‘Escape Room’ Sequel Wins Top Spot on Vudu Chart

Sony’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions led the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 26.

The psychological thriller, which became available for digital purchase Sept. 21, is a sequel to 2019’s Escape Room. In the film, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive and discovering they’ve all played the game before.

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, remained at No. 2 on the chart. The film is available for digital purchase and newly for digital rental.

The Jordan Peele-produced thriller Candyman, which debuted Sept. 17 as a premium rental, dropped from the top spot to No. 3 for the week. Set nearly 30 years after the events of the first film, the Universal film is a fresh take on the urban legend about a killer in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects.

At No. 4 was Paramount’s animated family film Paw Patrol: The Movie, available for digital sale Sept. 21. In the film, when their rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the most challenging mission of their Paw Patrol careers.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was Lionsgate’s action thriller The Protégé, also available for digital purchase Sept. 21. The story of a deadly assassin out for vengeance stars Michael Keaton, Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Patrick.

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

  1. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
  2. F9: The Fast Saga
  3. Candyman
  4. Paw Patrol: The Movie
  5. The Protege
  6. The Suicide Squad
  7. Black Widow
  8. Don’t Breathe 2
  9. The Jungle Cruise
  10. The Forever Purge

‘F9’ Stays in the Lead on Vudu Chart

For the second consecutive week, Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga finished first among all titles on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Aug. 8.

In F9, the ninth installment in the primary series of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) leads his crew on another worldwide adventure to stop an evil scheme by his brother (John Cena). The film became available for premium rental July 30.

Lionsgate’s sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard repeated No. 2. An action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard debuted for digital purchase July 27. In the film, the lethal odd couple — bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) and hit man Darius Kincaid (Jackson) — are back. Still unlicensed, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by the volatile spouses, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a madman (Antonio Banderas).

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Paramount Pictures’ horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, starring Emily Blunt, and written and directed by John Krasinski, took the bronze on the Vudu chart, rising from No. 4. The title is available for digital rental and purchase. In the film, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must face the terrors of the outside world as they continue to fight for survival in silence.

Universal Pictures’ horror thriller The Forever Purge, the latest installment in the dystopian “Purge” franchise about periods when all crime becomes legal, landed at No. 4. The film is available as a premium digital rental.

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Warner Bros.’ latest Monsterverse installment, Godzilla vs. Kong, is on sale and reentered the chart at No. 5.

Among the rookie titles on Vudu’s top 10 list for the week were Pixar’s fantasy adventure Luca, which previously debuted on the Disney+ streaming service at no additional charge and is available as a premium rental, and the Nicolas Cage indie Pig, about a truffle hunter in search of his kidnapped pig and available for digital rental and purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 8, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga
  2. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  3. A Quiet Place Part II
  4. The Forever Purge
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong
  6. Luca
  7. Wrath of Man
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  9. Pig
  10. Peter Rabbit 2

Fandango Unites TVOD Services FandangoNow and Vudu Under Vudu

Fandango has officially announced the combination of its two transactional movie and TV content services Vudu and FandangoNow under Vudu.

The newly updated Vudu replaces FandangoNow as the official movie and TV store on Roku. (Vudu uses Roku Pay.)

The new Vudu service will offer more than 200,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows to rent or buy digitally, including the largest collection of 4K Ultra HD titles and thousands of titles to watch for free with no subscription required, according to the Fandango press release.

Vudu, which was acquired by Fandango in 2020, is available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households, according to The NPD Group. The service has more than 60 million registered users and serves millions of consumers daily across smart TVs, connected devices, mobile and online, according to the release.

“At Fandango, we’ve been building a digital network that super-serves tens of millions of fans across the entire entertainment lifecycle, from movie and TV discovery with Rotten Tomatoes, to our three theatrical ticketing apps and now an even larger scale Vudu on-demand streaming destination,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement. “During a time where consumers have a myriad of viewing options, we’re proud to deliver a service that presents an unparalleled library of content, many titles that are not available on subscription services, and the flexibility to pay as you go.”

“Consumer excitement for premium video on-demand has grown significantly as users turn to streaming to access the latest movies and TV show releases,” Tedd Cittadine, VP of content partnerships at Roku, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Fandango as we build a future where all TV will be streamed by creating a seamless experience for users to discover and enjoy premium video-on-demand releases.”

Vudu delivers multiple 4K Ultra HD audio-visual experiences, including premium formats such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision and is available on Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs; the Roku platform; Amazon Fire TV; Apple TV; Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex; PlayStation; Xbox; TiVo; and more. Other benefits include personalized deals with “Mix & Match” bundles; family-friendly features such as “Kids Mode”; tools to manage digital collections, such as list-building; and the ability to transfer physical discs to digital.

“By bringing its two services together on Vudu, Fandango will be able to rapidly innovate and make bolder, faster enhancements to benefit consumers and partners, especially important during an ever-changing media landscape,” read the press release. “Vudu’s size, reach and breadth of content, paired with Fandango’s scale in theatrical ticketing, will provide even more opportunities for studios, brands and marketers to reach a massive high value entertainment audience.”

Starting now, FandangoNow customers can transfer their accounts and movie and TV collections to Vudu. Access to their libraries will thereafter be provided through Vudu. The Movie Store and TV Store on Roku devices will automatically update from FandangoNow to the new Vudu.

Vudu, as was FandangoNow, is part of the Movies Anywhere cloud-based library service.

Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Pig’ Hitting PVOD Aug. 3

The Nicolas Cage starrer Pig will be available for PVOD rental and sale Aug. 3.

In the dramatic thriller from Neon Films, Cage plays a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregon wilderness. He must return to his past in Portland after his beloved foraging pig is kidnapped.

The film, directed by Michael Sarnoski, also stars Alex Wolff and Adam Arkin. Released in theaters July 16, Pig has earned $2.6 million at the box office.

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