‘Yellowstone’ Tops March Disc Sales; ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Still No. 1 for 2022

Paramount Home Entertainment’s DVD and Blu-ray release of Yellowstone: Season Four was No. 1 on the top 10 list of home video sales for March 2022, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD, Blu-ray and digital transactions.

The latest edition of the Paramount Network series that stars Kevin Costner continues the drama about a family that runs the largest ranch in the United States. It was the top disc seller for three consecutive weeks following its March 8 release.

Two other titles released on disc in March rounded out the top three.

No. 2 was Universal Home Entertainment’s animated Sing 2, which wasn’t released on disc until March 29.

No. 3 was Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s The Matrix Resurrections, released on disc March 8.

The only other newcomer on the monthly cart landed at No. 10, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ March 15 disc release of Steven Spielberg’s remake of the musical West Side Story.

The No. 4 seller in March was Disney’s animated Encanto, winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

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The top February seller, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, fell to No. 5 in March, but remained No. 1 for 2022 as a whole.

Warner’s Dune remake remained No. 2, while Encanto moved up a spot on the year-to-date chart to No. 3.

The strength of season-four “Yellowstone” disc sales were enough to push it to No. 4 on the year-to-date sales chart.

MGM’s No Time to Die, the latest James Bond actioner distributed on DVD and Blu-ray by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, slid two spots on the year-to-date chart to No. 5.

Sing 2 debuted as the No. 9 seller for 2022 so far.

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According to NPD, the March 2022 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Yellowstone: Season Four (Paramount)
  2. Sing 2 (Universal)
  3. The Matrix Resurrections (Warner)
  4. Encanto (Disney)
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
  6. Eternals (Disney/Marvel)
  7. The King’s Man (20th Century)
  8. American Underdog (Lionsgate)
  9. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  10. West Side Story (20th Century)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through March 2022):

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
  2. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  3. Encanto (Disney)
  4. Yellowstone: Season Four (Paramount)
  5. No Time to Die (Universal/MGM)
  6. Eternals (Disney/Marvel)
  7. Halloween Kills (Universal)
  8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures)
  9. Sing 2 (Universal)
  10. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Paramount)

 

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Tops February Home Video Sales, Jumps to No. 1 for 2022

Peacock Celebrates ‘Yellowstone’ Season 4 Debut with ‘WrestleMania 38’ Promotion

Peacock April 3 celebrated the launch of season four of “Yellowstone” streaming on NBCUniversal’s platform by re-creating the bunkhouse from the series inside AT&T Stadium at Wrestlemania 38.

Peacock, which has supplanted the erstwhile WWE Network SVOD service for professional wrestling, is streaming all four seasons of “Yellowstone.”

Upon arrival at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, guests were transported to Montana and the world of Yellowstone. The space completely transformed into the cowboy’s bunkhouse looking like a scene from the popular Paramount Network series. Inside, guests were fitted for custom boots by Wild Bill’s Western Wear, offered a whisky tasting, and enjoyed food and drink with ties to the show all among the buzz and excitement of WWE’s WrestleMania.

Guests included “Yellowstone”  star Jefferson White, Emmy Award-winning host Maria Menounos, NFL star George Kittle, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, Eric Nelsen, actress Sainty Nelsen, and WWE legends Drew McIntyre, Sonya DeVille, X-Pac, Jinder Mahal and Jimmy Hart.

At the intersection of legacy, family and politics, “Yellowstone” follows powerful patriarch John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner) as he defends his ranch from cutthroat land developers, an Indigenous tribe’s reservation and others who aim to control his land.

JustWatch: ‘Licorice Pizza,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Streamed Movie, TV Show

Thanks to Oscar weekend buzz, Best Picture nominee Licorice Pizza emerged as the No. 1 streamed movie the week ended March 27, topping box office behemoth Spider-Man: No Way Home and Oscar-winner or Best Original Screenplay Belfast.

