‘Tenet’ Back Atop Disc Sales Charts for Fourth Time

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet returned to the top spot 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 Jan. 16.

It’s the fourth time in five weeks the latest thriller from director Christopher Nolan was been No. 1 since arriving on shelves Dec. 15. It was the top disc seller for three weeks after its premiere before slipping to No. 2 a week ago.

The movie that took the top spot in that gap, Paramount’s Love and Monsters, slipped to No. 2 on both charts.

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The week’s top newcomer on the overall disc sales chart was Paramount’s Spell, a horror movie about a man who survives a plane crash and is taken in to be cared for by a couple only to learn they have sinister motives. It debuted at No. 12 overall and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart after earning just over $500K in theaters.

Also new to the top 20 was Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-ray release of the anime movie Lupin III: The First, which was No. 20 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 17, Honest Thief remained No. 1 for a third week, with Spell debuting at No. 2. Universal’s The War With Grandpa dropped a spot to No. 3.

No. 4 was a newcomer called The Empty Man from 20th Century Studios. It’s a thriller about a retired Midwestern cop who investigates a string of missing teenagers whose disappearance is attributed to a local legend.

Tenet was the week’s No. 5 disc rental.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 1-16-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 1-17-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 1-16-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 1-16-21

‘Tenet’ Tops ‘Watched at Home’ Chart for Third Straight Week

Warner Bros.’ Tenet topped the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week the week ended Jan. 16. The latest thriller from Christopher Nolan has been No. 1 four of the five weeks since it arrived on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 15.

The “Watched at Home” chart 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.

Without much in the way of big new releases, the top seven titles remained unchanged from the previous week. So Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 4.

Ranking fifth through seventh were the three seasons of Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” with season three at No. 5, season one at No. 6, and season two at No. 7, just like the previous week.

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At No. 8 was Warner’s eight-movie “Harry Potter” collection, up two spots from the previous week, while Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series dropped a spot to No. 9.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 10, 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.

Also new to the chart were No. 17 Songbird, the pandemic thriller from STX Entertainment; No. 18 The Dissident, a Vertical Entertainment documentary about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; and Viva Pictures’ animated comedy 100% Wolf at No. 20.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Honest Thief (Universal)
  3. The War with Grandpa (Universal)
  4. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  5. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  7. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  10. American Skin (Vertical)
  11. The Informer (Vertical)
  12. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  13. The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  16. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  17. Songbird (STX)
  18. The Dissident (Vertical)
  19. Spell (Paramount)
  20. 100% Wolf (Viva)

 

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. 16.

Batman: Soul of the Dragon

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 1/26/21;
Warner;
Animated;
$29.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD;
Rated ‘R’ for some violence.
Voices of David Giuntoli, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Hu, Michael Jai White, James Hong, Josh Keaton.

The latest DC Comics animated movie offers a rollicking throwback to the action movies of the 1970s, with a touch of James Bond for good measure, and a supernatural storyline that harkens back to Bruce Wayne’s training before he became Batman.

While it’s billed as a Batman movie, Soul of the Dragon puts less of a focus on the Dark Knight and puts him among an ensemble of DC action stars, primarily Richard Dragon (voiced by Mark Dacascos), a secret agent who seems to have been deliberately drawn to resemble Bruce Lee.

Dragon uncovers a plot by a cult called Kobra to open a doorway to a demon dimension. To do so, they have acquired a mysterious doorway once possessed by Dragon’s old mentor, O Sensei (James Hong), who sacrificed himself years earlier to keep it sealed.

To aid him in stopping Kobra, Dragon recruits other students he trained with, including Bruce Wayne (David Gluntoli), Shiva (Kelly Hu) and Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White, who previously played a live-action version of the character on “Arrow.”)

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The movie weaves in some of the more bizarre characters from DC Comics and serves as a nice reminder of how wacky Batman comics from the 1970s could get. The core cast brings some nice chemistry to the proceedings and their mission results in some entertaining, if bloody, cartoon violence that should leave comic book movie fans satisfied.

The only real drawback might be an animation style that seems a bit stilted and modern for the subject matter.

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The Blu-ray includes a great half-hour featurette called “Batman: Raw Groove” — a retrospective about the pop culture of the 1970s that inspired Soul of the Dragon, particularly kung fu and blacksploitation movies.

The making of the film is covered more in the 18-minute “Producer Jim Krieg’s Far-Out Highlights,” which offers several filmmaker interviews, with special emphasis on Krieg, who is known for appearing in costumes appropriate to the movie he is promoting.

Rounding out the Blu-ray package are a pair of “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes — “Day of the Samurai” and “Night of the Ninja” — plus several previews for other DC Universe animated movies, including an eight-minute preview of the upcoming Justice Society: World War II.

