‘Let Him Go’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Let Him Go debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 6.

The drama, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a married couple who leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family, earned $9.4 million through a limited domestic box office run.

Let Him Go sold about three times as many total copies as the week’s No. 2 seller, Warner’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon. The latest direct-to-vide0 animated movie based on DC Comics characters had been the top seller a week earlier. On the Blu-ray, chart, Batman: Soul of the Dragon sold 78% as many copies as Let Him Go, as Blu-ray Disc accounted for 31% of Let Him Go Sales compared with 68% for Soul of the Dragon (which had 11% of its total from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs).

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Two other new releases cracked the overall top 20 as well. Paramount’s Breach, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starring Bruce Willis as a janitor in the future battling aliens on a spaceship of humans colonizing another planet, debuted at No. 5 overall with a DVD-only disc release.

Universal’s romantic drama Wild Mountain Thyme, also a DVD-only disc offering, debuted at No. 17.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 7 also had Let Him Go at No. 1. The Redbox-exclusive disc version of Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud debuted at No. 2, and Breach was No. 3.

The previous week’s top rental, Universal’s Come Play, dropped to No. 4, followed by the Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief, also from Universal, at No. 5.

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‘Let Him Go’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal Pictures’ Let Him Go debuted atop the Redbox disc rental chart and was also No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Feb. 7.

The drama, which stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a married couple who leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family, earned $9.4 million through a limited domestic box office run.

Coming in at No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Vertical Entertainment’s Shadow in the Cloud. The film, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, is currently available on disc exclusively through Redbox.

The previous week’s top Redbox On Demand title, STX Films’ Songbird, dropped to No. 2 on that chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The newly released Paramount sci-fi/horror hybrid Breach, starring Bruce Willis as a future janitor defending spaceship of Earth colonists from aliens, was No. 3 on the disc chart and No. 5 on the On Demand Chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Come Play, slipped to No. 4 on that chart.

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Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief dropped to the No. 5 disc spot and No. 4 on the On Demand chart, while the same studio’s The War With Grandpa was the No. 6 disc rental and No. 3 on the On Demand chart.

Another Universal title, the newly released romance Wild Mountain Thyme, was No. 9 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Feb. 7:

  1. Let Him Go — Universal
  2. Shadow in the Cloud — Redbox
  3. Breach — Paramount
  4. Come Play — Universal
  5. Honest Thief — Universal
  6. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  7. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  8. Wander — Paramount
  9. Wild Mountain Thyme — Universal
  10. The Empty Man — 2oth Century

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Feb. 7:

  1. Let Him Go — Universal
  2. Songbird — STX
  3. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  4. Honest Thief — Universal
  5. Breach — Paramount
  6. Tenet — Warner
  7. Wild Mountain Thyme — Universal
  8. Unhinged — Solstice
  9. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  10. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate

 

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‘Horizon Line’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16

The thriller Horizon Line will come out on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 16 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

It is available now on digital.

In the film, former couple Sara (Allison Williams, Get Out, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Jackson (Alexander Dreymon, “The Last Kingdom,” “American Horror Story”) board a single-engine plane for a routine and casual flight to their friend’s tropical island wedding. However, within minutes of takeoff, their pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving them with no idea where they are, and no clue how to land the plane. With nothing but miles of ocean and sky in every direction, and a terrifying storm that’s about to envelop them, Sara and Jackson have only one shot — and there’s no going back.

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Extras include deleted scenes.

Greenland

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/9/21;
Universal/STX;
Thriller;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.
Stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, Hope Davis, David Denman, Andrew Bachelor.

The excellent Greenland plays like a cross between Deep Impact and 2012, but manages to be better than both by stripping away the traditional trappings of the disaster film genre. Where most films about a potentially world-ending event would focus on the people trying to prevent it, or how it impacts a wide variety of stock characters, Greenland stands apart by personalizing the doomsday scenario to its effect on a single family and their efforts to survive it.

Gerard Butler (who in 2017 starred in the lousy Geostorm as one of the people trying to stop the global disaster) plays John Garrity, a building engineer who is estranged from his wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), with whom he has a 7-year-old son, Nate (Roger Dale Floyd).

