Sci-fi Horror Film ‘Toxico’ Coming to Theaters, On Demand and Digital July 23 From Level 33

The Spanish-language science-fiction horror film Toxico is coming to theaters, digital and on demand July 23 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film, in the middle of a mysterious insomnia epidemic that slowly takes on catastrophic dimensions, Laura and Augusto flee the city in their motorhome to get away from the chaos. As they move down the road, they discover a world that is becoming an increasingly strange and dangerous place.

The film stars Jazmín Stuart, Agustín Rittano, Victoria Cabada, Sebastian Carbone, Marcelo D’Andrea, Alejandro Jovic, Martín Carabal, Lucila Mangone, Jorge Roberto Prado and Marcelo Mininno.

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Doc ‘Fish & Men’ Swimming to DVD, VOD and Digital Sept. 14 From Virgil

The documentary Fish & Men will come out on DVD, VOD and digital sellthrough Sept. 14 from Virgil Films.

Today, 91% of fish is imported, as the United States is flooded with 6 billion tons of seafood from abroad annually. Consumers across America eat blissfully unaware of where their seafood is from, or the dire consequences of their demand for only five species of fish sourced from distant oceans.

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Fish & Men exposes the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy, and the forces threatening local fishing communities as well as the public health. The film explores a new movement underway to return sustainability to both fish and fishermen. Thriving local communities, pioneering fishermen and celebrated chefs are leading a revolutionary new model, a “Catch of the Day” revival based on local, seasonal, sustainable fish — introducing consumers to discover new varieties of storied seafood and reconnect them with those who risk their lives to harvest the bounties of the sea.

Doc ‘Far Out West: Inside California’s Kerista Commune’ Due on VOD and Digital Aug. 17 From Virgil

The documentary Far Out West: Inside California’s Kerista Commune will be available via VOD and digital sellthrough Aug. 17 from Virgil Films.

In the early 1970s, 25 free spirits found each other in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and formed the Kerista Commune. For two decades, they lived as one family, loving freely, raising children together, and making millions selling Apple computers. But if the alternative society they built was fantastically alluring, it was also fragile, and a quarter century after they voted to dissolve their commune, the former members are still debating what their experiment can teach us about human nature, and whether their utopia was actually a cult in disguise.

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Mixed Martial Arts Story ‘Notorious Nick’ Coming to Digital Rental Aug. 6, DVD and Digital Purchase Aug. 17

The underdog mixed martial arts story Notorious Nick will be available in select theaters and for digital rental Aug. 6, and on DVD and for digital purchase Aug. 17 from Lionsgate.

Cody Christian (TV’s “All American” and “Teen Wolf”) stars in the underdog tale based on a true story. In the film, even though he was born with a partial left arm, Nick Newell (Christian) dreams of being a fighter. After wrestling in high school, Nick becomes a fierce competitor when his best friend Abi introduces him to mixed martial arts. Suddenly, a tragedy provides Nick with an unexpected opportunity.

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From a producer of BloodsportKickboxer and Death Warrant, the film also stars Barry Livingston, Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects).

‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ ‘Wrath of Man’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Godzilla vs. Kong returned to the top of the Vudu chart for the week ended June 20, while the Jason Statham actioner Wrath of Man hung on to the top spot on the FandangoNow chart for a fourth consecutive week.

Both Vudu and FandangoNow are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Newly available for regular digital purchase after a stint as a premium digital buy, Godzilla vs. Kong, from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown. In this installment in the Monsterverse, Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The film took the No. 2 spot on the FandangoNow chart.

Warner Bros.’ Wrath of Man, based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck and available as a premium VOD rental, pairs Statham with director Guy Ritchie. In the film, a mysterious new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist, and the crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. The marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score. It took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart.

