Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Tops $1 Billion Fiscal-Year 2019 Revenue

Sony Pictures Hone Entertainment April 26 reported fourth-quarter (ended March 31) fiscal-year 2019 revenue of $300 million, up about 3.4% from revenue of $290 million during the previous-year period.

The studio topped $1 billion in revenue for the fiscal year — up 3.1% from revenue of $982 million in fiscal year 2018.

Top retail releases in the fiscal year included Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, The Equalizer 2, Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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 Venom ranks the sixth-bestselling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc title in 2019 with $13.1 million in revenue and 657,000 units sold, according to The-Numbers.com. The Tom Hardy-starrer generated more than $37.6 million in 2018 on 1.7 million discs.

The Equalizer 2 ranks 21st with $4.5 million in revenue and 256,000 units sold. The title, starring Denzel Washington, generated $16.3 million in revenue last year on 855,000 discs sold.

Peter Rabbit generated $18.4 million on 1 million discs sold in 2018. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation sold $37 million worth of discs (2 million).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was only released into retail channels on March 19.

Top 2018 release — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — sold more than $65 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

Current quarter SPHE releases include A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes & Watson, Escape Room, Miss Bala and Never Look Away.

 

‘Halloween’ Tops Disc Sales for January 2019

Universal Pictures’ sequel to/reboot of the horror classic Halloween was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for January 2019 to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

Halloween debuted on disc on Jan. 15 and was the top seller its first week in stores.

Sony Pictures’ Venom, the top seller in December and the first two weeks of January, was No. 2 for the overall month of January.

Sony’s Goosebumps 2 landed at No. 3 for the month. It debuted the same week as Halloween.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which landed on disc Jan. 29, managed to take the month’s No. 4 spot despite having just a couple days to qualify.

No. 5 for the month went to Universal’s First Man, a Jan. 22 release that was the top seller in its first week.

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Universal had four titles in the month’s top 10, with the Jan. 1 release Night School taking No. 6, and The House With a Clock in Its Walls slipping to No. 9, having debuted in the sixth spot in December.

According to NPD, the January 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Halloween (2018) (Universal)
  2. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  3. Goosebumps 2 (Sony Pictures)
  4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney)
  5. First Man (Universal)
  6. Night School (Universal)
  7. Smallfoot (Warner)
  8. Hunter Killer (Lionsgate)
  9. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  10. The Predator (Fox)

 

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops 2018 Disc Sales; ‘Venom’ Leads in December

Sony Pictures Ups Q3 Theatrical Revenue 76%

Sony Pictures Entertainment Feb. 1 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) theatrical revenue of $532 million, up 76% from revenue of $302 million in the previous-year period.

Total revenue topped $2.45 billion, up 6.5% from $2.3 billion last year. Operating income increased nearly 10% to $102 million from $93 million.

Principle box office drivers included sci-fi thriller Venom, starring Tom Hardy, with $855 million in global revenue, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with $225 million.

In the previous-year period, top box office titles included Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($329 million) and Blade Runner: 2049 ($163 million).

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On the retail side, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment generated revenue of $320 million, down less than 4% from revenue of $331 million in the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment revenue was up 3% at $713 million from $692 million during the previous-year period.

Home entertainment releases in the quarter included Venom, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The Equalizer 2, Alpha and Hotel Transylvania 3 : Summer Vacation.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hotel Transylvania 3, Blade Runner 2049 and Spider-Man: Homecoming were the top-selling SPHE titles released on DVD/Blu-ray Disc in 2018 – with combined revenue of $140.6 million, according to The-Numbers.com. .

 

Universal Pictures Continues Redbox Chart Streak With ‘Halloween’

Universal Pictures continues its run on top of the Redbox charts, with the latest installment in the gruesome “Halloween” horror movie franchise debuting at No. 1 on both charts the week ended Jan. 20.

Halloween, the 11th installment that began with the 1978 original also called Halloween, topped both the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and streaming.

The new Halloween earned nearly 160 million in North American theaters. It comes full circle, following Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) 40 years after she survived Michael Myers’ initial killing spree chronicled in the first movie.

Halloween bumped another Universal Pictures film, Night School, out of the No. 1 spot it had held for the past three weeks on the Redbox disc-rental chart and two weeks on the Redbox On Demand digital chart.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was another new release, Goosebumps 2, from Sony Pictures. Like Halloween, Goosebumps 2 was released theatrically in time for Halloween. A sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps, the followup racked up a $46.7 million domestic gross.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 on the kiosk chart, and to No. 6 from No. 4 on the digital chart.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was a third new release, Speed Kills, from Lionsgate. The film stars John Travolta as a rich speedboat racing champion who leads a double life that gets him in hot water with both the police and a team of drug lords. It’s the latest in a string of theatrical flops starring the one-time ‘A’ list star.