The news is buzzing with reports of a comet field passing close near Earth, and when a smaller fragment is projected to hit the middle of the Atlantic, several families, including the Garritys, hold parties to watch it.

However, the fragment misses the mark and ends up wiping out Central Florida instead. In the confusion, the Garritys receive a message from the government to head to a military base for transport to a shelter, leading to one of several heartbreaking scenes as they leave the other families of the neighborhood behind.

Soon the news turns much more grim. The comet field is larger than anticipated and will slam into Earth over the next few days, culminating with the impact of a giant comet bigger than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Those familiar with the general framework of these kinds of disaster films can guess what happens next, as similar depictions of the breakdown of society in the face of extinction have been the subject of many a project, but as noted earlier, the ones that seem most similar to the story of Greenland are 1998’s mostly well-regarded Deep Impact, about society preparing for a comet impact, and 2009’s awful 2012, an action spectacle about various people trying to reach shelters to survive a global disaster.

Director Ric Roman Waugh for the most part eschews the big-budget visual effects sequences these kinds of movies have become known for, instead focusing on the humanity of the situation, reminding us what it means to be a family when times get tough.

John, Allison and Nate make it to an airbase, but their plans to board a plane hit a snag because Nate is diabetic, and the military doesn’t want to take sick people. When the base is overrun by a mob, John is separated from Allison and Nate, and separately they begin to make their way to a fallback meeting place — a ranch in Kentucky owned by her father (Scott Glenn).

Through their journeys we get street-level experiences of the societal impacts of the global disaster, from gun-toting gangs taking over stores, to desperate strangers trying to steal John’s travel credentials or kidnap Nate to further their own survival plans. By keeping the focus on a single family, the audience feels every moment of heartbreak and triumph.

Ultimately, John, who learns he was selected because his profession was deemed desirable to rebuilding the world, gets word of private planes smuggling people to the shelters, which the U.S. military has built in Greenland, and becomes determined to get his family there.

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The film is beautifully shot, from simple shots of the comets haunting the night sky, to the devastating effects their impacts have on the landscape. It’s a bit surprising the film isn’t being made available on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in its U.S. retail debut.

The Blu-ray includes a smattering of extras, including a simple, one-minute featurette called “Humanity” in which the filmmakers and cast discuss the movie.

A bit more substantial are a couple of deleted scenes and the film’s original ending, which run a total of about five minutes. Each includes an optional introduction with Waugh discussing why they didn’t make the final cut. The original ending is a bit more hopeful, which didn’t sit too well with test audiences, leading to the final version that takes a bit of a cue from 2012, but not in a bad way.

The best extra is the commentary with Waugh and producer Basil Iwanyk, in which they discuss the whole process of making the movie and conveying the motifs they wanted to explore with it.

 

Universal Celebrates ‘Croods’ Release With Virtual Museum Events

La Brea Tar Pits, part of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History have partnered with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on educational virtual “Camp Croods,” based on the DreamWorks Animation family film The Croods: A New Age.

The Croods: A New Age will be available to own on digital Feb. 9 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 23, 2021, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The two separate interactive programs will feature hands-on activities and scientific investigation to explore the Ice Age, human origins and the fate of saber-toothed cats. Families will have the chance to meet real-life paleontologists and archaeologists, participate in DIY art projects, explore virtual tar pits (La Brea Tar Pits camp), take a virtual tour of the Human Origins exhibition (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History camp) and experience drawing demonstrations that bring the prehistoric Croods characters to life.

“Bringing the world of The Croods to life with the help of these two distinguished museums within an exclusive setting is a truly unique opportunity that we are pleased to share virtually with families and kids,” said Hilary Hoffman, EVP of global marketing for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. “As time-honored brands for research, discovery and exhibition, La Brea Tar Pits and the Smithsonian continue to develop entertaining and engaging programs for kids making them the ideal partners to celebrate the home entertainment release of The Croods: A New Age, the must-own family movie of the year.”

The La Brea Tar Pits camp takes place Feb. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. PT and Feb. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. PT. (Free. Registration required. RSVP at tarpits.org/campcroods).

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History camp takes place Feb. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. ET (Free. Registration required. RSVP at s.si.edu/croods ).

