‘Hustlers’ Dancing to Digital Nov. 26, Disc Dec. 10 From Universal

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the drama Hustlers through digital retailers Nov. 26, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 10.

Inspired by the true story of a crew of former strip club employees who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Constance Wu stars as a young stripper struggling to make ends meet until she learns the ropes from the club’s top earner (Jennifer Lopez). When the 2008 economic collapse hits their clientele hard, they concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players.

The cast also includes Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B.

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The film earned $93.6 million at the domestic box office.

Disc editions of the film will include a commentary with director Lorene Scafaria.

‘Aladdin’ Takes Over Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Yesterday’ Tops On Demand

Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 29. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The musical fantasy had debuted at No. 3 on the chart two weeks earlier before hitting the second spot in its second week.

Universal Pictures’ Yesterday debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Yesterday, which earned $73 million at the domestic box office, is about an aspiring musician who, when he learns he is the only one who remembers the Beatles, begins re-introducing their songs to the world as his own. It debuted as the No. 6 disc rental.

The previous week’s top rental and digital title, Fox’ X-Men: Dark Phoenix, slid to No. 2 on both charts.

The No. 3 disc rental was Warner’s latest reboot of Shaft, which was No. 5 on the On Demand chart. It earned $21 million at U.S. theaters.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum dropped to No. 4 on the rental chart and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

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Another Lionsgate action thriller, Anna , debuted at No. 5 on the rental chart and No. 6 on the rental chart. It made $7.7 million at domestic theaters.

Fox’s remake of the horror film Child’s Play was No. 4 on the On Demand chart and No. 7 on the disc rental chart. It’s U.S. box office haul was $29 million.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 29:

  1. Aladdin (2019) — Disney
  2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  3. Shaft (2019) — Warner
  4. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — Lionsgate
  5. Anna — Lionsgate
  6. Yesterday — Universal
  7. Child’s Play (2019) — Fox
  8. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  9. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  10. Ma — Universal

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 29:

  1. Yesterday — Universal
  2. X-Men: Dark Phoenix — Fox
  3. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum
  4. Child’s Play (2019) — Fox
  5. Shaft (2019) — Warner
  6. Anna — Lionsgate
  7. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  8. Men In Black: International — Sony Pictures
  9. Ma — Universal
  10. The Hustle — MGM

Universal Releasing ‘Good Boys’ Digitally Oct. 29, on Disc Nov. 12

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the ‘R’-rated comedy Good Boys through digital retailers Oct. 29, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 12.

The story involves 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) being invited to a kissing party and asking his best friends Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) for pointers on how to kiss. After they accidentally destroy the precious drone of Max’s dad (Will Forte), they skip school and embark on an epic misadventure to replace it, avoiding the cops while encountering accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball and two terrifying teenage girls (Molly Gordon and Midori Francis).

The film earned $73.3 million at the domestic box office.

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Home video extras include feature commentary with director/co-writer Gene Stupnitsky and producer/co-writer Lee Eisenberg; an unrated alternate ending; unrated deleted and extended scenes; a gag reel; the featurette “Boys for Real,” a look into the casting process and real-life friendships that evolved on-set; “Welcome to Vancouver,” in which Tremblay shows off some of his favorite things about his hometown; “A Fine Line,” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss the raunchy dialogue; “Ask Your Parents,” in which the cast and filmmakers talk about how they were able to navigate adult questions from curious child actors; “Bad Girls,” a discussion with Molly Gordon and Midori Francis; and the featurette “Guest Stars,” about some of the cameos in the film.

Actioner ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Speeds to Digital Oct. 15, Disc Nov. 5 Including 4K

The actioner Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will come out on digital Oct. 15 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Nov. 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Franchise favorites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, Skyscraper, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham, The Meg, Spy) forge an unlikely partnership that provides fresh insight into their backstories with action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to Samoa. For years, hulking lawman Hobbs and lawless outcast Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba, Thor: Ragnarok, The Dark Tower) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw must partner up to bring him down.

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Joining the cast as Shaw’s sister Hattie is Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible-Fallout, “The Crown”).

Directed by David Leitch from a story by longtime “Fast & Furious” franchise narrative architect Chris Morgan and a screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationIron Man 3), Hobbs & Shaw is produced by Johnson, Statham, Morgan and Hiram Garcia (SkyscraperRampage).

The film has earned more than $680 million at the global box office.

Hobbs & Shaw features more than 80 minutes (on digital, 4K UHD, Blu-ray) of bonus content, including an alternate opening; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the story; and an audio commentary by Leitch.

The 4K UHD version includes dynamic metadata feature HDR10+. The digital version is available on Movies Anywhere.

‘Godzilla,’ Secret Life of Pets’ Sequels Top Redbox Disc Rental and On Demand Charts

Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Sept. 1. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The monster sequel earned $110.5 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets 2 debuted as the No. 2 disc rental and was No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

The animated sequel earned $157.8 million in U.S. theaters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

No. 3 on both charts was the Universal comedy The Hustle.

Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman debuted at No. 4 on both charts after earning $96.4 million at the domestic box office.

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Rounding out the top five disc rentals was Disney’s Avengers: Endgame, down from the top spot a week earlier.

