‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Fourth Week; ‘Turning Red’ Debuts at No. 2

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home remained 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 May 7.

With its fourth-consecutive week atop the disc sales charts, Spider-Man: No Way Home is also the top disc seller for the year to date.

The collection of the three Marvel Cinematic Universe-set “Spider-Man” movies (2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home in addition to No Way Home) remained No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart and No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart.

The week’s top newcomer at No. 2 on both charts was Disney’s Turning Red, the latest animated movie from Pixar. It sold about 44% as many copies in its first week as No Way Home did in its fourth. Turning Red bypassed theaters and was originally released via the Disney+ streaming service. It had 58% of its sales come from HD formats, with 35% regular Blu-ray and 23% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Lionsgate’s sci-fi disaster movie Moonfall, the latest directorial effort from Roland Emmerich, fell to No. 3 on both charts. The Walmart-exclusive two-pack of Moonfall with the 2009 Nicolas Cage movie Knowing was No. 12 on the overall disc chart and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. Combined sales of the standalone Moonfall and the two-pack did outpace Turning Red, meaning more people purchased a copy of the sci-fi movie during the week than the new Pixar effort. Turning Red did barely edge out the combined Moonfall total on the Blu-ray chart.

Another newcomer, Universal Pictures’ Blacklight, debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sellers chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film stars Liam Neeson as a troubled off-the-books agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. It earned $9.6 million at the domestic box office and had 40% of its unit sales come from its Blu-ray Disc edition.

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Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 dropped to No. 5 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Warner’s DC Showcase Collection: Constantine — House of Mystery, a collection of animated superhero short films, debuted at No. 11 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 8 had Blacklight at No. 1, with Spider-Man: No Way Home staying No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, Moonfall, slipped to No. 3. The Redbox-exclusive Black Site debuted at No. 4, while Sing 2 slid a spot to No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 5-7-22
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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 5-7-22
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Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 5-9-22

 

Merchandising: ‘Turning Red’ Turns Up With Exclusives at Retail

Disney’s latest Pixar animated movie, Turning Red, arrived on Blu-ray May 3 with a couple of exclusive retail editions.

Target offered the Turning Red 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray as an exclusive “Art Edition” with special box art and limited-edition decals for $34.99.

Walmart offered the Turning Red 4K combo pack with a pack-in enamel pin for $34.96.

Best Buy offered its usual Steelbook edition for Turning Red, applying the metal packaging and unique artwork to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack, also for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Turning Red’ 4K Steelbook

Separately, Best Buy also offered an exclusive Steelbook edition of the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of the 2007 action film Smokin’ Aces from Universal for $29.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Smokin’ Aces’ 4K Steelbook

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May 3 New Releases on Disc Include ‘Turning Red,’ ‘Blacklight’

Titles new to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 3 include Turning Red and Blacklight.

Disney and Pixar’s animated Turning Red will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. In the film, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei (voice of Rosalie Chiang) must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom (voice of Sandra Oh) is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda. Turning Red debuted for streaming on Disney+.

