‘Scoob!’ Surges in Home-Viewing Demand After Blu-ray Disc, DVD Release

The animated Scoob! debuted at No. 2  on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 25, with demand for the film skyrocketing in the wake of its release on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.

The Warner Bros. film was the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo movie intended for theatrical release, but with the mid-March closure of theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic the film instead debuted digitally, on premium VOD and EST, on May 15.

Another rerouted animated movie, Trolls World Tour, from DreamWorks Animation, remained at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week 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! 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.

With no new theatrical product entering the home entertainment pipeline, home viewing demand remains high for recent high-profile feature films such as Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man and Sony Pictures Jumanji: The Next Level, which finished at Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively.

Another PVOD release, Universal Pictures’ The High Note, starring Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross, debuted at No. 10 after its release through regular digital channels. The film becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Aug. 11.

Also new to the chart: Lionsgate’s Capone, a multi-platform release about the notorious gangster Al Capone (No. 18), and the British science-fiction film Archive, released digitally to home audiences by Vertical Entertainment (No. 20).

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Scoob! (Warner Bros.)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  8. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  10. The High Note (Universal)
  11. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  12. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  13. Bloodshot (Sony)
  14. Batman Beyond: Seasons 1-3 (Warner)
  15. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  16. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  17. The Hunt (Universal)
  18. Capone (Lionsgate)
  19. Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)
  20. Archive (Vertical)

 

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 July 25

‘Scoob!’ Scampers to Top of Redbox Rental Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Scoob! took over the top spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 26. The animated film was released on disc July 21 after a premium VOD run.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour stayed at No. 1 for a third consecutive week on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. It was No. 3 on the disc chart.

Lionsgate’s Survive the Night was the No. 2 title on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. It was No. 4 on the digital chart.

Redbox’s own Becky slipped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart.

Lionsgate’s Force of Nature was No. 5 on both the disc and digital charts.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man was No. 3 on the digital chart and No. 6 on the disc chart.

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The No. 2 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which was No. 8 on the disc chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Scoob! — Warner
  2. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  3. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  4. Becky — Redbox
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  7. The Hunt — Universal
  8. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level — Sony Pictures
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 26:

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Survive the Night — Lionsgate
  5. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  6. The High Note — Universal
  7. The Outpost — Screen Media
  8. The Hunt — Universal
  9. 3 Days to Kill — Relativity
  10. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount

 

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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.

‘Trolls World Tour’ Leads Disc Sales for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour led the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 18. It was the second consecutive week in the top spot for the DreamWorks Animation sequel.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has hovered near the top of the charts since its May 19 disc release due to a dearth of major new releases in the pipeline, climbed back to No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and maintained the No. 3 spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller was the Criterion Collection’s new Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits boxed set, a compilation of five of the martial arts superstar’s most notable movies: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and Game of Death. The set, which was released only on Blu-ray, ranked No. 13 overall.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were a number of older titles: Warner’s 2018 Clint Eastwood crime drama The Mule at No. 3, Paramount’s Top Gun at No. 4, and Universal’s Jaws at No. 5.

The Blu-ray disc chart had Sony Pictures’ Bloodshot at No. 4 (No. 15 overall) and Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at No. 5 (No. 22 overall).

The semi-annual Barnes & Noble Criterion sale helped push many of the boutique distributor’s Blu-rays into the Top 25 Blu-ray Disc rankings. In addition to the Bruce Lee set, Criterion’s Blu-ray of the 1985 Russian war drama Come and See landed at No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart, followed at No. 12 by Criterion’s new Blu-ray of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds. The recent Criterion version of 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel hit No. 22, while last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire was No. 24, and the recent special edition of 1963’s The Great Escape was No. 25.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 19 also saw Trolls World Tour in the top spot for a second week. Redbox’s Becky moved up a spot to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s The Invisible Man remake at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature at No. 4, and Paramount’s Body Cam, new to disc, debuting at No. 5.

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Week

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal Pictures, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 18.

It’s the animated sequel’s third week atop the chart that  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The film was released for digital sellthrough June 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7.

Screen Media’s VOD war film The Outpost remained at No. 2. Based on the 2012 book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, the film stars Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood.

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Homebound consumers continued to be enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone,” the three seasons of which rounded out the top five: season one at No. 3, season three at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

In fact, the top five were the same as last week, though seasons one and three of “Yellowstone” swapped places.

