Compiled from satellite, cable and Internet VOD, in addition to surveys from most crucial retailers for bodily and networking sales, The Digital Entertainment Group (the firm that recommends and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels) has continued to offer what they are charging as the”Watched From Home Top 20.” It is a close cousin to get theatrical box office for the post-theatrical marketplace, even if it ranks via transactions and”components” sold or rented, instead of pure revenue earned. Since I can’t spend my morning dissecting the opening weekend of Spiral: By the Book of Saw or the third-weekend hold for Black Widow, this will need to do. For the record, the rankings don’t include attributes from streaming platforms, nor do they now”count” PVOD releases like Trolls: World Tour and Scoob!
In my modest surprise, the very best movie last week was Sony’s Bloodshot. Considering that the Vin Diesel flick had its”All Media” press viewing the Tuesday before opening weekend, and that opening weekend was the final before theaters closed down nationally, Bloodshot is the final movie that lots and a lot of critics, entertainment press and related pundits, including myself, saw at a movie theater. While it had been among the plethora of ancient 2020 releases that were pulled from theatres for an early” at home” release, it has only been available on DVD/Blu and”priced to lease” VOD since May 5. So folks who could have been interested, but not curious enough to spend $20 to buy the movie, are spending $6 to sample the franchise-starter that was not.
The $42 million, PG-13 Valiant Comics adaptation stalled out with a mere $9.8 million domestic debut, which was right in line with this pre-release $10 million opening weekend projection. So it was a disappointment before the shop closed up, but some folks had perhaps meant to see it but did not get the opportunity. While neither as enjoyable as xXx: Return of Xander Cage nor as ambitious as The Chronicles of Riddick, it is an ideal”watch that at home for a few bucks” grindhouse action movie. That does not indicate that Bloodshot two is in the cards, although never say never when streaming platforms can always decide to get involved, it’s the epitome of the type of film that folks skip in theatres and catch up with at home.
The rest of the top 11 attributes late 2019 releases such as Rise of Skywalker (available on Disney+ as May 4), Jumanji: The Next Level, and Little Girls duking it out using ancient 2020 strikes such as Bad Boys for Life, Sonic the Hedgehog and 1917. Lionsgate’s I Believe makes a decent showing at sixth, below just Bloodshot and the Many mega-hits, as do early 2020 misses like Dolittle and Birds of Prey. Naturally, Clarke Duke’s buzzy crime caper (and prospective SXSW premiere) Arkansas is ranked 12th on this DEG list while at the same time putting sixth on FandangoNow’s rankings for last week. It’s passable entertainment, and I am again reminded that seemingly doomed”next big thing” movie stars like Liam Hemsworth can shine when permitted to play a character rather than a standard action figure.
Another interesting note is, in 15th place, of Warner’s direct-to-VOD DC Animated Universe name Justice League Black: Apokolips War. It is being marketed as the Avengers: Endgame of the”New 52″ DCAU continuity. That’s fair because the series finale of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was a shameless replica of the”Destroyer” series finale of Justice League Unlimited. Oh, and Josh Trank’s ambitious and visually intriguing Capone (with Tom Hardy again attempting to win an Oscar and a Razzie for the same functionality, and I suggest that as a compliment)was (according to Vertical) the top indie flick as well as the second-biggest release entire last week on iTunes. Imagine how Trank’s career might have gone if he had gotten to earn a little flick like Capone between Chronicle and Fantastic Four…