‘Parasite’ Ticket, VOD Sales and Rentals Jump on Fandango and FandangoNow

Parasite has seen a major boost in Fandango ticket sales since earning four Academy Awards Feb. 9, while the company’s transactional streaming service, FandangoNow, is also reporting an uptick for the title since the Oscar ceremony.

Parasite rentals and purchases on FandangoNow saw an 468% increase week over week comparing sales on Feb. 3 (before the Oscars) to sales on Feb. 10 (after the Oscars).

Theatrical ticket sales week over week jumped 443% in the same period.

Feb. 10 Bong Joon Ho’s darkly comic thriller was the No. 3 title in Fandango’s daily ticket sales and the No. 1 streaming title on FandangoNow.

FandangoNow is also offering a “Binge Bundle” selection of Parasite director Bong Joon Ho films, including The Host, Mother and Barking Dogs Never Bite, for rent for $7.99 here.

In a Fandango survey of Oscar watchers, 73% of moviegoers said they would watch or re-watch a movie after it wins an Academy Award. In the same poll, a majority of the fans (54%) claimed the multiple Parasite wins represented the “happiest surprise” of Oscar night.

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Parasite is seeing a remarkable uptick in sales on Fandango and on FandangoNow,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement.  “Moviegoers who haven’t seen the movie yet are anxious to discover it on the big screen or at home, while fans who have already seen Parasite are ready to re-watch Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece to unpack its many layers.”

Oscar-Lauded ‘Little Women’ Coming Home on Digital March 10, Disc April 7

Director Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation Little Women is coming out on digital March 10 and Blu-ray and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film picked up an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Music (Original Score), Best Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Florence Pugh. The film is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers.

Gerwig’s modern adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott masterpiece stars Ronan, Emma Watson, Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. The film draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.

Little Women earned $177.2 million at the global box office.

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include more than 45 minutes of bonus features, exploring how writer-director Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic and took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Alcott lived and wrote Little Women.

‘Parasite’ Surges to Four Oscar Wins

The South Korean film Parasite was a surprise winner at the 92nd Academy Awards Feb. 9, taking four Oscars, including Best Picture, the first non-English film to win the top prize.

The dark satirical look at class struggles in South Korea also was the surprising winner of Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, who also won for Best Original Screenplay. As expected, the film won for Best International Film.

Bong Joon Ho was widely touted in the media for tying Walt Disney’s 1953 record of winning four Oscars in one night, though officially he goes in the books with three, as International Film is awarded to a country (South Korea in this case) and not an individual, although Bong accepted the trophy on behalf of the film.

The film is available now through digital retailers, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

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The favorite before the night, Universal’s World War I film 1917, won three Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing.

Warner’s Joker, readily available on disc and digital, won Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt and Best Production Design. The film is available for home viewing from Sony Pictures.

Ford v Ferrari, which arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on Tuesday, Feb. 11, also won two awards, Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing.

Rocketman, available now for home viewing from Paramount, won Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Best Actress went to Renée Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, which is available now on home video from Lionsgate.

Toy Story 4, available for home video viewing from Disney, won Best Animated Feature.

Bombshell won for Makeup and Hair Styling. The film will arrive digitally Feb. 25, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 10.

Jojo Rabbit, available now digitally, and on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18, won Best Adapted Screenplay for Taika Waititi.

Columbia’s Little Women won Best Costume Design.

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Two Netflix movies ended up winning one Oscar apiece. Marriage Story won Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern, and American Factory, from the Obamas’ production company, won Best Documentary.

Netflix’s lauded The Irishman, from director Martin Scorsese, had earned 10 nominations but walked away empty-handed.

Both Marriage Story and The Irishman are heading for Blu-ray and DVD later this year from the Criterion Collection.

 

‘Parasite’ Top Best Picture Oscar Pic in Fandango Survey of Millennials

In a Fandango survey of millennial film fans on the upcoming Oscar race, South Korean genre-bending hit Parasite is the top pick in the Best Picture race with 20% of votes, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ WWI epic 1917 with 19%. Parasite also took the top spot in the Best Director category, with first-time nominee Bong Joon Ho winning with 34% of votes.

Parasite is  also the best-selling foreign-language film of all time on Fandango’s transactional VOD service FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 2,000 millennial moviegoers who have seen the majority of the nominated films, asking them which Oscar-nominated films and performers deserve to take home the statues Feb. 9.

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) emerged as the fan favorites in the Best Actor and Actress categories, with 55% and 31% of the votes, respectively. Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) and Florence Pugh (Little Women) earned the top spots in the supporting categories with 41% and 28% of votes, respectively.

