‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Atop U.K. Official Film Chart

Long-awaited Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music rose to No. 1 on the weekly (through Jan. 20) Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom — the world’s No. 2 home entertainment market — thanks to digital downloads.

The third instalment of the much-loved pairing of Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves debuted at No. 3 before rising to the top of the chart this week, fighting off competition from recent pole sitters, including Warner’s Tenet (No. 2) and last week’s chart topper, The New Mutants (Disney’s 20th Century Studios), which pushed to No. 3.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was back in the top five, rising two places to No. 4, while Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Warner) slipped down to No. 5. Bad Boys for Life (Sony) climbed to No. 6, while The Greatest Showman (20th Century) jumped three spots to No. 7. Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level (No. 8) and Little Women (No. 9) switched places on this week’s chart.

Finally, Le Mans ’66 (the international title of 20th Century’s Ford v Ferrari) sped up seven places to rebound to No. 10. The film, based on the true story of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, last featured in the Official Film Chart Top 10 in August 2020.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 20, 2021

Rank Previous Week Title Studio
1 3 Bill & Ted Face The Music Warner
2 2 Tenet Warner
3 1 The New Mutants 20th Century
4 6 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures
5 4 Roald Dahl’s The Witches Warner
6 7 Bad Boys For Life Sony
7 10 The Greatest Showman 20the Century
8 9 Jumanji – The Next Level Sony
9 8 Little Women (2019) Sony
10 17 Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari)
20th Century

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘The New Mutants’ Rises to No. 1 on U.K. Official Film Chart

Disney/20th Century Studios’ The New Mutants rose to the top spot on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart through Jan. 13 following the film’s release on DVD and Blu-ray in the world’s No. 2 home entertainment market.

Counting Anya Taylor-Joy, of the acclaimed Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Game Of Thrones'” Maisie Williams, and “Stranger Things”’ Charlie Heaton among its cast, the superhero horror’s success this week means previous week’s chart topper Tenet (Warner) is pushed to second place despite a strong retail sales.

Brand new at No. 3 is the long-awaited sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music. Starring Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as the eponymous characters, the pair reunite for new antics in the present day —and beyond. The now-middle aged dads of teenage girls are on their biggest adventure yet, still trying to crank out a hit song and save the world.

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Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Warner) dropped to No. 4, while Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner) returned to the Top 10 after climbing nine places to No. 5. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home (No. 6), Bad Boys for Life (No. 7) and Little Women (No. 8) all fell one place.

Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures) remained on the chart at No. 9, and finally, The Greatest Showman (20th Century) zoomed back up 25 places to No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Jan. 13, 2021

Rank Previous
Week
Title Studio
1 2 The New Mutants 20th Century Studios
2 1 Tenet Warner
3 New Bill & Ted Face the Music Jelly Fish Bloom
4 3 Roald Dahl’s The Witches Warner
5 14 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Warner
6 5 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures
7 6 Bad Boys for Life Sony Pictures
8 7 Little Women (2019) Sony Pictures
9 9 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony Pictures
10 35 The Greatest Showman 20th Century

© Official Charts Company 2021

2020 U.K. Home Entertainment Revenue Jumped 26%; Warner’s ‘Joker’ Top-Selling Title

Following a 2020 that saw the coronavirus pandemic upend the global entertainment industry, home entertainment in the United Kingdom blossomed, with revenue up 26% to £3.3 billion ($4.5 billion) compared with £2.6 billion ($3.5 billion) in 2019, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment, the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar.

Top-selling title in 2020: Warner Home Video’s Joker, with the Oscar-winning drama tallying 1.4 million units across digital and physical formats. The four best-selling titles all topped one million transactions across disc, EST and TVOD, and the balance of the Top 10 all exceeded 500,000 transactions. In short, it was a banner year for U.S. studios.

“2020 saw digital home video reach new heights, with digital sell-through and rental growth accelerating despite pandemic enforced movie delays,” David Sidebottom, principal analyst, entertainment, Futuresource Consulting, said in a statement. “The strength of library content has been truly impressive and sustained throughout the year, even more notable given the continued proliferation of wider video streaming services.”

