Vudu Offering Gift Cards, Preorder Deal on ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’

Vudu has a deal for customers who preorder Venom: Let There Be Carnage, arriving Nov. 23 for digital purchase at $19.99.

Those who preorder the movie on the service by Nov. 22 get a $3 Vudu promo code to use toward additional movies. Details are here. 

Vudu is also offering a line of “Venom”-themed gift cards to gift the movie to friends and family.

The Marvel Comics-based superhero film, available in SD, HDX and 4K Ultra HD on Vudu, stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson. In the film, Eddie Brock (Hardy) interviews serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Vudu’s YouTube channel features an exclusive clip of Hardy’s Eddie Brock and his alien symbiote Venom talking about their unique friendship on the beach.

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JustWatch: ‘Venom,’ ‘Squid Game’ Dominate Weekly Streaming

The box office success of Venom: Let There Be Carnage has helped rejuvenate consumer interest in the original 2018 Sony Pictures sci-fi actioner starring Tom Hardy.

New weekly data from JustWatch found that the original Venom movie, along with Netflix’s South Korean original series “Squid Game,” were the two most-streamed programs for the week ended Oct. 3. The company’s international streaming guide tracks more than 20 million users per month across 54 countries.

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Notably, sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage ranked No. 6, suggesting Sony made the movie available on digital platforms in select overseas markets. The movie is not yet available to stream in the U.S. as Sony does not operate a proprietary streaming platform.

However, MGM made new release The Addams Family 2 available for $19.99 premium VOD access, a move that placed the sequel No. 3 on the JustWatch list — while still generating $18 million at the domestic box office.

 

JustWatch: ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Venom’ Top Weekly Streamed Series, Movie

Apple may claim its branded subscription streaming service, Apple TV+, has less than 20 million subscribers, but that’s a big enough group to help drive the streamer’s original series “Ted Lasso” back atop JustWatch’s weekly chart of the most-streamed content.

Based on viewing habits of 20 million users per month across 54 countries, the international content guide said the comedy series in the week ended Sept. 26 topped the Netflix supernatural horror show “Midnight Mass” as well as the Hulu comedy “Only Murders in the Building.” “Ted Lasso” is about an American football coach (Jason Sudeikis) who gets recruited to coach a British professional soccer team.

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Among most-streamed movies, Sony Pictures’ 2018 action sci-fi adventure Venom ranked No. 1 as streamers apparently prepare for the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which will debut in theaters on Oct. 11. The movie was followed on the podium by Universal Pictures sequels Candyman and Halloween — the latter ahead of the Oct. 15 theatrical (and Peacock) debut of Halloween Kills.

 

 

CEO: Sony Pictures Won’t Be in the ‘Day-and-Date Release Business’

With no proprietary streaming video platform to leverage, Tony Vinciquerra, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, isn’t willing to join Hollywood studios writing the obit for the traditional theatrical window in exchange for expedited direct-to-consumer access in the home.

In an interview with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, Vinciquerra said the economics surrounding big-budget motion pictures mandate an exclusive theatrical release. That thinking would appear at odds with Warner Bros., which is releasing its entire 2021 theatrical film slate concurrently with SVOD access on HBO Max, beginning with Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day.

Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra

“We think the [theatrical] window will become more flexible, which we think is a good thing for our films,” Vinciquerra said, adding that he believes 30 days is the best window to amortize the studio’s marketing over both theatrical and home entertainment windows. “Some films will do better with a shorter window, some will do better with a much longer window. We think that’s the way to go.”

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Indeed, the executive said that when action adventure sci-fi movie Venom was released theatrically on Oct. 3, 2018, the studio was quick to negotiate a shorter box office since it wanted the Tom Hardy-starrer into home entertainment channels by the winter holidays. The title, which generated $856 million at the global box office, was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 18 — generating $60 million in packaged-media revenue.

The reverse strategy was deployed in 2019 for the Jumanji: The Next Level, which Sony kept in theaters for more than four months following its Dec. 4 debut — generating $800 million in global box office ($45.5 million in disc sales).

“The first Jumanji went in theaters forever,” Vinciquerra said.  “We backed up the window. It depends on the film.”

When asked how much Sony theatrical movies would “suffer” in 2021 facing increased home entertainment competition from PVOD and transactional VOD via Warner Bros., Disney and Universal Pictures, among others, in the midst of a pandemic, the CEO wasn’t concerned.

“We don’t think we will suffer, once theaters are open and they have a significant number of their seats to sell. We think will be fine,” Vinciquerra said, adding that the studio had no plans to enter the “day-and-date release business”.

The executive contends that with the current backlog of theatrical titles, when released at the box office the onslaught of content — in addition to a vaccine — will jumpstart moviegoers.

Vinciquerra said its recent animation fantasy release, Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train, is the top-performing box office title ever released in Japan. He said the Chinese box office has rebounded as well.

“Once people feel comfortable to go to theaters, the safety protocols appear to be strong, and the vaccine is in the marketplace, we think theaters will be back [in April or May 2021],” he said. “We’re pretty optimistic.”

Vinciquerra dismissed reports of Wonder Woman 1984‘s weak opening box office last weekend in China as more to do with reviews of the movie than the state of the exhibition business.

He said Warner’s decision to release movies through Max has made it easier for Sony to book theatrical dates in 2021 — and generate interest from actors, creators and directors eager for the box office experience and its impact financially and culturally.

“It’s been a bit of boon for us,” he said. “That actually worked very well for us.”

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 according 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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