The Official Film Chart was packed with top-quality entertainment last year. But which titles did you send to the best sellers list?
It’s time for our annual review of the Official Film Chart.
Hello everyone and a very happy new year! Sadly, this new year has started in the same way as last year, 2020, ended. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, even though it does seem a fair way off in the distance at present. But hopefully, with the pandemic now having several vaccines against it, we will be allowed back into cinemas again sometime in March.
Once there, we can view the fantastic entertainment that should be on offer to us all this year and with it, the resurgence of the home entertainment market with big, top-quality titles for us to rent, buy and download throughout the year. Not that last year was a bad year for the home entertainment market, despite the distinct lack of big titles becoming available for the second half of the year. Let’s look at some of the numbers that made up the year 2020.
The Video category managed to rise by 26% from the figures of 2019. It is now worth £3.3billion. The buying public spent £194million on digital film downloads alone, up 16% on 2019’s figures. 56% of the copies of movies sold last year were on the digital format. Ultra High-Definition (UHD) titles sold 564.4 thousand copies last year to the tune of over £21million in revenue.
Consumers spent over £80million on catalog TV content on the disc formats. There were more than 30.8million VOD digital rental transactions throughout the year. 5.7million copies of TV titles that were sold were bought on disc. 51% of box set spending was on the Blu-Ray formats, rising from 36% in 2019 and 56% of this was on content that valued more than £30. And the most searched for title of the year on Find AnyFilm.Com was, strangely, ‘Summerland‘.
And now for the final results of what was the top-selling titles of 2020. The biggest seller of the entire year across the board was the Oscar-winning DC drama ‘Joker‘ which sold over a 1.4million copies on all formats. It was one of four films that managed to sell over a million copies in 2020, the others being ‘Frozen II‘, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘, and ‘1917‘ while the entire top 15 titles of the year each sold over 500,00 copies apiece.
The top-selling UHD titles of the year were: ‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker‘, ‘Joker‘, and ‘1917‘. The top three rental transactions were for: ‘Joker‘, ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘, and ‘Knives Out‘.
The top three best-selling TV Tiles were: ‘Game Of Thrones: Complete Season Eight‘, ‘The Crown: Season 1& 2‘, and ‘Chernobyl‘.
The Top three Best-selling High-Value Boxsets were: ‘The Harry Potter Complete Collection‘, ‘IT & IT: Chapter Two‘, and ‘Jumanji & Jumanji: The Next Level‘ while franchise collections ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga‘, ‘The Harry Potter Complete Collection‘, and ‘The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy‘ made the most money sales-wise.
If we were to break the charts down into the different genres, we would see quite the mix of titles in the top five. So, let’s do that! Here are the top 5 best-sellers across physical and digital formats broken down by genre. All are presented in their order i.e running one to five:
IT: Chapter Two, Zombieland: Double Tap, Doctor Sleep, The Invisible Man, US
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker, Terminator: Dark Fate, Tenet, Gemini Man, Avengers: Endgame
Last Christmas, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Love Actually, Jojo Rabbit, Yesterday
Frozen II, Onward, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, Trolls: World Tour, Dolittle
Downton Abbey: The Movie, Le Mans ’66, Knives Out, Rocketman, Little Women (2019)
The Greatest Showman, Cats, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Grease
Apollo 11, They Shall Not Grow Old, Finding Jack Charlton, Diego Maradona, Seven Worlds One Planet
Champions: Liverpool Football Club, The End Of The Storm, Joe Wicks: The Body Coach Workout, Everton: Howard’s Way, Joe Wicks: Lean In 15-Workouts
Game Of Thrones: Complete 8th Season, The Crown: Season 1 & 2, The Crown: Season 3, Chernobyl, Mrs. Brown’s Boys: Merry Mishaps
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, The Snail And The Whale, Paw Patrol Ready Race Rescue
As you can see, quite a mixture of titles and content that kept us all entertained over the last twelve months. It is great to see some of the old classics getting a look in throughout the charts, showing us all that we turned to, to keep us going during those bleak periods we all suffered. There are several big releases amongst the titles that hit the heights last year but many were made available in the opening four months of 2020, except for ‘Tenet‘ which hit all formats in December.
We can look forward to the likes of ‘The New Mutants‘, ‘Unhinged‘ and the early digital PVOD release of ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ to look forward to in the coming weeks (The New Mutants is available on all formats now, actually) ahead of what hopefully be a deluge of top movies from August or September onwards on home entertainment.
That remains to be seen but with figures such as the ones that 2020 managed to make, the future of the home entertainment industry looks extremely healthy for the time being. And long may it prosper and continue.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!