Taking the silver on the Vudu chart (No. 4 on FandangoNow) was Universal Pictures’ Bob Odenkirk action thriller Nobody, available for digital purchase and rental. In the film, Odenkirk plays a mild-mannered father and husband who hits a boiling point when he’s robbed.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the on FandangoNow chart (No. 5 on the Vudu chart) was Lionsgate’s horror sequel Spiral: From the Book of Saw, available as a premium digital rental. Spiral centers on Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock), who is working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran played by Samuel L. Jackson. Along with his rookie partner (Max Minghella), Banks takes charge of an investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.

Thanks to the theatrical bow of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the original 2017 action-comedy has re-emerged on Vudu’s top 10 list at No. 8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is now on sale on both transactional streaming services.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong
  2. Nobody
  3. Wrath of Man
  4. Mortal Kombat
  5. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  6. The Misfits
  7. Raya and the Last Dragon
  8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  9. Rogue Hostage
  10. Voyagers

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wrath of Man
  2. Godzilla vs. Kong
  3. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  4. Nobody
  5. The Misfits
  6. Mortal Kombat
  7. Queen Bees
  8. Dream Horse
  9. Raya and the Last Dragon
  10. Rogue Hostage

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.

‘Wrath of Man’ Continues Atop Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

The Jason Statham actioner Wrath of Man led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for a second consecutive week.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Warner Bros.’ Wrath of Man, based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck and available as a premium VOD rental, took the top spot for the week ended June 6. In the film, which pairs director Guy Richie with Statham, a mysterious new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. The marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Debuting in the No. 2 spot on both charts was Lionsgate’s horror sequel Spiral: From the Book of Saw, available as a premium digital rental. Spiral centers on Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock), who is working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran played by Samuel L. Jackson.  Along with his rookie partner (Max Minghella), Banks takes charge of an investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.

Godzilla vs. Kong, from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 on both charts. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown and debuted for digital purchase May 21. In this installment in the MonsterVerse, Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 4 on both charts was the Sony Pictures horror film The Unholy, which became available for digital purchase May 25. Based on James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine, the film follows a young hearing-impaired girl who is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits a small New England town to investigate. As terrifying events begin to happen all around him, he starts questioning if these miracles are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.

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Taking the fifth spot on the Vudu chart (No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart) was the Liam Neeson actioner The Marksman, available for digital rental and purchase. The Universal Pictures film follows a hardened border town rancher (Neeson) who helps a young boy escape to safety across America with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels.

The fifth spot on the FandangoNow chart went to the Bob Odenkirk action thriller Nobody, available as a premium digital rental. Odenkirk plays a mild-mannered father and husband who hits a boiling point when he’s robbed.

Boosted by a successful sequel in theaters, the horror thriller A Quiet Place, available for digital purchase and rental, appeared on the Vudu chart at No. 8.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wrath of Man
  2. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong
  4. The Unholy
  5. The Marksman
  6. Tom & Jerry
  7. Raya and the Last Dragon
  8. A Quiet Place
  9. Four Good Days
  10. The Courier

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Wrath of Man
  2. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong
  4. The Unholy
  5. Nobody
  6. The Marksman
  7. Profile
  8. Raya and the Last Dragon
  9. Tom & Jerry
  10. The Courier

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomps to Top of Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Godzilla vs. Kong led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended May 23.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

From Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the film stars Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown and debuted for digital purchase May 21. In this installment in the MonsterVerse, Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe.

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon, available for digital rental or purchase, rose to No. 2 from No. 4 on the Vudu chart and remained at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. In the fantasy adventure, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

Falling to No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu) after a three-week reign at No. 1 on both charts was the Liam Neeson actioner The Marksman, available for digital rental and purchase. The Universal Pictures film follows a hardened border town rancher (Neeson) who helps a young boy escape to safety across America with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels.

