‘Dolittle’ Debuts at No. 1 on U.K. Official Film Chart as ‘The Greatest Showman’ Tops 1 Million Digital Downloads

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Dolittle entered the U.K.’s Official Film Chart ranked No. 1 on digital downloads with 45,000 unit sales for the week ended June 10. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as the eponymous character with the power to communicate with animals.

Disney/Pixar’s Onward regained its No. 2 spot with the addition of disc sales as Warner Home Video’s 1917 drops to No. 3.

South Korea’s Parasite — the first foreign-language film to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars — entered the charts at No. 4. The thriller is about a destitute family posing as servants for a wealthy family and underscores greed and class discrimination between the families.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bad Boys For Life fell to No. 5, as Universal’s musical Cats moved up to No. 6, Sony Pictures’ Little Women slipped to No. 7, and Disney’s Frozen II remained in the No. 8 spot.

Sci-fi thriller film Underwater (Fox) entered the chart at No. 9 — about a team of oceanic researchers battling deep-sea creatures, darkness and lack of oxygen. Finally, Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level held the No. 10 team.

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Separately, Fox musical The Greatest Showman topped 1 million ‘Download & Keep’ digital transactions. With 1,014,000 digital sales, the Hugh Jackman starrer ranks 500,000 copies ahead of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Showman has sold more than 3.1 million combined disc/digital units.

The Greatest Showman was the U.K.’s biggest home entertainment release of 2018, doubling the figure of the No. 2 film, Avengers: Infinity War, spending 78 weeks in the Official Film Chart Top 40.

The movie’s soundtrack remains one of the longest-reigning No. 1 albums of all time, spending 28 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot on the Official Albums Chart to match The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

‘Bad Boys For Life’ Back Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bad Boys For Life returned to the top of the Official Film Chart for the week ended June 3 in the United Kingdom following its release on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

The title sold 62,000 copies, 62% of which are on disc, the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-threequel knocks the previous week’s chart topper 1917 back to second spot.

Little Women reaches a new peak of Number 3 following its release on disc, as Onward drops one to Number 4. The Charts also ranked a new boxset featuring all three Bad Boys films (Bad Boys, Bad Boys II and Bad Boys For Life) makes its debut at No. 5.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker lands at No. 6, as Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cats and Disney’s Frozen 2 held their positions at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the biopic of American TV’s Fred Rogers starring Tom Hanks, debuted at No. 9. The film follows the story of the TV personality Mister Rogers and his friendship with a sceptical journalist (Matthew Rhys), as his empathy and kindness teaches the writer to reconcile with his own past.

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level was No. 10 in its ninth week.

It’s ‘Bad Boys for Life’ in the U.K.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Bad Boys For Life debuted as the No. 1 home entertainment release (physical/digital) in the United Kingdom for the week ended May 20, according to the Official Film Chart.

The third installment in the action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence knocked the previous week’s champ, 1917 (eOne), to No. 2, while holding off Disney/Pixar’s Onward in the third spot and Sony Pictures’ chart newcomer Little Women in fourth place.

Directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, the newest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel was nominated for six Oscars, winning Best Costume Design.

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Another new release, Bombshell (at No. 8 from Lionsgate U.K.) stars Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie as female TV reporters/presenters who take on the late Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) and a culture of alleged sexual harassment at Fox News.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Jojo Rabbit (Disney/Fox) at No. 5, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm) at No. 6, and Frozen II (Disney) at No. 7. Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level finished in ninth, followed by The Gentlemen (EIV) at No. 10.

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Early Digital Releases Push ‘1917’, ‘Onward’ Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated World War I movie 1917 replaced Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as the top-selling weekly home entertainment release in the United Kingdom through May 13. The Universal Pictures movie is distributed by Hasbro’s Entertainment One in the U.K.

In the second spot was Disney’s Onward, which entered The Official Film Chart rankings eight weeks early on digital due to the coronavirus’ upending retail distribution schedules. Rise of Skywalker completed the podium.

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The Official Film Chart is a weekly rundown of the U.K.’s favorite films bought on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download and is compiled by the Official Charts Company, based on sales across a seven day period through outlets including mail order, entertainment shops, supermarkets and download stores.

Rounding out the Top 20 selling titles of the week in order included JoJo Rabbit (2C Studios); Birds of Prey (Warner Home Video); Frozen 2 (Disney); Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment); The Gentleman (EIV); Spies in Disguise (Disney/Fox); Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Home Entertainment); Knives Out (Lionsgate U.K.); Playing With Fire (Paramount); Spider-Man: Far From Home (SPHE); Joker (Warner); LeMans ’66 (Disney/Fox, known as Ford v. Ferrari in the U.S.); Rocketman (Paramount); Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel); Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment); Midway (Lionsgate) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (SPHE).

