‘Synchronic’ Lines Up as Top Redbox Disc Rental

Well Go USA’s Synchronic took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 24. The sci-fi thriller, which earned about $636K in U.S. theaters, focuses on two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel.

The film was available for disc rental at Redbox a week before its wide street date of Jan. 26.

Debuting at No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Paramount’s Wander. The thriller involves a paranoid private investigator looking into a conspiracy he believes killed his daughter. It was No. 10 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief, which topped the disc chart the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3 on that chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Universal’s The War With Grandpa, the No. 4 disc rental, rose to No. 1 on the On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man.

Other newcomers to the top 10 disc list include, at No. 8, Paramount’s Dreamland, which stars Margot Robbie as a Depression era bank robber who attempts to escape a Texas manhunt by running to Mexico with the teen accomplice who falls in love with her; and at No. 10, Vertical Entertainment’s Parallel, about four friends working on a parking app who discover a gateway to alternate realities.

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On the On Demand chart, Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet was No. 4.

No. 5 was Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, about a black Marine veteran working as a school janitor who takes the law into his own hands after his son is killed by a police officer who is cleared of any charges.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 24:

  1. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  2. Wander — Paramount
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  5. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  6. Spell — Paramount
  7. Tenet — Warner
  8. Dreamland — Paramount
  9. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  10. Parallel — Vertical

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 24:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. Honest Thief — Universal
  3. Unhinged — Solstice
  4. Tenet — Warner
  5. American Skin — Vertical
  6. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  7. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  8. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Wander — Paramount

 

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‘Tenet’ Repeats at No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Parallel’ Sole New Entry

With few new releases, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart remains largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet is again No. 1 on the chart for the week ended Jan. 9, while Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa switched places their sophomore week to place at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Paramount’s Love and Monsters is the week’s biggest gainer, moving up to No. 4 from No. 9 the previous week due to its Jan. 5 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film also was the week’s top disc seller (see related story).

Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic action film about a man (Dylan O’Brien) traveling through a world populated by monsters in order to reconnect with his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick). The monsters were created when chemical fallout from the destruction of an asteroid headed for Earth caused all cold-blood creatures to mutate into ferocious monsters. Love and Monsters was released theatrically and on VOD in October 2020.

Rounding out the top five is season three of perennial favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Warner Bros. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy re-entered the chart at No. 16. The set made its 4K Ultra HD debut in December 2020.

The sole new entry on the “Watched at Home” chart was Lionsgate’s Parallel, bowing at No. 20. A Vertical Entertainment release, Parallel revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” only to discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. The film’s cast includes Alyssa Diaz, Kathleen Quinlan Martin Wallstrom, David Harewood and Georgia King.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Honest Thief (Universal)
  3. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  4. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  8. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  9. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  10. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  16. The New Mutants (20th Century)
  17. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)
  18. The Phenomenon (1091)
  19. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  20. Parallel (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 9.

Newer Releases ‘Tenet,’ ‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Now that Christmas is over, home viewers are done with holiday classics and eager for newer hit movies to watch.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet shot up from No. 3 to take the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2, while Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa and Honest Thief debuted at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The “Watched at Home” chart tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Honest Thief, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, was the only new release of the three, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 29 — two weeks after it became available for purchase or rent from digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox on Demand. The film stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The War With Grandpa made its disc debut the week before, on Dec. 22, just one week after its release through digital channels. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.”

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Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, had debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19, four days after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office. It subsequently slipped to No. 3 as viewers shifted to holiday films such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which succeeded Tenet in the top spot.

Christmas Vacation fell out of the top 20 entirely, as did each of the eight other holiday movies on the chart the previous week, including Elf (No. 2), A Christmas Story (No. 4) and Home Alone (No. 6).

Rounding out the top five on this week’s chart were The Office: The Complete Series, from Universal, which moved up to No. 4 from No. 16 the prior week on the eve of its streaming shift from Netflix to NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Season 1 of perennial chart favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Other new releases on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2 were Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy (No. 12); the Vertical Entertainment thriller The Informer (No. 13); Warner’s original 2017 Wonder Woman (No. 18), drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max success of the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which came out Dec. 25; and IFC’s Hunter Hunter (No. 20).

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. The War with Grandpa  (Universal)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  7. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical Entertainment)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. Fatman (Paramount)
  16. The New Mutants (Fox)
  17. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  18. Wonder Woman (Warner, 2017)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 2.

‘War With Grandpa’ Conquers Redbox Charts

Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa debuted at No. 1 on both Redbox’s disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended Dec. 27.