Rising from No. 9 to No. 3 on the Vudu chart and from No. 8 to No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart was the animated and live-action comedy Tom & Jerry, which became available for digital purchase May 18. The Warner Bros. film, featuring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña and Colin Jost, follows the iconic mouse Jerry who moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

Landing at No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu) was Universal Pictures’ Nobody, available for premium VOD rental. The suspense actioner stars Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) as a seemingly ordinary suburban husband and father whose pent-up fury is unleashed when his home is broken into. His search for vengeance unveils a secret from his past.

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Taking the fifth spot on the Vudu chart (No. 8 on FandangoNow) was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which became available for digital purchase May 14. In the film — based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future — Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong
  2. Raya and the Last Dragon
  3. Tom & Jerry
  4. The Marksman
  5. Chaos Walking
  6. Nobody
  7. The Little Things
  8. Four Good Days
  9. The Croods: A New Age
  10. Justice Society: World War II

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Godzilla vs. Kong
  2. The Marksman
  3. Raya and the Last Dragon
  4. Nobody
  5. Tom & Jerry
  6. Four Good Days
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chaos Walking
  9. Riders of Justice
  10. Together Together

‘The Little Things’ Tops Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ The Little Things took the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 8.

The crime thriller starring Denzel Washington jumped nine spaces to take the top spot. It came out on Blu-ray and DVD May 4 after debuting for digital purchase April 20.

Dropping to No. 2 after five weeks at No. 1 was Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984. The DC Comics superhero movie starring Gal Gadot has been available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD since March 30.

The previous week’s top newcomer, Universal’s The Marksman, remained at No. 3, following its digital sellthrough release April 27. In the film, Liam Neeson plays an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. Everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity such as digital sellthrough, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

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Coming in at No. 4 (dropping from No. 2) was Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, the indie arm of 20th Century Studios. It debuted on Blu-ray Disc April 27. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age remained at No. 5.

New to the chart for the week was Minari, Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress category, joining the list at No. 15. Also riding Oscar accolades, Judas and the Black Messiah moved up four spots to No. 10. Girl in the Basement, inspired by real-life events, returned to the chart at No. 17 and the comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar returned to the list at No. 18.

  1. The Little Things (Warner)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. The Marksman (Universal)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. News of the World (Universal)
  7. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner)
  11. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  12. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  13. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Minari (Lionsgate)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  17. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  18. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  19. Soul (Disney)
  20. Willie’s Wonderland (Screen Media Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 8.

DEG: Home Entertainment Spending Spikes 10% in Q1, With Streamers the Big Gainers

Consumer home entertainment spending in the first quarter of 2021 rose 10% to $7.8 billion, according to the latest DEG:  The Digital Entertainment Group estimates, released late in the day on May 11.

Spending in the first quarter of 2020, mostly before the pandemic, was $7.1 billion, the trade association estimates.

Estimates for the first quarter of 2021 do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD), which since the pandemic began has been a significant source of revenue to Hollywood as theaters were mostly dark.

As expected, the biggest gains came from subscription streaming, which according to DEG estimates chalked up a 27.2% consumer spending gain, to $5.95 billion from $4.68 billion in the first quarter of 2020. The segment is led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max, services that in March 2021 were joined by Paramount+ and Discovery+.

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Streamers gobbled up nearly 77% of the quarter’s total spend, according to DEG estimates. SVOD numbers, the trade group says, come from Omdia, a technology research firm that is part of Informa Plc., a British multinational publishing, business intelligence, and exhibitions group.

On the transactional front, digital sales fell nearly 18% to an estimated $615.8 million, while digital rentals (VOD) slipped 26.7% to an estimated $494 million. Again, it should be noted that these figures do not include PVOD.

Combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales came in at an estimated $479.3 million, down nearly 25% from the first quarter of 2020.

Observers note that the first quarter of the year was hampered by a dearth of new movies, as studios held back releases in anticipation of theatrical reopenings and capacity ramp-ups once vaccination rates increase and the threat of COVID-19 is reduced through herd immunity.

Los Angeles, the epicenter of the movie business, could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus among adults and the oldest teenagers by mid to late July, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a May 10 news briefing.