‘Mulan’ Tops Vudu Chart, ‘Love and Monsters’ Leads FandangoNow Chart

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu chart and Paramount’s Love and Monsters led the FandangoNow chart the week ended Oct. 18.

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

Mulan, the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, became available for $29.99 premium purchase at the services Oct. 6. The title had previously been exclusively available via Disney+. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD and digital purchase Oct. 16, takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies. It came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  4. Batman: Death in the Family
  5. Trump Card
  6. Ava
  7. Hocus Pocus
  8. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  9. Alone(Magnolia)
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Love and Monsters
  2. Mulan
  3. Trump Card
  4. Antebellum
  5. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  6. Ava
  7. Alone(Lionsgate)
  8. An Imperfect Murder
  9. Batman: Death in the Family
  10. Cut Throat City

Vudu Picks Top Bad Boss Movies and TV Shows for National Boss’s Day

For National Boss’s Day, Fandango’s transactional streaming service Vudu has programmed a playlist of the most memorably maddening bosses, with a sale on the top movies, led by the 1999 dark comedy Office Space.

“Gary Cole’s soul-crushing, passive-aggressive Lumbergh is everyone’s favorite nightmarish boss,” Fandango editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “And his annoying omnipresence in Mike Judge’s iconic Office Space still haunts us to this day. From Meryl Streep’s hard-charging magazine editor Miranda Priestly to Steve Carell’s clueless branch manager Michael Scott, there is no shortage of awful bosses in movies and TV shows, and fans can head to Vudu to enjoy watching their memorable antics and get much-needed laughs, scare and thrills.”

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The top picks for the worst bosses in movies and TV are:

The Worst Bosses in the Movies:

  1. Office Space (Gary Cole)
  2. The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep)
  3. 9 to 5 (Dabney Colman)
  4. Wall Street (Michael Douglas)
  5. The Devil’s Advocate (Al Pacino)
  6. Horrible Bosses (Jennifer Aniston)
  7. Scrooged (Bill Murray)
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  9. The Social Network (Jesse Eisenberg)
  10. Working Girl (Sigourney Weaver)
  11. Boiler Room (Ben Affleck)
  12. The Proposal (Sandra Bullock)
  13. Glengarry Glen Ross (Alec Baldwin)
  14. Jurassic World (Bryce Dallas Howard)
  15. RoboCop (Ronny Cox)

 

The Worst Bosses in TV Shows:

  1. “The Office” (Steve Carell) and “The Office” (Ricky Gervais) — tied
  2. “Mad Men” (Jon Hamm)
  3. “Ugly Betty” (Vanessa Williams)
  4. “Parks and Recreation” (Nick Offerman)
  5. “The Simpsons” (“Mr. Burns” voiced by Harry Shearer)

‘Mulan’ Tops FandangoNow, Vudu Charts

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Oct. 11.

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

The live-action remake of the Disney animated classic became available for $29.99 premium purchase at the services Oct. 6. The title had previously been exclusively available via Disney+.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain. The film, which became available for TVOD Sept. 25, follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! took the bronze on the Vudu chart, while other family-friendly Halloween titles Hocus Pocus (No. 6) and Beetlejuice (No. 10) also landed among the Vudu top 10.

Taking the silver on the FandangoNow chart was Trump Card, an anti-socialism documentary from conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Ava
  3. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  4. Trump Card
  5. 2067
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. Antebellum
  8. Alone
  9. The King of Staten Island
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Trump Card
  3. Ava
  4. Antebellum
  5. Cut Throat City
  6. An Imperfect Murder
  7. The Doorman
  8. The Wolf of Snow Hollow
  9. Save Yourselves!
  10. Bill and Ted Face the Music

‘Hocus Pocus’ Top Halloween Week Movie on Vudu for Past Five Years

Hocus Pocus has ranked as Halloween week’s most-watched movie on transactional video-on-demand service Vudu for the past five years and ranked as last year’s most-watched Halloween title on TVOD service FandangoNow.

The 1993 comedy is now available on Vudu and on FandangoNow in 4K and on sale at $9.99.

Vudu’s top 20 most-watched movies during Halloween week over the last five years were:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Casper
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Zombieland
  8. Hereditary
  9. Halloween (2018)
  10. The Shining
  11. Trick ‘r Treat
  12. Midsommar
  13. Boo! A Madea Halloween
  14. Ma
  15. It (2017)
  16. Death Becomes Her
  17. Us  
  18. Child’s Play (1988)
  19. Get Out
  20. Halloween (1978)

 

“As many entertainment fans bring their Halloween festivities home this year, there’s no shortage of spooky content to suit every taste, from recent hits to cult classics,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “While written off as a box office bomb when it first debuted nearly three decades ago, Hocus Pocus has since gone on to become a new classic as the top Halloween perennial and the most-watched Halloween movie on Vudu for five years in a row.”