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Remains Top 2020 Disc Debut in the U.K.

Walt Disney Studios/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker maintained its No. 1 ranking as the top-selling weekly DVD/Blu-ray Disc release through April 29 in the United Kingdom, according to new data from the Official Film Chart.

With 235,500 combined unit sales from DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD this week, Rise of Skywalker topped by 5,000 discs the previous 2020 weekly record set by Downton Abbey in February.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level (2) holds on to the previous week’s position, as Disney’s Frozen II (5), Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic The Hedgehog (6), Blue Story (8), Lionsgate U.K.’s Knives Out (9) and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls (10) slip from their previous places.

Three new entries on the week’s Top 10 included Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey in the third spot.

Other top-selling packaged media releases included Disney’s Spies in Disguise (4) from Fox, and the boxed set release Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (7).

Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Highest-Grossing First-Week Digital Sales in the U.K.

As expected, Disney/Marvel Studios’s release of superhero movie Avengers: Endgame is setting retail and rental records worldwide.

The title ended its first week (eight days) of release in the United Kingdom as the highest-grossing digital title ever with 335,400 downloads, according to The Official Charts.

The tally topped the previous record-setter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody with 265,000 downloads.

Previous Avengers movie Avengers: Infinity War holds the third spot as the best-selling U.K. digital release with first-week unit sales of 253,000 in 2012.

U.K. Home Entertainment Trade Groups Bow Weekly Video Chart Show

The Official Charts Company, the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and the Entertainment Retailers Association last month launched “The Official Film Charts Show,” a weekly online video presentation showcasing the most-popular movies to buy or rent on disc or digital in the United Kingdom – the world’s second-largest home entertainment market.

The show tabulates the top 10 best-selling selling movies on disc and download for the week and also includes trailers for upcoming releases.

The video is available on OfficialCharts.com now includes movie downloads from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Sky Store, Virgin Media Store, Rakuten TV, Talk Talk TV, as well as 4K UHD Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD disc sales.

“The Official Film Chart will be the definitive snapshot of the U.K.’s favorite movies on disc and download – for the first time, both film fans and the industry will be able to review the biggest selling titles every week across both physical and digital formats, which is a huge step for the industry,” Martin Talbot, CEO of The Official Charts said in a statement.

Through six months in 2018, U.K. consumers downloaded more than 15 million movies – exceeding 2017 – and helping grow the overall market to about 55 million video sales across all formats (download, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD).

Liz Bales, CEO of Base, said the need for a consumer-based online video promotional vehicle for home entertainment was long overdue.

“In an ever-changing, but consistently dynamic home entertainment industry, it has been felt for some time that there should be a method of both celebrating and signposting audience engagement with owned content,” Bales said. “With significant growth in digital ownership, and ongoing engagement with the full suite of physical options – including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD – it is clear that film in all its forms continues to be a must-own commodity.”

‘Paddington 2’ Drives Q1 British Disc Sales

Live-action animated comedy, Paddington 2, co-starring Hugh Grant, topped combined first-quarter (ended March 31) Blu-ray Disc/DVD sales in the United Kingdom with 526,000 discs sold, according to The Official Charts.

The Warner Bros.-distributed sequel to the 2014 box office hit about a young Peruvian bear that travels to London in search of a home, generated $237 million at the global box office, including $40 million in the United States.

The title will be released into domestic retail channels on April 24 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The original Paddington – distributed by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment – generated nearly $22 million in domestic disc sales, according to TheNumbers.com.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok ranked No. 2 with 476,000-disc sales in the U.K. The title was released in the U.S. on March 6 by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Blade Runner 2049, the 35-year-old sequel to Blade Runner (1982), starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer, generated 325,000-unit sales. The current Warner title – with Ryan Gosling in the title role – was released domestically in January and has sold $21.7 million worth of discs.

Fox sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, ranked fourth with 306,000 units sold, with Warner’s clown-based horror film, It, ranked fifth with 237,000 units sold.

The titles sold $19.7 million and $31 million in combined disc sales in the U.S., respectively.

Murder on the Orient Express (Fox) ranked sixth with 217,000 units sold, while Warner’s Dunkirk, was seventh with 187,000 units sold. The Christopher Nolan war drama has sold more than 834,000 discs in the U.K.

Dunkirk has sold nearly $29 million in combined discs in the U.S. since its Dec. 19, 2017 retail release.