‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Conjures Up Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife conjured up the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 9.

The franchise reboot from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman became available for digital purchase Jan. 4. A sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies, the film follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather, an original Ghostbuster, left behind.

Universal Pictures’ Illumination animated sequel Sing 2, which became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7, took the No. 2 spot on the chart. In the film, the animal singers plan a new show, but must persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. It also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Landing at No. 3 was the Marvel Comics-based sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, available for digital purchase and rental. It stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

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King Richard, with new Golden Globe Best Actor winner Will Smith — available for premium rental and purchase Jan. 4 — landed at No. 7 on the chart, while the horror film Antlers, newly available to rent, landed at No. 8.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 9, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  2. Sing 2
  3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  4. No Time to Die
  5. The Last Duel
  6. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  7. King Richard
  8. Antlers
  9. Yellowstone: Season 4
  10. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

‘Venom’ Sequel Regains Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage regained the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 2.

The Marvel Comics-based sequel, available for digital purchase and rental, stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage. The film rose from No. 2 on the chart the previous week.

Taking the silver on the chart was MGM’s latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which rose from No. 3 the previous week. Available for digital rental and purchase, it’s the last Bond film with Daniel Craig in the lead role.

Landing at No. 3 was last week’s chart topper, Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The sci-fi horror actioner, available for premium digital rental, returns to the origins of the franchise in Raccoon City.

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With the recent release of the latest “Spider-Man” film in theaters, Spider-Man: No Way Home, 2019’s Spider-Man Far from Home and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man (starring Andrew Garfield) jumped to No. 9 and No. 14 on the chart.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. Jan. 2, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. No Time to Die
  3. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  4. Encanto
  5. Dune
  6. Free Guy
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  8. The Last Duel
  9. Spider-Man: Far from Home
  10. Yellowstone: Season 4

Latest ‘Resident Evil’ Film Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City took the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 26.

The sci-fi horror actioner, available for premium digital rental, returns to the origins of the franchise in Raccoon City.

Dropping to No. 2 from the top spot was Sony’s Marvel Comics-based sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, available for digital purchase and rental. It stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Taking the bronze on the chart was MGM’s latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which rose from No. 4 the previous week. Available for digital rental and purchase, it’s the last Bond film with Daniel Craig in the lead role.

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Meanwhile, holiday films continued to appear on the Vudu chart the week of Christmas. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 4, and Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 7.

New to the chart were Disney’s animated musical Encanto — available for digital purchase (and also available free to stream for Disney+ subscribers) — and the horror-suspense thriller Antlers — also available for digital purchase — at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 26, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  3. No Time to Die
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  5. Encanto
  6. Antlers
  7. The Grinch
  8. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  9. Free Guy
  10. Elf

Vudu Launches Year-End Sale

Vudu, Fandango’s digital purchase and rental content service, is hosting a year-end sale through Jan. 3

Consumers who spend $40 or more on movie or TV content on Vudu receive a code for $10 off additional movies and TV purchases at the beginning of the year.  More details can be found at https://www.watchvudu.com/yearend.

In addition, many titles are on sale to purchase for as low as $7.99, and throughout the next two weeks, Vudu is offering thousands of additional movies, television seasons and bundled sets, many in 4K Ultra HD, for $4.99 and up.

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New-to-Rent ‘Venom’ Sequel Regains Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage regained the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 19.

The Marvel Comics-based sequel, which arrived Nov. 23 for digital purchase and is newly available for digital rental, stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was Paramount’s family film Clifford the Big Red Dog, based on the children’s books. The film became available for digital purchase Dec. 14.

Halloween Kills — Extended Cut, another title newly available for digital purchase Dec. 14, landed at No. 3 on the chart. Universal Pictures’ sequel to 2018’s Halloween, the film features Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak and the entire town of Haddonfield banding together to take down the infamous killer Michael Myers. 

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The other title new to the chart (No. 7) was 20th Century Studios’ animated comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong, which became available for digital purchase Dec. 15. The film, which became available free to stream on HBO Max on the same date, is about a socially awkward middle-schooler who receives a digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box.”

With Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters, Vudu’s top-selling bundle was the Tom Holland “Spider-Man” 3-movie-collection, available for $34.99 in 4K UHD.

Meanwhile, holiday films continued to populate the chart. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 5, and Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 8.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 19, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  3. Halloween Kills – Extended Cut
  4. No Time to Die
  5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  7. Ron’s Gone Wrong
  8. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  9. The Last Duel
  10. Free Guy

‘Venom’ Sequel Again Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage again led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 5.

The Marvel Comics-based superhero film, which arrived Nov. 23 for digital purchase, stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson. In the sequel, Eddie Brock (Hardy) interviews serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Coming in at No. 2 was the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures feature Dune: Part One, which arrived for premium digital ownership and rental Dec. 3 after its theatrical and HBO Max debut. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalBlade Runner 2049), the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, is based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, based on the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel. The film, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck and became available for digital ownership Nov. 30.