With the exception of Netflix’s two nominated movies, Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog, all eight of the remaining Best Picture nominees ranked in JustWatch’s weekly top 10, which is based on more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Peacock/Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” retained its top spot among episodic programming, besting Paramount+ newcomer “Halo,” and Hulu’s “Atlanta.”

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‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Matrix’ Maintain Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

Paramount Home Entertainment’s DVD and Blu-ray release of the fourth season of the hit cable series “Yellowstone” remained No. 1 the week ended March 19 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

“Yellowstone,” created by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Taylor Sheridan, is a drama starring Kevin Costner as the head of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.

The No. 2 title for a second week in a row was Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections, which sold about 84% as many copies as the new “Yellowstone” season during the week. The “Matrix” revival remained No. 1 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second week, with 60% of its total unit sales coming from Blu-ray formats (44% regular Blu-ray and 16% 4K Ultra HD), compared with just 20% for Yellowstone: Season Four, which was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller.

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Maintaining the No. 3 spot on both charts was Disney’s animated Encanto.

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart, was director Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake. The new adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

West Side Story saw 67% of its total unit sales come from Blu-ray formats, with 27% from regular Blu-ray and 40% from 4K Ultra HD, compared with 33% for DVD.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 20 had Matrix Resurrections in the top spot again.

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife rose to No. 2, followed by Universal and MGM’s House of Gucci up a spot to No. 3, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man down two spots to No. 4, and Lionsgate’s American Underdog remaining No. 5.

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JustWatch: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Streamed Movie, TV Show

After dominating the global theatrical market since its debut, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home did the same across digital platforms, finishing No. 1 among movies streamed through March 20. Peacock/Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” retained its top spot among episodic programming, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

“Spider-Man” topped Oscar nominees Licorice Pizza and Belfast, while the last season of “Killing Eve” and newcomer “The Dropout” rounded out the respective podiums.

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‘Yellowstone’ Leads DVD Sales, ‘Matrix’ Tops Blu-ray Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s DVD and Blu-ray release of the fourth season of the hit cable series “Yellowstone” easily debuted at No. 1 the week ended March 12 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

“Yellowstone,” created by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Taylor Sheridan, is a drama starring Kevin Costner as the head of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States.

The fourth season arrived on disc March 8, and a Paramount press release touted its market performance as “the highest first-week physical sales for a TV series since the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ in December 2019.”

The studio reported that all four seasons of “Yellowstone” have cumulatively sold more than 2 million copies on Blu-ray and DVD since the series premiered in June 2018.

“The passion from the show’s fans is undeniable, and the support from our digital and physical retail community has been tremendous,” said Bob Buchi, president of Worldwide Home Entertainment for Paramount Pictures.

Yellowstone: Season Four outsold the No. 2 title, Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections, by a 2-to-1 margin during the first week for both titles. However, a vast majority (81%) of Yellowstone: Season Four disc unit sales came from the legacy DVD format, with just 19% coming from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 67% for the “Matrix” revival.

As a result, The Matrix Resurrections was No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, with the latest “Yellowstone” release at No. 2.

The fourth “Matrix” movie, and first in 18 years, sees the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo. It earned $37.7 million at the domestic box office. It had 24% of its total unit sales come from its 4K Ultra HD edition, meaning 44% were from regular Blu-ray and 33% were from DVD.

A collection of all four “Matrix” movies was No. 14 overall and No. 20 on the Blu-ray chart. The collection had 68% of its total unit sales come from the DVD version, which was a Walmart exclusive, compared with the widely available Blu-ray at 17% and 4K Ultra HD version at 15%.

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The previous week’s top seller on both charts, Disney’s animated Encanto, dropped to No. 3 in its fifth week of availability on Blu-ray and DVD.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife at No. 4, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man at No. 5.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 13 had Matrix Resurrections in the top spot, with The King’s Man dropping to No. 2.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife slipped to No. 3, followed by Universal and MGM’s House of Gucci at No. 4, and Lionsgate’s American Underdog at No. 5.