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Fandango also surveyed more than 2,000 film fans to find out which genre films they plan to watch at home leading up to the holiday. The avid streaming audience, ages 18-34, was surveyed during the first week of October, and 89% said they plan to stream more movies at home this Halloween than in previous years, according to Fandango. The top vote-getters in the Fandango survey can be found below and in the “Frightful Fan Favorites” section on Vudu here.

Top Family-Friendly Flicks:

  1. Hocus Pocus                                            
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. The Addams Family (1991)
  4. Casper
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. Coraline                                 
  7. Corpse Bride
  8. Goosebumps
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Monster House

 

Top Horror Comedies:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Zombieland
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. Gremlins
  6. Scary Movie
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  8. Young Frankenstein
  9. Happy Death Day
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

 

Top Classic Slashers:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Scream
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Friday the 13th  (1980)
  6. Saw
  7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  8. Child’s Play (1988)
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. Black Christmas (1974)

 

Top Zombies/Undead Thrillers:

  1. The Cabin in the Woods
  2. 28 Days Later
  3. Resident Evil
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  5. The Evil Dead (1981)
  6. Pet Sematary (1989)
  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  8. Train to Busan
  9. World War Z
  10. I Am Legend

 

Top Occult Films:

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Midsommar
  3. Hereditary
  4. The Conjuring
  5. The Craft
  6. The Omen
  7. The Witch
  8. Rosemary’s Baby
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

 

Top Psychological Thrillers:

  1. Get Out
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Split
  5. Us
  6. Se7en
  7. Black Swan
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. The Invisible Man (2020)
  10. The Gift

 

Top Found Footage & Live Webcam Thrillers:

  1. Cloverfield
  2. Paranormal Activity
  3. Blair Witch Project
  4. Unfriended
  5. V/H/S
  6. Searching
  7. The Last Exorcism
  8. As Above So Below
  9. REC
  10. Creep

 

Top Home Invasion Movies:

  1. The Purge
  2. Panic Room
  3. Don’t Breathe
  4. The Strangers
  5. The Purge: Election Year
  6. When a Stranger Calls
  7. Hush
  8. You’re Next
  9. Silent House
  10. Wait Until Dark

 

Top Haunted House & Ghost Stories:

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. The Shining
  3. The Ring
  4. Insidious
  5. The Grudge
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Candyman
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Haunting
  10. Crimson Peak

 

Top Animals Run Amok Thrillers:

  1. Jaws
  2. The Birds
  3. Anaconda
  4. 47 Meters Down
  5. The Shallows
  6. Arachnophobia
  7. Crawl
  8. Willard (2003)
  9. Deep Blue Sea
  10. Eight-Legged Freaks

 

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Fandango Celebrates 45th Anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Fandango is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sept. 26 with a curated playlist, movie sale, and video on the history of 20th century midnight movies.

Throughout the weekend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on sale for digital purchase at $7.99 on both FandangoNow and on Vudu, Fandango’s transactional VOD services.

Fandango is taking a deep dive into the history of 20th century midnight movies with a celebratory trivia video entitled “Do the Time Warp.”

Also, FandangoNow has curated a special collection of cult classics.

Also this weekend, Fandango is launching a regular monthly feature devoted to “Staff Picks.”

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“Some 45 years ago, Rocky Horror made an everlasting impact on the moviegoing experience, creating a demand for cult films with avid audience participation,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “While many of us wish we could celebrate the anniversary in full style at the theater, it’s always a film worth cheering on, so let’s do the time warp again from home.”

‘Antebellum’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 20.

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

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped on a 19th century slave plantation.

Another Lionsgate title, The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the Vudu chart and the silver on the FandangoNow chart after remaining at No. 1 on both for three consecutive weeks.

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite
  5. Alone
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Owners
  10. The Silencing

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Alone
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Fatima
  8. Blackbird
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Grizzlies

‘Bill & Ted’ Again Tops Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music again topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Sept. 6.

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. 4 to No. 5 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, went up a notch to No. 2 from No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 8 from No. 6 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 for the week, but fell to No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, 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. 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. #Unfit
  7. Rogue
  8. Irresistible
  9. Robin’s Wish
  10. Hard Kill

 

 

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

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. 42
  5. The Silencing
  6. Trolls World Tour
  7. Rogue
  8. Fatima
  9. The Vanished
  10. Irresistible

FandangoNow Launches Labor Day Sale

Digital service FandangoNow is running a Labor Day Yard Sale with 800 movies available to own at sale prices.