Sony Pictures’ Brightburn, a dark twist on a traditional superhero origin story, was No. 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Sept. 1:

  1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  2. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  3. The Hustle — Universal
  4. Rocketman — Paramount
  5. Avengers: Endgame — Disney
  6. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  7. A Dog’s Journey — Universal
  8. Brightburn — Sony Pictures
  9. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  10. The Curse of La Llorona — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Sept. 1:

  1. The Secret Life of Pets 2 — Universal
  2. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Warner
  3. The Hustle — MGM
  4. Rocketman — Paramount
  5. Brightburn — Sony Pictures
  6. A Dog’s Journey — Universal
  7. Long Shot — Lionsgate
  8. Pokémon Detective Pikachu — Warner
  9. John Wick — Lionsgate
  10. Shazam! — Warner

Cohen Releasing ‘My Son’ on Home Video Sept. 17

Cohen Media Group will release the thriller My Son on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Sept. 17.

Starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent, the French-language film focuses on the father of a kidnapped boy doing whatever it takes to find his son.

My Son marks the third collaboration between Canet and director Christian Carion, who kept his star almost completely in the dark about the movie’s plot. The film was shot in sequence over six days, and Canet, onscreen for virtually every minute, was experiencing events, struggling with his emotions, and discovering clues in real time, just as his character was.

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Blu-ray and DVD extras include a making-of featurette and a look behind the scenes with Carion and Canet.

Cohen releases are distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Shout! Factory to Give ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ the Steelbook Treatment

Shout! Factory has set a Nov. 12 home release date for a special steelbook Blu-ray disc edition of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,  a mockumentary from The Lonely Island about a pop phenomenon named Conner4Real (portrayed by Andy Samberg) who suddenly finds his popularity plummet.

The film was released theatrically in June 2016 by Universal Pictures but only generated about $9 million in domestic box office revenues, against a budget of $20 billion.

Fans who order the limited-edition steelbook of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping directly from thelonelyisland.com or shoutfactory.com will received a limited-edition lithograph, available while supplies last. The steelbook edition carries a suggested list price of $29.97.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment initially released the DVD and Blu-ray Disc in September 2016. On Aug. 27, UPHE is dropping the price of the regular Blu-ray to $9.99.

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The cast in the Judd Apatow-produced film also includes Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Joan Cusack.

After a two-year, sold-out, worldwide tour, Conner4Real is the biggest name in music. Then, his second album flops, and Conner faces a crisis of popularity, leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when Conner4Real is no longer the dopest star of all.

The comedy from blockbuster producer  is loaded with cameos from the biggest names in comedy and music, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Carrie Underwood, DJ Khaleed, Nas, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Questlove, Mariah Carey, and others.

Beatles Tribute Movie ‘Yesterday’ on Home Video in September

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the music-infused comedy Yesterday digitally Sept. 10, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 24, with musical performances not seen in theaters.

From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as a struggling songwriter who suddenly becomes the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles, and subsequently skyrockets to fame by forging a music career passing their songs off as his own, but along the way risks losing the love of his girlfriend, (Lily James), the one person who always believed in him. The cast also includes Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran.

The film earned $70.6 million at the domestic box office.

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Extras on the Blu-ray, DVD, digital and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions include an alternate ending; 12 deleted scenes; Patel performing “Yesterday,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Let it Be” at Abbey Road Studios; and feature commentary with Boyle and writer/producer Richard Curtis.

The Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray and digital versions will also include an alternate opening, gag reel and several featurettes:

• “Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen,” in which the singer reflects on acting in his first major role;

• “Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon,” about the fun and energy that the queen of improvisational comedy brought to the set;

• “A Talented Duo,” about the first-ever team up of Curtis and Boyle;

• “Playing for Real,” about how Patel learned how to play Beatles songs live on set;

• “Soul Mates,” a look at the film’s love story between Jack and Ellie;

• “A Conversation With Richard & Ed,” in which longtime friends Curtis and Sheeran have a funny and informal chat about the making of the film.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will include HDR10+ and the bonus features in 4K resolution on the 4K disc. The 4K Blu-ray combo pack will include the film on UHD and regular Blu-ray discs and a redeemable digital copy. The Blu-ray combo pack will include Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy versions of the film.

Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rises on Digital Sept. 3, Disc Sept. 10 From Universal

The zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die will stalk to digital (including Movies Anywhere) Sept. 3 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Sept. 10 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, the film stars Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton (SuspiriaTrainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania Series, Fargo), Danny Glover (Proud MaryLethal Weapon Series), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriGet Out), Rosie Perez (“Pure,” White Men Can’t Jump), Iggy Pop (Gimme DangerCoffee and Cigarettes), Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA (“Snowfall,” The Man with the Iron Fists 2), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania Series, Spring Breakers), Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Dog Day Afternoon), Austin Butler (The Intruders, “Arrow”), Luka Sabbat (“Grown-ish”) and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Book of Eli).

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In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town. The dead rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens must battle for their survival.

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star,” in which Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero; “Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die”; and “Stick Together,” in which Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style and what makes The Dead Don’t Die stand out from other zombie films.

Universal Ups Q2 Home Entertainment Revenue

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment July 25 reported second-quarter (ended June 30) revenue of $229 million, which was up nearly 2% from revenue of $225 million during the previous-year period.

Through six months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue is up almost 5% to $496 million from $473 million during the previous-year period.

Top-selling titles in the quarter included The Grinch, Halloween and The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

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Overall, studio revenue declined nearly 15% to $1.45 billion from $1.71 billion due in large part to unfavorable comparisons with last year’s theatrical hit, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, partially offset by the performance of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in this year’s second quarter.

For the half-year period, total studio revenue decreased 3.9% to $3.2 billion compared to $3.3 billion in 2018, reflecting lower theatrical and other revenue, partially offset by higher content licensing and home entertainment revenue.

Pre-tax earnings increased 60.3% to $547 million compared to $341 million in 2018, reflecting lower revenue more than offset by lower operating expenses.