Roku CFO: ‘Trolls World Tour,’ ‘Scoob!’ Woke Up ‘Sleepy’ TVOD Biz

As co-creator with Netflix of the subscription streaming video market, Roku has driver’s seat view of not only the over-the-top video market, but facilitating third-party transactional VOD as well.

Speaking Sept. 15 on the KeyBanc Future of Technology Conference, Roku CFO Steve Louden said the company had a “banner quarter” for the fiscal period ending June 30, with strong SVOD, premium VOD and transactional VOD revenue shares — the latter driven by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob!.

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“That basically was precipitated by the theaters being closed [due to the coronavirus pandemic] and studios coming out with direct-to-consumer offerings,” Louden said. “It kind of woke up an otherwise sleepy TVOD segment.”

Indeed, consumers spent an estimated $2.99 billion on digital transactional entertainment in the first six months of this year, up 25% from the $2.25 billion spent in the first half of 2019, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Digital sales of movies, series and other filmed content was up 57% in the second quarter and 33% in the first half, while transactional streaming, in which consumers rent a program for 48 hours, was up 50% in Q2 and 33% in the first six months of the year.

Louden said streaming hours spiked dramatically in the first phases of the lockdown and remain above the pre-pandemic levels.

When asked about the omission of HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming services on the Roku platform, Louden said it comes down to economics. Roku doesn’t charge end-users to access the platform; yet without it many consumers wouldn’t willingly gravitate toward a particular OTT brand, according to Louden.

Analysts contend non-placement on the Roku platform has hurt Max and Peacock generate subscribers. Comcast just disclosed that Peacock has generated 15 million subscribers since launching in July.

Disney’s rollout of the Disney+ SVOD platform, which saw the media giant “lean heavily” on Roku during its initial launch, underscores the platform’s importance in the OTT video ecosystem, according to Louden.

“We played a good part in getting them a rapid growth in audience and…when they launched Hamilton, we were the number one platform for viewership,” he said. “I think they’ve leveraged pretty much all our audience development capabilities.”

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops British Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Seventh Time

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Chart through Sept. 16 in the United Kingdom for the seventh time. The animated sequel has sold more than 215,000 units across DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download.

This week’s highest new entry, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Disney) finished No. 2 – with the 1999 movie entering the chart for the first time following its release on a limited edition 4K SteelBook version. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) at No. 3 sits just a handful of unit sales behind its counterpart after climbing three places up from last week.

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Last week’s No. 1 Black Panther (Disney) drops to No. 4, landing just ahead of eOne’s 1917 at No. 5. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland swings up nine places to No. 6; Bad Boys for Life (Sony) rises three to No. 7.

Paramount Pictures Sonic The Hedgehog drops to No. 8, while Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level holds on at No. 9. Finally, Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women returns to the Top 10 for the first time since June. Starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, this adaptation was nominated for six academy awards this year, winning one for Best Costume Design.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – 16th September 2020

LW Pos Title Label
3 1 TROLLS WORLD TOUR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
NEW 2 STAR WARS I – THE PHANTOM MENACE WALT DISNEY
6 3 STAR WARS IX – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WALT DISNEY
1 4 BLACK PANTHER MARVEL FILMS
4 5 1917 ENTERTAINMENT ONE
15 6 SPIDER-MAN – FAR FROM HOME SONY PICTURES HE
10 7 BAD BOYS FOR LIFE SONY PICTURES HE
2 8 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PARAMOUNT
9 9 JUMANJI – THE NEXT LEVEL SONY PICTURES HE
14 10 LITTLE WOMEN (2019) SONY PICTURES HE

‘Trolls,’ ‘Deathstroke’ Maintain Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour remained No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 29.

It marks the second week in a row in the top spot for the DreamWorks Animation sequel, and its fourth time at No. 1 in its eight weeks on shelves. Trolls World Tour spent two weeks as the top disc in July as well before Scoob! took over the top spot for four weeks.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, however, Trolls spent a second week at No. 2, barely edged out by the top title, Warner’s Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, which claimed the top Blu-ray spot for a second week as well.