Meanwhile, 88% said they’re planning to watch Sunday’s show because they have seen most of movies in contention this year.

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“Fans are more excited to watch the Academy Awards because they’ve actually seen the nominated movies,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “This year’s Oscar races for Best Picture and Best Director are the most suspenseful, and if the Fandango polling is any indication, it’s going to be awfully close, with Parasite and 1917 neck and neck in the voting for both categories. Moviegoers are also rooting for fan favorites like Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Knives Out, Toy Story 4 and Rocketman, all of which figured prominently as winners in the Fandango survey, ranking as the top choices for Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Animated Feature and Original Song.”

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Many of the nominated titles are available on FandangoNow. Available to buy are Knives Out (Feb. 7), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Jojo Rabbit and Ford v Ferrari. Available to rent or buy are Ad Astra, Avengers: Endgame, Breakthrough, Harriet, Honeyland, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Joker, Judy, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Missing Link, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Pain and Glory, Parasite, Rocketman, The Cave, The Lighthouse, The Lion King and Toy Story 4. Available for pre-order are 1917, Bombshell, Frozen 2, Little Women, Richard Jewell and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Survey results were:

Best Picture

Parasite – 20%

1917 – 19%

Joker – 15%

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – 12%

Little Women – 10%

Jojo Rabbit – 7%

Marriage Story – 7%

Ford v Ferrari – 5%

The Irishman – 5%

 

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) – 55%

Adam Driver (Marriage Story) – 20%

Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 14%

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) – 8%

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) – 3%

 

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) – 31%

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) – 26%

Renee Zellweger (Judy) – 19%

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) – 12%

Charlize Theron (Bombshell) – 12%

 

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 41%

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) – 40%

Joe Pesci (The Irishman) – 9%

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) – 6%

Al Pacino (The Irishman) – 4%

 

Best Supporting Actress

Florence Pugh (Little Women) – 28%

Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit) – 24%

Laura Dern (Marriage Story) – 22%

Margot Robbie (Bombshell) – 15%

Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell) – 11%

 

Best Director

Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) – 34%

Sam Mendes (1917) – 33%

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) – 15%

Todd Phillips (Joker) – 14%

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) – 4%

 

Best Animated Picture

Toy Story 4 – 49%

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – 19%

Klaus – 15%

I Lost My Body – 9%

Missing Link – 8%

 

Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out – 35%

Parasite – 28%

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – 18%

1917 – 11%

Marriage Story – 8%

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Little Women – 33%

Joker – 32%

Jojo Rabbit – 23%

The Irishman – 10%

The Two Popes – 2%

 

Best Song

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman) – 42%

“Into the Unknown” (Frozen 2) – 30%

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4) – 16%

“Stand Up” (Harriet) – 9%

“I’m Standing With You” (Breakthrough) – 3%

Oscar-Nominated ‘Bombshell’ Due on Digital Feb. 25, Disc March 10 From Lionsgate

The Oscar-nominated Bombshell is coming home on digital Feb. 25 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD March 10 from Lionsgate.

The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Best Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie), and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker).

Theron, Nicole Kidman, Robbie and John Lithgow (as Roger Ailes) star in the film based on the real story of three ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America’s most powerful news networks, Fox News, becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous.

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The film also stars Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell and Allison Janney.

Disc bonus features include a seven-part making-of documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew.

‘Knives Out’ Coming Home on Digital Feb. 7, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 25

The murder mystery Knives Out, which earned writer-director Rian Johnson an Oscar nom for Best Original screenplay, is heading home.

Lionsgate will release the whodunnit on digital Feb. 7 and 4K Ultra HD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and on demand Feb. 25.

The film, which has earned $278 million at the global box office, also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy (Ana de Armas) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy (Daniel Craig). Written, produced, and directed by Johnson (Star Wars: The Last JediLooper), Knives Out also has received awards from AFI, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Philadelphia Film Festival, The Hollywood Critics Association and Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomatoes Awards.

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In addition to Craig and de Armas, the film’s ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer. It follows the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer). There’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

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Special features include an audio commentary and in-theater commentary by filmmaker Rian Johnson, two deleted scenes, the eight-part “Making a Murder” documentary, the “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” featurette, and a Q&A with the director and cast.

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Coming to Digital Feb. 4, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 18

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the venerable Fred Rogers, will debut on digital Feb. 4, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Hanks, who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role, portrays children’s television icon Mister Rogers of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” in this film based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

The film also stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood made $60.9 million at the global box office, all but about $300,000 of it in U.S. and Canadian theaters.

