‘Yellowstone’ Creator Bringing Prequel to Paramount+ Under New Multiyear Deal

ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group have extended a production deal with “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan, whose first project under the new multiyear pact will be a prequel to the top-rated cable series.

“Taylor Sheridan is a visionary creative whose work has reinvented genres and amassed fan bases around the globe; we are thrilled he calls ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment his home,” Chris McCarthy, President of MTV Entertainment, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to build upon our partnership with him, expand the ‘Yellowstone’ universe and showcase Taylor’s boundless talent across all of our brands and platforms.”

The new series, produced by 101 Studios for the upcoming Paramount+ streaming service, will be called “Y: 1883,” and follows the Dutton family in the 19th century as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. A preview of the series aired during the Super Bowl Feb. 7.

The series follows a Paramount+ strategy directive to expand franchise opportunities for marquee properties. “Y: 1883” will be executive produced by Sheridan, John Linson, Art Linson, David Hutkin, Bob Yari and 101 Studios CEO David Glasser.

“I am excited to continue the story of ‘Yellowstone,’” Sheridan said in a statement. “And thank you to Chris, Keith and David for allowing me to keep on expanding the family for the fans.”

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The third season of “Yellowstone” had the most-watched season premiere on cable in two years, drawing 6.5 million total viewers in live +3 tracking.

As part of his new ViacomCBS deal, Sheridan will create multiplatform content with MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios that will be exclusive to ViacomCBS, including but not limited to Paramount Network, Paramount+, CBS and other VCBS brands and platforms. The deal calls for five cycles per year of scripted and procedural series.

“Taylor Sheridan is a master at world-building and has a singular voice that makes him one of today’s standout creators making must-watch content,” Glasser said in a statement. “Our mission at 101 is to produce content that provokes culture conversations with renowned creators at the helm of our projects, and that is exactly what we envision for this collaboration. This deal is an extension of our longstanding relationship with both ViacomCBS, MTV Entertainment Group and Taylor and we are very much looking forward to our future projects.”

Paramount+, a re-branding and expansion of the current CBS All Access Platform, launches March 4.

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‘Tenet’ Repeats at No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Parallel’ Sole New Entry

With few new releases, the weekly “Watched at Home” chart remains largely unchanged from the prior week.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet is again No. 1 on the chart for the week ended Jan. 9, while Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and The War With Grandpa switched places their sophomore week to place at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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.

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Paramount’s Love and Monsters is the week’s biggest gainer, moving up to No. 4 from No. 9 the previous week due to its Jan. 5 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film also was the week’s top disc seller (see related story).

Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic action film about a man (Dylan O’Brien) traveling through a world populated by monsters in order to reconnect with his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick). The monsters were created when chemical fallout from the destruction of an asteroid headed for Earth caused all cold-blood creatures to mutate into ferocious monsters. Love and Monsters was released theatrically and on VOD in October 2020.

Rounding out the top five is season three of perennial favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Warner Bros. “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy re-entered the chart at No. 16. The set made its 4K Ultra HD debut in December 2020.

The sole new entry on the “Watched at Home” chart was Lionsgate’s Parallel, bowing at No. 20. A Vertical Entertainment release, Parallel revolves around a group of friends who stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” only to discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. The film’s cast includes Alyssa Diaz, Kathleen Quinlan Martin Wallstrom, David Harewood and Georgia King.

  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. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  9. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  10. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  16. The New Mutants (20th Century)
  17. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)
  18. The Phenomenon (1091)
  19. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  20. Parallel (Lionsgate)

 

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. 9.

Newer Releases ‘Tenet,’ ‘War With Grandpa,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

Now that Christmas is over, home viewers are done with holiday classics and eager for newer hit movies to watch.

Warner Bros.’ Tenet shot up from No. 3 to take the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2, while Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa and Honest Thief debuted at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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.

Honest Thief, which earned $14.2 million at the domestic box office, was the only new release of the three, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 29 — two weeks after it became available for purchase or rent from digital retailers such as FandangoNow and Redbox on Demand. The film stars Liam Neeson as a bank robber who agrees to give up his life of crime for the woman he loves, only to encounter corrupt FBI agents in search of his loot.

The War With Grandpa made its disc debut the week before, on Dec. 22, just one week after its release through digital channels. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed grandfather who moves in with his daughter (Uma Thurman), forcing his sixth-grader grandson, Peter (Oakes Fegley), to begrudgingly give up his bedroom. To get his room back, Peter stages an assortment of inventive pranks, only to find Grandpa is an expert at payback — and soon the two are engaged in an all-out “war.”

