‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fourth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 10.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about at risk, including M.J. (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing Spider-Man villains from other universes.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Rising to No. 3 from No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Rising to No. 4 from No. 7 on the chart was MGM’s Dog, available for premium digital rental. The film, starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum, follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on a road trip. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. The Contractor
  4. Dog
  5. Sing 2
  6. The Outfit
  7. Jackass Forever
  8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  9. Scream (2022)
  10. Death on the Nile

Buddy Comedy ‘Dog’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The canine buddy comedy Dog led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 13.

Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 2 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, was recently made available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Paramount Pictures’ new Scream horror flick, which became available for digital rental and purchase March 1, took the bronze on the chart, dropping from the top spot. It reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles from the original series. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original attacks.

The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in Warner Bros.’ “Matrix” franchise, landed at No. 4 on the chart. The film, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max, is available for regular digital purchase after a premium-priced digital run. It follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003 and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines that he thought he ended. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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Falling from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart was the Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight, available for premium digital rental. The film follows a government operative with a shadowy past who discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens and finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once protected.

Among other titles new to Vudu’s chart were the Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romcom Marry Me, Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Best Picture contender Nightmare Alley and the Peter Dinklage starrere Cyrano (Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design), ranked at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Dog
  2. Sing 2
  3. Scream (2022)
  4. The Matrix Resurrections
  5. Blacklight
  6. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  7. Marry Me
  8. Nightmare Alley
  9. Cyrano
  10. American Underdog

Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ Bowing for Digital Purchase Jan. 12, on Disc. Feb. 15

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Eternals is set to make its retail debut on all major digital platforms Jan. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 15. The packaged-media releases will feature bonus material, including four deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Eternals, which has generated $161.9 million at the North American box office, and $396.1 million globally, follows a group of ancient heroes from beyond the stars who have protected Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the superheroes are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again.

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The ensemble cast includes Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie.

Bonus features include:

  • Audio commentary by director Chloé Zhao and producers Stephane Ceretti and Mårten Larsson.
  • “Immortalized” featurette — Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe launches into the reasons why Marvel wanted to immortalize these superheroes for the MCU.
  • “Walks of Life” unveils Marvel’s biggest and most diverse lineup of Super Heroes in one film. Hear reactions from the cast on being involved in the film and the instant sense of camaraderie that was felt on the day they all joined each other in their costumes.
  • Deleted Scenes: “Gravity” — Phastos and Jack have a conversation that leads to a breakthrough; “Nostalgia” — Sprite and Makkari reminisce about humankind while overlooking the ruins of Babylon; “Movies” — Gligamesh and Kingo connect over movies while crossing the Amazon River with the rest of the team; “Small Talk” — Sprite confronts Dane in the museum about his interactions with Sersi.

PlayStation Store Dropping Digital Movie and TV Show Sales and Rentals

The Sony PlayStation Store will drop the sale and rental of digital movies and TV shows, beginning Aug. 31. The platform, which has sold and rented studio movies since 2008, cited an increase in the consumer adoption of subscription streaming services and ad-supported VOD services, for the decision.

“At [Sony Interactive Entertainment], we strive to provide the best entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and that means evolving our offerings as customer needs change,” Vanessa Lee, head of video business for Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in a March 2 blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles.”

The PlayStation Store was not a member of Movies Anywhere, the studio-backed transactional retail platform that includes Vudu, Microsoft’s Movies & TV, DirecTV, Xfinity Store, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Verizon, FandangoNow and Row8.

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Users can still access movie and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices, she wrote.

“We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation,” read the blog.

The move follows the 2019 shuttering of Sony PlayStation Vue, the  online TV platform that in 2015 followed Dish Network’s Sling TV into the nascent streaming market.

Ironically, Sony is pulling out of the TVOD retail market at a time when digital sales and rentals are at an all-time high, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic. According to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, digital sales of movies, TVs shows and other filmed content, known as electronic sellthrough, rose 16% to $3 billion. Digital rentals were up 18%, to $2.3 billion.

MPAA: Global Home Entertainment Market Up 16% in 2018

It’s an over-the-top video world and it’s got the revenue to prove it.

Global home entertainment consumer spending increased by 16% in 2018 to reach $55.7 billion from $48 billion in 2017, according to new data from the Motion Picture Association of America. The growth was driven by digital home entertainment, with U.S. digital spending increasing by 24% and international digital spending increasing by 34%. Since 2014, digital spending has increased 170% globally.

Much of the spending was driven by subscription streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, in addition to sales and rental of digital movies and TV shows.

