‘SpongeBob Movie’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Paramount’s animated The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run again led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended March 14.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Sponge on the Run — available as a premium VOD rental March 4 (and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers) — is a CGI-animated adventure with live action elements. In the film, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. It features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart (No. 5 on FandangoNow) was News of the World, newly available for digital purchase March 9. The Western starring Tom Hanks March 15 earned Oscar noms for Best Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound and Best Original Score.

Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise and available for digital rental and purchase, held at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart and dropped to No. 3 on the Vudu chart. It stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

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Universal/DreamWorks’ blockbuster animated sequel The Croods: A New Age repeated at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart and fell from No. 3 to No. 4 on the Vudu chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

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Two other recently Oscar-nominated titles, Universal’s Promising Young Woman and Minari, also ranked among the week’s top titles.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  2. News of the World
  3. Monster Hunter
  4. The Croods: A New Age
  5. Wrong Turn
  6. Greenland
  7. Vanguard
  8. Wonder Woman 1984
  9. Cosmic Sin
  10. Promising Young Woman


FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  2. Monster Hunter
  3. The Croods: A New Age  
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. News of the World
  6.  The Mauritanian
  7. Land
  8. Cosmic Sin
  9. Crisis
  10.  Minari

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