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Tenet, from director Christopher Nolan, had debuted at No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 19, four days after its release on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital sellthrough following a $57.9 million haul at the domestic box office. It subsequently slipped to No. 3 as viewers shifted to holiday films such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which succeeded Tenet in the top spot.

Christmas Vacation fell out of the top 20 entirely, as did each of the eight other holiday movies on the chart the previous week, including Elf (No. 2), A Christmas Story (No. 4) and Home Alone (No. 6).

Rounding out the top five on this week’s chart were The Office: The Complete Series, from Universal, which moved up to No. 4 from No. 16 the prior week on the eve of its streaming shift from Netflix to NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Season 1 of perennial chart favorite “Yellowstone,” from Paramount.

Other new releases on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Jan. 2 were Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy (No. 12); the Vertical Entertainment thriller The Informer (No. 13); Warner’s original 2017 Wonder Woman (No. 18), drafting off the theatrical and HBO Max success of the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which came out Dec. 25; and IFC’s Hunter Hunter (No. 20).

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. The War with Grandpa  (Universal)
  3. Honest Thief (Universal)
  4. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  5. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)
  7. Unhinged  (Lionsgate)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Love and Monsters (Paramount)
  10. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)
  11. RuPaul’s Drag Race S:13 (VH1)
  12. The Craft: Legacy (Sony)
  13. The Informer (Vertical Entertainment)
  14. Buddy Games (Paramount)
  15. Fatman (Paramount)
  16. The New Mutants (Fox)
  17. The Upside (STX, 2019)
  18. Wonder Woman (Warner, 2017)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Hunter Hunter (IFC Films)

 

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. 2.

‘Yellowstone’ Rides Back to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart After Season 3 Disc Release

The third season of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” jumped back into the top spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 12, boosted by its Dec. 8 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The season previously topped the chart in June following its premiere on the Paramount Network.

The latest season of the popular series, which stars Kevin Costner as a man in charge of the largest ranch in America, helped raised interest in the previous two seasons as well, as all three dominated the Watched at Home chart during the summer.

The chart, presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, 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.

For the week, season one was No. 4, and season two was No. 14; a week earlier they were No. 14 and No. 17, respectively. Season three, the week before its disc release, was No. 16.

Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 17 reported it has sold more than 1 million combined copies of the three seasons of “Yellowstone” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Yellowstone: Season 3 was also No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales its first week on shelves.

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The remainder of the Watched at Home chart was populated mostly by holiday catalog titles getting a boost in the lead-up to Christmas.

No. 2 was Universal’s animated The Grinch, No. 3 was Warner’s Elf, and rounding out the top five was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The previous week’s most-watched title, Warner’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, dropped to No. 7.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. Elf (Warner)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Warner)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Home Alone (20th Century)
  10. Fatman (Paramount)
  11. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  12. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  13. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  15. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  16. The Phenomenon (1091)
  17. Selena (Warner)
  18. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  19. Love Actually (Universal)
  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. 12.

Paramount Marks 1 Million DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit Sales for ‘Yellowstone’

Paramount Home Entertainment Dec. 17 reported it has sold more than 1 million combined copies of the three seasons of “Yellowstone” on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Yellowstone: Season 3 was the top seller on the NPD VideoScan domestic chart of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales the week ended Dec. 12, its first week in stores after its Dec. 8 disc release. A new DVD gift set of all three seasons, which sold out at Amazon, landed at No. 12 on the domestic disc sales chart.

The DVD and Blu-ray of the first season from 2018 has sold more than 500,000 units to date, according to the studio. It was No. 38 for the week. The second season from 2019 was No. 51.

“Yellowstone,” which has been renewed for a fourth season, stars Kevin Costner and deals with the conflicts of running the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The third-season finale of the Paramount Network series was the top cable telecast of 2020 with 10.7 million viewers.

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‘Yellowstone’ Season Three Tops Disc Sales Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Yellowstone: Season 3 debuted at No. 1 the week ended Dec. 12 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales in the United States. It was No. 6 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

A DVD gift set of all three seasons of the Paramount Network series landed at No. 12 on the domestic disc sales chart. Season one was No. 38 and season two was No. 51.

With the success of the latest season and the gift set, which sold out at Amazon, Paramount announced that the show’s three seasons have cumulatively sold 1 million copies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller the week ended Dec. 12 was Disney’s live-action Mulan, which was No. 6 on the overall disc chart.