The top newcomers for the week include Criterion Collection’s Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Blu-ray boxed set, at No. 9, and the VOD horror movie Relic, from IFC Midnight, at No. 11.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  8. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  9. Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Criterion)
  10. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  11. Relic (IFC)
  12. Bloodshot (Sony)
  13. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  14. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  15. 1917 (Universal)
  16. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  17. The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
  18. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  19. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Sandcastle)
  20. Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)

 

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 July 18

‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops Redbox Charts for Second Week

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour stayed at No. 1 for a second consecutive week on both Redbox’s disc and digital charts the week ended July 19.

Redbox’s own Becky rose a spot to No. 2 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Lionsgate’s Force of Nature stayed at No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions. It was No. 4 on the disc chart.

Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man was No. 3 on both charts.

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The No. 4 On Demand title was Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, which was No. 9 on the disc chart.

Paramount’s Body Cam was No. 5 on the disc chart, while Screen Media’s The Outpost was No. 5 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 19:

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Becky — Redbox
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  5. Body Cam — Paramount
  6. The Hunt — Universal
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  8. Legacy — ITN
  9. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  10. Bloodshot — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 19:

  1. Trolls World Tour — Universal
  2. Force of Nature — Lionsgate
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) — Universal
  4. Bad Boys for Life — Sony Pictures
  5. The Outpost — Screen Media
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog — Paramount
  7. Dolittle — Universal
  8. The Hunt — Universal
  9. 3 Days to Kill — Relativity
  10. The Swing of Things — Lionsgate

 

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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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Restocking the Shelves, Part Four: Maximizing Recent Releases

Deep catalog product isn’t the only part of the studio library fueling home entertainment as theatrical titles are stalled during the pandemic.

Jason Spivak, EVP of U.S. distribution at Sony Pictures Television Distribution, notes that Sony Pictures had a full pipeline of high-profile product when the pandemic hit. “And we’ve been actively promoting those titles to keep them top of mind, as well as releases from the end of last year, like Little Women and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he says.

“Mother’s Day gave us an opportunity to revisit one of our more recent releases, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women,” adds Sony Pictures Home Entertainment senior EVP of worldwide marketing Lexine Wong. “Our team worked with Hello Sunshine to help launch a brand-new online series called ‘Comedians on Classics’ just in time for the holiday. The content featured rising female comedian Taylor Tomlinson giving a fresh and hilarious take on the beloved Louisa May Alcott story, which resonated with the film’s audience. The video has been viewed over 515,000 times since launch.”

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is coming up with inventive ways to market films that premiered digitally at premium prices (due to the theaters shutting down) once they become available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and regular digital channels.

“With captive at-home audiences demonstrating a heightened need for great family entertainment during this time, we recognized a unique opportunity to evolve and elevate our new home entertainment release for Trolls World Tour to fit the tone and tenor of the moment,” says Hilary Hoffman, EVP of global marketing, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “We created a robust Dance Party Edition offering that includes dynamic song and dance elements and all-new character-driven short-form content, we launched TikTok and Zoom-style Trolls music videos, and we adapted other marketing efforts to virtual tactics to remain connected to consumers in real time and further keep Trolls World Tour relevant.”

At Warner Bros., the May release of Scoob! was the studio’s first-ever PVOD and premium digital ownership title. The animated film came to market through “a tremendous joint effort between our theatrical team and home entertainment,” says Jessica Schell, EVP and GM, film, for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “When the health crisis hit and the decision was made to release Scoob! in homes, the marketing campaign for the film shifted from theatrical to at-home messaging and we enjoyed a very successful release. International release plans were just announced and it will be a mix of theatrical exhibition in markets where theaters are open, and premium in-home viewing.”

Schell says the film has become Warner Bros.’ No. 1 digital release, ever.  “We recently announced our 4K and Blu-ray release dates for Scoob!,” Schell says, “and we are leveraging the extensive at-home messaging and awareness from the May debut and are drafting heavily on the film’s success to continue strong sales through our physical availability.”

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part Three: Seeing Through Windows

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part Two: Home Entertainment Marketing Shifts Into High Gear

See also: Restocking the Shelves, Part One: Home Entertainment Divisions Mine Catalog as Theatrical Slate Stalls

Bob Bakish

Home entertainment’s success in supporting new releases cut off by theater closings is attracting attention from the studio hierarchy. Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, Paramount Pictures’ parent company, sang the praises of home entertainment during a presentation during the first Credit Suisse Virtual Communication Confab in mid-June. He said home entertainment has helped Paramount justify capital spending on new movies during a year of uncertainty.

“We sold The Lovebirds [to Netflix] early in the COVID-19 window,” he said. “We also accelerated the EST window with Sonic [the Hedgehog], which performed very well for us.”