Like much of the world, the No. 2 home entertainment market saw consumers staying home in the face of the threat from coronavirus, with digital formats making huge gains; taking advantage of the instant access and range of content choice. Total electronic sellthrough (or digital purchase) sales across both film and TV content delivered 14.5% growth year-on-year after a record period of growth during the March lockdown.

Spend on TVOD (transactional video-on-demand), supported by shoppers new to the category, saw almost 24% growth. Kantar reported that the total number of customers buying and renting across the video category grew by 14% between March and November to 12.9 million as audiences sought flexible access to content across transactional methods.

At the same time, SVOD continued its meteoric growth, up an astounding 42% in 2020. Streaming services now account for 74% of the total market value, with new services joining the market in 2020 such as Disney+, and an expansion in the uptake of existing services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video during the first lockdown period. Kantar also revealed that 23% of British households signed up to a subscription service during the first quarter — around the time Disney+ launched with a further 7% and 3.5% of households, respectively, doing so in the following two quarters of the year.

Driven by catalog titles, re-releases and select new titles, 30% of consumers bought packaged media (DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray), up from 25% in 2019.

“The shift to digital doesn’t diminish the resilience of physical formats, though, as evidenced by the performance of TV and catalog content on disc, and by the strength of premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD, both underlining that many viewers are still driven by collection and the access to the best possible home viewing experience that disc provides,” said Liz Bales, CEO of BASE.

Electronic Sellthrough

Electronic sellthrough ended 2020 with 27% growth in volume and 16% in value, with digital formats accounting for more than 43% of the transactional market. During the first 12-week lockdown period, the share of spend for digital film was 45% of the total £138.6 million retail disc and EST spend, up from 26% across the same period in 2019. This huge growth was largely retained after lockdown, with EST ending the year with 36% of spend, up from 26% in 2019.

Due in part to shifts in the new release slate, catalog content has grown its share of all film EST transactions from 49% to 56% in 2020, the catalog share is up 42% year on year, with positive growth every week since the first lockdown period.

VOD

The year saw title-level data on transactional video-on-demand activity become available for the first time from the Official Charts Company and based on data from digital retailers, delivering a view of consumer engagement with VOD services. VOD activity saw a period of rapid growth during the COVID-19 March lockdown, with an average of 600,000 rentals per week before lockdown rising to more than 1 million rentals a week after lockdown was implemented.

Digital rental’s popularity is now evident, with more than 30.8 million rental transactions made through October (Q4 data will be available in Q1 2021), a significant portion of the total 75 million pieces of content that have either been purchased or rented across disc, film EST and VOD.

The year also saw distributors adopt a test and trial approach to bring content to consumers with the likes of premium EST and premium VOD (PVOD). Kantar reports that 1.1 million shoppers have rented a PVOD title since March (with the ‘Premium’ element being classified as a rental price above £10), accounting for 6% of all digital rentals and 20% of total rental spend.

Proving the value in these high-definition disc formats, 2020 saw an increase in average selling price across the Blu-ray format, up 7.1% year-on-year to £15.94 ($21.75). Echoing its performance on other formats, catalog content has thrived on Blu-ray, remaining in positive growth and ending the year with a value of over £73 million ($99.5 million).

Consumers continued to show strong engagement with 4K Ultra High Definition, with sales up 20% year-on-year, and accounting for 23% of total Blu-ray sales. High value re-releases of catalog content thrived in 2020, with a vast array of classic content given the 4K UHD treatment. Total consumer spend topped £19.2 million ($26.2 million), which accounted for 73% of total 4K UHD spend.

Consumers have proven in 2020 that there is continuing demand to own classic catalog titles on premium disc formats, and with a huge treasure trove of content yet to receive re-releases, the 564 titles currently available on the 4K UHD format seems likely to keep rising entering 2021.

Television Content

TV content proved to be robust in the disc market, with 28% consumer spending, up from 23% in 2019. During the second and third quarter of 2020, with the flow of new-release movies impacted by national lockdown measures, TV content showed a growth of 5.4% to a 26% of consumer spend in this period.

Catalog TV content soared, with growth of 5.7% year-on-year surpassing £80 million ($109 million), with the category accounting for three of the top four best-selling TV titles of the year. Top-selling titles included Game of Thrones S8 (Warner Bros.), Chernobyl (Acorn Video by RLJ Entertainment), BBC Studios’ Doctor Who Classic Series Blu-ray Collections; Outlander S5 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment); Downton Abbey the Complete Collection (Universal), and Gangs of London (Dazzler Media).

New releases such as The Crown S3 (Sony) and Gavin & Stacey: A Christmas Special (BBC Studios) also excelled, ending the year in third and seventh place, respectively, in the TV chart. BBC Studios’ newly commissioned animations of lost “Doctor Who” episodes, “The Faceless Ones” and “Fury from the Deep,” also performed well, contributing to combined sales across all content came at £4.9 million ($6.7 million), a 15% year-on-year growth from 2019.

Market Share

Disney ended the year as the leading distributor across combined disc and digital volume sales, with a 19.1% share, with Frozen 2 leading the way with 1.3 million units sold. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment continued its reign as the largest distributor across disc sales for both volume and value, remaining a full percentage point above the second-place distributor.

2021 Slate

Looking ahead to 2021, as the U.K. public cautiously anticipates the return to normality in a vaccinated post-pandemic world, so does home entertainment. With Tenet (Warner) performing strongly across digital and premium disc formats in the final weeks of 2020, and as the first major new release title to launch since the spring, consumer demand is clearly high, with a plethora of titles ready to perform across a diverse 2021 slate.

Pending releases include Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal), Luca (Disney), Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Sony), and Tom and Jerry (Warner). Other releases include James Corden’s musical take on Cinderella (Sony), and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Disney); superhero spinoffs and sequels with Disney’s Eternals and Black Widow, as well as Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) and Warner’s Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman 1984; Antlers (Disney); Spiral (Lionsgate distributed by Elevation Sales) and Last Night in Soho (Universal).

Universal’s F9; Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony); A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Pictures), Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount), Space Jam: A New Legacy (Warner), and No Time to Die (Universal).

“Amongst the many seismic changes in consumption habits that 2020 has seen, the most encouraging for home entertainment was the indication that subscription services and transactional formats can not only co-exist, but grow in tandem,” said Craig Armer, strategic insight director, Worldpanel Entertainment. “For the first time in at least 8 years, the number of buyers and renters of transactional formats grew, helped by a complete resurgence in the popularity of VOD. Encouraging levels of return for a second purchase amongst new consumers suggests habits being formed that should continue into 2021.”

Warner’s ‘Tenet’ Tops U.K.’s Final 2020 Home Entertainment Chart

In a new-release-starved home entertainment market, consumers covet fresh content. Warner’s release of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi espionage thriller Tenet turned the U.K. weekly Official Film Chart on its head through Dec. 23. The title outsold the other top-five titles combined with nearly 150,000 packaged-media/digital unit sales. The title also ended the ride of Warner’s Elf (No. 5) atop the charts at three weeks.

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Warner’s The Witches entered the chart at No. 2, with the remake starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci. Jim Carey’s The Grinch (2000) remained No. 3, followed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Love Actually at No. 4.

Universal’s Last Christmas (No. 6), 20th Century’s Home Alone (No. 7), Warner’s The Polar Express (No. 8), and Jim Henson Video’s The Muppet Christmas Carol (No. 9) rounded out the Top 10, with the 2018 animated version of The Grinch moving up one spot to No. 10.

Rank Previous Week Title, Studio Peak
Position
Weeks on Chart
1 New
Tenet
Warner Home Video
1 1
2 New
Roald Dahl’s The Witches 
Warner
2 1
3 3
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Universal Pictures
2 18
4 4
Love Actually
Universal
4 10
5
Elf
Warner
1 21
6
Last Christmas
Universal
1 11
7
Home Alone
20th Century Home Entertainment
5 15
8
The Polar Express
Warner
6 18
9
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Jim Henson Video
8 8
10 11 
The Grinch (animated)
Universal
10 23

1993 Movie ‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Chart — For the First Time

Twenty-seven-year-old Halloween-themed comedy Hocus Pocus topped the U.K.’s home entertainment Official Film Chart through Nov. 4 for the first time following last weekend’s Halloween festivities.

Indeed, spooky films flooded the Top 20, with families and flat mates across the U.K. prevented from the usual parties and trick-or-treating due to lockdown measures, moviegoers took to their sofas for a ghostly entertainment on disc and digital. In total, 12 films in the Top 20 ranged from classic horrors, including Scream and Halloween, to more family-friendly entries like Casper and Scoob!.

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Disney’s Hocus Pocus flew up three spots from the previous week, just ahead of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which also rose three spots to No. 2 — knocking both Onward (No. 4) and Frozen II (No. 5) down three places each from last week. Scoob! held on at No. 3.

Ghostbusters (1984) entered the Official Film Chart for the first time, landing at No. 6 just ahead of Casper at No. 7, which rocketed 17 places. Thanks to a recent remake, the original 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches soared 20 places to No. 8, and the remake of The Invisible Man creeped up four spots to No. 9. It: Chapter Two rounded things off at No. 10, floating up seven spots from the previous week.

Other seasonal entries in the Top 20 included The House With a Clock in Its Walls (No. 13), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (No. 15), Beetlejuice (No. 16), Halloween (No. 17) and Scream (No. 20).

Rank Previous Week Title Studio
1 4 Hocus Pocus Disney
2 5 The Nightmare Before Christmas Touchstone
3 3 Scoob! Warner
4 1 Onward Disney
5 2 Frozen II
Disney
6 New Ghostbusters Sony
7 24 Casper Universal
8 28 The Witches Warner
9 13 The Invisible Man (2020)
Universal
10 17 It: Chapter Two Warner

 

Warner’s ‘Joker’ Most-Rented Digital Movie in the U.K.

The Official Film Chart in the United Kingdom has launched a monthly digital rental chart and data service for the British video sector. The new service claims to be the first video-on-demand (VOD) chart service in the world, based on data from digital retailers such as Amazon, Apple TV, Rakuten, Sky Store and Talk Talk TV, with the service supported by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) in tandem with U.K. video trade body the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE).

The launch of the inaugural chart follows a period of accelerated growth in rental activity during the COVID-19 lockdown, with data for the first half of 2020 showing an average of 600,000 rentals per week before lockdown, rising to more than 1 million rentals weekly after lockdown was implemented. During the two weeks leading up to lockdown, pandemic-themed thriller Contagion (2011) was the most rented title in the U.K.

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More than 21 million rental transactions were made in the first six months of 2020. Joker, starring Oscar-winning Joaquin Phoenix, was the most popular title with more than 600,000 rental transactions through June 30, leading its closest competition Jumanji: The Next Level by 150,000 rentals. Rian Johnson’s Knives Out was third at the half-year mark.

The monthly Official Film Rental Chart will be published in the middle of each month, beginning in October.

Rank Title Studio
1 Joker Warner
2 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony Pictures
3 Knives Out Lionsgate
4 1917 Entertainment One
5 Frozen II Disney
6 Contagion Warner
7 Angel Has Fallen Lionsgate
8 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Pictures
9 Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford v Ferrari) 20th Century
10 Gemini Man Paramount

Samsung: More TV Owners Stream Video Than Watch Linear Programming

Samsung, the largest manufacturer of Internet-connected televisions, or smart TVs, in the United States (ahead of LG Electronics), says consumers in the United Kingdom accessing over-the-top video on its TVs now exceeds consumers accessing linear programming.

The data from Samsung Ads Europe from January through June mirrors TV consumption habits of 50 million Samsung smart TVs in the United States the South Korean manufacturer disclosed in June. Specifically, Samsung found a 59% increase (or 38 minutes daily) in OTT video consumption across the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. About 72% of survey respondents said they stream and watch pay-TV.

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“Streaming is no longer just an emerging behavior, but rather a central viewership method,” Alex Hole, VP of Samsung Ads Europe, said in a statement. “As such, advertisers need to adjust strategies to reach all TV viewers as they consume a wider selection of content from both linear and OTT sources.”

Hole said consumption of linear TV continues, but advertisers should consider avoiding “over-exposure” to this viewer at the expense of OTT video consumption.

Samsung has a vested interest in streaming video. It launched a few years ago an ad-supported VOD platform dubbed “Samsung TV Plus,” featuring 135 channels across various news, sports and entertainment genres.

Indeed, Samsung said it saw the largest spike in ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) consumption among consumers in the U.K., up more than 30%, or about 1 hour and 39 minutes per day. SVOD use increased 26%, while on-demand broadcast content increased 9% and TVOD remained flat.

“A media plan that understands the importance of targeted advertising across the connected TV environment is pivotal for advertisers looking to reach consumers across all their viewership habits,” Hole said. “This is heightened as households move seamlessly from linear to VOD services.”

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Tops British Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Seventh Time

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Chart through Sept. 16 in the United Kingdom for the seventh time. The animated sequel has sold more than 215,000 units across DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital download.

This week’s highest new entry, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (Disney) finished No. 2 — with the 1999 movie entering the chart for the first time following its release on a limited edition 4K Steelbook version. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) at No. 3 sits just a handful of unit sales behind its predecessor after climbing three places up from last week.

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The previous week’s No. 1, Black Panther (Disney), dropped to No. 4, landing just ahead of eOne’s 1917 at No. 5. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, swung up nine places to No. 6; Bad Boys for Life (Sony) rose three to No. 7.

Paramount Pictures Sonic the Hedgehog dropped to No. 8, while Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level held on at No. 9. Finally, Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women returned to the top 10 for the first time since June. Starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, this adaptation was nominated for six academy awards this year, winning one for Best Costume Design.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – 16th September 2020

LW Pos Title Label
3 1 TROLLS WORLD TOUR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
NEW 2 STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE WALT DISNEY
6 3 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER WALT DISNEY
1 4 BLACK PANTHER MARVEL FILMS
4 5 1917 ENTERTAINMENT ONE
15 6 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME SONY PICTURES HE
10 7 BAD BOYS FOR LIFE SONY PICTURES HE
2 8 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PARAMOUNT
9 9 JUMANJI – THE NEXT LEVEL SONY PICTURES HE
14 10 LITTLE WOMEN (2019) SONY PICTURES HE

British Up Digital Movie Transactions 87% During Pandemic Lockdown

New data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and compiled by The Official Charts Company shows that consumer spending on digital movie purchases grew by more than 87% during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period through June 30 to £113 million ($148 million). The United Kingdom is the second-largest home video market in the world.

Examining the wider transactional VOD market, data from Kantar suggests 1.8 million new customers either bought or rented digital content during lockdown, taking the number of consumers transacting digitally in that period to a record high of 5.5 million.

Transactional Successes

In the 12 week period from March 28 when the British government introduced its “stay home” policy, digital purchases accounted for 51% of the market as consumers engaged with the depth of range of titles available through digital home viewing options, with 49% attributed to sales of physical media (DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray). While growth in digital ownership was already evident, with its share at 29% in the same period in 2019 and at 37% in the 12 weeks prior to lockdown, the data suggests transactional VOD made huge gains at a time when many of consumers were forced to stay home.

Falling disc sales prior to the pandemic translated to an overall decline in the transactional video market, but the performance of digital transactional in lockdown has reversed that trend, with whole video market growth of 6.9% in value terms delivering a significant 21 point swing. During the lockdown period, disc proved to be remarkably resilient even in the context of many bricks and mortar retailers either being forced to close or to pivot to focus on essential provisions. Even with those challenges, with premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD continuing to appeal and an increased engagement from consumers with TV box sets on disc, the disc market maintained a predominantly flat value position year-on-year.

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“With nearly 2 million new customers buying or renting entertainment content from a digital store during the lockdown period and contributing to the wider transactional video market returning to growth, the digital transactional market has been a beneficiary of the fact that the government’s Stay Home policy provided the right environment for it to flourish,” BASE CEO Liz Bales said in a statement.

Performance across the market can to some extent be attributed to a strong release slate, with a pipeline of theatrical titles becoming available early for purchase on digital platforms. During the lockdown period titles such as Jumanji: The Next Level, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917, Bloodshot and Frozen II were joined on digital platforms by family-friendly releases such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Onward, as well as Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit, with average volume sales for digital purchase rising from more than 350,000 units per week in the 12 weeks from the start of 2020 to more than 565,000 units a week in the 12 weeks from March 28.

While the average selling price for a digital copy has risen year-on-year by 4.4% to £8.51 ($11.51), the fact that the ASP has fallen marginally against its pre-lockdown position suggests that consumers are also engaging with the value proposition offered by the breadth and depth of catalog content available through digital retailers alongside the pick of titles fresh from the cinema.

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The diverse range of older titles that digital customers have sought out during the pandemic includes classics such as Forrest Gump, Top Gun, Grease, Apocalypse Now and titles from the “Harry Potter” franchise, with titles released pre-2010 representing 38% of all digital sales during lockdown.

“Across both digital purchase and rental, numbers have boomed during the lockdown period, with new and existing customers contributing to some 7.9 million transactions, up more than 22% on the same period last year and more than the same period in 2018, which supports the story of the transactional video category returning to growth,” said Craig Armer, strategic insight director at Kantar.

Armer said the number of transactional VOD customers doubled, accounting for more than 28% of the transactional VOD market in lockdown versus around 13% for the same time last year.

Families Engage with Premium VOD

One area of innovation driven by lockdown was the debut of  premium VOD offerings, with titles earmarked for theatrical release appearing on VOD services early. Titles released in this model included Trolls World Tour, The Invisible Man, Emma, The Hunt and Military Wives, with PVOD offerings accounting for 6.2% of all digital rentals over the lockdown period according to data from Kantar. Due to the higher price point of these premium offerings, that figure translates to a 19% share of rental spend in the period, with Kantar estimating that more than half a million customers experimented with the new-release format.

In keeping with the PVOD success of Trolls World Tour, families have the largest share of spend and are accessing content through their TVs rather than through other devices, endorsing the popularity of the movie night in that continues to be a key occasion for transaction and, in lockdown, a welcome break from the situation the nation was dealing with.

“The fact that more than half of consumers anticipate they will maintain habits formed during lockdown, such as engaging more broadly with digital delivery, underlines the need for the video category to optimize around the opportunity delivered by the growth it has seen,” Bales said.  “Historically, home entertainment has proved robust in times of economic crisis and the addition of a meaningful number of new customers to digital transactional, alongside the resilience of the disc market, means the video category at large has plenty to build upon even as consumer confidence and discretionary spend potentially become challenged as we look to the future.”

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Remains U.K.’s Top-Selling Title

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Trolls World Tour finished atop the weekly Official Film Chart (through Aug. 12) for the fourth consecutive week, making the sequel the longest-running No. 1 of 2020 in the United Kingdom. Trolls World Tour has lasted longer at the top of the chart than Disney’s Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, each at three weeks at the chart peak.

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At No. 2, Disney’s Onward flies 16 places to return to its previous high position, just ahead of the week’s biggest new entry at No. 3, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Lucasfilm title takes the place of its precursor, A New Hope, following a limited edition Steelbook release of the film.

Twentieth Century Home Entertainment’s Spies in Disguise moved up 23 places to its previous peak of No. 4; the animated film starring the voices of Tom Holland and Will Smith sees an internationally-renowned spy Lance Stirling (Smith) accidentally turned into a pigeon by a genius but socially awkward tech officer (Holland) — as the two work together to change Stirling back and save the world.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: The Next Level jumped two spots to No. 5, as Frozen II drops to sixth and Paramount Home Entertainment’s Sonic the Hedgehog ended in seventh. Terminator: Dark Fate (20th Century Home Entertainment) is the highest climber of the week, skyrocketing 31 places to No. 8; 1917 (eOne) dropped four to ninth and Warner Home Video’s Joker ended the week at No. 10.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3 (No. 11) is up one, while Universal’s Four Kids and It — a children’s fantasy film based on a Jacqueline Wilson novel — enters the Official Film Chart for the first time at Number 15.