‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Returns Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart Following Release on Disc

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 raced back to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K. weekly home entertainment chart through Aug. 17.

The live-action videogame sequel marked a second, non-consecutive week as the top-selling movie at retail, after moving up 16 spots following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

The physical release comes some nine weeks after its original launch on digital and coordinated with the announcement of the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 theatrical release in December 2024.

The Paramount franchise also sees a second placing in the Top 10 this week, as a packaged media boxset of Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic the Hedgehog 2 landed in at No. 10.

Meanwhile, last week’s chart topper, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, dropped to No. 2, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era rounded out the podium at No. 3.

At No. 4, was the 1978 release Grease, which entered the Top 10 for the first time, following death from cancer of Olivia Newton-John on Aug. 8 at age 73. The movie musical launched Newton-John’s career from moderate fame into superstardom after she took on the lead role of Sandy.

Warner’s latest DC adaptation The Batman finished one spot down this week (5) just ahead of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (6).

Twentieth Century Studios’ 1995 action-drama Heat – which stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer – made its Official Film Chart debut at No. 7, following a newly-refreshed 4K UHD release.

Finally, Paramount’s The Lost City fell three spots to No. 8, and Warner’s Dune scored another week on the chart at No. 9.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 17, 2022

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
17 1 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT
1 2 FANTASTIC BEASTS – THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER
2 3 DOWNTON ABBEY – A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL PICTURES
NEW 4 GREASE PARAMOUNT
4 5 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 6 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS MARVEL STUDIOS
NEW 7 HEAT 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS
5 8 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
7 9 DUNE (2021) WARNER
NEW 10 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 PARAMOUNT

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Claims Third Week at No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore claimed a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart.

Thanks to strong sales on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, the third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise held off this week’s highest new entry, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, which finished at No. 2.

Entering the chart via digital sales only, A New Era is the sequel to 2019’s Downton Abbey: The Movie, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Michelle Dockery, among other series regulars.

At No. 3 was Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and at No. 4, for the third consecutive week, Warner’s gritty The Batman. Former No. 1, Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Lost City fell to No. 5.

Universal’s Sing 2 remained on the comeback as it climbed one spot (6), followed by Warner’s Dune (7), while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home fell two spots to No. 8.

The second new entry of the week was the Michael Caine-starring, 1971 crime thriller Get Carter, which debuted in the Top 10 following its release on Blu-ray and 4K UHD, after it was remastered by the BFI from the original camera negative.

Finally, The Northman (Universal) finished in the Top 10 despite falling five spots from last week.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 10, 2022

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
1 1 FANTASTIC BEASTS – THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER HOME VIDEO
NEW 2 DOWNTON ABBEY – A NEW ERA UNIVERSAL PICTURES
3 3 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS MARVEL FILMS
4 4 THE BATMAN WARNER HOME VIDEO
2 5 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
7 6 SING 2 UNIVERSAL PICTURES
8 7 DUNE (2021) WARNER HOME VIDEO
6 8 SPIDER-MAN – NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES HE
NEW 9 GET CARTER BFI DVD
5 10 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL PICTURES

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Packaged Media Sends ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ Back to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore returned to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, unseating Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in unit sales through Aug. 3.

Following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts movies scored a second week at the top with 87% of its sales this week coming from physical formats.

Meanwhile, at No. 2, former chart-topper The Lost City (Paramount Home Entertainment) moved up 13 spots, following its own release on disc. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness down two spots at No. 3.

Robert Pattinson’s turn as The Batman held at No. 4, earning its tenth week on the chart, while The Northman (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) remained in the Top 5. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) earned a landmark 20th week on the chart in the No. 6 spot.

Universal’s Sing 2 claims the No. 7 spot, while Warner’s fantasy adventure Dune jumped five spots to return to the Top 10 at No. 8. Paramount’s original Top Gun rose one spot to No. 9, followed by Sony’s action-horror movie Morbius at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 3, 2022

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
3 1 FANTASTIC BEASTS – THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE WARNER HOME VIDEO
15 2 THE LOST CITY PARAMOUNT
1 3 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS MARVEL FILMS
4 4 THE BATMAN WARNER HOME VIDEO
2 5 THE NORTHMAN UNIVERSAL PICTURES
5 6 SPIDER-MAN – NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES HE
6 7 SING 2 UNIVERSAL PICTURES
13 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER HOME VIDEO
10 9 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
12 10 MORBIUS SONY PICTURES HE

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‘Top Gun’ Reclaims No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Paramount Pictures’ 1986 aerial actioner Top Gun reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Official Film Chart the week ended June 8, holding off the previous week’s No. 1, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman, which dropped to No. 2.