Otherwise, holiday titles continued to dominate disc sales. The previous week’s top seller, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, from Warner, dropped to No. 2 overall and remained No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Elf was No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while Universal’s animated The Grinch was No. 4 overall and the No. 2 Blu-ray. Rounding out the overall top five was Warner’s The Polar Express, which was the No. 10 Blu-ray.

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Paramount’s Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a new edit of The Godfather Part III from director Francis Ford Coppola available only on Blu-ray, debuted at No. 3 on the high-def disc chart. It was No. 17 overall.

A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of 1990’s Total Recall helped push the Lionsgate-distributed sci-fi actioner back onto the charts at No. 23 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 13 saw Paramount’s Fatman take over the No. 1 spot. The film, which stars Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa fighting for his life against an assassin hired by a kid who’s mad about his Christmas presents, was made available for disc rental at Redbox a month before its wide DVD and Blu-ray release.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained No. 2, with Mulan falling to No. 3 after spending three of the previous four weeks in the top spot.

Paramount’s Buddy Games was No. 4, with Disney-owned 20th Century’s The New Mutants at No. 5.

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‘Godfather, Coda,’ Season 3 of ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Honest Thief’ Top Weekly Slate of New Releases

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone — a new edit and restoration of The Godfather Part III — and season three of the hit TV series “Yellowstone,” both from Paramount Home Entertainment, top the slate of new home releases available beginning Dec. 8.

The week’s slate of new home releases also includes Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, and the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debuts of two action movies, Total Recall and Collateral. And baseball fans can pick up the highlight film of this year’s World Series won by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rebranded version of the third and final film in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather” trilogy has been newly restored and re-edited, and the Blu-ray includes an exclusive introduction by Coppola and access to a digital copy of the film.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather Part III,” Coppola said

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Season three of “Yellowstone,” which along with the series’ first two seasons has consistently ranked among the top “Watched at Home” releases, is being released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 8, along with a limited-edition boxed set of all three seasons on DVD only. (The latter has already sold out on Amazon.)

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. The third-season finale of “Yellowstone” was the most-watched cable telecast of the year, and the top cable telecast since the “Game of Thrones” finale in May 2019.  The show has been renewed for a fourth season on Paramount Network.

Honest Thief also becomes available for home audiences on Dec. 8 through digital retailers only. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Honest Thief on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 29.

Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Liam Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate will release the 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time Dec. 8 in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. The three-disc combo pack will include the film on both 4K and standard Blu-ray, plus a Blu-ray of additional bonus material. The film has been restored by StudioCanal in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker on Earth in 2084 whose memory implant of a vacation to Mars awakens the dormant personality of a secret agent involved with revolutionary forces on the red planet. The cast also includes Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone and Ronny Cox.

A version of the combo pack in Steelbook packaging will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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Director Michael Mann’s 2004 thriller Collateral arrives in a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo  Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Remastered under the supervision of the director, the new 4K Ultra HD presentation features HDR. The Blu-ray in the combo pack is also remastered.

The film stars Tom Cruise as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it.  Max transports Vincent on his next job — one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after the fateful night, neither man will ever be the same.

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Shout! Factory Dec. 8 will release The 2020 World Series, the highlight film of Major League Baseball’s 2020 championship season that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers win the Fall Classic. The film will be narrated by longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who retired in 2016. It will also be available on the same date digitally, to own and rent from all major platforms.

4K Ultra HD Release Sends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Set Soaring Up ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

After We Collided, a romantic drama from Open Road Films, remained No. 1 on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the third consecutive week.

But the film received a strong challenge during the week ended Nov. 7 from two new releases.

The availability of the complete “Game of Thrones” series on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Warner Bros. sent the hefty five-pound boxed set, previously issued on DVD and regular Blu-ray Disc,  soaring back up the chart to No. 2.

Debuting at No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Antebellum, a time-shifting horror drama with Janelle Monáe as a successful modern-day writer trapped during America’s slavery era. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as through digital retailers, on Nov. 3.

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The political documentary Trump Card (No. 4, down from the No. 3 the previous week) and season one of the TV series “Yellowstone” (No. 5, up from No. 12) rounded out the top five on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Trump Card, from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, examines the policy positions held by Democrats in public office. It became available through digital retailers back in early October, but picked up more viewers as the Nov. 3 presidential election approached.

“Yellowstone” is a contemporary Western drama starring Kevin Costner that is centered on the conflicts between a cattle ranch, an Indian reservation and land developers, all of whom share common borders.

Other new releases debuting on the “Watched at Home” chart include the original Borat (No. 14), drafting off the sequel’s digital bow on Amazon; the holiday favorite Home Alone (No. 11); and V for Vendetta (No. 12). Demand for the latter was spurred by its Nov. 3 release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by Warner Bros.

