Comedy ‘Strays’ Debuts Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

The comedy Strays debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Sept. 10.

In the ‘R’-rated Universal comedy, available Sept. 5 for premium digital rental and sale, after a fast-talking terrier (voice of Jamie Foxx) shows a naïve pup (voice of Will Ferrell) that his beloved owner (Will Forte) is a dirtbag, the dogs embark on an epic adventure for revenge.

Remaining at No. 2 on the chart was Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, which became available for premium rental and sale Sept. 1. In the film, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

Falling from the top spot to No. 3 on the chart was Disney-owned Lucafilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Available for digital purchase starting Aug. 29, the fifth film in the “Indiana Jones” franchise finds Harrison Ford reprising his role as the iconic archaeologist in a globe-trotting adventure in 1969 to recover an ancient artifact called the Archimedes Dial before a former Nazi scientist can use it to change history.

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Remaining at No. 4 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ action thriller Meg 2: The Trench, which became available for premium digital rental and sale Aug. 25. In the next chapter of the franchise that began with 2018’s The Meg, Jason Statham once again headlines, now partnered with global action icon Wu Jing. The heroes battle a frenzy of ferocious Megs, led by the biggest Meg ever, along with new creatures.

Falling two spots to No. 5 on the chart was Universal’s period horror movie The Last Voyage of the Demeter, available for premium digital rental and sale. Based on a single chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film chronicles the doomed journey of a merchant ship ferrying 50 mysterious wooden crates from Carpathia to London.

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

  1. Strays
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  3. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  4. Meg 2: The Trench
  5. The Last Voyage of the Demeter
  6. No Hard Feelings
  7. Elemental
  8. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  9. The Boogeyman
  10. Insidious: The Red Door

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Clings to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart for Second Week

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the second week in a row clung to the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 27.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe.

The canine buddy comedy Dog remained at No. 2 on the chart. Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum, who also co-directs) 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.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 3 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is 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.

Rising to No. 4 from No. 5 on the chart was the supernatural horror thriller The Cursed. Set in the late 1800s, the film follows a man who arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a deeper and sinister force that has the manor and its townspeople in its grip. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Rising from No. 9 to No. 5 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ 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.

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New to the chart was the 1972 Oscar Best Picture Winner The Godfather, remastered in 4K Ultra HD for its 50th Anniversary and debuting at No. 9.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 27, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dog
  3. Sing 2
  4. The Cursed
  5. Blacklight
  6. Scream (2022)
  7. Panama
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. The Godfather
  10. Marry Me


AMC Theatres On Demand Utilizing Whip Media Platform

Software platform and data provider Whip Media Aug. 25 announced that AMC Theatres is using Whip Media’s solution for its video on demand business, AMC Theatres On Demand.

AMC Theatres On Demand offers more than 5,000 movies from every major studio and independent film distributors, available for purchase or rent.

Using Whip Media’s platform, AMC Theatres manages the end-to-end process from content management to paying studios. Whip Media drives film selection, asset ordering, pricing and merchandising, and calculating license fees due to studios and device partners, according to the company.

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“Utilizing Whip Media’s platform, allows for more collaboration leading to greater efficiencies, thus allowing us to get more value from our content,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP of content strategy and inclusive programming at AMC Theatres. “The ability to automate our VOD supply chain, and seamlessly connect to our studios and content readiness partners, provides a huge advantage and ability to drive growth in our business.”

“AMC is a true innovator in the industry for providing a premier movie-watching experience to viewers in the theater or at home,” said Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with AMC to power AMC Theatres on Demand for their millions of customers and provide an infrastructure that is efficient and scalable.”

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.

Vudu Bows List of Top NYC Movies as ‘In the Heights’ Debuts

Fandango’s Vudu streaming service has created a list of the best New York City movies ever made, ranked on Rotten Tomatoes.

The list celebrates movies in which the five boroughs play a role, in honor of this week’s theatrical release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, which offers a tour of Manhattan’s Washington Heights community and ranks as Fandango’s top ticket-seller for the weekend.

The Vudu collection of top NYC Movies includes comedies, dramas, horror flicks, monster movies and musicals.

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“There’s something about New York City that’s incredibly cinematic, and it’s not a coincidence that many of the most popular movies of all time, from The Godfather to Goodfellas to Do the Right Thing to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, are set in the five boroughs,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “With this week’s release of In the Heights, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the best of the Big Apple on the big screen.”

To compile the films in the editorial guide, Rotten Tomatoes gathered an extensive list of movies set in and about New York, and then ranked them by their adjusted Tomatometer, a formula that takes into account their Tomatometer scores but also number of reviews, year of release, and more, to make comparing movies from different eras fairer. The top 212 selections made the cut, with the “212” number chosen because it was the first area code assigned to New York City in 1947.