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Netflix may have become synonymous with “binge viewing” of TV shows, but the subscription streaming goliath hasn’t killed off the once-booming TV-on-disc business.
A disc collection of season five of the hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” topped both national home video sales charts the week ending Aug. 30. The Anchor Bay package debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
Sony Pictures’ “Aloha,” a theatrical underperformer that took in just $21 million in U.S. theaters, also found itself in high demand among consumers purchasing discs last week, bowing at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The film generated 31% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray.
DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, slipped to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart after a week at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Universal-Illumination Entertainment’s “Minions” has crossed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office — another indication of a dominant year for the studio.
It’s the third milestone of the week for Universal, which set a record for top domestic year on Aug. 26 with $2.113 billion and for top international year on Aug. 24 with $3.78 billion.
The animated comedy has grosses of $682 million internationally and $321.9 million in North America, making Minions” the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time after “Frozen” and “Toy Story 3.” It’s the 23rd film to gross $1 billion worldwide.
Universal noted that the milestone also marks the first time any studio has had three films cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office in a single year. “Furious 7” has grossed $1.512 billion and “Jurassic World” has grossed $1.628 billion — and it’s still in theaters.
- Dave McNary
In a slow week for new releases, Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” remained in the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Aug. 23, although they swapped places.
“Home,” distributed on disc by 20th Century Fox, moved up to No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc sales chart, while “Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent,” slipped to No. 2.
Debuting at No. 3 was the “Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection,” a compilation of a dozen shorts — including “Frozen Forever” and “Lorenzo,” the latter nominated for a best animated short Oscar in 2004 — that’s available only on Blu-ray Disc or as a digital download.
Not surprisingly, the set bowed at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart, with “Home” and “Insurgent” close behind.
Warner’s “Hot Pursuit” slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 on both charts, while Paramount’s “NCIS: The Twelfth Season »
- Thomas K. Arnold
When Heitor Pereira was a boy growing up in rural, heavily forested Brazil, his grandfather — an avid birdwatcher — used to tell him, “Listen to the symphony of the birds and the life around us. Can you imagine a day without these melodies?”
Nowadays Pereira honors that memory within the context of moving pictures, whether mimicking nature or underscoring character and story.
“Melody is still where I start,” says the composer of such animated features as “Despicable Me” and “Minions,” and live-action films like “If I Stay” and “It’s Complicated.” “Even if it’s a birthplace for the score and then becomes textural. If I do that, I never get lost, because melodies have meaning. They are a musical conclusion of a conversation that we may have about a character.”
- Jon Burlingame
A “hot” new release didn’t sell enough copies to budge “Insurgent” and “Home” from the two top spots on the national home-video sales charts for the week ending Aug. 16.
Warner’s “Hot Pursuit,” a comedy-action film about an uptight cop (Reese Witherspoon) charged with protecting the gabby widow of a drug boss (Sofia Vergara), debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart–still a strong debut given the film’s less-than-spectacular domestic box office take of $34.6 million.
Lionsgate’s “Insurgent,” the sequel to the futuristic actioner “Divergent,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” distributed on home video by 20th Century Fox, held onto the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on both VideoScan as well as the research firm’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
All three films were released early on electronic sellthrough/Digital HD. “Insurgent” and “Hot Pursuit” were available for downloading two weeks before their disc release, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Tokyo – “Jurassic World” won its second straight weekend at the Japanese box office. Distributed by Toho-Towa, the film earned $7.56 million on 611,000 admissions from 349 screens for the Aug. 15-16 frame.
These figures were 12% higher than those for its opening weekend. The film has reached the JPY4 billion ($32 million) milestone since its Aug. 8 bow.
Holding onto the number two spot was Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which pushed its ten day cumulative total to $19.3 million. This is 31% better than “Ghost Protocol,” which finished with $43 million in 2013.
Moving up from the number four to number three slot was Toho-Towa’s “Minions,” whose cumulative total after 16 days in theaters is $24 million. The film has already topped the $20 million box office total of “Despicable Me 2.”
The highest ranking Japanese film, at number four, was Mamoru Hosoda animation “The Boy and the Beast,” which drove its cumulative total to $37 million after 37 days on release. »
- Mark Schilling
The film, with Kate Winslet as the villain, grossed than $130 million in U.S. theaters, just slightly less than the $150.9 million that the original film in the series took in last year. By theatrical standards, that’s a good showing. It was released two weeks before its Aug. 4 disc debut on Digital HD, the industry term for “electronic sellthrough,” or Est.
“Insurgent” bumped the prior week’s top seller, DreamWorks Animation’s “Home,” to the No. 2 spot, also on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
- Thomas K. Arnold
Those little yellow creatures are having an absolute blast at the box office at the moment, as Minions sails past the $900 million mark to become the 7th biggest animated movie of all-time.
The movie added another $7 million from the weekend to push its domestic total to $302, and it has made another $609 million from its overseas markets. Its grand total of $912 million means the movie is on track to clear $1 billion as the movie is still to be released in Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, Greece and – importantly – China. It will also surpass Despicable Me 2, which grossed $970 million worldwide.
Minions is now only $400 million away from passing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the third biggest movie of the year. »
- Luke Owen
Busan— Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Cj Entertainment’s “Veteran” opened on Wednesday and brushed aside “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.”
The light-hearted action film earned $18.7 million from 2.76 million admissions over its first five days. Ryoo’s 2013 espionage drama “The Berlin File” managed $14.2 million in its opening and a total of $44.9 million.
“Assassination” earned $7.41 million between Friday and Sunday, a modest drop of 30% and strong enough to hold second place. The Choi Dong-hoon-directed period caper has become the year’s top local film and is set to reach 10 million admissions by the coming weekend.
“Rogue Nation” slipped to third place, with a second week drop of 52%. It earned $6.62 million between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $32.2 million after two weekends on release.
- Sonia Kil
The film, which features the voices of “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons and singer Rihanna, earned $176.8 million in U.S. theaters and is based on the children’s book about a girl and a cuddly alien who team up to escape an invasion.
The film debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
“Home” outsold the No. 2 title on the overall disc sales chart, 20th Century Fox’s “The Longest Ride,” by a 12-to-1 margin. “Longest Ride,” a romantic drama with $37.5 million in theatrical earnings, spent the previous two weeks in the top spot.
Warner’s direct-to-video animated superhero movie “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” debuted at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Following appearances in Seoul by Tom Cruise and opening on 1,200 screens, “Rogue Nation” earned the “Mission: Impossible” franchise’s best ever opening in Korea. It scooped $16.9 million from 2.46 million admissions over its opening four days.
(“Ghost Protocol” in 2011 opened with $11.4 million in four days and earned a $49.59 million total in Korea.)
Korean period actioner, “Assassination” slipped to second place, with a week-on-week drop of 37% and scored $10.7 million from 1.55 million admissions between Friday and Sunday. The Showbox release now stands on a total of $43.9 million from 6.57 million admissions after two weekends on release, making it the highest grossing local title of the year.
Upi’s “Minions” debuted in third place, earning $6.43 million from 1.02 million admissions over first five days, marking the year’s best opening score for an animated film. “Despicable Me 2,” totalled $5.67 million from 962,900 admissions in 2013.
With a week-on-week drop of 54%, Pixar’s “Inside Out” added $2.16 million between Friday »
- Sonia Kil
After stellar reviews from critics and moviegoers you'd think executives at Paramount Pictures and Skydance would be jumping for joy over the fact that "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened to $20.4 million on Friday. In reality they are likely breathing a sigh of relief. The fifth installment in the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise opened to no. 1 with one of the biggest single day tallies of Tom Cruise's career. The problem is that the Christopher McQuarrie helmed thriller was expected to do more. Barring an unexpected Saturday jump (or decline), "Rogue Nation" should end up with $54-55 million for the three-day. A few weeks ago the studio and the film's major financier were expecting a $60 million plus debut. Want a scary comparison? In 2000 "M:i-2" debuted to $57 million. At the time it was the no. 3 opening of all-time. While the brand has certainly remained resilient, how can a film that is »
- Gregory Ellwood
The rise of the Minions has become undeniable. What started as adorable second bananas to a hilarious and touching story of making your own family has blossomed into a starring role in their own movie. Some have found the Minions to be a delightful addition to pop culture, while others find them annoying.