The Liam Neeson action thriller Blacklight will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Briarcliff Entertainment, the film follows a troubled off-the-books agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Travis Block (Neeson), a freelance government “fixer,” is a dangerous man whose assignments have included extracting agents out of deep-cover situations. He knows his hands are dirty, but he’s aiming to change. When an agent is killed after infiltrating a group espousing violent societal upheaval, Block discovers a shadowy program called Operation Unity is striking down ordinary citizens for reasons known only to Block’s boss, FBI chief Robinson (Aidan Quinn). As Block gets closer to the truth, he enlists the help of a journalist (Emmy Raver-Lampman), but his past and present collide when his daughter and granddaughter are threatened. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release DC Showcase — Constantine: The House of Mystery on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD digital download May 3. The ‘R’-rated collection of animated short films features stories based on DC Comics’ library of characters. Matt Ryan reprises his live-action and animated role as the Hellblazer himself in Constantine: The House of Mystery. In the all-new short, John Constantine wakes up in the eerie House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Camilla Luddington and Ray Chase reprise their roles from Justice League Dark: Apokolips War as Zatanna and Jason Blood/Etrigan, respectively, while Robin Atkin Downes and Damian O’Hare reprise their roles from Constantine: City of Demons as Negral and Chas, respectively. In addition, Grey Griffin and Lou Diamond Phillips join the cast of the short, which is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice) from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush). The collection will also include the shorts Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!, The Losers and Blue Beetle, which were previously released as companions to recent DC Universe animated movies. Also included as an extra is the featurette “DC Showcase: One Story at a Time,” a look at the history of the animated shorts with interviews from producer Rick Morales and directors Matt Peters and Milo Neuman as they explore the featured heroes and villains, the comics that inspired them, and these adventures’ place in the bigger picture of the DC animated universe.

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment May 3 will release The Good Fight: Season Five on DVD. Emmy Award winners Christine Baranski (“Cybill”) and Audra McDonald (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — In Concert with the New York Philharmonic”) return in the latest season of the Paramolunt+ series. Diane (Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele, “The Good Wife”) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner (Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland,” The Princess Bride), a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop. The series also stars Delroy Lindo, Charmaine Bingwa (Black Box), Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike & Molly”), Zach Grenier (Fight Club), Michael Boatman (“Spin City”). Guest stars include Emmy Award winners Wanda Sykes (“The Chris Rock Show”), Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Jane Curtin (“Kate & Allie”) and Emmy Award nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Ben Vereen (Intruders). The three-disc collection features all 10 episodes from the fifth season, as well as an exclusive gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Kino Lorber May 3 releases the 1971 Italian crime drama Sacco & Vanzetti, from director Giuliano Montaldo, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Issued under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics label, the Sacco & Vanzetti DVD carries a suggested retail price of $19.95, while the Blu-ray Disc retails for $29.95. The film stars Gian Maria Volontè, Riccardo Cucciolla, Milo O’Shea, Cyril Cusack and William Prince. The new DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases include both the English and the Italian audio tracks as well as optional English subtitles. Cucciolla and Volontè are Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In 1920 Boston, the two — known for their anarchist beliefs — stand accused of robbery and murder. Their political leanings are used as evidence against them, but defense attorney Fred Moore (O’Shea) is convinced of their innocence. As anti-immigrant and anti-radical sentiments run high, one of the most polarizing trials in U.S. history unfolds.

Shout! Studios and Shout! Factory May 3 release Dinosaur World, a 2020 Chinese film from director Ryan Bellgardt. The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and on digital platforms. Dinosaur World chronicles the story of a deadly game with a life-changing prize, when a group of contestants come together to take part in a competition held in a virtual reality realm ruled by dinosaurs. The players quickly find that their initial goals of shifting alliances and jockeying for victory become secondary to the ultimate goal: survival. 

The documentary Alien Abduction: Answers will be released for digital purchase and VOD May 3 from Virgil Films. The documentary follows John Yost, who had a frightening experience one summer as a young child, something so awful that his parents could hardly make out his terrifying account of what happened. A series of doctor’s visits and medical examinations could not conclude exactly what had occurred, but the memories would never leave him. Yost had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. Despite this, he later married, raised children and lived a happy life except for his obsessive preoccupation with home security, paralyzing fear of open skies or deep water, and his abiding sense that he was being watched.  Alien Abduction: Answers follows Yost as he discovers that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life all over the globe who have experienced something similar. Viewers witness a dramatization of his encounter as a boy, and through a technique called Quantum Hypnotherapy, they “sit-in” while a highly skilled therapist with more than 40 years of experience guides him back to that summer evening where we finally discover what really happened, where he went, and what he learned. It arrives on DVD June 21.

