August 30, 2021
Paramount’s actioner Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins remained atop the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 29, while the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which debuted as a premium rental Aug. 27, led over the weekend.
Snake Eyes — the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation — became available for premium digital purchase and rental Aug. 17. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, it delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett.
Repeating at No. 2 on the weekly chart was Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which was released to digital platforms for premium purchase Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, landed at No. 3 for the week after leading over the weekend.
Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, landed at No. 4. It became available for premium rental July 30.
At No. 5 on the chart was the horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, available for digital purchase.
Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 29, in terms of revenue, are as follows: