PAW Patrol was definitely the pick of the litter for Spin Master in Q3 2021. The franchise’s first feature film contributed to a 158% increase in revenue (to the tune of US$53 million) for the company’s entertainment and licensing segment.
And PAW Patrol: The Movie (pictured) wasn’t just a Q3 hit for Spin Master, either. It boosted ViacomCBS’s theatrical revenue for the quarter to US$67 million (up from US$6 million the previous year), and also helped Paramount+ attract 4.3 million new users, according to the media company’s quarterly report.
Continued growth in digital games played a role in Spin Master’s successful Q3 as well. Toca Life World contributed significantly to the segment’s US$53.8 million in third-quarter revenue, representing a 93% increase over the same period in 2020. This follows a 394% revenue jump for the segment in Q1 2021—and the launch of Spin Master Ventures to acquire strategic minority stakes in early-stage tech companies with an initial budget of US$100 million.
Spin Master’s overall revenue for the third quarter grew by 25% to US$714.5 million. Its outdoor (up 67% to US$20.6 million), preschool & girls (up 28% to US$311 million) and activities, games, puzzles & plush (up 8% to US$195.8 million) segments all posted increases, while the boys segment stayed steady at US$153.8 million. Spin Master’s gross product sales were up by 16% to US$681.2 million in Q3, with gross product sales up in both Europe (20%) and North America (13%).
Coming out of such a strong third quarter, Spin Master is raising its gross product sales and total revenue forecasts for fiscal 2021. And moving forward, the company will focus on digital games and building evergreen entertainment franchises.