In the 4K combo pack, all the extras are on the standard Blu-ray Disc. The 4K disc contains just the movie and its spectacular color palette.

‘Tenet’ Leads Disc Sales in December While ‘Frozen II’ Finishes as Top Seller for 2020

While spending three weeks on top of the U.S. DVD and Blu-ray sales charts was enough for Tenet to become the top-selling title for the month of December, it wasn’t enough to break through onto the year’s top 10 — a list dominated by titles from earlier in the year before the coronavirus pandemic began to impact the release slate.

The top-selling domestic disc of the year, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service, was Disney’s Frozen II, which pretty much grabbed the year’s No. 1 spot upon its release at the end of February.

An analysis of the year’s top 10 disc sellers is available here. The titles in the year’s top 10 remained unchanged from November, though Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog climbed a couple spots to finish the year at No. 7 thanks to a sales boost from a year-end Blu-ray re-release.

Meanwhile, Warner’s Tenet was No. 1 during the last month of the year after a Dec. 15 disc release. The latest thriller from director Christopher Nolan had been the subject of much discussion and fan interest during the pandemic, and also didn’t have much else in the way of major new discs in the final weeks of the year. Its underwhelming box office haul, including just $57.9 million in a domestic market severely hampered by theater closures and a virus-wary public, reportedly prompted WarnerMedia to switch its release strategy for the next year to put new movies on HBO Max concurrently with their theatrical releases.

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Warner ended up with six of the top 10 December sellers, a bunch of them being classic Christmas movies. The No. 2 December disc was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, while No. 4 was Elf, No. 6 was A Christmas Story and No. 7 was The Polar Express. No. 9 was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, which was been a top-seller for most of the last half of the year (it was No. 4 in November).

The only other new release on the December top 10 was Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3, a rare instance of a TV-based disc release cracking the top 10.

Rounding out the top five was another holiday favorite, Universal’s 2018 animated adaptation The Grinch, up from No. 2 in November.

The top seller from November, Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, slipped to No. 8 in December.

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According to NPD, the December 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Elf (Warner)
  5. The Grinch (Universal)
  6. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  7. The Polar Express (Warner)
  8. Mulan (2020)(Disney)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Home Alone (20th Century)

 

2020 Top 10:

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. 1917 (Universal)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  8. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)

 

November Domestic Disc Sales Crown Goes to Live-Action ‘Mulan’

‘Tenet’ Spends Third Week Atop Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet maintained the No. 1 spot for a third consecutive week 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 the week ended Jan. 2.

The thriller from director Christopher Nolan earned $57.9 million from a domestic box office run subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. The film deals with a secret agent who manipulates time in an effort to prevent World War III.

Newcomer Honest Thief, from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The film stars Liam Neeson as a back robber who gives up his life of crime for the love of a woman, only to be pursued by corrupt FBI agents hunting his loot. The film, the only new release in the week’s top 50, earned $14 million at the domestic box office.

Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3 rose five spots to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and was No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa climbed 10 spots to No. 4 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five overall discs was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Blu-ray chart, Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection was No. 3 (No. 6 overall), while Universal’s 1917 was No. 5 (No. 8 overall).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 3 had Honest Thief taking over the top spot, pushing War With Grandpa to No. 2 and Tenet to No. 3.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 4, followed by Vertical’s The Informer at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 1-2-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 1-3-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 1-2-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 1-2-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 1-2-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 1-4-21

‘Tenet’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Second Consecutive Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet maintained the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week 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 the week ended Dec. 26.

The thriller from director Christopher Nolan earned $57.9 million from a domestic box office run subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. The film deals with a secret agent who manipulates time in an effort to prevent World War III.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of second-week Tenet sales, down from 82% in week one; the percentage of the film’s overall sales from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray dropped from 46% to 28%.

The No. 2 title on both charts for the second week in a row was 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The week’s top new release was the Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa, at No. 14 on the overall disc chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedy, about a sixth-grader who declares a prank war on his grandfather (Robert De Niro) in an attempt to win his room back, earned $18.5 million at the domestic box office.

The only other new release to crack the overall top 50 disc sellers, at No. 40, was Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy, a follow-up to the 1996 cult horror hit The Craft.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 27 had War With Grandpa taking over the top spot, pushing Tenet to No. 2.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart after becoming available early at Redbox kiosks prior to its wide disc release Jan. 5.

The Craft: Legacy was the No. 6 disc rental.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 12-26-20
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 12-27-20
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 12-26-20
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 12-26-20
Sales Report for Week Ended 12-26-20

‘Christmas Vacation’ Visits No. 1 Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The week of Christmas fittingly saw Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation move into the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 26. The 1989 comedy, the third in the raunchy “Vacation” series, had been No. 4 the previous week.