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“This collaboration is a great opportunity to showcase the ways in which art and science intersect, while at the same time introducing families to La Brea Tar Pits, the world’s only active paleontological research facility in a major urban area,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. “We are grateful to Universal and DreamWorks for helping us provide campers with a new way to see science in action and encourage them to keep exploring the world around them — be it through paleontology or animation.”

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“We are excited to join with Universal and DreamWorks to take visitors to Camp Croods on a journey back in time to explore the evidence scientists use to understand the lives of early humans,” said Dr. Kirk Johnson, sant director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. “Campers will embark on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins which examines the lives and environments of our earliest ancestors and considers the notion of what it means to be human.”

‘Greenland’ Top New Release on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The doomsday actioner Greenland debuted at No. 4 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30.

It’s the week’s highest-charting new release, and the only one to make the top five on the chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Greenland, starring Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, follows a family’s fight for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. The film launched on premium VOD in the United States Dec. 18 as a $19.99 48-hour rental. The STX Entertainment release subsequently became available for digital purchase Jan. 26 and will be issued on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Feb. 9.

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Other new releases on the “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 30 include Batman: Soul of the Dragon, which debuted at No. 12; Synchronic, which bowed at No. 17; Come Play, which entered the chart at No. 16; and Freaky at No. 18.

Batman, Synchronic and Come Play were released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26 after two weeks of availability via digital sellthrough.

The animated Batman: Soul of the Dragon, also available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros., is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.

Synchronic, from independent distributor Well Go USA, is a sci-fi thriller about two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel. The film enjoyed a one-week disc rental window at Redbox kiosks a week before its wide disc release on Jan. 26.

The supernatural thriller Come Play, from Universal, follows a young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship as he befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

Freaky, the latest horror film from Blumhouse, stars Kathryn Newton as Millie, a high school senior who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer nicknamed “The Butcher,” portrayed by Vince Vaughn. Now looking like a towering psychopath, Millie learns she only has 24 hours to reverse the curse and get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. It was made available via VOD in December.

Also new to the “Watched at Home” chart is Warner’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a summer 2019 home release that popped up at No. 11 as excitement builds over the next installment in the monster franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong, a mashup that will bow March 31 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Consumers were also intrigued with two Wall Street movies from Paramount Pictures in the wake of the GameStop stock frenzy. The Wolf of Wall Street jumped 10 spots to No. 9 on the “Watched at Home” chart, while The Big Short entered the top 20 for the first time at No. 13.

The Vertical Entertainment drama American Skin, about a Marine veteran who seeks justice when his son is killed by a police officer, remained at No. 1 for a second consecutive week, with Warner Bros.’ Tenet repeating at No. 2 and Universal’s Honest Thief again at No. 3. Rounding out the top 5 was Universal’s The War With Grandpa, down a notch from No. 4 the prior week.

Returning to the top 20 for the first time since early January was Paramount’s dark comedy Fatman, which stars Mel Gibson as a curmudgeonly Chris Cringle who after gifting a spoiled rich kid a lump of coal finds himself the target of a hitman. Read a review of the  Blu-ray Disc here.

  1. American Skin (Vertical)
  2. Tenet (Warner)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. Greenland (Universal)
  5. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  12. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (Warner)
  13. The Big Short (Paramount)
  14. Let Him Go (Universal)
  15. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  16. Come Play (Universal)
  17. Synchronic (Well Go USA)
  18. Freaky (Universal)
  19. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  20. Fatman (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Jan. 30.

‘Come Play’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, While ‘Songbird’ Leads On Demand Chart

Universal Pictures’ supernatural thriller Come Play debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 31. The film, about a young boy whose reliance on his cell phone and tablet for companionship unleashes a sinister creature, earned about $10 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top rental, Well Go USA’s Synchronic, slipped to No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Rounding out the top five discs were Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief at No. 3,  Paramount’s Wander at No. 4, and Universal’s The War With Grandpa at No. 5.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, had STX Entertainment’s Songbird take over the top spot. The controversial thriller, which examines a future world where the pandemic is in full effect in 2024 after the coronvirus continues to mutate, has been circulating through VOD for a few months.