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Holiday films continued to populate the chart. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 4; Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 7; and Elf, starring Will Ferrell, landed at No. 9. 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 5, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. Dune
  3. The Last Duel
  4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  6. No Time to Die
  7. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  8. Free Guy
  9. Elf
  10. Yellowstone: Season 4

Animated ‘Birds Like Us’ Available on Digital, On Demand and DVD Jan. 25

The animated family film Birds Like Us will debut digitally, on demand and on DVD Jan. 25 from Lionsgate.

Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Irons and Jim Broadbent lend their voice talents to the film that explores the journey of an unlikely group of animals trying to make their way back home. Trapped in a village ruled by the meddling Kondor (Irons), Huppu the bird (Vikander) dreams of having the freedom to hatch her own egg. Suddenly, she, Kondor, and their friends are blasted to a distant land, and they must trust in a wise, eccentric bat to guide them on a strange, dazzling odyssey back to the tree they call home.

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‘Venom’ Sequel Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

Venom: Let There Be Carnage led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Nov. 28.

The Marvel Comics-based superhero film, which arrived Nov. 23 for digital purchase, stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson. In the film, Eddie Brock (Hardy) interviews serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Repeating at No. 2 was the latest James Bond film No Time to Die. The MGM/United Artists Releasing spy thriller, the fifth and final Bond movie featuring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, is available for premium digital rental.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Free Guy, which is available for digital purchase and rental. The Disney-owned 20th Century Studios film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story.

Coming in at No. 4 was the MGM animated sequel The Addams Family 2, featuring the voices of Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac. In the film, available for digital purchase, Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up.

Landing at No. 5 was James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The superhero movie is based on the DC Comics team of villains extorted into performing dangerous missions for the U.S. government.

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Two titles debuted on the chart for the week — Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and the Bruce Campbell horror-comedy Black Friday, which landed at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.

Also, consumers got into the spirit of the holidays with the 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, coming in at No. 7, and Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the lead character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landing at No. 11. 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. No Time to Die
  3. Free Guy
  4. The Addams Family 2
  5. The Suicide Squad
  6. Jungle Cruise
  7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  8. Spencer
  9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  10. Black Friday

‘Dune’ Due Via Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Dec. 3, on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 11

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Dune will arrive for premium digital ownership ($29.99) and VOD ($24.99) on Dec. 3. The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD  Jan. 11.

Dune, which has garnered more than $350 million at the global box office, was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert.

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The film stars Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Little Women), Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep, Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise), Josh Brolin (Milk, Avengers: Infinity War), Stellan Skarsgård (TV’s “Chernobyl,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Avengers: Endgame), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Lady Bird), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, TV’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (Mr. Long, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), David Dastmalchian (Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Knight), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “Sex Education”), with Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall).

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

 

The Blu-ray, DVD and 4K discs will include the featurette “The Royal Houses.”

Extras on the Blu-ray and 4K editions will also include:

  • Filmbooks: House Atreides
  • Filmbooks: House Harkonnen
  • Filmbooks: The Fremen
  • Filmbooks: The Spice Melange
  • Inside Dune: The Training Room
  • Inside Dune: The Spice Harvester
  • Inside Dune: The Sardaukar Battle
  • Building the Ancient Future
  • My Desert, My Dune
  • Constructing the Ornithopters
  • Designing the Sandworm
  • Beware the Baron
  • Wardrobe from Another World
  • A New Soundscape

Vudu, Olive Garden Offering ‘Dinner and a Movie to Go’ Gift Cards

Transactional digital service Vudu and Olive Garden are offering Dinner and a Movie to Go gift cards, with $25 toward home entertainment on Vudu and $25 towards Italian food to go from Olive Garden.

Dinner and a Movie to Go gift cards are currently available at Sam’s Club and H-E-B stores.

Vudu also has a line of digital gift cards, featuring characters from No Time to Die and Venom 2, available for a limited time here. Starting Nov. 24, consumers can get 20% off online gift card orders of $50 or more (excluding Dinner and a Movie to Go) through the end of the month.

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Also, during Thanksgiving week, Vudu is hosting a “Watch a Movie on Us” promotion. For this week only, consumers who spend $20 towards movies and TV shows on Vudu will get a Vudu movie rental (up to $8 in value). The offer ends Nov. 29.

Thanksgiving sales on movies and TV series seasons this week will include the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (each for $9.99), plus discounts on recent hits such as Free Guy, The Suicide Squad, Wrath of Man, Black Widow, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Snake Eyes and bundles such as the “A Quiet Place” two-movie collection, the “Saw” nine-film collection and the complete series of TV’s “Friends,” with more discounts expected on Black Friday.