Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Remains U.K.’s Longest Top-Selling Movie

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour remained atop The Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom for the week ending Aug. 26. The animated title’s stint at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week is the longest-reigning movie chart topper since the Film Chart’s inception in 2018.

Trolls World Tour has held the top spot longer than Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame and musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which held the top spot for four consecutive weeks. This year, Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker claimed the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks.

To date, Trolls World Tour has generated 195,000 sales on digital and disc with 59% of its total made up of digital downloads.

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Meanwhile, eOne’s 1917 climbed back up to No. 2, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog rose three places to No. 7 and Universal’s Dolittle jumped five spots to fourth.

Downtown Abbey: The Motion Picture (Universal) jumped 10 places to No. 5 — its first stint in the top five since March — while Warner’s Joker moved up six spots to sixth, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn ascended seven places in Birds of Prey at No. 7.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level held steady at eighth, as Disney’s Onward fell six spots to ninth, with Frozen II in 10th.

This week’s Official Film Chart featured a sneak peek of musical comedy-drama The High Note (Universal) starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, available to buy on DVD from Aug. 31. The movie hit retail shelves in the U.S. Aug. 11.

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Retains Grip on Weekly U.K. Home Video Sales

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour remained the top-selling disc and digital title in the United Kingdom for the fifth consecutive week (ended Aug. 19), according to new data from The Official Film Chart. The U.K. is the second-largest home video market in the world, with all major studios operating in the region.

Trolls World Tour sold 7,700 more unit sales in the week, extended its reign as the title with the most weekly No. 1 placements of 2020.

The week’s highest new entry, 1980 sci-fi classic Flash Gordon debuted at No. 2 following a 40th anniversary Blu-ray reissue and its return to cinema screens.

Famously featuring a soundtrack written, produced and performed by Queen, Flash Gordon tells the story of the eponymous American football hero (played by Sam J. Jones) who sets off to the planet Mongo to fight tyrannical emperor Ming the Merciless, who is intent on destroying the earth.

Disney’s Onward dropped to No. 3 as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi finished fourth, following the release of its limited edition Steelbook, the latest in a line of “Star Wars” special edition releases this year.

Meanwhile, eOne’s 1917 rose to No. 5, biographical drama Le Mans ’66 (known as 20th Century’s Ford v Ferrari in the United States) zoomed up 20 spots to sixth; Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog held on to No. 7; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level finished eighth; Universal’s Dolittle returned to the top 10 in ninth. Rounding off the countdown, 20th Century’s Spies in Disguise was No. 10.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, 1989 comedy classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, entered the chart for the first time at No. 17. The film starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves enjoyed a reissue on 4K just ahead of the long awaited third film in the series, Bill & Ted Face The Music, which is scheduled for release later this year.

This week’s Official Film Chart features a sneak peek of sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, starring Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. The movie is getting a re-release in 4K and is available to buy in the U.K. across disc and digital Aug. 24.

British Up Digital Movie Transactions 87% During Pandemic Lockdown

New data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and compiled by The Official Charts Company shows that consumer spending on digital movie purchases grew by more than 87% during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period through June 30 to £113 million ($148 million). The United Kingdom is the second-largest home video market in the world.

Examining the wider transactional VOD market, data from Kantar suggests 1.8 million new customers either bought or rented digital content during lockdown, taking the number of consumers transacting digitally in that period to a record high of 5.5 million.

Transactional Successes

In the 12 week period from March 28 when the British government introduced its “stay home” policy, digital purchases accounted for 51% of the market as consumers engaged with the depth of range of titles available through digital home viewing options, with 49% attributed to sales of physical media (DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray). While growth in digital ownership was already evident, with its share at 29% in the same period in 2019 and at 37% in the 12 weeks prior to lockdown, the data suggests transactional VOD made huge gains at a time when many of consumers were forced to stay home.

Falling disc sales prior to the pandemic translated to an overall decline in the transactional video market, but the performance of digital transactional in lockdown has reversed that trend, with whole video market growth of 6.9% in value terms delivering a significant 21 point swing. During the lockdown period, disc proved to be remarkably resilient even in the context of many bricks and mortar retailers either being forced to close or to pivot to focus on essential provisions. Even with those challenges, with premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD continuing to appeal and an increased engagement from consumers with TV box sets on disc, the disc market maintained a predominantly flat value position year-on-year.

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“With nearly 2 million new customers buying or renting entertainment content from a digital store during the lockdown period and contributing to the wider transactional video market returning to growth, the digital transactional market has been a beneficiary of the fact that the government’s Stay Home policy provided the right environment for it to flourish,” BASE CEO Liz Bales said in a statement.

Performance across the market can to some extent be attributed to a strong release slate, with a pipeline of theatrical titles becoming available early for purchase on digital platforms. During the lockdown period titles such as Jumanji: The Next Level, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917, Bloodshot and Frozen II were joined on digital platforms by family-friendly releases such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Onward, as well as Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit, with average volume sales for digital purchase rising from more than 350,000 units per week in the 12 weeks from the start of 2020 to more than 565,000 units a week in the 12 weeks from March 28.

While the average selling price for a digital copy has risen year-on-year by 4.4% to £8.51 ($11.51), the fact that the ASP has fallen marginally against its pre-lockdown position suggests that consumers are also engaging with the value proposition offered by the breadth and depth of catalog content available through digital retailers alongside the pick of titles fresh from the cinema.

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The diverse range of older titles that digital customers have sought out during the pandemic includes classics such as Forrest Gump, Top Gun, Grease, Apocalypse Now and titles from the “Harry Potter” franchise, with titles released pre-2010 representing 38% of all digital sales during lockdown.

“Across both digital purchase and rental, numbers have boomed during the lockdown period, with new and existing customers contributing to some 7.9 million transactions, up more than 22% on the same period last year and more than the same period in 2018, which supports the story of the transactional video category returning to growth,” said Craig Armer, strategic insight director at Kantar.

Armer said the number of transactional VOD customers doubled, accounting for more than 28% of the transactional VOD market in lockdown versus around 13% for the same time last year.

Families Engage with Premium VOD

One area of innovation driven by lockdown was the debut of  premium VOD offerings, with titles earmarked for theatrical release appearing on VOD services early. Titles released in this model included Trolls World Tour, The Invisible Man, Emma, The Hunt and Military Wives, with PVOD offerings accounting for 6.2% of all digital rentals over the lockdown period according to data from Kantar. Due to the higher price point of these premium offerings, that figure translates to a 19% share of rental spend in the period, with Kantar estimating that more than half a million customers experimented with the new-release format.

In keeping with the PVOD success of Trolls World Tour, families have the largest share of spend and are accessing content through their TVs rather than through other devices, endorsing the popularity of the movie night in that continues to be a key occasion for transaction and, in lockdown, a welcome break from the situation the nation was dealing with.

“The fact that more than half of consumers anticipate they will maintain habits formed during lockdown, such as engaging more broadly with digital delivery, underlines the need for the video category to optimize around the opportunity delivered by the growth it has seen,” Bales said.  “Historically, home entertainment has proved robust in times of economic crisis and the addition of a meaningful number of new customers to digital transactional, alongside the resilience of the disc market, means the video category at large has plenty to build upon even as consumer confidence and discretionary spend potentially become challenged as we look to the future.”

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Remains U.K.’s Top-Selling Title

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Film Chart (through Aug. 12) for the fourth consecutive week, making the sequel the longest-running No. 1 of 2020 in the United Kingdom. Trolls World Tour has lasted longer at the top of the chart than Disney’s Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, each at three weeks at the chart peak.

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At No. 2, Disney’s Onward flies 16 places to return to its previous high position, just ahead of the week’s biggest new entry at No. 3, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Lucasfilm title takes the place of its precursor, A New Hope, following a limited edition Steelbook release of the film.

Twentieth Century Home Entertainment’s Spies in Disguise moved up 23 places to its previous peak of No. 4; the animated film starring the voices of Tom Holland and Will Smith sees an internationally-renowned spy Lance Stirling (Smith) accidentally turned into a pigeon by a genius but socially awkward tech officer (Holland) — as the two work together to change Stirling back and save the world.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level jumped two spots to No. 5, as Frozen II drops to sixth and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog ended in seventh. Terminator: Dark Fate (20th Century Home Entertainment) is the highest climber of the week, skyrocketing 31 places to No. 8; 1917 (eOne) dropped four to ninth and Warner Home Video’s Joker ended the week at No. 10.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3 (No. 11) is up one, while Universal’s Four Kids and It — a children’s fantasy film based on a Jacqueline Wilson novel — enters the Official Film Chart for the first time at Number 15.

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops U.K. Official Film Chart for Third Straight Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Film Chart in United Kingdom for the third consecutive week following its release DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

With 76% of its sales on disc for the week ended Aug. 5, Trolls World Tour comfortably held its position against perennial competitors Frozen II (Disney) at No. 2, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog (No. 4) and eOne’s 1917 (No. 5).

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Best-placed new entry among the Top 10: Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. The 1977 sci-fi classic starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford hadn’t previously featured in the Official Film Chart, but finished No. 3 thanks to the release of a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook.

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Warner’s Joker claimed the sixth spot for the third week, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s adventure-comedy Jumanji: The Next Level finished seventh for a second week. Dolittle (Universal) dropped three spots to No. 8, as Lionsgate U.K.’s Knives Out finished ninth. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s starring roles in Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys For Life clinched another week in the chart, in 10th.

Finally, further notable Top 20 entries come from sci-fi horror, Deep Blue Sea 3, brand new at No. 12; Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray’s latest action thriller, Survive The Night, rising six places to 13th; and a double feature of Trolls and Trolls World Tour at No. 15.