No. 2 was War With Grandpa, followed by Honest Thief at No. 3. Universal’s The Croods: A New Age, from DreamWorks Animation, was No. 4, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 31:

  1. Come Play — Universal
  2. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. Wander — Paramount
  5. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  6. Born a Champion — Lionsgate
  7. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  8. Tenet — Warner
  9. Spell — Paramount
  10. Love and Monsters — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 31:

  1. Songbird — STX
  2. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  5. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  6. Tenet — Warner
  7. Unhinged — Solstice
  8. Wander — Paramount
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate

 

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Freaky

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/9/21;
Universal;
Horror;
Box Office $8.99 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody horror violence, sexual content, and language throughout.
Stars Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Katie Finneran, Dana Drori, Celeste O’Connor, Misha Osherovich, Uriah Shelton, Alan Ruck.

There’s a lot of fun to be had in Freaky, which combines the scares of a slasher film and the wackiness of a body-swap comedy to great effect.

The film goes to town on all sorts of tropes from horror films to high school and teen coming-of-age movies. Freaky the kind of movie that could easily end up being a cult hit.

It begins as any typical slasher movie would, with a psychotic killer nicknamed the Butcher (Vince Vaughn) stalking sex-crazy teenagers having a party. During the mayhem, he discovers the antiquities collection of one of the kids’ parents, and an ancient magical dagger calls out to him.

His next target turns out to be Millie (Kathryn Newton), a typical American put-upon teenager dealing with all sorts of angst, not the least of which is her father’s sudden death a year earlier and her mother turning to alcoholism to cope. So when her mother doesn’t show up to give her a ride home after the Homecoming game, the Butcher strikes, and manages to stab her in the shoulder with the magical dagger before Millie’s cop sister shows up to scare him off.

The next morning, Millie and the Butcher wake up in each other’s bodies. Since Millie was able to describe the Butcher to police, everyone now knows what he looks like, so she can’t just go walking around in his body trying to figure out what happened. But having the body of a teenage girl gives new life to the Butcher, who now has a free pass to fresh meat at high school, and ends up running afoul of all the same people who have been giving Millie problems.

Eventually, Millie is able to reconnect with her friends and convince them of what happened, and they learn about the dagger’s body-swap abilities, and that they have until the end of the day to reverse the process with another stab before the switch becomes permanent.

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The blend of supernatural hijinks with typical high school problems gives the movie some serious “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” vibes, particularly the way it serves as a revenge fantasy for dealing with all the troubles that pop up during high school, from bullies to mean teachers. The film finds a nice balance between tongue-in-cheek humor and some nasty gore.

Newton does a good job switching from meek teenager to killer on a dime, but the key to the film’s success is Vaughn, who has to take on the persona of a teenage girl. That’s why you cast someone like Vaughn for this role, since he’s no stranger to playing creepy, but has the comedic chops to pull off a convincing Millie.

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The Blu-ray includes a number of good bonus features, starting with the feature-length commentary by director Christopher Landon, who covers all the challenges of filming at an active high school during the winter in Atlanta with a shoestring budget.

Other extras include three deleted scenes running about five minutes in total, including a funny bit with a rideshare driver.

The two-and-a-half-minute “Split Personalities: Millie vs. The Butcher” featurette deals with Vaughn and Newton crafting their characters, while the three-and-a-half-minute “Crafting the Kills” dissects the variety of gruesome murders depicted in the film.

“Christopher Landon’s Brand of Horror” is a two-and-a-half-minute featurette about the director’s penchant for horror-comedy. Finally, the three-minute “Final Girl Reframed” examines how the film flips some common horror tropes about gender stereotypes.

Universal Pictures: 2020 PVOD Revenue Soared, Theatrical Plummeted

Universal Pictures’ decision to release select theatrical titles directly into premium VOD channels was lauded by Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts. Speaking on the Jan. 28 fiscal call, Roberts said the strategy has proved to be “profitable and the right move for us.”

The studio made waves last year when it took erstwhile theatrical release Trolls World Tour and instead offered it into homes for $19.99. The animated title went on to generate $100 million in 28 days. That success prompted revenue-sharing agreements with major exhibitors AMC Theatres and Cinemark to significantly shorten the theatrical window on select titles.