Featuring Tom Cruise in the prequel to current box office juggernaut Top Gun: Maverick, the original movie returned atop the U.K. sales chart due to sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray and digital downloads.

Universal Pictures’ Sing 2 (No. 3), Sony Pictures’ Uncharted (No. 4) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (No. 5) held their places from last week, finishing ahead of this week’s highest new entry Lancaster (Altitude), which tells the story of the WW2 bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members, archive material and aerial footage.

Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections (No. 7) and Dune (No. 8) finished ahead of Paramount’s Clifford: The Big Red Dog (No. 9), which climbed three spots to finish ahead of Disney’s Encanto (No. 10).

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 8, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 2 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
2 1 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 3 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
4 4 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
5 5 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
6 NEW LANCASTER ALTITUDE
7 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
8 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER
9 12 CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
10 6 ENCANTO DISNEY

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British Home Entertainment Group Ups Retail Marketing of U.S. Movies

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) June 6 announced a collaboration with the U.K.’s most extensive online network for parents, Mumsnet, to amplify the availability of U.S. studio home entertainment movies for rent and purchase.

Dubbed the “What to Watch Club,” the online marketing effort aims to recruit Mumsnet’s 8 million members to host reviews and recommendations of the latest movies and TV shows to buy and rent across disc and digital download.

The marketing includes touting Sandra Bullock in Paramount Pictures’ comedy-adventure The Lost City, Universal Pictures’ Downton Abbey: A New Era, and Camila Cabello in Amazon Studios’ re-imagining of Cinderella. Other selections include Disney musical Encanto, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s soundtrack, or catch up with the latest series of the scandalous “Gentleman Jack.”

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“This ground-breaking new partnership places transactional entertainment at the forefront of consumers’ minds and conversations, reaching the huge userbase Mumsnet has across multiple touchpoints,” Liz Bales, chief executive of BASE, said in a statement. “We look forward to amplifying the continued success story of disc and digital download we’ve already seen in this last year alone.”

The First “What to Watch Club” Titles are:

Amazon Studios’ Cinderella, 20th Century Films’ Death on the Nile, Universal Pictures’ Downton Abbey: A New Era, Disney’s Encanto, Universal’s Jurassic World: 5-Movie Collection, Respect, Sing 2, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2, The Lost City, Pixar Animation’s Turning Red and Sony Pictures’ Uncharted and Morbius, among others.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ ‘Sing 2,’ ‘Belfast,’ ‘Uncharted’ Top April Digital, Disc Releases in the U.K.

A slew of U.S. studio movies spearheads the newest releases available this month on digital platforms and packaged media in the U.K. The British Association for Screen Entertainment disclosed its list of top movies and TV shows available for purchase in the world’s No. 2 home entertainment retail market.

In addition to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s global hit Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is already available on disc and digital platforms, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Sing 2 is available April 15 on digital platforms, and April 25 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Universal’s Oscar-nominated Belfast is also available April 15 across digital platforms, and 10 days later on packaged media.

While the aforementioned titles are already available across retail channels in the U.S., the U.K. gets a jump with the April 26 release of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game adaptation Uncharted, co-starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. The title is slated for packaged-media release in the U.S. on May 10.

Other new releases include Death on the Nile on April 13, “Dexter: New Blood” on April 18, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 8 and Lionsgate’s Moonfall both on April 25 across digital channels only.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Remains No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home retained its No. 1 spot in home entertainment sales in the U.K. for the week ended March 30, according to new data from The Official Film Chart. The box office behemoth maintained its chart-topping reign based on digital downloads only, despite strong competition from Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Matrix Resurrections.

The sci-fi sequel kept its runner-up ranking for a second week but saw a boost in sales thanks to its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray. The title is the biggest movie release on disc in the past seven days and sees 72% of its total made up of physical copies.

Meanwhile, Warner’s Dune (No. 3) and MGM/Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s No Time to Die (No. 4) both rebounded one spot, pushing Paramount Home Entertainment’s Clifford the Big Red Dog down one spot to No. 5.

Searchlight Pictures’ Oscar-nominated neo-noir thriller Nightmare Alley entered the top 10 for the first time at No. 6. Starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchette, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe, the Guillermo del Toro feature was nominated for trophies at the 94th Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Disney’s West Side Story placed at No. 7, while animated musical Encanto held tight at No. 8. Sony’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife held on at No. 9 and 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man dropped two spots to No. 10.

Just outside the top 10, The Godfather Trilogy from Paramount Home Entertainment bowed at No. 11; the release is a five-disc collector’s edition boxed set of the classic film series re-released in 4K UHD to mark the 50th anniversary of the first film.

