Distribution Solutions Inks Distribution Deal With Powerhouse Films Label

Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, has inked a physical media partnership with Powerhouse Films’ U.K.-based label Indicator.

Distribution Solutions will handle sales and distribution of all Powerhouse Films sellthrough releases in the United States and Canada.

The first physical Powerhouse Films releases distributed by Distribution Solutions will be available for purchase in January 2022.

Powerhouse Films has an extensive collection of classic films that includes limited-edition boxed sets and single-title releases, as well as standard-edition reissues of limited-edition titles that have gone out of print, such as John Carpenter’s Christine, Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon and Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie.

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“We are very excited to be in business with Powerhouse Films,” Distribution Solutions president Ben Means said in a statement. “Partnering internationally with a film label like Indicator, which has such a driven passion for physical media, helps expand the quality and coverage of classic films we distribute to the U.S. and Canada.”

“We’re thrilled to be bringing our unique blend of cult and classic cinema to audiences in the U.S. and Canada in partnership with the fantastic team at Distribution Solutions,” Powerhouse Films’ co-founder Sam Dunn said in a statement. “We’ve been working hard unearthing and restoring a raft of incredible titles in order to put together a schedule that will surprise and delight even the most adventurous viewer.”

“Indicator lovingly curates and enshrines obscure, precious gems for the obsessive collector and the genre connoisseur,” award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said in a statement.

‘Black Widow’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Second Week

Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow remained atop the Official Film Chart in the U.K. for the second week, ended Sept. 29, driven by packaged-media sales, including DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray.

The Scarlett Johansson starrer held off Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Monster Hunter, which climbed two spots to No. 2.

The week’s highest new entry was John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror The Thing, which made its chart debut at No. 3 thanks to a brand-new re-issue on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc. The movie knocked Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard down to No. 4, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Nobody to No. 5.

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Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (No. 6) and Paramount Home Entertainment’s A Quiet Place Part II (No. 7) both fell one spot, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 (No. 8) and Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 9) held onto their positions from the previous week. Rounding off the top 10 was Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner), which climbed 11 spots.

Rank Previous Week Movie, Studio Peak
Position
Week on Chart
1 1
BLACK WIDOW, DISNEY/MARVEL
1 2
2
MONSTER HUNTER, SONY PICTURES
2 3
3 NEW
THE THING, UNIVERSAL
3 1
4
HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD, LIONSGATE
1 3
5
NOBODY, UNIVERSAL
2 4
6
THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, WARNER
2 5
7
A QUIET PLACE PART II, PARAMOUNT
1 6
8 8
PETER RABBIT 2, SONY PICTURES
1 10
9 9
ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WARNER
1 23
10 21 
GODZILLA VS. KONG, WARNER
1 18

 

Netflix Picks Up Three U.K. Reality Shows for Its Global Audience

Netflix has picked up three reality shows from the United Kingdom for its global audience.

“Over our past couple of years at Netflix, we have been thrilled by the ideas pitched to us from production companies in the U.K.; ideas that are fresh, thought-provoking and playful, a perfect combination for our unscripted slate,” wrote Ben Kelly, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., and Daisy Lilley, manager of unscripted series for the U.K., in an online blog. “We look for series that have a unique take on a familiar concept and put innovative twists on shows that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, so that we can deliver something truly original.

“The line-up includes a monstrous new VFX dance competition that gives talented budding dancers a chance to perform like no one’s watching, a reality series that puts a group of failure-to-launch youngsters through their paces in a wilderness camp, and a dating show with a seriously uncomfortable twist.”

They also confirmed that season three of “Too Hot to Handle” will launch early in the new year.

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The new shows include “Snowflake Mountain,” “Dance Monsters” and “Dated and Related.”

“Snowflake Mountain” takes a bunch of clueless kidults who aren’t yet living to their full potential and puts them through their paces at a wilderness survival retreat to try and kickstart them into standing on their own two feet. At stake is a transformative cash prize for the lucky winner. There’s no running water, no parents to wait on them, and no Wi-Fi. The series, which was filmed in the Lake District (North West England), features an international cast.

“Dance Monsters” is a large-scale dancing competition with a monster twist. Through the power of VFX, live motion capture and facial recognition, competitors will transform into fantastical dance monsters that come to life in front of an expert panel of judges and a live studio audience. For their time on stage they get to escape reality, become something truly extraordinary and stand out from the crowd.

In “Dated and Related,” pairs of siblings will be seeing each other’s love life up close and personal as they search for “the one” together. The series is filmed in France with an international cast.

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart For Second Week

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway held onto the No. 1 spot on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom for a second consecutive week, ending Aug. 4.

The live-action animated sequel is still connecting with consumers on digital downloads only. The James Corden and Rose Byrne-led movie continues to hold as the U.K.’s biggest film, beating competition from the 2013 animated adventure The Croods at No. 2, which has enjoyed a recent resurgence thanks to the release of its own sequel in theaters.

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The original Space Jam (Warner) held at No. 3 for a third consecutive week, as Zack Snyder’s Justice League jumped four spots to No. 4, and double feature set Peter Rabbit 1 & 2 dropped to No. 5. The animated and real world collide in Tom & Jerry, which chased its way back up four spots to No. 6. Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong dropped to No. 7 and the studio’s Mortal Kombat sank to No. 8.

Warner’s Birds of Prey climbed 13 spots to No. 9, returning to the Top 10 for the first time since March, thanks to the release of the recent Suicide Squad sequel, and Universal Pictures’ critically-acclaimed Promising Young Woman rounded out the top 10.

Overall, Warner again dominated retail channels with 60% of the top-selling titles, followed by Sony (20%) and Universal/DreamWorks Animation (20%).

The highest new entry on the Official Film Chart came from British thriller Six Minutes To Midnight at No. 15. Written by Eddie Izzard and Celyn Jones, and written and directed by Andy Goddard, the WWII-set drama includes Izzard, Judi Dench and Nigel Lindsay among its cast.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Aug. 4, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY SONY PICTURES
2 7 THE CROODS UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS
3 3 SPACE JAM WARNER
4 8 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE WARNER
5 2 PETER RABBIT 1 & 2 SONY PICTURES
6 10 TOM & JERRY (2021) WARNER
7 6 GODZILLA VS. KONG WARNER
8 5 MORTAL KOMBAT (2021) WARNER
9 22 BIRDS OF PREY … WARNER
10 9 PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Tops U.K. Home Entertainment Chart Through July 28

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hopped to No. 1 on the Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom for the retail week ended July 28.

The family film with CGI characters — featuring the voice of James Corden as the title character — claimed the top spot based on digital sales only, ahead of its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Aug. 2. Meanwhile, a boxed set of both “Peter Rabbit” movies entered the chart at No. 2, while the first 2018 film appeared as a standalone release at No. 17.

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A 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc re-release of Quentin Tarantino-written True Romance sent the 1993 romantic crime drama onto the chart at No. 4, and the previous week’s chart topper Mortal Kombat (2021) dropped to No. 5, followed by Godzilla vs. Kong (No. 6), The Croods (No. 7), Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 8), Promising Young Woman (No. 9) and Tom & Jerry (No. 10).

Warner again dominated among distributors with 50% of the week’s Top 10 selling titles.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – July 28, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 New PETER RABBIT 2 Sony Pictures
2 New PETER RABBIT 2-MOVIE COLLECTION Sony Pictures
3 3 SPACE JAM Warner
4 New TRUE ROMANCE Arrow Films
5 1 MORTAL KOMBAT (2021) Warner
6 2 GODZILLA VS. KONG Warner
7 4 THE CROODS Universal/DreamWorks
8 5 ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE Warner
9 7 PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Universal
10 8 TOM & JERRY (2021) Warner

© Official Charts Company 2021

Warner’s ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Scores Third Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

It was a Warner Bros. week in home entertainment in the U.K.

Warner Home Video’s Godzilla vs. Kong finished atop the the Official Film Chart in the U.K. through June 30, more than doubling the sales of its closest competition. The title saw 75% of its weekly sales made up of DVD and Blu-ray Disc units.

At No. 2, the week’s highest new entry was Batman: The Long Halloween — Part 1. The DC animated movie is the first of a two-part series, starring Jensen Ackles, Josh Duhamel, Troy Baker and the late Naya Rivera.

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Former chart topper Zack Snyder’s Justice League dropped two spots to No. 3, while Tom & Jerry sustained its No. 4 spot. Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard moved up four spots to No. 5, thanks to its sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, being released theatrically.

Wonder Woman 1984 dropped three spots to No. 6, while Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place fell two spots to No. 7, and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon spent a second week at No. 8, while Tenet climbed one spot to No. 9.

Finally, Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw jumped nine spots to No. 10, due to the popularity of F9: The Fast Saga in theaters.

Rank Previous Week Movie Peak
Position
Weeks on Chart
1 1
Godzilla v. Kong
Warner Home Video
1 5
2 New
Batman: The Long Halloween — Part 1
Warner
2 1
3
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Warner
1 10
4 4
Tom & Jerry (2021)
Warner
2 6
5
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Lionsgate
5 3
6
Wonder Woman 1984
Warner
1 16
7
A Quiet Place
Paramount
3 21
8 8
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney
1 6
9 10 
Tenet
Warner
1 26
10 19 
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Universal
1 42

Warner’s ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Posts Fifth Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros.’ Zack Snyder’s Justice League returned to No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart the week ended June 16 following a photo-finish race with the studio’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

With just 550 unit sales separating the two titles, Zack Snyder’s Justice League scooped its fifth non-consecutive week at the top, boasting this week’s highest sales on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, while Godzilla vs. Kong at No. 2 is the week’s biggest seller on digital download.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place snuck up one place to No. 3 as fans of the post-apocalyptic franchise catch up with the original following its sequel’s theatrical release, knocking Warner’s Tom & Jerry: The Movie to No. 4. Disney’s animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon held on at No. 5, and Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner) swooped up one place to No. 6.