The ‘R’-rated Deathstroke, a movie compiled from episodes of the CW Seed animated Web series of the same name, outsold Trolls on Blu-ray by less than half a percent. It fell to No. 13 on the overall disc sales chart; all copies of it were released as a Blu-ray combo pack, explaining its relatively higher placement on the Blu-ray-only chart.

No. 2 on the overall sellers list for a second week, and again No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart was Warner’s animated Scoob!, which as mentioned had been the top seller overall for four weeks before Trolls returned to the top spot.

Holding at No. 3 on the overall disc chart, but slipping to No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was Screen Media’s war film The Outpost.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales charts were seasons one and two, in that order, of the Kevin Costner series “Yellowstone,” from Paramount. The third season of the series recently concluded on Paramount Network.

The week’s top new release, at No. 6 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, was Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, the latest comedy from Judd Apatow, starring and based on the life of Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.”

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 30, The King of Staten Island debuted at No. 1, pushing The Outpost to No. 2.

A Redbox original action-thriller, Hard Kill, debuted at No. 3.

Scoob! slipped two spots to No. 4, and Universal’s You Should Have Left slipped to No. 5.

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Returns as Top-Selling Disc; ‘Deathstroke’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour returned to No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 22.

The DreamWorks Animation sequel, which has been on shelves for seven weeks, slipped to No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart after returning to the top spot the previous week.

The top-selling Blu-ray Disc for the week was Warner’s Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons, a movie compiled from episodes of the CW Seed animated Web series of the same name. Released on disc only as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (which counts as a 100% Blu-ray market share for the title) it was No. 4 on the overall disc sales list.

No. 2 on the overall sellers list and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart was Warner’s animated Scoob!, which had been the top seller overall for four weeks.

No. 3 on both charts was Screen Media’s The Outpost, the war film based on the Jake Tapper book about U.S. troops isolated during a battle in Afghanistan.

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Slipping two spots to No. 5 on the overall sales list was Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue, a DVD-only disc release from Paramount.

The No. 5 Blu-ray seller was Arrow Entertainment’s limited-edition Blu-ray of 1980’s Flash Gordon, distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. The new 4K Ultra HD version accounted for 84% of Flash Gordon Blu-ray sales during the week.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 23, The Outpost debuted in the top spot. Scoob! fell to No. 2 after four weeks in the top spot.

Universal’s You Should Have Left slipped to No. 3, followed by Trolls World Tour at No. 4, and Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3 at No. 5.

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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.

‘Scoob!’ Leads Overall Disc Sales for Fourth Week, but ‘Trolls’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! again took the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 15.

That marks the fourth consecutive week the CG-animated film based on the classic “Scooby-Doo” cartoon and other Hanna-Barbera characters has been the top disc seller in the United States.

However, its reign as the top Blu-ray Disc seller ended at three weeks, as Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour, in its sixth week on disc, climbed back to No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. It stayed at No. 2 on the overall chart.

Scoob! dropped to No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 3 overall disc seller, moving up a spot from the previous week, was Nickelodeon’s animated Paw Patrol: Dino Rescue, distributed by Paramount.

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Warner’s direct-to-video thriller Deep Blue Sea 3, which doesn’t arrive on disc until Aug. 25 but is available early for sale at Walmart, was No. 11.

The week’s top new release, at No. 38 overall, was Universal’s The High Note.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 16 had Scoob! on top for a fourth consecutive week, with You Should Have Left repeating at No. 2. Deep Blue Sea 3, which is available on disc early as a Redbox kiosk rental, was again No. 3.

Newcomer The Wretched, an indie horror sleeper hit from IFC, debuted at No. 4, while Trolls World Tour was No. 5.

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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.

‘Tax Collector’ Bumps ‘Trolls’ From Top of ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The crime drama The Tax Collector, from RLJ Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Aug. 8, knocking DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour from the top spot it had occupied for the past five weeks.

The Tax Collector was released through digital retailers Aug. 7. Directed by David Ayer, the film stars Shia LaBeouf and Bobby Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

Trolls, distributed to home audiences by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, slipped to No. 2 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Season one of Paramount’s popular TV show “Yellowstone” remained at No. 3, while the two other seasons each slipped a notch, Season three to No. 5 and Season two to No. 6.