Finally, musical Dear Evan Hansen climbed to No. 13, following its release on packaged media.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 30, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
2 2 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
3 4 DUNE (2021) WARNER
4 5 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL
5 3 CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
6 16 NIGHTMARE ALLEY SEARCHLIGHT
7 6 WEST SIDE STORY 20TH CENTURY
8 7 ENCANTO DISNEY
9 9 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
10 8 THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY

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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Bounds to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Clifford the Big Red Dog leaped to a No. 1 debut on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom through March 16. The live-action film based on the children’s book series moved atop the weekly retail chart based on digital downloads only.

Steven Spielberg-directed West Side Story (20th Century Studios) danced up five spots to reach a new peak chart position at No. 2, following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray – becoming the highest-selling movie on disc of the week.

Former chart-toppers, Disney’s Encanto (No. 3), Warner’s Dune (No. 4) and MGM/Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s No Time to Die (No. 5) all dropped a spot, while the previous week’s No. 1 The King’s Man (20th Century Studios) finished five spots down at No. 6.

The rest of the top 10 featured movement from recent favorites Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), down one spot to No. 7, Universal’s House of Gucci, which dropped four spots to No. 9, and Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which rounded off at chart at No. 10. Warner/DC’s The Suicide Squad held on at No. 8.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 16, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 NEW CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
2 7 WEST SIDE STORY 20TH CENTURY
3 2 ENCANTO DISNEY
4 3 DUNE (2021) WARNER
5 4 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL
6 1 THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY
7 6 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
8 8 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
9 5 HOUSE OF GUCCI UNIVERSAL/MGM
10 9 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES

© Official Charts Company 2022

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Climbs to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Disney’s animated musical Encanto finally finished No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart through Feb. 16 following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray. While this is the seventh consecutive week on the chart for Encanto, the movie previously peaked at No. 3 on digital downloads only.

Warner Bros.’ Dune moved to No. 2, just ahead of Marvel Studio’s Eternals, which climbed back up 20 spots to No. 3 following its release on disc.

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man was the highest new entry on the chart at No. 4, and the first of three in the top 10. It’s the third installment in the “Kingsman” franchise, and a prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

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Former No. 1 Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) dropped to No. 5, finishing ahead of Universal Pictures’ crime drama House of Gucci at No. 6 — and starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver in the story behind the family empire that started Italian fashion house Gucci.

MGM’s No Time to Die (distributed in the U.K. by Universal) dropped four spots to No. 7, while Sony’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City held at No. 8, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage moved to No. 9.

Finally, British drama Boiling Point (Vertigo Releasing) debuted at No. 10 on digital downloads only. The multi award-nominated drama starring Stephen Graham follows the ups, downs and trials of a struggling restaurant on the busiest night of the year.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 16, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 5 ENCANTO DISNEY
2 1 DUNE (2021) WARNER
3 23 ETERNALS DISNEY/MARVEL
4 NEW THE KING’S MAN 20TH CENTURY
5 2 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
6 NEW HOUSE OF GUCCI UNIVERSAL
7 3 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL
8 8 RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACOON CITY SONY PICTURES
8 6 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES
10 NEW BOILING POINT VERTIGO

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Holds Off ‘Dune’ to Remain Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife continued to hold the No. 1 spot on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart the week ended Jan. 26.

The latest edition of the “Ghostbusters” franchise earned the title a second week at the top of the home entertainment sales chart based on digital downloads only and held off the home entertainment debut of Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune.

Dune sales also include digital download sales only. The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel features an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Zendaya.

That pushed 2021’s biggest home entertainment release, MGM’s No Time to Die (distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in the U.K), from No. 2 down to No. 3, landing ahead of Universal’s Halloween Kills at No. 4, which scoops a new peak after rebounding nine spots back into the top 10.

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Several strong entries dropped this week, including Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage down two to No. 5, Disney’s animated family film Encanto falling one to No. 6, Disney/Marvel’s Eternals down at No. 7, and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby 2: The Family Business at No. 8.

Elsewhere, Universal action-thriller Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk, rocketed up 20 spots to No. 9. Finally, Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3 zoomed up 25 spots to No. 10 following the release of its sequel Hotel Transylvania: Transformania via Amazon Prime Video last week.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 26, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SONY PICTURES
2 NEW DUNE (2021) WARNER
3 2 NO TIME TO DIE UNIVERSAL/MGM
4 15 HALLOWEEN KILLS UNIVERSAL
5 3 VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE SONY PICTURES
6 5 ENCANTO DISNEY
7 4 ETERNALS DISNEY/MARVEL
8 6 THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS
9 29 NOBODY UNIVERSAL
10 35 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 SONY PICTURES

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