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Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone’ Tops $100 million in Transactional Revenue to Rank as No. 1 Selling Show in 2021

Paramount Home Entertainment March 16 announced that Paramount Network and 101 Studios’ “Yellowstone” was the top-selling TV show in 2021 across both physical and digital transactional media.

Along with Marvel and DC, “Yellowstone” was one of 2021’s top three entertainment franchises in transactional ownership.  Cable’s top series generated more than $100 million in consumer spending, and season four of the show was the top TV release on digital last year. Season four arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8, generating the highest first-week physical sales for a TV series since the final season of “Game of Thrones” in December 2019.

The SAG, PGA and Emmy Award-nominated “Yellowstone” continues to be a massive hit. In 2021, the series was the top-rated show on television, excluding news and sports among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. The show has been renewed for a fifth season on Paramount Network.

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The series, co-starring Keven Costner, made its domestic debut in June 2018 and was followed by a home entertainment release in December.  As the show’s popularity has grown, so have sales of subsequent seasons, with the first four seasons having sold well over 2 million units on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. to date.

“We are thrilled to be part of the phenomenon that is ‘Yellowstone,’” Bob Buchi, president of Worldwide Home Entertainment at Paramount Pictures, said in a statement. “The passion from the show’s fans is undeniable, and the support from our digital and physical retail community has been tremendous. As fandom continues to grow, we look forward to bringing Taylor Sheridan’s iconic series to people who want to relive the experience again and again via home entertainment.”

Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, the series is a family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. Other cast members include Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton.

Fox Nation Streaming Service Inks Deal With Kevin Costner for Yellowstone National Park Series

Subscription streaming video service Fox Nation on March 1 said it has signed a deal with Academy-Award winning actor, filmmaker and “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner for a four-part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park — the nation’s oldest national park.

Titled “Yellowstone: One-Fifty,” the new series will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022 and consist of four one-hour episodes focused on the history and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Developed by Costner’s Territory Films along with Warm Springs Productions, the series will be narrated and hosted by Costner, with episodes to be released consecutively on the platform throughout its debut week.

“‘Yellowstone: One-Fifty’ exemplifies the superior creative content that we strive to deliver exclusively to our subscribers,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

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Costner has starred in several critically acclaimed films, including Dances With Wolves, Field of Dreams, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Silverado, Open Range, Wyatt Earp and Tin Cup, plus the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

His work in Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” marks his first regular television role and the program was recently nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Drama Series Ensemble. Costner has also won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

JustWatch: ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Free Guy’ Top Weekly Streamed TV Show, Movie List

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, was the top-streamed movie through Feb. 27, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

The video game-themed actioner topped Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife as well 20th Century Studios’ previous chart topper, The King’s Man. 

Among TV shows, perennial No. 1 “Yellowstone” again bested the competition as new episodes air on the Paramount Network and catalog seasons stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform.

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The Kevin Costner-starrer topped new Apple TV+ series “Severance,” starring Adam Scott (“Big Little Lies”), and “Killing Eve” on online TV platforms as well as Hulu (first two seasons).

JustWatch: ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘Yellowstone’ Top Weekly Movie/TV Show Streams

Searchlight Pictures’ reboot of Nightmare Alley, co-starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, proved to be the most-streamed movie in the U.S. through Feb. 13, according to new data from JustWatch.com. Perennial episodic favorite “Yellowstone” again ranked as the No. 1 streamed TV show.

JustWatch tracks more than 20 million users’ monthly streaming decisions across 54 countries.

Nightmare Alley, along with other top 10 charters Belfast, CODA, The Power of the Dog, Spencer, Dune and The Tragedy of MacBeth are all 2022 Best Picture Oscar nominees, with the exception of Spencer and MacBeth, which generated Best Actor and Best Actress noms for Denzel Washington and Kristen Stewart, respectively.

Among the most-popular streamed episodic content, Paramount TV and Peacock’s “Yellowstone,” again ranked as the most-watched TV show of the week. That was followed by “Peacemaker” on HBO Max and the original “Jackass” series, which aired on MTV from 2000 to 2007, and now streams on Paramount+.

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