The family comedy, which stars Robert De Niro as a widower who moves in with his daughter, only to have his grandson start a prank war with him for being given the youngster’s room to live in, earned $18.4 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet, slipped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Similarly, the previous week’s top Redbox On Demand title, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, dropped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 4 on the digital chart, but landed at No. 3 on the disc chart with it being available early at Redbox kiosks prior to it being widely available on disc Jan. 5.

No. 4 on the disc chart, and No. 6 on the digital chart, was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Paramount’s Fatman.

The top five Redbox On Demand list also included a pair of holiday titles: Universal’s animated The Grinch at No. 3, and Warner’s Elf at No. 5.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Other newcomers to the disc chart included No. 6 The Craft: Legacy, produced by Blumhouse and distributed by Sony Pictures; No. 7 Alone, a thriller from Magnolia about a woman escaping a kidnapper (not to be confused with another movie of the same name from Lionsgate about a zombie attack); and No. 8 Jiu Jitsu, a Paramount actioner starring Nicolas Cage.

The Craft: Legacy also hit No. 9 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. Tenet — Warner
  3. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  4. The Informer — Vertical
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  7. Alone (2020-A) — Magnolia
  8. Jiu Jitsu — Paramount
  9. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  10. Mulan (2020) — Disney

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 27:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  3. The Grinch — Universal
  4. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  5. Elf — Warner
  6. The Informer — Vertical
  7. Greenland — STX
  8. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  9. The Craft: Legacy — Sony Pictures
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Warner

 

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‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘The Craft: Legacy’ Debut Today on Blu-ray Disc, DVD

A week after its digital debut, Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 22.

Also new to Blu-ray Disc and DVD, in a slow week for new releases, is Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The War With Grandpa stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.” The War With Grandpa is based on Robert Kimmel Smith’s children’s book of the same name. The cast also includes Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Laura Marano and Christopher Walken.

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The Craft: Legacy is a continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. The film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

The film debuted on PVOD Oct. 28. Bonus materials on the newly released Blu-ray Disc and DVD include two featurettes and four alternate scenes with an introduction from the director.

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Arriving Dec. 22 on DVD only are Paramount Home Entertainment’s Jiu Jitsu and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Kajillionaire.

The Nicolas Cage actioner Jiu Jitsu follows an ancient order of Jiu Jitsu fighters who face a vicious race of alien invaders in an epic battle for the survival of Earth. The film also stars Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos, Juju Chan and Tony Jaa.

The Miranda July-directed comedy Kajillionaire, from Focus Features, stars Debra Winger and Richard Jenkins as con artists who for nearly three decades have trained their only daughter, portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood, in the art of thievery as well. After recruiting a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) during their next heist things take a bizarre turn.

‘Tenet’ Arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD; Other New Home Releases Include ‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘Echo Boomers,’ ‘Infidel’

Warner Bros.’ Tenet, the closest thing to a theatrical blockbuster  since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, becomes available on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 15.

Despite the raging virus, the film was released theatrically over the Labor Day weekend and wound up generating around $50 million in domestic ticket sales, a far cry from what had been expected for the high-profile  espionage thriller from The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan.

Also newly available for home viewing is the Universal Pictures comedy The War With Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro, which becomes available Dec. 15 through digital retailers such as FandangoNow, Redbox On Demand, Google Play and Microsoft a week ahead of its Dec. 22 disc debut.

Tenet stars John David Washington as a secret agent, known as “the Protagonist,” who manipulates the flow of time to stop a third World War. The film’s international ensemble cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Martin Donovan, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

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The War With Grandpa stars De Niro as a grandfather who tangles with his grandson over rights to the young boy’s room after he moves in with his family. The film also was released theatrically amid widespread closures and restrictions and pulled in around $18 million in the United States and Canada.

The week’s slate of new home releases also includes Warner’s The Wolf of Snow Hollow, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (with digital code); Paramount’s Echo Boomers (DVD + digital); and Universal Pictures’ Infidel (DVD and Blu-ray Disc).

Written and directed by, and starring, Jim Cummings, The Wolf of Snow Hollow is a reimagining of the werewolf legend about a small-town sheriff who, while struggling with family problems and a lackluster department, is tasked with solving a series of brutal murders that are occurring on the full moon. The cast also includes Riki Lindhome, Jimmy Tatro, Marshall Allman, Chloe East, Annie Hamilton and the late Robert Forster in one of his final roles. The Blu-ray and DVD include the featurette “The Story and the Genre.” The Blu-ray also has the featurettes “The Impetus,” “Working With Jim Cummings” and “The Design of the Werewolf.”