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Paramount’s classic action-adventure collection of four “Indiana Jones” movies entered the chart at No. 7 thanks to the release of a new 4K Blu-ray Disc boxed set. Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking dropped two places to No. 8, landing just ahead of this week’s highest brand new entry, Universal’s 2 Hearts, at No. 9.

Entering on digital downloads only, 2 Hearts is a romantic drama telling the stories of two couples whose narratives unfold in different decades and different places — until a hidden connection brings them together in unimaginable ways, challenging the audience to believe that anything is possible.

Finally, former chart-topper Tenet (Warner) returned to the Top 10 after climbing six places to No. 10.

Warner dominated the week comprising 50% of the top-selling titles, followed by Paramount with 20%.

 

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 16, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Studio
1 2 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
2 1 Godzilla vs. Kong Warner
3 4 A Quiet Place Paramount
4 3 Tom & Jerry: The Movie (2021) Warner
5 5 Raya and the Last Dragon Disney
6 7 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
7 New Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection
Paramount
8 6 Chaos Walking Lionsgate
9 New 2 Hearts Universal
10 16 Tenet Warner

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Fights to No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong battled to No. 1 on the U.K. home entertainment’s Official Film Chart through June 9, stomping up two places from its No. 3 debut the previous week.

On digital downloads only the movie bested two recent releases, former No. 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League (No. 2) — the biggest title of the week on physical formats — and Tom & Jerry at No. 3.

The 2018 suspense thriller A Quiet Place climbed 15 spots to No. 4, landing in the top 10 for the very first time. Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, alongside Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, the critically acclaimed film sees a new U.K. chart peak following the release of its sequel released in cinemas last week.

Meanwhile, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon dropped one spot to No. 5, while Lionsgate’s dystopian action film Chaos Walking climbed one spot to No. 6; Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner) landed at No. 7; and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit is down two spots to No. 8.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall re-entered the chart at No. 9, marking a new peak for the film and its first stint in the top 10 thanks to a surge of digital downloads. Finally, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds off the countdown at No. 10.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 9, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Studio
1 3 Godzilla v Kong Warner
2 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
3 2 Tom & Jerry (2021) Warner
4 19 A Quiet Place Paramount
5 4 Raya and the Last Dragon Walt Disney
6 7 Chaos Walking Lionsgate
7 5 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
8 6 Peter Rabbit Sony Pictures
9 Return Total Recall Studiocanal
10 8 Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony Pictures

© Official Charts Company 2021

Warner’s ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Sits Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Third Week

Warner Bros. dominated home entertainment sales in the U.K. for the week ending May 12 — with a mixture and new and catalog titles.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League finished atop the Official Film Chart for a third consecutive week via digital downloads. The four-hour director’s cut held off competition from DC Extended Universe sister film and former chart topper Wonder Woman 1984.

Horror reboot Wrong Turn made its Top 10 debut at No. 3. A group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail venture off the beaten track, and find themselves confronted by the deadly ‘Foundation’ — a group of settlers who have lived in the mountains for over 150 years.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home swung up eight spots to No. 4, while Jumanji: The Next Level moved up four spots to No. 5. Warner’s award-winning Judas and the Black Messiah finished strong at No. 6; Joker dropped two spots to No. 7, while the mind-bending Tenet upped six spots to No. 8.

The 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, entered the Official Film Chart for the first time at No. 9, thanks to a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook edition. Finally, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame rose six spots to No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 12, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
2 2 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
3 35 Wrong Turn (2021)
Signature Entertainment
4 12 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures
5 9 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony
6 6 Judas and the Black Messiah Warner
7 5 Joker Warner
8 14 Tenet Warner
9 New Blade Runner Warner
10 16 Avengers: Endgame Disney/Marvel

© Official Charts Company 2021

Packaged Media Keeps ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Home Video’s Wonder Woman 1984 continues to resonate with consumers in the U.K. thanks to packaged media. The DC superhero marked a fourth week at No. 1 on the Official Film Chart through April 7. The title was assisted with 84% of its sales made up of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray copies, despite strong competition from the chart’s highest new entry: Disney Pixar’s Soul, which finished No. 2.

Spurred by the theatrical success of Godzilla vs. Kong, Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters climbed seven spots to No. 3; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home remained at No. 4; while Warner’s Scoob! shot up 18 spots to No. 5. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished No. 6, while a double feature of Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman 1984 finished at No. 7.

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Moving up 13 spots to No. 8 was Warner’s Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which finished just ahead of Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ (Icon Home Entertainment) at No. 9 following the Easter weekend — the first time the movie has earned a spot in the Official Film Chart. Finally, Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (Warner) jumped to No. 10, marking the first time the full collection of eight movies in the franchise entered the Top 10.

Rank Previous Week Movie Peak
Position
Week on Chart
1 1
Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
1 4
2 New
Soul (Disney/Pixar)
2 1
3 10 
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
2 22
4 4
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)
1 72
5 23 
Scoob! (Warner)
1 24
6
Trolls World Tour (Universal)
1 37
7
Wonder Woman/Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
2 2
8 21 
Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Warner)
2 15
9 New
The Passion of the Christ (Icon)
9 1
10 13 
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (Warner)
9 17