I fall into the group who really likes them. Part of it is because of the unique nature of their language. At first, it sounds like senseless gibberish. As the ear acclimates, though, you start to realize they use a few actual words, like banana. Most of their speech is created through mashing together English words that sound almost like what they mean and extra syllables to create Minionspeak. It has rules, as opaque as they may seem. Certain syllables go together, while other sounds are excluded or used sparingly. Minionspeak is a translatable language.
The Minions mean well. »
For such a quiet weekend in terms of ticket sales, there were a lot of news stories coming out of the box office. Ant-Man passed $200 million, Terminator: Genisys passed $300 million and Pixels failed to get off the starting blocks. But there was another movie that hit an important milestone featuring those cheeky little yellow creatures.
Having earned an extra $66 million from its global markets, Minions has now passed the $500 million mark internationally. With a grand total of $761 million worldwide, Minions is the fourth biggest movie of 2015, but will unlikely topple Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 or Jurassic World which have passed the billion dollar mark.
See Also: Read our review of Minions here
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve »
- Luke Owen
Kevin, Stuart and Bob are making their masters very happy. With today’s grosses, Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s Minions is poised to cross the $500M mark at the international box office. Sunday estimates had the Kyle Balda/Pierre Coffin-helmed origins stoy at $497.8M, and actuals now put the offshore cume at $499.4M. Combined with the domestic total of $262.5M, the worldwide booty is $761.8M. The Despicable Me 2 spinoff has been the top movie at the global box… »
Adam Sandler, regardless of the quality of his movies, is almost always a sure bet at the box office. However, his latest, Pixels, opened not only to poor reviews, but to a poor opening estimate of $24 million and below Ant-Man and its second week estimated take of $24.7 million. Also, in a stunning turn of events, nearly every movie in the top ten revealed its budget numbers, and as it turns out, signs are good for nearly all of them.
Minions, with an estimated $22.1 million, was going to be a surefire success even without revealing its numbers, but at $74 million, it was budgeted even lower than Despicable Me 2, though chances of it making the $970.8 worldwide take of that film will be quite the challenge. The critically acclaimed Trainwreck, on the other hand, is still short a few million, but an estimated $17.3 million has certainly helped, and it will likely be »
- Seth Paul
In a banner week for new releases, the five top-selling discs on the national homevideo sales charts for the week ending July 19 are all newcomers that hit stores the previous Tuesday, the designated day when new product is put on display.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Longest Ride,” a romantic drama with $37.5 million in theatrical earnings, debuted at No. 1. Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the film follows a young couple whose lives change after meeting an older man who was in a car crash, as he reflects on his own past romance.
Bowing at No. 2 was the comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” a sequel to the 2009 cult hit from Sony Pictures. The original grossed $146.3 million and generated quite a buzz with its Segway-riding antihero and his laughable misadventures. The sequel earned $70.7 million theaters.
“Ex Machina,” from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 3. The film, in which a young programmer is »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Photo by Jim Ruymen/Upi
How does a composer create musical voices for a population of yellow creatures who speak their own language? If you’re Grammy Award-winning musician/composer/songwriter Heitor Pereira, it’s one groovy journey.
Playing in theaters now, Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. »
- Michelle McCue
Want to get to know these sweet little furry people? Check out the latest tiny-sized videos.
However, the funniest is still Chloe!
Watch the teaser for the loveable film below.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life Of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.
- Melissa Thompson
Who won the box office this week? Depends on how you look at it.
We treat the box office like a horse race every weekend, as if the new and old movies were all competing on the same playing field. But the truth is, on any given weekend, every new release is more like a stock Ipo, each with its own unique background and set of expectations. They all just happen to be launching at the same time.
So you could view the weekly winner, not necessarily as the movie that sold the most tickets, but the movie that did the best on its own terms. Here's a look at the movies that made the biggest splash at the ticket counter this weekend, depending on which measure you use.
"Ant-Man": Yes, "Ant-Man" sold the most tickets in absolute numbers, an estimated $58.0 million worth. But considering how high Marvel has »
- Gary Susman
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