Globally, the number of subscriptions to online video services reached 613 million, an up 27% from 2017. Subscriptions to online video services surpassed cable subscriptions for the first time in 2018.

The number of SVOD subscribers in the U.S. increased 17% to 186.9 million, according to the MPAA.

“More than 80% of U.S. adults watch movies and TV shows via traditional services, while more than 70% watch via online subscription services,” read the report.

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In 2018, overall spending on home entertainment in the U.S. increased to $23.3 billion, up 12% over 2017. Americans now spend 52% of their media time on a digital platform.

Indeed, global sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray content fell 14% to $7.3 billion from $8.4 billion in 2017. Domestic packaged media revenue declined 15% to $5.8 billion from $6.8 billion.

The MPAA, citing data from DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and IHS Markit, found that when subtracting SVOD revenue from the equation, transactional revenue in the U.S. from packaged and digital media, video stores, kiosks, digital sellthrough and transactional VOD dropped 5% to $10 billion from $10.5 billion in 2017.

Citing The-Numbers.com, the MPAA report listed Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Black Panther as the top-selling disc in 2018. (The NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service has ranked Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War as the top-selling disc of last year.)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was listed as the top-rental title, citing comScore.

Meanwhile, box office ticket revenue in the U.S. — driven by Black Panther and Incredibles 2 — climbed 7% to a record $11.9 billion from $11.1 billion in 2017.

“In today’s dynamic marketplace, stories come to life for audiences in theaters, at home, and on the go,” Charles Rivkin, CEO of the MPAA, said in a statement. “Our companies continue to deliver content where, when, and how audiences want it – and the numbers released today speak volumes.”

 

Google Play Offering Deals on Past Oscar Winners, Featuring This Year’s Nominees

To celebrate the 91st Academy Awards Feb. 24, Google Play Feb. 15-28 is offering deals on some of the past Oscar-winning movies and featuring a collection of this year’s Oscar-nominated films.

Titles on sale include Thelma & Louise, Gone with the Wind, Rain Man, Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz, La La Land, Moulin Rouge, Walk the Line, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Lady Bird, The Blind Side, Moneyball, Million Dollar Baby, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, I,Tonya, American Sniper, RBG, Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman and Moonlight.

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Google Play is also featuring apps and games inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.

A complete list of Oscars content on Google Play is on its Oscars Hub.

Lionsgate Q3 Home Entertainment Revenue Falls, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Departs

Lionsgate Feb. 7 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) home entertainment revenue from movies of $149.7 million, down 31% from revenue of $189 million during the previous-year period. Through nine months of the fiscal year, movie revenue fell 22% to $462 million compared to $588.6 million last year.

Sales of DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies fell 35% to $68 million from $104 million, while digital sales dipped about 4% to $81.7 million from $85 million.

Through nine months, packaged media movie revenue is down 33% to $209 million from $311.5 million last year. Digital sales are down less 9% at $253 million from $277.1 million.

Sales of TV shows on disc reached $2.5 million, compared to $4.1 million during the previous-year period. Digital sales reached $10.9 million, down 58% from $25.7 million last year.

Motion Picture segment revenue reached $362.6 million. Segment profit decreased 19.9% to $43.5 million, reflecting underperformance of certain titles in fiscal 2019 compared to the outperformance of Wonder in the prior year quarter.

Media Networks segment revenue increased to $366.8 million due to strong OTT (i.e. Starz) subscriber growth. Segment profit increased 9.6% to $134.1 million from the prior-year quarter. Overall domestic subscribers were sequentially consistent in the quarter at 25.1 million and up 1.1 million year over year.

Starz had a strong revenue and subscriber quarter, ending the quarter with 25.1 million overall domestic subscribers, which was consistent sequentially and up 1.1 million subscribers from the prior year quarter.  Starz achieved strong over-the-top (OTT) subscriber growth for the sequential quarter as well as year-over-year.

“We’re pleased to report a strong quarter with significant free cash flow and continued revenue and subscriber growth at Starz,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.  “As we refill our feature film and television pipelines at a robust pace and take our integration of Lionsgate and Starz to the next level, all signs are pointing to strong growth in the year ahead.”

Feltheimer gave a shoutout to departing Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, who helped transition the pay-TV and OTT platform following Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion acquisition in December 2016.

“[Chris transformed] Starz from a legacy media network to a forward-looking streaming platform,” Feltheimer said on the fiscal call.  “He worked closely with me to position Starz for the next phase of its growth and he leaves behind a strong programming slate and a talented leadership team. I’m confident we will maintain our momentum without missing a beat.”