‘F9,’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Return to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Amid a slew of discounts offered ahead of the annual Black Friday shopping period, the national DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts experienced a bit of upheaval the week ended Nov. 13 as several older titles pushed their way back into top chart spots.

The top seller on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, was Universal Pictures’s F9: The Fast Saga, the latest “Fast & Furious” sequel that was originally released on disc in September. It was No. 5 the previous week. It’s the fourth time in the top spot for F9, having spent three weeks in the top spot upon its release two months ago.

F9 was No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, which saw Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Warner’s disc release of the director’s cut of the superhero team-up movie, jump back into the top spot. Zack Snyder’s Justice League was No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart.

A week earlier, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was No. 29 overall and No. 24 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top seller the previous two weeks, Warner’s The Suicide Squad, slipped to No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week’s top new release, at No. 12 overall and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Universal’s disc release of MGM’s Respect, a biopic of Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. The film earned $24.3 million at the domestic box office. Blu-ray Disc accounted for 39% of its total unit sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 14 had Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy at No. 1 for a second week.

No. 2 was Warner’s newly released Reminiscence, from Warner, a sci-fi noir starring Hugh Jackman that wasn’t much of a factor on the sales chart due to supply chain issues making it scarcely available on retail shelves.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Universal’s Stillwater and Old at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, and The Suicide Squad at No. 5.

Respect debuted at No. 6 on the rental chart.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 11-13-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 11-14-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 11-13-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 11-13-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 11-13-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 11-15-21

‘Black Widow’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts, Pushing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow 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 Sept. 18.

The latest adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe outsold the No. 2 title by a 4-to-1 margin. The Disney-distributed Black Widow earned more than $183 million at the domestic box office, but is the subject of a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson over profit sharing based on the theory its potential earnings were depressed by it being available as a premium add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

The No. 2 title on both charts was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

The No. 3 title on both charts was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures. The sequel was also available in a two-pack with the first “Boss Baby” movie, splitting sales between the standalone version and the two-pack, which was No. 17 overall. The combined tally of the standalone and double-feature options would have given discs containing the “Boss Baby” sequel enough sales to just barely put it in the second spot.

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The No. 4 overall seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the 1993 family friendly spookfest that is getting a boost now that retailers are preparing for Halloween.

No.5 on the overall disc chart was Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption, which climbed back up the charts thanks to the release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 98% of its sales for the week. Shawshank was No. 13 overall.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 for the week was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a DVD-only release that hit No. 7 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of total Black Widow unit sales, compared with 50% for The Boss Baby: Family Business. The 4K Ultra HD edition contributed to 27% of Black Widow‘s total, and 4% of Boss Baby‘s.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 19 had The Boss Baby: Family Business in the top spot, with Black Widow at No. 2.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 after a month in the top spot.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 4, and Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 9-18-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 9-19-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 9-18-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 9-18-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 9-18-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 9-20-21

 

‘F9,’ Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’ Lead New Digital and Disc Releases Sept. 7

Sept. 7 sees Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga become available for digital purchase, while Warner Bros. puts Zack Snyder’s Justice League on disc.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment makes F9: The Fast Saga available for early digital ownership Sept. 7. It’s the 10th film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and the ninth entry in the main series of films. In it, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) leads his crew against his long-lost brother (John Cena) to stop a world-shattering plot. The film, which has generated more than $710 million worldwide, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 21.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Zack Snyder’s Justice League on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 7. The film represents director Zack Snyder’s original vision for 2017’s Justice League. He famously left the production due to a family tragedy, and the studio brought in Joss Whedon to finish the film with reshoots and a theater-friendly two-hour cut. It ended up making $657.9 million, falling short of expectations, which led to a fan movement to petition the studio to release Snyder’s version. Those pleas remained confined to the realm of online debates until the advent of the HBO Max streaming service, which commissioned Snyder to finish his version. The “Snyder Cut” ended up being four hours long and was released on HBO Max in March. (Read a review here.) A sequel to 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film finds Batman (Bruce Wayne) recruiting a team of superheroes, including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to protect Earth from Steppenwolf, the harbinger of an invasion by the evil Darkseid, who seeks three ancient objects of immense power that may be the key to resurrecting Superman (Henry Cavill). The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice League features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. However, the disc versions do not include a digital copy of the film, which remains exclusive to HBO Max.

