Warner’s ‘Godzilla x Kong’ Remains Atop Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart Through May 29

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire remained No. 1 for a second week on the Official Film Chart, the U.K.’s weekly home entertainment sales chart.

The sequel to 2021’s Godzilla vs Kong held off Warner’s previous-week No. 1 Dune: Part Two, which dropped to No. 2. The movie releases on DVD and 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc next week. Meanwhile, Warner’s Barbie lifted two spots to No. 3.

The highest chart entry came from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s horror film, Abigail (No. 4). A group of criminals kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure, but quickly discover they’re locked inside their hideaway with a not-so-normal little girl.

Warner’s Wonka was up three spots (No. 5), while Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 3 (No. 6) moved up four spots from the previous week. Sony’s rom-com Anyone But You dropped three spots to No. 7.

Warner’s The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, returned to the top 10 after more than a year, lifting six spots to No. 8. Finally, Universal’s Migration (No. 9) and Kung Fu Panda 4 (No. 10) rounded out the chart.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 29, 2024

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE WARNER
2 2 DUNE: PART TWO WARNER
3 5 BARBIE WARNER
4 NEW ABIGAIL UNIVERSAL
5 8 WONKA WARNER
6 10 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES
7 4 ANYONE BUT YOU SONY PICTURES
8 14 THE BATMAN WARNER
9 7 MIGRATION UNIVERSAL
10 6 KUNG FU PANDA 4 UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2024

Warner’s ‘Dune: Part Two’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart for a Month

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s sequel Dune: Part Two remained No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Film Chart for a fourth consecutive week for the week ended May 15. The movie remains the top-grossing theatrical release in 2024.

Showing no signs of slowing down, the sci-fi drama starring Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Timothée Chalamet, held off competition from two new chart entrants.

At No. 2 was Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the follow-up to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and the fifth installment in the franchise. The film stars Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”), in addition to original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.

Two animated films remained in the top five: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Kung Fu Panda 4 (No. 3) and Migration (No. 4). They finished just ahead of a new entry for the week, The Crow (No. 5), which entered the chart following a 30th anniversary re-release.

A24’s The Iron Claw moved up two spots to No. 6, while Sony’s chart mainstay The Equalizer 3 dropped two spots to No. 7.

Rounding out the chart were Paramount Home Entertainment’s biopic Bob Marley: One Love (No. 8), Warner’s Wonka (No. 9), and Universal’s Oscar winner Oppenheimer (No. 10).

 

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 15, 2024

Rank Previous Week Movies Distributor
1 1 DUNE: PART TWO WARNER
2 NEW GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE SONY PICTURES
3 2 KUNG FU PANDA 4 UNIVERSAL
4 3 MIGRATION UNIVERSAL
5 NEW THE CROW PARAMOUNT
6 8 THE IRON CLAW A24
7 5 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY
8 4 BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE PARAMOUNT
9 7 WONKA WARNER
10 9 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL

© Official Charts Company 2024

 

Warner Bros. Ups Q1 Home Entertainment Revenue on ‘Wonka,’ ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Retail Releases

Warner Bros. Discovery May 9 said its home entertainment segment grew revenue in the first quarter (ended March 31) due to the digital and physical retail releases of Wonka and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

WBD said home entertainment revenue in the quarter was “up materially” due to the digital and physical retail releases of Wonka and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The studio includes home entertainment in its “Content” business segment, which reported a 13% decrease in revenue to $2.62 billion. Content sales also includes distribution across theatrical, streaming, cable, satellite and broadcast networks, local television stations, and airlines.

Theatrical revenue increased “significantly,” the studio says, from the box office success of Dune: Part Two and higher carryover from fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2023) titles compared to the end of 2022. The movie is currently the highest grossing theatrical release in 2024 with more than $708 million in ticket sales worldwide.

On the flipside, TV revenue declined meaningfully as production delays resulting from the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes led to fewer episodes delivered during Q1 of this year, as well as the timing of content availabilities and licensing deals.

In addition, games revenue declined significantly due unfavorable comparisons to the success of Hogwarts Legacy in the prior year quarter, while this year’s Q1 release of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League generated significantly lower revenue.

“Warner Bros. Pictures had a strong start to the year as the first studio to reach $1 billion in both overseas and global box office, and they have a great slate in the works,” WBD CEO David Zaslav said in a statement.

Zaslav announced that the studio has greenlighted a new “Lord of the Rings” movie from director Peter Jackson slated for release in 2026.