The previous week’s most-watched title, director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, also distributed by Warner, dropped to No. 3 on the chart that 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.

Warner’s Elf remained in the No. 2 spot.

Another holiday classic getting a bump from Christmas week was Warner’s A Christmas Story. The family comedy from 1983 rose to No. 4, up from No. 10 the previous week.

Completing a clean sweep for Warner in the top five was the eight-film “Harry Potter” collection.

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Among catalog titles new to the chart were 20th Century Studios’ Die Hard, the Christmas-set action classic starring Bruce Willis, at No. 14, and the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, from Paramount, at No. 19.

The glut of holiday movies pushed season two of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” off the top 20 for the first time since June. The other two seasons remained on the chart, with season three at No. 10 and season one at No. 18.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  2. Elf (Warner)
  3. Tenet (Warner)
  4. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. Home Alone (20th Century)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Love Actually (Universal)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  11. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  12. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  13. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (20th Century)
  14. Die Hard (20th Century)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Warner, 1966)
  16. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  19. Scrooged (Paramount)
  20. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)

 

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 Dec. 26.

‘Tenet’ Home Video Debut Dominates Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet 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 Dec. 19.

The thriller from director Christopher Nolan earned $57.9 million from a domestic box office run subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. The film deals with a secret agent who manipulates time in an effort to prevent World War III.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 82% of first-week Tenet sales; 46% of the total was the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc version.

The No. 2 title on both charts, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, sold 40% as many copies as Tenet, 18% as many Blu-rays.

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Tenet was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 20, pushing Paramount’s Fatman to No. 2.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 12-19-20
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 12-20-20
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 12-19-20
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 12-19-20
Sales Report for Week Ended 12-19-20
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 12-21-20

 

‘Tenet’ Debuts at No. 1 on Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19. The latest film from director Christopher Nolan arrived on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough Dec. 15 following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office.

The next two titles switched places from the previous week as holiday titles continued to sell in the lead-up to Christmas on the chart that 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. No. 2 was Warner’s Elf and No. 3 was Universal’s animated The Grinch.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation moved up a spot to No. 4, while another Warner title, The Polar Express, jumped three spots to No. 5.

Paramount’s “Yellowstone” continues to do well with home viewers, with the third season, dropping to No. 6 after topping the chart the previous week after its Dec. 8 disc release. Season one was No. 8 and season two was No. 16.

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. Elf (Warner)
  3. The Grinch (Universal)
  4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  5. The Polar Express (Warner)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  7. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  9. Home Alone (20th Century)
  10. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  11. Fatman (Paramount)
  12. Love Actually (Universal)
  13. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  14. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Warner, 1966)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  17. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  18. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  19. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (20th Century)
  20. Buddy Games (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 Dec. 19.

‘Tenet’ Leads Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Croods’ Sequel No. 1 On Demand

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 20.

Director Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending film, which deals with a secret agent’s attempts to stop enemies from the future triggering World War III, earned $57.9 million at the domestic box office.

Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, from Universal Pictures, landed at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

The sequel to 2013’s The Croods is newly arrived on premium VOD after earning $27.4 million at U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s Fatman, dropped to No. 2.

No. 3 on the disc chart was Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer, about a reformed criminal working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish Mob. The disc release is exclusive to Redbox for the time being.

Rounding out the top five disc rentals were Lionsgate’s Unhinged at No. 4 and Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5.

The disc chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

On the digital chart, Paramount’s Love and Monsters dropped to No. 2. Unhinged was No. 3.

No. 4 was STX Film’s Greenland, the new disaster film about a man trying to save his family when a comet threatens to devastate the planet. It was released on PVOD Dec. 18.

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Newcomers on the top 10 disc chart include, at No. 6, Relativity’s Come Away, which reimagines the title characters of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as siblings trying to help their parents overcome the death of their eldest son.

No. 7 was Paramount’s Echo Boomers, about five college graduates who decide to steal from Chicago’s richest and give to themselves.

No. 8 was Universal’s Infidel, the story of a Christian American journalist put on trial in Iran for espionage.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. Tenet — Warner
  2. Fatman — Paramount
  3. The Informer — Vertical
  4. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  5. Mulan (2020) — Disney
  6. Come Away — Relativity
  7. Echo Boomers — Paramount
  8. Infidel — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. Buddy Games — Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 20:

  1. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  2. Love and Monsters — Paramount
  3. Unhinged — Lionsgate
  4. Greenland — STX
  5. Fatman — Paramount
  6. Elf — Warner
  7. Buddy Games — Paramount
  8. Krampus — Universal
  9. The New Mutants — 20th Century
  10. The Polar Express — Warner

 

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