Lionsgate releases the crime-thriller The Gateway on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 7 following its digital release Sept. 3. The cast includes Shea Whigham, Olivia Munn, Taryn Manning, Mark Boone Junior, Taegen Burns, Frank Grillo and Bruce Dern. Whigham plays Parker, a down-on-his-luck social worker who finds himself in over his head when he tries to protect his client from her recently paroled husband.

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films releases the horror film Slaxx on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Sept. 7. Originally released through AMC’s horror streaming service, Shudder, Slaxx tells the story of a possessed pair of blue jeans brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, the killer jeans proceed to wreak carnage on staff who are locked in overnight to set up the new collection.

Arriving Sept. 7 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Kino Lorber is Apocalypse ’45, a documentary the Military Times called an “unsanitized, unvarnished experience of the harrowing final year of the war in the Pacific.” Iinitially released last summer, the film features never-before-seen restored footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through these events. Bonus features include “Ford At Pearl,” a new featurette containing color footage directed by John Ford at Pearl Harbor in 1942, and the Oscar-nominated documentary “To The Shores of Iwo Jima,” from 1945.

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CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment release SEAL Team: Season Four on DVD Sept. 7. “SEAL Team” is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions the United States can ask of them. David Boreanaz stars as Jason Hayes, the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence.

Season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” comes out in a three-DVD set Sept. 7 from PBS Distribution. The season opens with our intrepid detectives Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) alongside their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary is able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments and her newly acquired medical skills. As always, amid high-stakes danger, excitement, intrigue and friendship, the women find their balance in their lives outside of work. Frankie has a European race car-driving beau; Trudy’s dreams of home-sweet-home are closer than ever; Mary falls for the wrong fellow; and Flo starts a family.

Paramount Sept. 7 releases Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection boxed set containing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Newly remastered from original elements, each film is presented with Dolby Vision and HDR 10. The set also comes with a digital copy of each film, and a regular Blu-ray copy of each film with hours of previously released bonus content. Each of the original four “Star Trek” films will also be available individually on Blu-ray.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Warner Releasing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ on Disc Sept. 7

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Zack Snyder’s Justice League on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 7.

The film represents director Zack Snyder’s original vision for 2017’s Justice League. He famously left the production due to a family tragedy, and the studio brought in Joss Whedon to finish the film with reshoots and a theater-friendly two-hour cut. It ended up making $657.9 million, falling short of expectations, which led to a fan movement to petition the studio to release Snyder’s version.

Those pleas remained confined to the realm of online debates until the advent of the HBO Max streaming service, which commissioned Snyder to finish his version.

The “Snyder Cut” ended up being four hours long and was released on HBO Max in March.

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A sequel to 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film finds Batman (Bruce Wayne) recruiting a team of superheroes, including Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to protect Earth from Steppenwolf, the harbinger of an invasion by the evil Darkseid, who seeks three ancient objects of immense power that may be the key to resurrecting Superman (Henry Cavill).

The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment.

 

Warner’s ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Sits Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart for Third Week

Warner Bros. dominated home entertainment sales in the U.K. for the week ending May 12 — with a mixture and new and catalog titles.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League finished atop the Official Film Chart for a third consecutive week via digital downloads. The four-hour director’s cut held off competition from DC Extended Universe sister film and former chart topper Wonder Woman 1984.

Horror reboot Wrong Turn made its Top 10 debut at No. 3. A group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail venture off the beaten track, and find themselves confronted by the deadly ‘Foundation’ — a group of settlers who have lived in the mountains for over 150 years.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home swung up eight spots to No. 4, while Jumanji: The Next Level moved up four spots to No. 5. Warner’s award-winning Judas and the Black Messiah finished strong at No. 6; Joker dropped two spots to No. 7, while the mind-bending Tenet upped six spots to No. 8.

