‘The Grinch’ Steals Top Rung on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s catalog title The Grinch snagged the top spot on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom through Dec. 1, underscoring the beginning of the festive season.

The 2018 animated film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch, saw strong digital download sales help it climb three spots and bump Disney/Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to the No. 2 spot.

Warner’s The Suicide Squad and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Movie both moved down one spot, while Jim Carrey’s live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) leaped nine spots to No. 5 to return to the top 10.

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The week’s highest new entry was Arsene Wenger: Invincible, a documentary about the legendary Arsenal FC team manager who spent 22 years with the soccer club, ranked No. 6 following the film’s debut on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

Disney’s Black Widow held on at No. 7, while Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga stopped at No. 8. Will Ferrell’s holiday classic Elf moved up one spot to No. 9. Finally, Warner’s Space Jam: A New Legacy returned to the top 10 after rebounding six spots.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Dec. 1, 2021

Rank Previous week Movie Distributor
1 4 THE GRINCH UNIVERSAL PICTURES
2 1 SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS DISNEY/MARVEL
3 2 THE SUICIDE SQUAD WARNER
4 3 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE PARAMOUNT
5 14 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS UNIVERSAL PICTURES
6 NEW ARSENE WENGER – INVINCIBLE NOAH SPIRIT
7 7 BLACK WIDOW DISNEY/MARVEL
8 6 F9: THE FAST SAGA UNIVERSAL PICTURES
9 10 ELF WARNER
10 16 SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2021

BASE Revamps Home Entertainment Awards

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE), the U.K. home entertainment trade group, Jan. 11 announced it is rejiggering its annual awards show to better reflect changing consumer and category trends.

Scheduled for June 7 in London, the 2018 BASE Awards will for the first time include a “creative marketing initiative” that prioritizes creativity over transactional success.

The gala features a renewed focus on the contributions made by retailers, including “physical retailer of the year,” “online physical retailer of the year,” “digital retailer of the year,” “digital retailer innovation of the year,” “physical retailer innovation of the year,” and “in-store theatre initiative of the year,” among other honors.

The “special interest award” has been expanded to incorporate entries from children’s, sport, fitness, music and comedy genres.

“The BASE Awards continue to go from strength to strength,” CEO Liz Bales said in a statement. “The event truly is a flagship moment in the industry calendar and one that places a well-deserved spotlight on the skills and innovation powering the industry.”

The U.K. home entertainment market – ranked behind Japan and the United States, according to IHS Markit – saw consumer spending across the video category rise 7.5% to £2.69 billion ($3.6 billion) in 2017.