‘Bill & Ted’ Continues Adventure Atop Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a third consecutive week in the week ended Sept. 13.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it.

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, again landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart, but fell from No. 5 to No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, it stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

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Fatima, available via premium VOD, again landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 9 from No. 8 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” remained at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart and at No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart for the week.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, again took the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart for the week. In the film, Ryan Phillippe plays a secret service agent on his way to pick up his estranged son from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist operation.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. Guest House
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The Owners
  8. The Silencing
  9. Irresistible
  10. Critical Thinking

 

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

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. The Silencing
  6. The Owners
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Rogue
  9. Fatima
  10. Trolls World Tour

‘Little Women’ Top Movie, ‘ This is Us’ Top Show Moms Want to See for Mother’s Day in FandangoNow Survey

Moms have picked Greta Gerwig’s Little Women as the top movie and “This Is Us” as the top show celebrating motherhood that they want to stream this Mother’s Day weekend, according to a survey by FandangoNow.

FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, surveyed more than 1,000 moms this week and found:

  • 84% are bonding with family members while streaming classics at home.
  • 81% plan to stream a movie or TV show as part of their Mother’s Day plans.
  • 77% will stream more this Mother’s Day than ever before.

 

The top 10 movies about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. Little Women (2019)
  2. Steel Magnolias *
  3. Incredibles 2
  4. Bad Moms
  5. Mamma Mia *
  6. Maleficent
  7. Freaky Friday (2003)
  8. The Joy Luck Club
  9. Soul Food
  10. The Farewell *

 

The top 10 shows about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. “This is Us”
  2. “Modern Family”
  3. “Big Little Lies”*
  4. “Mom” *
  5. “Gilmore Girls” *
  6. “Fuller House” *
  7. “Fresh Off the Boat”
  8. “Queen Sugar”
  9. “Jane the Virgin”
  10. “Good Girls”

 

* indicates title is on sale on FandangoNow

“There are certain movies that make you think about the motherly influences in your life, and there’s nothing better than watching a movie that celebrates those heroes on a weekend meant to celebrate motherhood,” said Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak in a statement. “These movies evoke a sense of warmth, humor, joy and unconditional love — all the great qualities of our wonderful mothers and mother figures.”

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TVOD Service movieSpree Launches New Promotion With Free Content

Mill Creek Entertainment’s transcational VOD service movieSpree is mounting a new weekly promotion that offers free streaming content each weekend.

The first chapter of the epic miniseries Lonesome Dove will be available free of ads or interruptions with the complete series available to own at $4.99. The purchase includes all four chapters of the television series plus a 50-minute making-of bonus featurette.

Lonesome Dove is based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry. The epic of the Old West is the story of the last defiant frontiersmen, a daring cattle drive and an undying love. Winner of seven Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes including Best Miniseries, Lonesome Dove stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover.

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The “SPREEview Weekend” will be a recurring event that will showcase content available on the site and provide consumers with a free viewing experience without ads or short-term trial periods.

Those who set up a movieSpree account will get the chance to redeem a curated assortment of 100 films free of charge. With apps available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, movieSpree is available without long-term contracts, subscription fees or advertisements.

Tune into the “SPREEview Weekend” here.

Quibi App Downloads Top 830,000 After Three Days

After a sluggish start, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s ambitious, mobile-centric SVOD platform, Quibi, appears to be gaining consumer traction, generating 830,000 app downloads since its April 6 launch, according to new data from Sensor Tower.

Quibi, which stands for “quick bites,” is backed by $1.75 billion investor capital affording it with original short-form (no longer than 10 minutes) content from top producers such as Steven Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro, among others.

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Quibi reportedly was the sixth-ranked app on Google Play through April 9; 20th among free apps on the App Store.

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While the numbers appear promising, they’re also reflective of free 90-day trial periods and heavy cross promotions with T-Mobile and other carriers. As such, Quibi is reportedly not giving any official comment on the download numbers.

After a trial period, Quibi costs $4.99 per month with advertising; $7.99 for an ad-free subscription.

FandangoNow Launches on Facebook’s Portal TV

FandangoNow, the transactional video-on-demand service from Fandango, has launched the first-ever on-demand movies and TV store on Facebook’s Portal TV.

The new FandangoNow store will provide Portal TV users access to more than 100,000 new release and catalog movies and next-day TV shows to rent or buy, no subscription required.

FandangoNow also offers the largest library of movies and TV shows in 4K, according to the service.

“We’re always looking for new ways to connect fans with the highest quality entertainment content and are proud to be launching the FandangoNow movie and TV store on Portal TV,” said Fandango president Paul Yanover. “We have a long history of working with Facebook to create innovative new experiences for entertainment fans to discover, enjoy and share their passion for movies and TV.”

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FandangoNow on Portal TV will offer content curated by FandangoNow’s sister company, Rotten Tomatoes, a resource for entertainment recommendations. Fans will be able to peruse the “Best Movies of the Decade” and “Top Holiday Movies” according to the Tomatometer, “Rotten Christmas Movies We Love” as suggested by Rotten Tomatoes editors, and more.

FandangoNow also recently launched a movie and TV store on Facebook’s Oculus VR headsets, allowing Facebook audiences to build and access its library of movies and TV shows across the Facebook ecosystem.

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FandangoNow is available on 200 million devices including Roku, smart TVs from LG, Samsung, Vizio, Xbox and many other platforms.

Fans using Portal TV will be able to access FandangoNOW’s collection of Golden Globe-nominated movies and TV shows, which are on sale at 50% off through Dec. 15, using the promo code “GLOBES2020” at checkout (terms apply).

Oscar Nominees Surge on FandangoNow

Oscar-nominated films announced Jan. 22 accounted for 30% of all sales on FandangoNow, Fandango’s VOD service, Jan. 22-24, according to the service.

Music-based nominees in the Oscar Best Picture category, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born, were among the service’s top-selling titles during the period.

FandangoNow’s top-selling movies Jan. 22-24 were:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. A Star is Born
  3. The Grinch
  4. Hunter Killer
  5. First Man

 

FandangoNow’s top-rented movies Jan. 22-24 were:

  1. Halloween (2018)
  2. Split
  3. Venom
  4. Once Upon a Deadpool
  5. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

 

FandangoNow is offering gift cards to watch this year’s Academy Award nominees.

Fans can watch scenes from all of this year’s Best Picture nominees on the Fandango Movieclips YouTube channel here. 

‘Incredibles 2’ First Day Sales Set Record on FandangoNow

Pixar and Disney’s Incredibles 2 Oct. 23 posted the best-ever first day sales for an animated movie on streaming service FandangoNow, according to Fandango.

The first day sales surpassed first day sales for previous record-holder Disney’s Moana.

Fans buying Incredibles 2 on FandangoNow also get the Pixar short, “Bao,” and the new Edna Mode short, “Auntie Edna.”

Incredibles 2 is the kind of movie you want to bring home to your family and watch again and again,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It’s no wonder that America’s favorite family of superheroes would smash the record for best first day sales of any animated movie on FandangoNow.”

Top Animated Films in First Days of Sales on FandangoNow

  1. “Incredibles 2”
  2. “Moana”
  3. “The Boss Baby”
  4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
  5. “Coco”

 

Earlier this year, Incredibles 2 also broke the Fandango record for top advance ticket sales for any animated film in theatrical release.