Warner’s ‘Wonka’ Back Atop U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart Through Feb. 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonka returned atop the weekly U.K. home entertainment retail sales chart through Feb. 21, after being knocked off the pole position the previous week by the studio’s DC underwater superhero flick Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom at No. 2.

Timothée Chalamet’s turn as eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka generated more than 10,000 unit sales ahead of its closest competition.

Lionsgate U.K.’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes moved up one spot to No. 3, while Disney’s Wish dropped a spot at No. 4, and Warner’s Barbie held steady at No. 5.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls Band Together moved up two spots to No. 6, with the studio’s Oscar-nominated Oppenheimer down one spot at No. 7. Paramount Home Entertainment’s action sequel Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 returned to the Top 10 at No. 8, while Universal’s low budget video game adaptation Five Nights at Freddy’s dropped two spots at No. 9.

Finally, 2011 Universal drama/romance One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, returned to the Top 10 following a new Netflix limited series release this month based on the same story.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 21, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
2 1 WONKA WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
1 2 AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM WARNER
4 3 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE U.K.
3 4 WISH DISNEY
5 5 BARBIE WARNER
8 6 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
6 7 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
11 8 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — DEAD RECKONING PART  1 PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
7 9 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL
40 10 ONE DAY UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Aquaman’ Sequel Supplants ‘Wonka’ Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Warner Bros.’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom debuted at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom for the week ended Feb. 14.

Jason Momoa returns in the sequel, which edged the studio’s previous chart topper, Wonka, by just 400 unit sales. In the sequel, Aquaman faces a new foe after Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) seeks revenge for his father’s death, and must team up with his imprisoned brother Orm (Patrick Wilson).

Disney’s Wish dropped to No. 3, while Hunger Games prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes moved up six spots to No. 4.

Former chart topper Barbie continued its top 10 streak after climbing two spots to No. 5, while Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Oppenheimer remained at No. 6. Video game adaptation Five Nights at Freddy’s dropped four spots to No. 7, while the studio’s animated musical Trolls Band Together remained at No. 8, and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie dropped one spot to No. 9.

Finally, Warner’s underwater disaster film Meg 2: The Trench torpedoed back into the top 10 this week after soaring 20 spots to No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 7, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
NEW 1 AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
1 2 WONKA WARNER
2 3 WISH WALT DISNEY
10 4 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE U.K.
7 5 BARBIE WARNER
6 6 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
3 7 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL
4 8 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL
8 9 PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
30 10 MEG 2: THE TRENCH WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Wonka’ Continues as the Top-Selling Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Release Through Feb. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonka secured a second-consecutive week as the U.K.’s top-selling retail movie — more than doubling the unit sales of its closest competition.

Timothee Chalamet’s turn as the eccentric chocolatier in this prequel to the events of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory once again tops the Official Film Chart on digital sales only.

Disney’s music fantasy Wish also remained No. 2 for a second week.

The biggest release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray this week is Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game-themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s, which jumped three spots to No. 3 following its release on disc. Starring Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), the movie previously peaked at No. 2 on its original release in December.

Universal’s Trolls Band Together remained at No. 4, while Disney’s The Marvels dropped two spots to No. 5. The studio’s Oppenheimer secured a spot in the Top 10 for the 11th consecutive week at No. 6, just ahead of Warner’s Barbie at No. 7.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie jumped four spots to No. 8, while multi-Oscar nominee Killers of the Flower Moon (Paramount) remained at No. 9. Finally, at No. 10 is Lionsgate U.K.’s former chart-topper The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 7, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
1 1 WONKA WARNER BROS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
2 2 WISH DISNEY
6 3 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
4 4 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL
3 5 THE MARVELS DISNEY
5 6 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
7 7 BARBIE WARNER BROS.
12 8 PAW PATROL – THE MIGHTY MOVIE PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
9 9 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON PARAMOUNT
8 10 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE U.K.

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Wonka’ Makes No. 1 Debut on U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Just hours after its Jan. 30 retail debut, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonka topped the Official Film Chart as the top-selling movie in the United Kingdom at the retail level through Jan. 31.

Featuring Timothée Chalamet as chocolatier Willy Wonka, the musical adaptation outsold the top five titles combined on the the week’s chart based on digital units.

Based on Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the film follows Wonka (Chalamet) as he arrives in a city renowned for its chocolate, with dreams of opening his own shop. But he soon finds himself battling sabotage and a cartel of greedy chocolatiers threatened by his potential.

Also new for the week at No. 2 was Disney’s Wish, starring Ariana DeBose and Chris Pine. Last week’s chart-topper The Marvels (Disney) dropped to No. 3, while Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls Band Together finished at No. 4, and the studio’s Oscar-nominated Oppenheimer finished at No. 5.

Moving up two spots was Universal’s adaptation of video game Five Nights at Freddy’s at No. 6. Warner’s Oscar-nominated Barbie landed at No. 7, closely followed by Lionsgate U.K.’s “Hunger Games” prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes at No. 8 — down two spots from the previous week.