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Echo Boomers is a crime thriller about a recent college graduate (Patrick Schwarzenegger) who leaves school in debt and is pulled into a criminal underground operation with a group of modern-day Robin Hoods who steal from the rich and give to themselves.

Infidel is a thriller about an American journalist (Doug Rawlins) who is kidnapped while attending a religious conference in the Middle East and held hostage by the Iranian regime, which accuses him of espionage. His wife (Claudia Karvan) takes matters into her own hands and tries to find her husband and bring him back home.

‘The Croods 2’ Leads Slow Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

Despite opening in more than 2,200 screens, Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age led another lackluster weekend box office undermined by the ongoing pandemic. Making matters worse was the fact the weekend in question was Thanksgiving, which saw projected theatrical revenue of less than $17 million over the five-day period (Nov. 25-29). That pales in comparison to the $262.2 million generated between Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2019, when Disney’s Frozen II and no pandemic fears lured moviegoers.

The Croods: A New Age performed as expected, generating $14.3 million in ticket sales. The sequel to 2013’s The Croods joined Universal’s horror comedy Freaky ($1 million) to lead the weekend.

Universal unit Focus Features’ family drama Let Him Go, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, generated $660,000 to top $6.7 million since its Nov. 7 release, and finishe fourth. All three movies are headed to premium VOD release in accordance with shortened theatrical window agreements between Universal, AMC Theatres and Cinemark Cinemas. The chains will split PVOD revenue with Universal.

101 Studios’ The War With Grandpa generated $900,000 to finish the weekend in third place, as the Robert De Niro family comedy topped $17.2 million since its Oct. 9 release.

Michael Pachter, media analyst with Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles, says consumers won’t return to theaters in pre-virus numbers until there’s a vaccine on the market some time next year.

“People aren’t dying to go to the movies,” he said.

‘The War With Grandpa’ Supplants ‘Tenet’ Atop Stagnant Domestic Weekend Box Office

The Robert De Niro comedy The War With Grandpa from 201 Studios wrested the top spot from Warner Bros.’ Tenet at the domestic weekend box office with a projected $3.6 million in ticket sales in its theatrical debut, according to industry reports. Tenet generated $2.1 million in its seventh week of release. The Christopher Nolan espionage thriller has generated $48.3 million in the United States and $323.3 million globally.

Despite 86% of U.S. screens operating, albeit under strict social distancing and public health safeguards, the exhibition business continues to be devastated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, wary consumers and theaters closures in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Just seven Regal Cinemas locations remained open after the No. 2 exhibitor re-shuttered all North American operations indefinitely Oct. 8, citing a lack of major studio new releases.

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Without a COVID-19 vaccine and major blockbuster titles, moviegoers in the U.S. seem cautious about returning to the cineplex.

“People aren’t dying to see movies,” Michael Pachter, media analyst at Wedbush Securities, said in an email.

CEO: AMC Theatres Keeping the Lights On; Cites Economic Benefits of Shortened Window With Universal

AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie exhibitor, will keep its current 80% of domestic screens open despite studios further delaying tentpole movie releases until 2021 and beyond. Warner Bros., which earlier disclosed it was postponing the December release of Dune to October 2021, revealed it would push back release of The Batman until 2022.

Those delays prompted Regal Cinemas, the nation’s second-largest chain, to announce it would temporarily shutter all domestic screens and U.K. operations on Oct. 9. The news sent exhibitor stocks tumbling.

In a media statement, AMC CEO Adam Aron put a happy face on the setbacks, saying the chain looked forward to Oct. 9 release The War With Grandpa from 101 Studios, in addition to pending 2020 releases of Disney’s Soul, Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age, and Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984, among other titles, through the end of the year.

Aron said AMC’s heightened sanitation efforts in its theaters, done in consultation with Clorox and faculty of the Harvard University School of Public Health, had safeguarded the moviegoing experience.

“We take great comfort in knowing that literally millions of moviegoers have already visited our theaters,” he said

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In a twist, Aron said the chain’s groundbreaking distribution deal with Universal, enabling the studio to release titles on premium VOD in the home just three weekends after their theatrical bow, put AMC in an economic position to remain open.

“We are fully comfortable showing Universal films in our theaters, even as they implement [PVOD] as we have mutually agreed,” Aron said. “This is because AMC will share in premium revenues coming from their early availability in the home.”

Aron made no mention of analysts reports suggesting AMC has just six months of liquidity left if it doesn’t see some sense of normal returning to the box office — or new infusion of funds.