On the Redbox On Demand digital chart, Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor moved back up to No. 4 from No. 6 the prior week, while the No. 5 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, down two spots from the previous week.

A fourth new release, Warner’s A Star is Born, debuted at No. 8 on the Redbox digital chart. The film – which received eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for “Best Picture,” won’t be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc until Feb. 19.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. Venom
  5. Speed Kills (new)
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. The Equalizer 2
  8. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  9. Smallfoot
  10. Peppermint

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 20

  1. Halloween (2018, new)
  2. Goosebumps 2 (new)
  3. Night School
  4. A Simple Favor
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. Venom
  7. The Old Man & The Gun
  8. A Star is Born (2018, new)
  9. The Equalizer 2
  10. White Boy Rick

 

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops 2018 Disc Sales; ‘Venom’ Leads in December

Walt Disney Studios finished 2018 with six titles on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for the full year according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The top seller was Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, which became the year’s top seller in November, displacing Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which finished the year at No. 2. Another Disney release, Marvel’s Black Panther, was No. 3 for the year.

The top 10 list for the full year was unchanged from what had been tracked at the end of the previous month, with the exception of Disney’s Incredibles 2, an early November home video release, taking over the No. 9 spot, and Warner’s Justice League dropping off the list.

Other Disney titles in the top 10 were Coco at No. 6 and Thor: Ragnarok at No. 7.

For December, Sony Pictures’ Venom was the month’s top seller. The comic book movie was released on disc in the middle of the month and jumped to the No. 1 spot on the weekly sales list, where it remained for four straight weeks.

The month’s No. 2 title was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout, followed at No. 3 by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2.

Incredibles 2 carried over its popularity into December, landing at No. 4.

Three more December disc releases cracked the month’s top 10, with Warner’s Smallfoot debuting at No. 6, Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls at No. 6 and Fox’s The Predator at No. 7.

Two Christmas catalog titles, Warner’s Elf and Christmas Vacation, were the No. 8 and No. 9 sellers in the month, respectively.

According to NPD, the December 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  2. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Paramount)
  3. The Equalizer 2 (Sony Pictures)
  4. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  5. Smallfoot (Warner)
  6. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  7. The Predator (Fox)
  8. Elf (Warner)
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  10. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)

 

2018 Top 10:

 

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  3. Black Panther (Disney)
  4. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. Coco (Disney)
  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  8. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  9. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)

 

‘Incredibles 2’ Tops November Sales; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Takes Over as Year’s No. 1 Title

‘Venom’ Spends Fourth Week Atop Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom topped 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 Jan. 12, its fourth week in the top sales spots.

Universal Pictures’ Night School landed at No. 2 for a second week, followed by 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale moving up two spots to No. 3.

The top newcomer came in at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart: Lionsgate’s Hell Fest, a horror film about a serial killer who attacks the guests at a Halloween-themed amusement park event.

No. 5 on both charts was Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls.

The top six Blu-rays were unchanged from the previous week, with Fox’s The Predator at No. 4 (No .6 overall), and Disney’s Incredibles 2 at No. 6 (No. 7 overall).

The only other newcomers in the top 20 were Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Part 6 at No. 14 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart) and Lionsgate’s Mid90s at No. 18 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

Venom is the second title released in 2018 to top the charts for four weeks, after Fox’s Deadpool 2, which was on top for three weeks after its debut in August and returned to No. 1 after Thanksgiving. However, Venom is the first title to top the charts for four consecutive weeks since Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the summer of 2016.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 13, Night School took No. 1 for a third consecutive week, while Venom was once again No. 2.

House With a Clock in Its Walls was the No. 3 rental, followed by Bad Times at the El Royale at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ White Boy Rick at No. 5.

Hell Fest debuted at No. 9. Other newcomers on the rental chart include Lionsgate’s The Oath at No. 14 and Mid90s at No. 17.

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Lionsgate’s ‘Hell Fest’ Only New Release to Crack Redbox Top 10

Lionsgate’s newly released Hell Fest is the only new release to make the Redbox charts for the week ended Jan. 13.

The slasher film,  about a group of teens who are stalked by a serial killer at a Halloween carnival, debuted at No. 9 on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, and No. 10 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Universal Pictures’ Night School once again scored a double win, remaining at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Redbox kiosk chart and the second week on the digital chart.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, remained at No. 2 on the kiosk chart but slipped to No. 4 on the digital chart.

Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, remained at No. 3 on the kiosk chart but slipped to No. 9 from No. 5 on the digital chart.

White Boy Rick, from Sony Pictures, moved up to No. 4 on the Redbox disc-rental chart after debuting at No. 7 the prior week.

Bowing at No. 5 was 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale, which became available to Redbox one week after its street date.

On the Redbox digital chart, Paramount’s Book Club, released back in August, reappeared in the top 10 at No. 2.

