Dune climbed one spot to No. 3, while MGM/Universal Pictures’ No Time to Die was No. 4. Former chart-topper House of Gucci (Universal) dropped three spots to No. 5, finishing ahead of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife at No. 6.

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This week’s highest new entry was West Side Story (20th Century Studios), entering at No. 7 based on digital downloads only. This latest adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical tells the story of the rivalry between teenage street gangs the Jets and the Sharks and a whirlwind romance between members of the different sides.

Meanwhile, The Suicide Squad (Warner) returned to the top 10 after climbing to No. 8, while Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures) landed at No. 9 and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie rounded off the chart at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 9, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY
2 3 ENCANTO DISNEY
3 4 DUNE (2021) WARNER
4 5 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL/MGM
5 2 HOUSE OF GUCCI UNIVERSAL/MGM
6 6 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
7 NEW WEST SIDE STORY 20TH CENTURY
8 11 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
9 8 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES
10 7 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT

© Official Charts Company 2022

‘King’s Man’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Scream’ Relaunch Tops VOD Chart

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man took over the top spot on Redbox’s disc rental chart the week ended March 6.

Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to the “Kingsman” action franchise tells the story of the formation of the title spy agency during World War I. It was No. 5 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The top title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was the new-for-digital-purchase Scream relaunch from Paramount Home Entertainment. The fifth entry in the “Scream” horror franchise, which reunites several cast members from the original 1996 film, earned $80 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, MGM’s House of Gucci, distributed on disc by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, dropped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It also slipped a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

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No. 3 on Redbox’s disc rental chart, and no. 4 on the digital chart, was Lionsgate’s American Underdog, the biopic about Kurt Warner’s rise to becoming an unlikely NFL hall of famer.

The No. 4 disc rental and No. 2 digital title was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals slipped a spot to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, and was No. 7 on the digital chart.

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

  1. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  2. House of Gucci — Universal/MGM
  3. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  5. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  6. The 355 — Universal
  7. A Day to Die — Redbox
  8. Clifford the Big Red Dog — Paramount
  9. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 6:

  1. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  3. House of Gucci — MGM
  4. American Underdog — Lionsgate
  5. The King’s Man — 20th Century
  6. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  7. Eternals — Disney/Marvel
  8. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City — Sony Pictures
  9. The Desperate Hour — Vertical
  10. King Richard — Warner

 

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Several Newcomers Can’t Displace ‘Eternals’ From Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Despite a crop of major movies arriving on DVD and Blu-ray during the week, Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals retained the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc rental chart the week ended Feb. 26.

It’s the second-consecutive week on top for Eternals, which tells the story of a group of aliens that have been protecting and guiding human civilization for thousands of years.

The week’s top newcomer among the four films that debuted among the top 20 disc sellers was from another Disney-owned studio, 20th Century’s The King’s Man. Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to his previous “Kingsman” actioners depicts the creation of the title spy organization during World War I. It earned $37 million at the domestic box office and sold about 75% as many copies during the week as Eternals.

A Best Buy-exclusive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc collection of the three “Kingsman” movies was No. 36 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, and accounts for another 8.4% of The King’s Man sales compared with Eternals.

The second newcomer in the top 20 discs, at No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s American Underdog, a biopic about Kurt Warner’s improbable rise to winning a Super Bowl and becoming an NFL Hall of Famer. It earned $26.5 million from U.S. theaters and hit shelves a week after Warner’s former team, the Rams, won the latest Super Bowl.

MGM’s newly released House of Gucci disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bowed at No. 6 on both charts after earned $53.8 million at domestic theaters. The film stars Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as members of the Gucci fashion empire whose inability to navigate tricky family politics gets them embroiled in a murder plot.

The fourth newcomer to enter the week’s overall top 20 disc sellers was the Universal female-driven espionage thriller The 355, which came in at No. 8 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart. It earned $14.6 million at the domestic box office.