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Remains Atop U.K. Official Film Chart

With scant new releases, Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour held onto the top spot for a second week in the U.K.’s Official Film Chart through July 29. Disney’s Frozen II (2) and Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog (3) held their previous week’s positions, as eOne’s 1917 jumped four spots to No. 4, and Universal’s Dolittle climbed to fifth. Warner Home Video’s Joker starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix finished sixth.

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Three big moves up the chart now, as Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level flies moved up nine spots to seventh, Lionsgate U.K.’s Knives Out rose to eighth, and Bad Boys for Life (Sony) moved up to ninth. Warner’s Harley Quinn’s DC spin-off Birds of Prey dropped five spots to No. 10.

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Debuts Atop U.K. Official Film Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s animated Trolls World Tour is the gift that keeps giving during the coronavirus pandemic. The $100 million PVOD hit in the United States, entered the United Kingdom retail market at No. 1, outselling the other top-five titles combined on digital downloads.

The sequel to Trolls (2016) stars the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Rachel Bloom alongside a list of music and television stars, including Ozzy Osbourne, James Corden, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson. In this follow-up to the hugely popular musical film, Queen Barb of the Hard Rock Trolls (Bloom) tries to take over the six Troll Kingdoms — Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock — and it’s up to Queen Poppy (Kendrick) and her friends to unify all Trolls and save their kingdoms.

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Disney’s Frozen II climbed to the second spot, followed by Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog in third. The previous week’s chart topper, Military Wives (Lionsgate U.K.) fell to fourth, while Warner’s Birds of Prey and Joker follow in fifth and sixth. Robert Downey Jr.’s Dolittle (Universal) dropped to seventh, and eOne’s 1917 finished in eighth.

Disney/Marvel’s record-breaking Avengers: Endgame moved back into the top 10 in the ninth spot following the release of a collector’s edition Steelbook packaged-media release. Finally, Le Mans ’66 (Disney/Fox) climbed to 10th.

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Lionsgate U.K.’s ‘Military Wives’ Sings to No. 1 on The Official Film Chart

Lionsgate U.K.’s Military Wives moved to the top spot on Britain’s weekly Official Film Chart through July 15 following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The British comedy-drama, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng, is distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in the United States. It streets on disc Aug. 18.

The movie tells the story of a group of women whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan, who form a choir and find themselves the center of a media phenomenon; along the way their unique friendships helping to overcome their fears for their loved ones.

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Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog returned to the podium in the second spot, just ahead of perennial chart topper Frozen II (Disney), with Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey in fourth, Disney’s Dolittle in fifth, and th previous week’s No. 1 The Invisible Man (Universal) in sixth.

eOne’s 1917 dropped to seventh while Academy Award-winning Joker (Warner) starring Joaquin Phoenix moved up eight spots in eighth — its highest placing since April.

Finally, Dark Waters (Universal) drifted down two spots in ninth, and Disney/Pixar’s Onward remained for a 10th consecutive week in the top 10.

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‘Dolittle’ Returns Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Dolittle edged back to the top spot on the U.K.’s weekly Official Film Chart (packaged media/digital) through July 1. The movie entered the chart at No. 1 in June. The Robert Downey Jr. starrer bested Emma. (Universal) by 193 unit sales, bumping Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn to the third spot.

Emma. features Anya Taylor-Joy as the eponymous character in this 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen’s comedy of manners.

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Dark Waters (UPHE) is the only new entry on the chart at No. 4 via digital downloads only. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Dark Waters details the real-life case against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.

Previous chart topper 1917 (eOne) drops to fifth, and Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog slips a spot to sixth.

The Invisible Man (UPHE) leapfrogged 11 spots to seventh, marking its Top 10 debut. The movie stars Elisabeth Moss, whose character’s abusive ex (who is invisible) supposedly took his own life.  But she suspects his death was a hoax.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level staves off falling out of the Top 10, climbing two spots to eighth. Disney’s Onward drops to ninth, and Frozen II returns to the countdown in 10th.

Disc Puts ‘Birds of Prey’ Atop U.K. Film Chart

With scant new releases due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Warner Home Video’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn re-entered the U.K.’s Official Film Chart in the No. 1 position for the first time for the week ended June 24 following its release on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD.

Originally peaking at No. 3 from its digital release in April, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and chronicles the character’s adventures after splitting up with the Joker. Quinn teams up with superheroes Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and tough cop Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a young girl being targeted by nefarious crime lord Roman Sionis/The Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).

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Universal Pictures’ Dolittle moved up to the No. 2 spot, ahead of eOne’s 1917. The Personal History of David Copperfield (Lionsgate U.K.) jumped 20 spots to No. 4. Set in the 1840s, this modernistic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical classic was written and directed by Armando Ianucci and stars Dev Patel as the eponymous character.

The previous week’s No. 1 release, Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures) fell to fifth, ahead of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s perennial Top 10 placer Bad Boys for Life. Animated feature Onward (Disney) dropped to seventh, just ahead of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which returned to the Top 10 in eighth position.

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Disc also helped Disney/Fox’s The Call of the Wild re-enter the chart in ninth, while Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level remained in the Top 10 for the 12th straight week.