Bad Times at the El Royale was No. 3, with White Boy Rick rounding out the top five.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 13

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  4. White Boy Rick
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. The Equalizer 2
  7. The Predator
  8. Peppermint
  9. Hell Fest (new)
  10. Smallfoot

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 13

  1. Night School
  2. Book Club
  3. Bad Times at the El Royale
  4. Venom
  5. White Boy Rick
  6. A Simple Favor
  7. Peppermint
  8. The Equalizer 2
  9. The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  10. Hell Fest

 

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‘Venom’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week

A pair of new releases debuted in the top five on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 5, but neither could displace Sony Pictures’ Venom from taking the top spot for a third consecutive week.

The closest was Universal Pictures’ Night School, which landed at No. 2 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart in its first week on shelves.

Night School, a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffandy Haddish, sold 65% as many copies as Venom overall, but just 52% as many Blu-ray Discs. Half of first-week Night School sales came from the HD format, compared with 62% from the third week of Venom.

The other newcomer to secure a high chart debut was 20th Century Fox’s noirish thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, which bowed at No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. Blu-ray accounted for 70% of the titles total unit sales.

No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls, also in its third week.

Another movie in its third week in stores, 20th Century Fox’s The Predator, slipped to No. 4 on both charts.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 6, Night School held onto the top spot for a second consecutive week (it had been available through rental outlets such as Redbox for a few days prior to its sellthrough date).

Venom held onto the No. 2 rental spot, while The House With a Clock in its Walls moved up to No. 3.

Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2 held steady at No. 4, while The Predator slipped to No. 5.

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Kevin Hart-Starring ‘Night School’ Scores Double Win at Redbox

Universal Pictures’ Night School scored a double win at Redbox in the first week of the new year.

The Kevin Hart-starring comedy, which earned $77.3 million in North American theaters, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines.

The film also knocked Sony Pictures’ Venom out of the No. 1 spot on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), both electronic sellthrough (EST) and transactional streaming.

Venom, a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, was No. 2 on both charts.

Night School’s lingering popularity might be due in part to the controversy surrounding Hart, who in December was briefly tapped to host the 2019 Academy Awards. After being blasted for homophobic jokes and tweets he made more than eight years ago, the Academy asked him to apologize; he ultimately stepped down as host.

In Night School, Hart portrays a successful salesman who sees his life turned around after getting fired for accidentally destroying his workplace. Forced to attend night school so he can finally get his GED and find another job, he soon finds himself amongst a group of misfit students, a teacher with no patience for class clowns (Tiffany Haddish) and his high school nemesis-turned-principal (Taran Killam) who will strive to make sure he fails the course.

Universal Pictures’ The House With a Clock in its Walls, a family fantasy about a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle in a spooky old house, moved back up to No. 3 on both charts from No. 5 the prior week.

The Sony Pictures revenge thriller sequel Equalizer 2 remained at No. 4 on both charts for the second consecutive week.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox disc-rental chart was The Predator, from 20th Century Fox, down two spots from its No. 3 debut the prior week.

The No. 5 spot on the Redbox digital chart went to Lionsgate’s A Simple Favor, also down from No. 3 the previous week.

The sole new release to chart at Redbox the week that ended Jan. 6 was A-X-L, a science-fiction adventure from Global Road Entertainment that debuted on the kiosk chart only at No. 10. The film only earned $8.2 million in domestic theaters against a reported budget of $10 million.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. The Predator
  6. White Boy Rick
  7. Peppermint
  8. Smallfoot
  9. A Simple Favor
  10. A-X-L (new)

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending January 6

  1. Night School
  2. Venom
  3. The House With a Clock in its Walls
  4. The Equalizer 2
  5. A Simple Favor
  6. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  7. Peppermint
  8. White Boy Rick
  9. Smallfoot
  10. The Predator

 

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‘Venom’ Maintains Stranglehold on Disc Sales Charts for Second Week

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom topped 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 Dec. 29.

The bulk of the week’s sales took place following Christmas, and studios avoided releasing many new titles into the market. In fact, the top four titles on both charts were unchanged from the previous week.

In topping home video sales for a second consecutive week, Venom outsold the No. 2 title on both charts by a 3-to-1 margin.

Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls in its second week remained at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was again 20th Century Fox’s The Predator, also in its second week.

The No. 4 title on both charts was Walt Disney’s Studios’ Incredibles 2, in its eighth week.

Sony Pictures’ Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 2 moved up a spot to No. 5 on both charts, pushing Warner’s Smallfoot to No. 6.

The only new release to crack the top 50 for the week was Sony Pictures’ White Boy Rick, which was No. 29 overall and No. 25 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 30, Universal’s Night School took the No. 1 spot. The comedy was made available through Redbox kiosks a few days before its Jan. 1 sellthrough date.

Venom slipped to No. 2, followed by The Predator at No. 3, The Equalizer 2 at No. 4, and The House With a Clock in Its Walls at No. 5.

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