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Warner’s ‘Dune: Part Two’ Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart Through May 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two remained atop the U.K. home entertainment sales chart — the Official Film Chart — a third time for the week ended May 8. The movie, starring Timothée Chalamet , Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Javier Bardem, is currently the highest-grossing theatrical release of 2024.

Making its sales chart debut is DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Kung Fu Panda 4 — once again starring Jack Black as Po — landing straight in at No. 2, also only on digital downloads. Indeed, seven of this week’s top 10 sellers are currently available on digital only.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Migration moved up one spot to No. 3, closely followed by Paramount Home Entertainment’s biographical drama Bob Marley: One Love at No. 4.
 
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 3 moved up four spots to No. 5, followed by the studio’s romantic comedy Anyone But You (No. 6), which  returned to the top 10 this week after moving up five spots.
 
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Wonka upped three spots to No. 7 from No. 10. A second new entry lands in the top 10 this week: The biographical drama The Iron Claw — telling the story of history-making professional wrestling family, the Von Erich brothers — featuring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson, debuts at No. 8.
 
Rounding out this week’s top 10 is Oppenheimer (No. 9), down two spots, and IFC Film’s horror film Late Night With the Devil at No. 10.
 
 

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 8, 2024

Rank Previous Week Movies Distributor
1 1 DUNE: PART TWO WARNER
2 NEW KUNG FU PANDA 4 UNIVERSAL
3 4 MIGRATION UNIVERSAL
4 2 BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE PARAMOUNT
5 9 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES
6 11 ANYONE BUT YOU SONY PICTURES
7 10 WONKA WARNER
8 NEW THE IRON CLAW A24
9 7 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
10 8 LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL IFC FILMS

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Wonka’ Stays Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart for Fifth Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s musical prequel Wonka finished at No. 1 on the U.K. home entertainment sales chart for a fifth week through March 20, according to new data from the Official Film Chart.

Based on the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka more than tripled the unit sales of its closest competitor, with 76% of its revenue from digital platforms.

Moving up five spots to No. 2 on the chart was Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s former chart-topper Oppenheimer, while the previous week’s runner-up, the animated family adventure Migration, dropped one spot to round out the podium at No. 3.

Warner’s Barbie moved up four spots to No. 4, while the studio’s Dune: Part One rounded off the top five.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s rom-com Anyone But You finished No. 6, just a few unit sales ahead of The Equalizer 3, which jumped 23 spots to No. 7, following a surge in digital and disc sales.

Rounding out the top 10 were Lionsgate U.K.’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (No. 8), Searchlight’s Oscar winner Poor Things (No. 9) and Apple studio’s biographic drama Napoleon (No. 10).

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – March 20, 2024

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 WONKA WARNER
2 7 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
3 2 MIGRATION UNIVERSAL
4 8 BARBIE WARNER
5 3 DUNE: PART ONE WARNER
6 4 ANYONE BUT YOU SONY PICTURES
7 30 THE EQUALIZER 3 SONY PICTURES
8 6 THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES LIONSGATE
9 5 POOR THINGS DISNEY
10 9 NAPOLEON APPLE STUDIOS

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Wonka’ Continues as the Top-Selling Weekly U.K. Home Entertainment Release Through Feb. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wonka secured a second-consecutive week as the U.K.’s top-selling retail movie — more than doubling the unit sales of its closest competition.

Timothee Chalamet’s turn as the eccentric chocolatier in this prequel to the events of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory once again tops the Official Film Chart on digital sales only.

Disney’s music fantasy Wish also remained No. 2 for a second week.

The biggest release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray this week is Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s video game-themed horror movie Five Nights at Freddy’s, which jumped three spots to No. 3 following its release on disc. Starring Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), the movie previously peaked at No. 2 on its original release in December.

Universal’s Trolls Band Together remained at No. 4, while Disney’s The Marvels dropped two spots to No. 5. The studio’s Oppenheimer secured a spot in the Top 10 for the 11th consecutive week at No. 6, just ahead of Warner’s Barbie at No. 7.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie jumped four spots to No. 8, while multi-Oscar nominee Killers of the Flower Moon (Paramount) remained at No. 9. Finally, at No. 10 is Lionsgate U.K.’s former chart-topper The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Feb. 7, 2024

Last Week Position Movie Distributor
1 1 WONKA WARNER BROS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
2 2 WISH DISNEY
6 3 FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
4 4 TROLLS BAND TOGETHER UNIVERSAL
3 5 THE MARVELS DISNEY
5 6 OPPENHEIMER UNIVERSAL
7 7 BARBIE WARNER BROS.
12 8 PAW PATROL – THE MIGHTY MOVIE PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
9 9 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON PARAMOUNT
8 10 THE HUNGER GAMES-THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS LIONSGATE U.K.

© Official Charts Company 2024

‘Contagion’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and Digital Feb. 27

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 medical thriller about a global epidemic and the people determined to keep it at bay, will be available to purchase on Feb. 27 for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, as well as for digital purchase, from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment.

In the film, when Beth Emhoff (Gweneth Paltrow) returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she’s dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband (Matt Damon) they have no idea why. Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain hemorrhage, and ultimately, death. The numbers quickly multiply as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fueled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day. A global pandemic explodes.

As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect themselves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger (Jude Law) claims the public isn’t getting the truth about what’s really going on and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself.

The film also stars  Marion Cottilard, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle and Sanaa Lathan.

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Special features on the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and digital include the previously released featurettes “The Reality of Contagion”; “The Contagion Detectives”; and “Contagion — How a Virus Changes the World.”

Animated ‘Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!’ Available Digitally Nov. 21

The animated holiday musical Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!, from executive producer Wyatt Cenac, Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment,  will debut digitally Nov. 21.

Starring Steve Urkel, the breakout character from the series “Family Matters,” Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! features the voices of Jaleel White (as Steve Urkel), Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”) and Kym Whitley (“The Bay”). 

In the film, the holiday season is here, and brilliant but accident-prone super genius Steve Urkel has only one mission: to make the holidays the best they can be for everyone. However, things are off to a not so merry start after he ruins a celebration at his local shopping mall and humiliates the department store Santa. Hoping to make things right, Steve invents a device that helps people spread holiday cheer but it only manages to make things worse. Using his big brain, it’s up to Steve to help the city rediscover the holiday spirit.

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‘Barbie’ Returns Atop U.K. Weekly Home Entertainment Sales Chart Through Nov. 1

Warner Bros. Pictures Home Entertainment’s Barbie roller coaster retail ride continues, with the No. 1 theatrical release of the year returning atop the Official Film Chart as the U.K.’s top-selling movie on disc.

Following its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, Barbie moved up from No. 3 to No. 1, with 51% of its sales coming from packaged media.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s previous chart topper, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1, moved down to No. 2 as the most-downloaded move of the week. Warner’s Meg 2: The Trench rounded out the final podium spot.

The highest new charter at No. 4 included Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Gran Turismo, co-starring David Harbour, Orlando Bloom and newcomer Archie Madekwe.

Sony’s perennial charter, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse returned to the Top 10 at No. 5, just ahead of Disney’s former chart-topper Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny at No. 6.

A boxset of the original four Hellraiser movies, Hellraiser: Quartet of Torment, entered the chart at No. 7 following its special limited-edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc.

Rounding out the Top 10 is A24’s teenage horror flick Talk To Me, which sees a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits while accidentally opening the door to the evil spirit world.

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – Nov. 1, 2023

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 3 BARBIE WARNER BROS. PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
2 1 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART 1 PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
3 2 MEG 2: THE TRENCH WARNER
4 NEW GRAND TURISMO SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
5 17 SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE SONY
6 4 INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY DISNEY
7 NEW HELLRAISER: QUARTET OF TORMENT ARROW STUDIOS
8 NEW TALK TO ME A24
9 5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL 3 DISNEY/MARVEL
10 10 THE NUN II WARNER

© Official Charts Company 2023

Warner Bros. Q1 Content Revenue Dropped 10.5% Due in Part to Fewer Home Entertainment Releases, Lower Catalog Sales

Warner Bros. Discovery May 5 reported that its studio segment generated more than $3 billion in first -quarter (ended March 31) content revenue, which was down about 10.5% from revenue of $3.35 billion during the prior-year period. Content revenue includes TV licensing, theatrical film rental and home entertainment.

TV licensing declined primarily due to certain large TV licensing deals in the prior year quarter as well as fewer theatrical titles available. Theatrical film rental was lower due to the strong performance of The Batman in the prior-year quarter. Home entertainment declined due to fewer new releases of theatrical product and lower library sales.

Through the first quarter, Warner’s top-grossing theatrical release remains Shazam! Fury of the Gods with a total gross of $57.6 million. By comparison, The Batman generated $338.2 million in ticket sales in the prior-year quarter.

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Overall studio revenue dropped 7% to $3.21 billion, from $3.5 billion. Operating income fell 23% to $607 million, from $807 million.