  1. After We Collided (Open Road)
  2. Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection (Warner)
  3. Antebellum (Lionsgate)
  4. Trump Card (D’Souza Media)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  8. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  9. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Funimation)
  10. Ava (Vertical)
  11. Home Alone (20th Century)
  12. V for Vendetta (Warner)
  13. The Wolf of Snow Hollow (MGM)
  14. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. Trolls World Tour (Universal)
  17. Alone (Magnolia)
  18. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  19. The Phenomenon (1091)
  20. Spell (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 Nov. 7.

 

DEG: Home Entertainment Spending Surges 18% in Q3 of 2020

Fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, consumers spent nearly 18% more on home entertainment in the third quarter of this year than in the comparable period of 2019, according to numbers released Nov. 11 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

DEG numbers do not include money spent on premium video-on-demand (PVOD), which would have taken the home entertainment spending total significantly higher. With theaters shuttered due to the pandemic, studios chose to release several high-profile films digitally, at a premium price.

Even without PVOD, spending rose to an estimated $7.3 billion from $6.2 billion in the third quarter of 2019, DEG says, maintaining that “when new [theatrical] releases slowed as a result of production halts and theater closures … consumers seamlessly shifted their viewing to a broad variety of content, including catalog movies and TV shows.”

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As expected, consumer spending on subscription streaming surged during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, rising nearly 39% to an estimated $5.5 billion, or 75% of total consumer spending.

With no fresh theatrical product, spending on home entertainment purchases slipped 24.4% during the third quarter, to an estimated $1.1 billion. Packaged media was hit particularly hard due to widespread store closures due to regional bans on “non-essential” retail, with consumer spending on DVD and Blu-ray Discs down 34.3% in the quarter, to an estimated $483.3 million. Spending on digital content, or “electronic sellthrough” (EST), was off just 13.9%, to an estimated $600.8 million.

Consumer spending on transactional video-on-demand, or electronic rental, ticked up slightly to an estimated $459 million from $447.6 million in the third quarter of 2019.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental spending was off 34.4% as stay-at-home orders limited foot traffic to video stores and Redbox kiosks.

In the first nine months of the year, overall U.S. consumer spending across digital and physical home entertainment formats came in at an estimated $22.2 billion, a 23% spike from the $18 billion consumers spent in the same period a year earlier.

Electronic sellthrough spending was up 15.8% to an estimated $2.2 billion, while electronic rental was up nearly 24% to an estimated $1.8 billion.

Spending on subscription streaming for the first nine months of 2020 is pegged by DEG at $15.6 billion, a 38.7% gain from the first nine months of 2019.

DEG says that among the top titles purchased and rented in the third quarter of 2020 were all three seasons of the TV series “Yellowstone,” from Paramount; the DreamWorks movie Trolls World Tour, distributed by Universal; RLJ Entertainment’s The Tax Collector; MGM/Orion’s Bill & Ted Face the Music, distributed by Warner Bros.; The King of Staten Island (Universal); Force of Nature (Lionsgate); Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount); Schitt’s Creek: Season 6 (CBS), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner Bros.) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros.).

‘Outlander: Season 5’ Jumps to No. 1 on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The fifth season of the fantasy TV series “Outlander,” distributed by Sony Pictures, was the top title on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 19.

The Blu-ray and DVD edition of the season arrived in stores Sept. 15.

Also new to the list at No. 7 is the anime movie Weathering With You, released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 15 by Shout! Factory.

No. 12 saw the debut of Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sellthrough Sept. 15. Based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, the movie stars Katie Holmes as a widowed mother of three who meets a handyman (Josh Lucas) who inspires her with the power of positive thinking.

The other new release on the list, at No. 15, is Magnolia Pictures’ Alone, a thriller about a recently widowed woman who flees the city only to be kidnapped by a strange man and held captive in his cabin.

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The three seasons of Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone,” which the previous week took the top three spots, dropped to second, third and fourth on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Season three was No. 2, followed by season two then season one.

Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection rounded out the top five.

The Sept. 18 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired viewers to revisit two 2018 films about her: the documentary RBG, from Magnolia, at No. 10, and the biopic On the Basis of Sex, from Universal, at No. 16. In the latter, Felicity Jones plays a younger Ginsberg making a name for herself as a civil rights attorney.

  1. Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  7. Weathering With You (Shout! Factory)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  10. RBG (Magnolia)
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  12. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  13. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  14. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  15. Alone (Magnolia)
  16. On the Basis of Sex (Universal)
  17. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  18. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner)
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner)

 

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 Sept. 19.