Dark DC drama Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, was the biggest selling UK movie title of 2020, with combined disc, digital purchase and Video on Demand sales of more than 1.4 million units, according to new figures released by British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE).
It was followed by Frozen 2 (1.2m), Jumanji The Next Level (1.1m), 1917 (1.1m), Star Wars IX – The Rise of Skywalker (935.8k), Downtown Abbey The Movie (867.3k), Bad Boys for Life (801k), Knives Out (714.3k), Sonic the Hedgehog (621k) and Terminator Dark Fate (562.8k).
2020 saw the UK home entertainment sector grow by 26 per cent, bringing the total market value to £3.3 billion. Streaming services have grown by 42 per cent over the past year, and represent the bulk of the spend. Understandable, given the time we’ve been staying indoors.
Digital movie sales grew 14.5 per cent growth year-on-year and digital rentals jumped 24 per cent.
Blu-ray and DVD remains resilient. Sales of premium quality 4K Ultra High Definition discs were up 20 per cent year on year…
Streaming may now be the default viewing option for most of us, but Blu-ray and DVD remains resilient. Blu-ray disc sales accounted for 30 per cent of the overall UK disc market value, up from just under 27 per cent on 2019. Sales of premium quality 4K Ultra High Definition discs were up 20 per cent year on year, accounting for 23 per cent share of total Blu-ray sales.
“This shift to digital doesn’t diminish the resilience of physical formats, as evidenced by the performance of TV and catalogue content on disc, and by the strength of premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD both underlining that many viewers are still driven by collection and the access to the best possible home viewing experience that disc provides,” says Liz Bales, Chief Executive of BASE.
According to official Video Chart data, the best selling disc (DVD and Blu-ray) of 2020 was Downtown Abbey The Movie. Coming in second was Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker, followed by Joker, Frozen 2 and 1917.
High value re-releases of catalogue content thrived in 2020 with a number of classic titles given the premium 4K UHD treatment. There are currently 564 titles available on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format.
The best selling UK 4k UHD Blu-ray title for 2020 was Star Wars IV A New Hope, with 17k sales. It was followed by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (16k), Star Wars V The Empire Strilkes Back (16k), Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi (15k), Rogue One A Star Wars Story (15k), Jaws (13k), Top Gun (11k), Star wars III Revenge of the Sith (11k), Star Wars VII The Force Awakens (11k) and Star Wars II Attack of the Clones (10k).
TV’s share of the total disc spend was up at 28 per cent, from 23 per cent in 2019. Topping the sales chart was Game of Thrones Complete 8th Season, with 91k sales. It was followed by The Crown Seasons 1 & 2 (71k), The Crown Season 3 (68k), Chernobyl (62k), Mrs Brown’s Boys Merry Mishaps (31k), Strictly Come Dancing (30k), Gavin & Stacey A Special Christmas (28k), The Crown S2 (26k), Descendants 1-3 (26k) and Good Omens (25k).