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Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD include more than 15 minutes of additional scenes, a blooper reel, an all-new featurette starring Daniel Tiger, filmmaker commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the film.

Oscar Nominated ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Coming to Digital Feb. 4, Disc — Including 4K — Feb. 18

Writer-director Taika Waititi’s six-time Oscar nominated Jojo Rabbit will debut on digital Feb. 4 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 18 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The World War II satire follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic.

The film has been nominated for Best Picture Academy Award Nomination, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Picture, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Star Davis, whose first-ever acting role was Jojo, won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor, as well as a nomination for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. Additionally, Johansson has received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her performance as Rosie. Waititi has received Academy Award Nominations for Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture (with Carthew Neal), as well as nominations from the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and BAFTA (Adapted Screenplay). Earlier this year, the film was honored at the AFI Awards, making it onto AFI’s list of the Top 10 Movies of the Year for 2019. And the film also won TIFF’s highly acclaimed Grolsch People’s Choice Award, while Waititi garnered the Ebert Director Award at the festival’s tribute gala awards event.

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, outtakes, “Inside Jojo Rabbit,” audio commentary from Waititi and theatrical trailers.

Platforms Avoid Netflix Movies in Pre-Oscar Showcases

Netflix earned an impressive 24 Oscar nominations ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards on Feb. 9 — largely around two movies: Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Walmart-owned Vudu.com and exhibitors Cinemark, AMC Theatres and Regal Cinema have launched pre-Oscar events showcasing best picture nominated films — with the exception of Netflix’s titles.

That’s because Netflix — per longstanding policy — does not abide by Hollywood’s traditional theatrical release strategy affording exhibitors exclusive 90-day access. Instead, the streamer mandates all original movies be made available across all distribution channels (including theatrical) at the same time.

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This has angered exhibitors and industry insiders domestically and abroad (i.e. Cannes Film Festival) for years — the result being Netflix movies are largely ignored by major theater chains.

Indeed, Cinemark’s “Annual Oscar Movie Week Festival,” which runs from Feb. 3 to 9, enables consumers (for $35) to screen all nominated films — with the exception of Netflix’s titles. Vudu is taking preorders for Oscar-nominated titles, with the exception of The Irishman and Marriage Story (which have not been slated for a digital sellthrough release).

“I don’t see the utility of making a film available on VOD or in theaters, if it’s available for free to anyone with a subscription or trial account at Netflix,” said Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter. “Netflix would rather people sign up for a free trial and watch these films than it would care for the 50% to 65% it might earn from a movie ticket or VOD.”

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Last year, Netflix’s first Oscar nominated best picture title, Roma, was also ignored by major exhibitors. It went on to win for best director (Alfonso Cuarón) and best foreign-language film (Mexico’s first) — but no best picture. The movie reportedly generated about $200,000 in revenue from pre-nomination screenings over the extended Thanksgiving weekend at select indie theaters in Los Angeles.

The imbroglio made headlines when director Steven Spielberg suggested movies that forgo the traditional theatrical run should not be considered for Oscars. The Academy’s annual board of governors post-Oscar meeting nixed that idea.

Netflix responded (on Twitter) at the time stressing “we love cinema” and ubiquitous distribution. “These things are not mutually exclusive,” the streamer tweeted.

While Roma did become Netflix’s first film to be included in The Criterion Collection on Blu-ray Disc and DVD (due Feb. 11), it arguably left millions of dollars in box office revenue on the table.

“If Netflix wants to really be a movie company, and not just a highly successful television company, why won’t they consider the traditional movie business model?,” John Fithian, CEO of the National Association of Theater Operators, wrote in a 2018 blog post. “Wouldn’t Netflix make more money and establish a much deeper cultural conversation by offering a true and robust theatrical run first, and offering exclusive streaming to its subscribers later?”

 

Oscar-Lauded ‘Parasite’ Best-Selling Foreign Language Film of All Time on FandangoNow

Best Picture Oscar contender Parasite is making history as both the best-selling foreign-language film of all time on FandangoNow and as one of the streaming service’s top five preordered titles of all time, following three superhero movies, Avengers: Endgame, Joker and Venom.

FandangoNow is movie ticketing service Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The Korean film also earned Academy Award nominations for the Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign-Language Film), Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, Original Screenplay, Film Editing and Production Design.

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Parasite is undeniably one of the year’s most talked-about films,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Director Bong Joon Ho and the great ensemble cast create a perfect recipe for a suspenseful story with humor, heart, horror and more. The film’s six Oscar nominations has only increased fan anticipation to watch and re-watch the film as it finally arrives at home.”

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Parasite is available for purchase on FandangoNow here.