Mutiny Pictures’ documentary To Decadence with Love, Thanks for Everything! will be released through digital retailers May 3 from Distribution Solutions. Directed by Stuart Sox, the documentary follows the intimate and personal experience of professional drag queens Laveau Contraire and Franky Canga as they prepare for a weekend at the Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans. Founded 50 years ago, Southern Decadence now boasts more than 300,000 LGBTQ attendees over one weekend throughout the lively streets of New Orleans’ French Quarters. The film, which takes a deep look into queer culture and the strength of community in the South, was a New Orleans Film Festival 2021 Winner and was featured at the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2021.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Nielsen: Disney/Pixar Animation’s ‘Turning Red’ Retains Top Spot on Weekly Streaming Chart

Disney/Pixar Animation’s original movie Turning Red maintained its No. 1 spot among all streaming content across household televisions for the week ended March 20. Nielsen said the movie tracked 1.67 billion minutes, less than 2% drop from the previous week’s premiere.

Netflix’s Ryan Reynolds comedy The Adam Project finished No. 2 despite losing minutes at 1.33 billion. Series “The Last Kingdom” finished No. 3 at 1.3 billion minutes, down 0.08% from 1.41 billion minutes.

Nielsen attributed to just three titles finishing with more than 1 billion minutes each due to an overlap with the annual March Madness NCAA College Basketball Tournament.

“A lot of competition for viewing this week,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy, said on the webcast.

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Fuhrer said it was also rare to see the top three programs lose scant minutes in viewing from the previous week.

“Rarely do we see three programs so consistent week over week,” he said.

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Nielsen: Disney’s ‘Turning Red’ Heir Apparent to ‘Encanto’

Disney/Pixar Animation’s Turning Red blew away the competition for most-streamed content across Nielsen household televisions for the week ended March 13. The movie tracked more than 1.7 billion minutes, besting Netflix series “The Last Kingdom” with 1.42 billion minutes, “Pieces of Her” with 1.415 billion minutes, and original movie The Adam Project with 1.36 billion minutes.

“What’s interesting about Turning Red is that the audiences are almost identical to Encanto,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of content strategy at Nielsen, said on the webcast. “Both are about 40% multicultural, 43% kids 2-11 years old, but Turning Red audiences are more than twice as likely to be Asian.”

Amazon Prime Video for the second straight week landed an original program on the Nielsen chart with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” tracking 702 million minutes across 34 episodes. Amazon’s strategy releasing two new episodes weekly continued to resonate with viewers.

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Amazon’s second and third charters, “Upload,” tracked 441 million minutes across 17 episodes in its debut launch, while “Reacher” hung on in the Top 10 with 337 million minutes across eight episodes.

“A first for Amazon with three titles in the Top 10 originals list, each with a separate audience,” Fuhrer said.

Indeed, “Upload” tracked younger viewers, while “Reacher” was on the opposite end of the age demo. “Mrs. Maisel” tracked predominantly female viewers, but equal among age groups.

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Reelgood Data: Disney’s ‘Turning Red’ Most-Streamed Movie Through March 23

The new Disney/Pixar Animation movie Turning Red was the most-streamed movie for the week through March 23 — just two weeks after its Disney+ release on March 11, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks digital video consumption across 5 million users. Red has also generated more than $8.6 million at the select foreign theatrical markets.

Apple TV+ original series “Severance” was the No. 1 series for the third consecutive week. Netflix’s The Adam Project and Hulu’s Deep Water made the top five — which also included the second season of “Upload” at No. 5, with “WeCrashed” (Apple TV+) and Windfall making the top 10.

Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week:

1. Turning Red (Disney+)
2. “Severance” (Apple TV+)
3. The Adam Project (Netflix)
4. Deep Water (Hulu)
5. “Upload” (Amazon Prime Video)
6. “The Dropout” (Hulu)
7. “WeCrashed”(Apple TV+)
8. Fresh (Hulu)
9. “Pieces of Her” (Netflix)
10. Windfall (Netflix)