The 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, entered the Official Film Chart for the first time at No. 9, thanks to a new 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Steelbook edition. Finally, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame rose six spots to No. 10.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 12, 2021

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
2 2 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
3 35 Wrong Turn (2021)
Signature Entertainment
4 12 Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony Pictures
5 9 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony
6 6 Judas and the Black Messiah Warner
7 5 Joker Warner
8 14 Tenet Warner
9 New Blade Runner Warner
10 16 Avengers: Endgame Disney/Marvel

© Official Charts Company 2021

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Finishes Second Week Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Warner Bros.’ Zack Snyder’s Justice League held its grip atop the U.K.’s Official Film Chart in home entertainment for a second period ending May 5 — driven by digital downloads. The title held off several other Warner/DC movies, including Wonder Woman 1984 (No. 2), 2016’s prequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (No. 3) and Oscar winner Joker (No. 5).

The week’s highest new entry at No. 4 was British comedy Blithe Spirit, starring Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann and Judi Dench. A writer suffering from writer’s block attends a séance, but the medium accidentally summons the spirit of his first wife — leading to an increasingly complex love triangle with his current wife.

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At No. 6 was two-time Oscar winner Judas and the Black Messiah, starring LaKeith Stanfield and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Daniel Kaluuya for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Japanese classic cult shocker Battle Royale debuted at No. 7 following the release of a new limited-edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc boxed set. The Greatest Showman dropped to No. 8, while Sony Pictures’ perennial charter Jumanji: The Next Level climbed 21 spots back to No. 9, and Universal’s Let Him Go rounded out the chart.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 – May 5, 2021

Rank Previous
Week
Title Distributor
1 1 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Warner
2 2 Wonder Woman 1984 Warner
3 Return Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Warner
4 New Blithe Spirit (2021) Universal
5 4 Joker Warner
6 New Judas & the Black Messiah Warner
7 New Battle Royale Arrow Films
8 5 The Greatest Showman 20th Century Home Entertainment
9 30 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony Pictures
10 8 Let Him Go Universal

© Official Charts Company 2021

Report: HBO Max Superhero Streamers Skew Male; Less So on Disney+

With superheroes a content centerpiece across both HBO Max and Disney+ subscription streaming services, new data from Diesel Labs suggests Max’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League is outpacing Wonder Woman 1984 when it comes to male and female viewers. By comparison, viewership for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+ is more evenly divided when it comes to the sexes.
Diesel Labs found that demographics for Snyder’s director’s cut skewed very male at 70% compared with Wonder Woman 1984 at 62%. And while the Justice League audience underindexes for most content (shows, movies), it over indexes 220% for gaming, with top titles Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Deathloop and Mortal Kombat 11 — suggesting the title’s streamers are also gamers.
Content is better balanced demographically with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which saw 57% male viewers and 55% for “WandaVision.” Streamers are also skewing younger than DC (Justice League, Wonder Woman) audiences, with more than half of the viewers under 24 years old, compared with about 40% under 24 for the DC films. This is a comparison to watch as additional episodes air.

 

Data: Winning Weekend for Streaming Superheroes

With the HBO Max release of the Zack Snyder’s Justice League director’s cut and Marvel Studios debut of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” series on Disney+, it was a good streaming weekend for for fans of both DC Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

New data from Samba TV found that 1.7 million households streamed the premiere episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Emily VanCamp. The tally was slightly ahead of the streamer’s “WandaVision,” which totaled 1.6 million households on its opening weekend.

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Samba TV tracks viewer recommend program data — called “automatic content recognition” — from more than 13.5 million smart TVs in the U.S.  Disney+, unlike Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, does not release all episodes of an original series simultaneously. Episodes are released on a weekly basis.

Disney’s latest Marvel Universe TV show had 759,000 domestic households tune in on March 19, beating WandaVision’s Jan. 15 premiere day tune in of 655,000 households, but not the 1 million homes that watched “The Mandalorian” season two premiere Oct. 30.

Meanwhile, 1.8 million households watched at least five minutes of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max over the weekend. The much-hyped extended version scored well with Black households (up 17%), Hispanic (+20%) and Asian (+18%). Of the 25 largest designated market areas (DMAs), the most over-indexing were San Francisco (+67%), Sacramento (+33%), and Los Angeles (+32%).

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