The Oscar-nominated historic drama Killers of the Flower Moon (Paramount Home Entertainment) rose one spot to a new peak of No. 9, while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 3 rounded out the top 10 after falling five spots.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 31, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
NEW 1 WONKA WARNER HOME VIDEO
NEW 2 WISH WALT DISNEY
1 3 THE MARVELS WALT DISNEY
3 4 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL PICTURES
4 5 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL PICTURES
8 6 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL PICTURES
9 7 BARBIE WARNER HOME VIDEO
6 8 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE
10 9 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON PARAMOUNT
5 10 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES HE

© Official Charts Company 2024

U.K. Ad-Supported Streaming Video, PVOD Markets to Increase Revenue 20% in 2024

The introduction of advertising-supported subscription video tiers in the U.K. is projected to add $253.6 million (£200m) in value to the country’s home entertainment market in 2024, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment. The U.K. home entertainment trade group contends that premium video revenue, which includes hybrid SVOD advertising, AVOD and free ad-supported streaming television, will increase 20% to more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) from $1.69 billion in 2023.

In addition to nascent ad-supported options for Netflix and Disney+, Prime Video is rolling out an ad-supported SVOD option in the U.K. ITV, which co-owns SVOD platform BritBox with BBC Studios, launched branded ad-supported free streaming platform ITVX last month.

The surge in ad-supported streaming video options has rise driven consumer uptake in both free ad-supported and subscription services, where 19.3 million U.K. homes (67.3%) accessed a SVOD service in Q3 2023, an increase of half a million from the previous Q2 fiscal period.

The average U.K. home subscribed to 2.9 video streaming services in 2023. 

Overall, the U.K. screen industry revenue (including theatrical and pay-TV) increased 5.6% to $15.84 billion from $15 billion in 2022.

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Disney’s ‘The Marvels’ Top Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Disney’s The Marvels ranked No. 1 in its debut on the Official Film Chart through Jan. 24, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment retail sales chart.

The box office sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, also starring Brie Larson, held off 20th Century Studios’ sci-fi thriller The Creator, which sees a nuclear warhead detonated over 2055 Los Angeles. The film stars John David Washington as ex-special forces agent Joshua, recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, an elusive AI architect who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war between humans and the forces of artificial intelligence.

Last week’s chart topper, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls Band Together, dropped two spots at No. 3, while the Oscar-nominated Oppenheimer came in at No. 4. 

Universal’s newest chart entry Five Nights at Freddy’s debuted at No. 8. Based on the video game series of the same name, the Emma Tammi-directed supernatural horror film sees protagonist Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson) take a job at Freddy Fazbar’s Pizza, before quickly discovering the establishment’s dark history.

Separately, Paramount’s Oscar nominated Killers of the Flower Moon returned to the chart, up 10 spots at No. 10. With members of the Osage Indian tribe being killed off one by one after the group gains wealth through oil, the killings lead to an FBI investigation.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 24, 2023

Last Week Position Title Distributor
NE 1 THE MARVELS WALT DISNEY
NE 2 THE CREATOR 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS
1 3 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
2 4 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
4 5 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
3 6 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE U.K.
7 7 ANATOMY OF A FALL LIONSGATE
NE 8 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL
5 9 BARBIE WARNER HOME BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
20 10 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Barbie’ Helps Up 2023 U.K. Home Entertainment Sales 11% to $6.25 Billion

The 2023 theatrical blockbuster Barbie helped spur U.K. home entertainment revenue to $6.25 billion, up almost 11% from $5.65 billion in 2022, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The critically-acclaimed movie was the biggest selling standalone title of 2023 on digital and disc in the United Kingdom, inclusive of EST, VOD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD, selling 700,000 units in an era of streaming video.

The data is based on the Official Charts Company, which measures individual content purchases on disc and digital, to rent, buy or own in the United Kingdom.

U.K. consumers spent a collective $255 per minute on the Barbie movie in 2023, which made it the biggest visual entertainment title of the year across both home entertainment and across movie theaters.

“It’s genuinely wonderful to see the volume of units purchased and the range of titles in 2023’s top five U.K. buy, rent and own home entertainment chart, as it perfectly demonstrates the convenience and breadth of this part of the home entertainment offering, and how much consumers value that,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said in a statement.

While subscription streaming video remained the main revenue driver, with more than 56 million subscriptions in 2023, up 5.4% from 53.1 million in 2022, transactional titles from U.S. studios played a significant part in driving revenue.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 topped the 2023 rental charts, with 306,000 sales on VOD, to add to its 388,000 unit sales across disc and digital retail. The “John Wick” lifetime franchise transactional sales (excluding VOD) are now 2.5 million units in the U.K., with a home entertainment value of $26.8 million.

Twentieth Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water was the highest performing EST and disc title, with digital and physical ownership transactions at 560,000 units across the year.

Christopher Nolan’s Golden Globe winner Oppenheimer was the biggest title across both disc formats, with a value of $1.4 million on Blu-ray and $858,000 on DVD. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical was the fifth highest selling title of 2023, following its successful theatrical release across Christmas 2022. The movie was only available in the United States on Netflix.