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The Blu-ray Disc chart also saw Shout! Factory’s newly released 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of the 1980 horror film Alligator crack the top 20 there at No. 13. It was No. 24 on the overall disc sales chart.

Rounding out the top five on both charts, Disney’s Encanto dropped to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife was No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 59% of first-week standalone The King’s Man unit sales, with 38% from regular Blu-ray and 21% from 4K. American Underdog had 55% of its sales come from HD formats, with 53% from regular Blu-ray and 2% from the 4K combo pack. House of Gucci had 53% of its sales from Blu-ray, and The 355 had 54%; neither were released on 4K disc.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 27 had House of Gucci debut in the top spot, followed by American Underdog at No. 2.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife slid to No. 3 after three weeks in the top spot.

Eternals entered the rental chart at No. 4 after a week-long delay of availability at Redbox rental kiosks, while The 355 debuted at No. 5.

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Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-26-22
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-26-22
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-26-22
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 2-28-22

Merchandising: Retailers Line Up Bespoke ‘King’s Man’ Sets

Retailers offered several exclusives among the Feb. 22 new releases. The most prominent were tied to Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man, director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel to his “Kingsman” spy action franchise.

Target offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of The King’s Man with exclusive box art and a limited-edition gallery booklet for $34.99.

Target’s ‘The King’s Man’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Walmart’s 4K combo pack of The King’s Man came with a DVD bonus disc of two exclusive featurettes for $32.99.

Walmart’s ‘The King’s Man’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Best Buy’s King’s Man exclusive was a Steelbook boxed set of The Kingsman Collection containing 4K Steelbooks of all three “Kingsman” movies for $58.99.

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Separately, Best Buy had 4K Blu-rays for Lionsgate’s The Hurt Locker for $19.99, and Warner’s The Green Mile for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook
Best Buy’s ‘The Green Mile’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook

Walmart also had a Blu-ray Disc combo pack gift set of the new Kurt Warner biopic American Underdog containing a journal for $22.96.

Walmart’s ‘American Underdog’ Blu-ray with journal

‘Spider-Man’ Tackles Nationalism, Sequels at Xmas Box Office

Entering the extended Christmas weekend box office, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home appears set to add to its blockbuster status, possibly topping $90 million in second-week revenue across North America. The Tom Holland-starrer has already exceeded $356 million in domestic ticket sales, $779 million globally. The movie is now the top-grossing U.S. title in 2021, passing MGM’s latest James Bond actioner No Time to Die, with $774 million.

No Way Home looks to surpass Chinese comedy Hi, Mom ($822 million) as it narrows the gap with the communist country’s nationalist war drama, The Battle at Lake Changjin, which leads the global box office with $902 million.

It’s been an interesting dynamic in 2021 with the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party resulting in a quiet government ban of most Western movies at the world’s No. 2 box office. It’s a nationalist trend that played out at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Team USA topping China’s event-long lead in the overall medal count on the last day — in the last event of competition — only heightened the geopolitical intrigue. Just a few weeks ago, Lake Changjin’s box office lead looked unbeatable. Could the final days of 2021 produce another upset?

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Back in the homeland, a separate battle finds Universal’s animated family film Sing 2 projected to beat Warner Bros.’ The Matrix Resurrections as well as 20th Century Studios’ dark comic spy actioner The King’s Man, a prequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Wrote Clarisse Loughrey in the Independent: “The ‘Kingsman’ franchise is really a test of what audiences are willing to put up with in exchange for a handful of cool action scenes.”

For fans of the “Matrix” movie trilogy, it’s been 18 years since Keanu Reeves’ Neo died saving humankind. In Resurrections, Neo and his romance partner Tiffany (Carrie-Anne Moss), both return from the dead, with Neo in therapy to deal with it all. Possibly affecting the box office potential is HBO Max, which has been simultaneously streaming every Warner theatrical release this year.

Sing 2 could generate $55 million across the extended five-day weekend box office, with Resurrections at $35 million and King’s Man at $17 million.