“While we look forward to when we can [again] enjoy the theatrical release of many franchise films … we will lean into what has become a successful hybrid distribution model,” Roberts said.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reported relatively flat financials, despite the lack of theatrical product. The division reported fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2020) revenue of $266 million, which was down just 3.7% ($10 million) from revenue of $276 million in the previous-year period. For the fiscal year, sales of DVD/Blu-ray Disc and digital movies topped $944 million, off a mere 1.3% ($13 million) from 2019.

Top-selling discs in 2020 included Trolls: World Tour and 1917.

Universal contends that with the 18 movies the studio released on PVOD in the past 10 months, it generated four times what it expected to earn in the traditional digital home entertainment window. In total, the combined in-home consumer represented more than $500 million, according to Michael Bonner, the newly appointed president of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Since the launch of PVOD, we’ve learned a tremendous amount, much of which has validated our belief that PVOD is poised to complement the theatrical business in a way that can meaningfully benefit the ecosystem across consumers, distributors and studios,” Bonner said in a statement.

As expected, studio revenue decreased 8.3% to $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter, primarily reflecting lower theatrical revenue and other revenue, partially offset by higher content licensing revenue.

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Theatrical revenue decreased 70%, primarily driven by theater closures as a result of COVID-19, and included the performance of The Croods: A New Age in the quarter. Other revenue decreased 49.6%, primarily due to decreases in revenue from our movie ticketing, entertainment and live stage play businesses, which were impacted by theater and entertainment venue closures as a result of the pandemic.

Content licensing revenue increased 22.7%, driven by the performance of certain 2020 releases that were made available on premium video on demand, including The Croods: A New Age, as well as the timing of content provided under licensing agreements.

Studio pre-tax earnings increased 65.2% to $151 million in the fourth quarter, reflecting lower revenue, more than offset by lower operating costs. The decrease in operating costs was primarily driven by lower advertising, marketing and promotion expenses due to a reduced number of movie releases compared to the prior year period as a result of COVID-19.

For the year, studio revenue topped $5.27 billion, down 19% from $6.49 billion in 2019.

‘Synchronic’ Lines Up as Top Redbox Disc Rental

Well Go USA’s Synchronic took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Jan. 24. The sci-fi thriller, which earned about $636K in U.S. theaters, focuses on two paramedics who discover a drug that enables time travel.

The film was available for disc rental at Redbox a week before its wide street date of Jan. 26.

Debuting at No. 2 on the disc chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Paramount’s Wander. The thriller involves a paranoid private investigator looking into a conspiracy he believes killed his daughter. It was No. 10 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief, which topped the disc chart the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3 on that chart and No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Universal’s The War With Grandpa, the No. 4 disc rental, rose to No. 1 on the On Demand chart.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals was 20th Century Studios’ The Empty Man.

Other newcomers to the top 10 disc list include, at No. 8, Paramount’s Dreamland, which stars Margot Robbie as a Depression era bank robber who attempts to escape a Texas manhunt by running to Mexico with the teen accomplice who falls in love with her; and at No. 10, Vertical Entertainment’s Parallel, about four friends working on a parking app who discover a gateway to alternate realities.

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On the On Demand chart, Solstice’s Unhinged was No. 3 and Warner’s Tenet was No. 4.

No. 5 was Vertical Entertainment’s American Skin, about a black Marine veteran working as a school janitor who takes the law into his own hands after his son is killed by a police officer who is cleared of any charges.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Jan. 24:

  1. Synchronic — Well Go USA
  2. Wander — Paramount
  3. Honest Thief — Universal
  4. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  5. The Empty Man — 2oth Century
  6. Spell — Paramount
  7. Tenet — Warner
  8. Dreamland — Paramount
  9. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  10. Parallel — Vertical

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Jan. 24:

  1. The War With Grandpa — Universal
  2. Honest Thief — Universal
  3. Unhinged — Solstice
  4. Tenet — Warner
  5. American Skin — Vertical
  6. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  7. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  8. Don’t Tell a Soul — Lionsgate
  9. News of the World — Universal
  10. Wander — Paramount

 

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