The top five home entertainment titles combined for 70 million total transactions across the year. The final week of 2023 saw EST sales of more than 900,000 units, with a value at $7.5 million, up 34% from $5.59 million in 2022. This included five Christmas films in the top 10: Love Actually, Elf, The Polar Express, Violent Night, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s DC Extended Universe’s superhero Black Adam was the biggest-selling title on DVD with 80,000 units sold.

More than 54 titles were released on Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) and/or Premium EST, one more title than 2022, as consumers grew accustomed to the new shape of release windows.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour scored the second biggest PVOD week one sales of 2023 (after Barbie) with $545,000 on PVOD only, following its release on Dec. 13.

Universal Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros. Movie was the biggest kids title in 2023, with 648,000 transactional sales, and was the third biggest-selling title of the year.

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Winter Holiday Classic Romantic Comedy ‘Love Actually’ Tops First 2024 Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s 21-year-old British winter romantic comedy Love Actually topped the U.K.’s Official Film Chart for the second week, becoming the first No. 1 movie of 2024 based on digital sales.

Following the movie’s 20th anniversary re-release, the title, featuring a cast including Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson, held off Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s enduring Elf at No. 2 and Universal’s over-achieving theatrical hit Oppenheimer at No. 3.

The rest of the chart comprised a sampling of Christmas movies, including Warner’s The Polar Express at No. 5, Universal’s new holiday-themed Violent Night at No. 7 and Sony’s animated Arthur Christmas at No. 9.

Among non-holiday movies, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 3 ranked No. 4, Warner’s Barbie finished at No. 6, followed by Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny  at No. 8 and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 1, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
2 1 LOVE ACTUALLY UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOMEENTERTAINMENT
4 2 ELF WARNER BROS. PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
1 3 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL PICTURES
3 4 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
8 5 THE POLAR EXPRESS WARNER BROS. PICTURES
12 6 BARBIE WARNER BROS. PICTURES
9 7 VIOLENT NIGHT UNIVERSAL PICTURES
6 8 INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY WALT DISNEY
13 9 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
9 10 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Oppenheimer’ Claims Third Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Oscar-nominated Oppenheimer claimed its third week as the U.K.’s top-selling movie, despite competition from Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Just 1,700 unit sales separated the top two titles through the week ended Dec. 13, as the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise – and former No. 1  – climbed 33 spots following its release on packaged media.

Oppenheimer leads as the biggest film of the week on digital sales, but also continues to see strong physical sales; however Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is well ahead on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray copies with more than 30,000 physical copies of the movie sold this week.

Meanwhile, five of this week’s Top 10 films are made up of Christmas-themed titles, including Universal’s Love Actually climbs to a brand-new peak of No. 3, while Warner Bros. Entertainment’s former chart topper Elf is finished No. 4.

Universal’s 2022 comedy-thriller Violent Night rose two spots (6), while Warner’s The Polar Express (7) is back in the Top 10 for the first time since last Christmas, rising seven spots. The final Christmas charter is eOne’s Nativity! at No. 9.

Returning Top 10 charter include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 3 (5), 20th Century Studios’ Poirot mystery A Haunting in Venice (8) and Warner’s top Oscar nominee Barbie at No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 13, 2023

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
1 1 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL PICTURES
35 2 INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY WALT DISNEY
5 3 LOVE ACTUALLY UNIVERSAL PICTURES
12 4 ELF WARNER HOME VIDEO
3 5 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES HE
8 6 VIOLENT NIGHT UNIVERSAL PICTURES
14 7 THE POLAR EXPRESS WARNER HOME VIDEO
23 8 A HAUNTING IN VENICE WALT DISNEY
10 9 NATIVITY ENTERTAINMENT ONE
9 10 BARBIE WARNER HOME VIDEO

© Official Charts Company 2023

‘Oppenheimer’ Marks Second Week Atop U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Oppenheimer notched a second week at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly sales chart for both music and home entertainment content — denying the studio’s Five Nights at Freddy’s the top spot.

Director Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer outsold the combined tallies of the next five charters across both disc and digital downloads.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s new chart entry — action thriller The Equaliser 3, starring Denzel Washington — opened at No. 3, while former runner-up, Walt Disney’s The Creator dropped two spots to No. 4.

Universal’s winter holiday romantic comedy Love Actually finished No. 5, having previously peaked at No. 4 in 2020. Twentieth Century Studios’ action-adventure Prey finished No. 6, due to its release on disc after previously streaming on Disney+ as an exclusive. 

Closing out the Top 10: Paramount Home Entertainment’s Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1, down three spots at No. 7, Universal’s 2022 actioner Violent Night, up two spots at No. 8, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Barbie (9) and Entertainment One’s British-themed Nativity!, which moved up five spots to No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 6, 2023

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
1 1 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL PICTURES
NEW 2 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL PICTURES
NEW 3 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES HE
2 4 THE CREATOR WALT DISNEY
13 5 LOVE ACTUALLY UNIVERSAL PICTURES
NEW 6 PREY 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS
4 7 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PT 1 PARAMOUNT
10 8 VIOLENT NIGHT UNIVERSAL PICTURES
5 9 BARBIE WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
15 10 NATIVITY ENTERTAINMENT ONE

© Official Charts Company 2023