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Universal Pictures’ You Should Have Left, a psychological thriller that soared to No. 2 the prior week after its DVD and digital release, dropped to No. 4.

New to the “Watched at Home” chart is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which debuted at No. 18 amid publicity around the next installment in the dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, slated to bow in theaters next summer.

  1. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  2. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  8. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  9. The Rental (IFC Films)
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  11. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  12. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  13. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  14. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  15. The High Note (Universal)
  16. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  17. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  18. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  19. Most Wanted (Paramount)
  20. Birds of Prey (Warner)

 

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 Aug. 8.

 

‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops July Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains 2020’s Best-Seller

Universal Pictures’s Trolls World Tour was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for July 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The DreamWorks Animation sequel spent two weeks atop the weekly disc sales charts following its July 7 release on disc. A double-feature of both “Trolls” movies was No. 6 for the month.

Warner’s Scoob! which topped the weekly disc sales the last two weeks of the month following its July 21 release, was No. 2 for the month.

The previous month’s top seller, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, slipped to No. 3 in July.

Without much in the way of big new releases as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the rest of the monthly top 10 sellers consisted of catalog titles. No. 4 was Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood. No. 5 was Paramount’s Top Gun, which climbed two spots from the previous month. Universal’s Jurassic World was No. 7 for the month, while Universal’s Jaws held onto the No. 8 spot for a second month.

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The year’s top eight titles remained unchanged from the previous month, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February.

The only blip on the yearly top 10 as a result of July sales was that Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate rose a spot to No. 9, pushing Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap to No. 10.

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According to NPD, the July 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner)
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  4. The Mule (Warner)
  5. Top Gun (Paramount)
  6. Trolls 2-Movie Collection (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Jurassic World (Universal)
  8. Jaws (Universal)
  9. The Secret Life of Pets (Universal)
  10. Ride Along 2-Movie Collection (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through July 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. 1917 (Universal)
  9. Terminator: Dark Fate (Paramount)
  10. Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony Pictures)

 

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tops June Disc Sales; ‘Frozen II’ Remains Year’s Best

‘You Should Have Left,’ Three Other New Releases Debut on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The DVD and digital release of You Should Have Left sent the psychological thriller from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment soaring up the weekly “Watched at Home” chart to debut at No. 2.

The film, from Blumhouse Productions, stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda as a couple seeking a restful vacation in a remote home in the Welsh countryside. Their retreat soon turns into a terrifying nightmare when reality begins to unravel, dark episodes from the past resurface, and a sinister force in the house refuses to let them leave.

Another Universal-distributed film, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, remained in the top spot on the chart for the week ended Aug. 1. It’s the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

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Scoob!, which debuted at No. 2 the previous week in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD, slipped to No. 7. Scoob! was available for streaming on the new HBO Max SVOD service prior to its release on physical media.

Paramount’s three seasons of “Yellowstone” again rounded out the top five, in the same spots as the prior week: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

Aside from You Should Have Left, three other new films, all released through digital retailers only, entered the “Watched at Home” top 20 the week ended Aug. 1. The Rental, an IFC Films drama about two couples on an unnerving weekend getaway, debuted at No. 8. Most Wanted, a Paramount Home Entertainment crime drama starring Josh Hartnett as an investigative reporter probing a heroin bust orchestrated by dirty cops to frame an innocent man, bowed at No. 10. And Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, a shark tale starring Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Goliath”) entered the “Watched at Home” chart at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. You Should Have Left (Universal)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  8. The Rental (IFC Films)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Most Wanted (Paramount, 2020)
  11. Deep Blue Sea 3 (Warner)
  12. The High Note (Universal)
  13. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  14. Force of Nature (Lionsgate, 2020)
  15. Bloodshot (Sony)
  16. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  17. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  18. Fantasy Island (Sony, 2020)
  19. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  20. Birds of Prey (Warner)

 

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 Aug. 1.