The movie, starring Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, grossed more than $300 million at the global box office before the theatrical shutdown.

The executive said the company is monetizing the Paramount library by releasing more than 100 movies via CBS All Access and through the “Sunday Night Movie” on the Paramount Network.

While the theatrical pipeline may be stalled for now, home entertainment executives look forward to its robust return.

Ron Schwartz

Ron Schwartz, the longtime president of worldwide home entertainment at Lionsgate, says the entertainment industry is united in helping the theatrical exhibition business return to full strength quickly.

“We, like everybody else, are eager to see our partners in the theater business open again soon,” he says. “We want to see crowds again flock to theaters, to see tentpoles and art-house films, to buy concessions and to enjoy a tremendous community experience that has made our industry so special for so many years. It’s an important part of our ecosystem, and we’re all looking forward to a safe and productive return to the movie-going experience, which we believe is right around the corner.”

Some challenges lie ahead, Schwartz says: “What will exhibition look like when theaters reopen? What’s going to happen with capacity? We can’t rush back, but we have to make sure we give theaters enough great content so they can re-open quickly, successfully, and thrive.”

The home entertainment side of the business, Schwartz says, will remain catalog-driven until theaters have fully re-opened and the supply of theatrical titles has been completely replenished. “We will continue to work with our retail partners to come up with creative ideas, dig deep into our catalogs, and look for repromotes and anniversaries — any opportunities to engage the consumer,” he says.

Schwartz says he is heartened that during the stay-at-home period, the public’s love of movies, TV shows and other filmed content seemed to intensify.

“The one thing we’ve all seen is a love of content,” he says. “We’re seeing it consumed like never before — physical, streaming, transactional, packages — and it is clearly evident that the public’s appetite to consume our product is not only healthy but still growing. That’s why I remain so bullish about our business.”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final installment in a four-part series, “Restocking the Shelves: With No Theatrical Releases, Studio Home Entertainment Marketers are Getting Creative.” The complete story will be available in the July print and digital editions of ‘Media Play News.’

‘Trolls World Tour’ Dominates Weekly Disc Sales

After weeks without a major new DVD or Blu-ray release, the conditions were ripe for Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour to dominate the national home video sales charts.

Indeed, the DreamWorks Animation sequel easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 11.

In addition, a combo pack of both “Trolls” movies was No. 2 on both charts.

In fact, with the 2016 Trolls movie on the charts at No. 35, “Trolls” discs accounted for 71% of unit sales among the entire top 50.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which has spent six of the past seven weeks as the top-selling disc.

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Paramount’s Top Gun was No. 4 on the overall disc chart, and No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 overall disc seller was Warner’s The Mule.

The previous week’s top overall seller, Lionsgate’s Force of Nature, slipped to No. 6 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was No. 23 on the overall chart.

The only other new release of note to crack the charts was a catalog title: the Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray edition of the 1953 sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds debuted at No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 61% of Trolls World Tour unit sales, with the 4K Ultra HD version comprising 6% of the total.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 12 also had Trolls World Tour in the top spot, pushing Force of Nature to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Redbox’s Becky dropping a pot to No. 3, Universal’s The Invisible Man holding at No. 4, and Universal’s The Hunt down two spots to No. 5.

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‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Second Week

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal Pictures, topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended July 11.

It’s the animated sequel’s second week atop the chart that  tracks transactional video activity compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The film was released for digital sellthrough June 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc July 7.

Screen Media’s VOD war film The Outpost climbed three spots to No. 2. Based on the 2012 book by Jake Tapper about the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, the film stars Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood.

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Homebound consumers continued to be enthralled with the TV series “Yellowstone,” the three seasons of which rounded out the top five: season three at No. 3, season one at No. 4, and season two at No. 5.

For the most part the list contained the same titles as the previous week. Lionsgate’s Force of Nature, about a family defending their home from thieves during a hurricane in Puerto Rico, rose from No. 17 a week earlier, when it was the top-selling disc on the NPD VideoScan chart, to No. 9.

  1. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  6. The Invisible Man (Universal)
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  8. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  9. Force of Nature (Lionsgate)
  10. The Hunt (Universal)
  11. Bad Boys for Life (Sony)
  12. The Gentlemen (Universal/STX)
  13. The Call of the Wild (Disney)
  14. Birds of Prey (Warner)
  15. 1917 (Universal)
  16. Jungle Beat: The Movie (Sandcastle)
  17. Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  18. Bloodshot (Sony)
  19. Spies in Disguise (Fox)
  20. Dolittle (Universal)

 

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 July 11