It’s the biggest sale of the summer for Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The sale includes family-friendly titles such as The Peanuts MoviePaddington, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ice Age, Rio and Charlotte’s Web, plus films such as Best in Show, The Color Purple and Happy Gilmore available for purchase at $5 each.

The sale also includes 4K Ulta HD titles, such as Bad Boys for Life, Jaws, E.T., Jumanji, Bloodshot, Top Gun and Knives Out, available to own at $10 each.

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OTT.X Summit Speakers Talk FAST (Free, Ad-Supported Television)

Free, ad-supported television dominated the discussion during the OTT.X summit’s opening-day keynote panel.

Known by the acronym FAST, the market certainly is in growth mode. Media heavyweights ViacomCBS and Comcast Corp. have acquired Pluto TV and Xumo, respectively, while Comcast’s much-ballyhooed Peacock streaming service also will have a free, ad-supported component.

And as Media Play News reported earlier this week, new data from eMarketer suggests AVOD revenue will grow more than 25% this year compared with 2019.

The AVOD market — spearheaded by The Roku Channel, Disney-owned Hulu, Peacock, Redbox TV, Amazon’s IMDb TV, Pluto TV and Fox Corp.’s Tubi — saw ad revenue skyrocket 31% to $849 million in the most-recent quarter, according to MoffettNathanson Research.

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“It’s something I’m really excited about — this is the thing that’s really hot,” moderator David Bloom, a tech journalist and consultant, said during the panel on Sept. 1. (The OTT.X summit continues through Sept. 3; click here to register.)

Anthony Layser, VP of content partnerships at Xumo, agreed.

“Things have changed so quickly over the last couple of years,” he said. “I joined Xumo in 2017 and I think at first there were some things that felt a little bit like a gimmick — you’re starting to string together types of content into a linear experience.

“And then I really got a sense, after a few months in, that what’s old is new again. People don’t necessarily want to spend all night searching through box art; they may be interested in a very specific series they are comfortable with — maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s lifestyle.”

The FAST market, he said, “is always changing and it’s exciting to come to work every day and look at data and say, ‘Wow, look at how this piece of content we licensed years ago is taking off.’”

Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Networks, said his company over the past 18 months has sought to build “a nice portfolio of premium FAST and AVOD services to complement our four niche subscription services we still operate.”

“We got out of the real heavy, direct-to-consumer side,” he said, “and now focus on what I call the classic model of third-party distribution. You get a lot of bang for your buck — you don’t have to spend a lot of money on marketing, and you can focus all your energy on content spend and everyone else handles all the rest. So it’s a good model. Where we really thought the growth for us was going to come was in the ad-supported space.”

Advertising spending, he said, is “completely disconnected from the consumption right now. If you look at the data coming out of Samsung, where 55% of all consumption on smart TVs is not with traditional environments — the trend is not going to reverse; it’s not going to suddenly swing back the other way, especially given that 265 million sets are sold annually that have linear and VOD baked in, not to mention hundreds of thousands of apps.”

With FAST, Opeka said, “consumers love the choice, they love getting tons of entertainment for free that they don’t have to pay for. A couple of years ago, Pluto really educated all of us. … People mistake linear being dead for pre-programmed, tuned-in being dead. But I think there’s a very different piece here. Leanback is not dead. There’s a real specific use case for a big chunk of the week where you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want to spend 30 minutes digging through thousands of titles or hoping the algorithm finds you. You just want something on while you’re having leftovers. What we’re really talking about is hand-curated, passive, feed-my-eyes, against active, algorithm-driven recommendations. There’s a place in the world for both.”

Tedd Cittadine, VP of content distribution at Roku, said, “There’s no secret we’re really excited and optimistic about the AVOD business in general. We started just over three years ago with the Roku Channel, and the reason we launched it is because our consumers were disproportionately searching for free content. We knew there was pent-up demand for it. And we’ve seen significant growth — it’s been growing faster than the platform as a whole.”

He noted that the “AVOD landscape has changed significantly” over the past few years. “It’s gone from many startup independents to Roku, CBS, Fox, Amazon, YouTube, Comcast”

He noted that as the business becomes increasingly competitive, there are “three key things that drive success.” One is access to a “huge audience.” “It’s incredibly expensive to acquire consumers,” he said. “If you don’t have that huge installed base you can market to and deliver your content to, it can be very challenging to build that audience.” Second is having a “one-to-one, proprietary relationship with data for consumers, and having access to that data to make your advertising more effective.” And the third, he said, is having a “large and successful, well-funded direct ad sales organization to take advantage of monetization opportunities.”

Also speaking on the panel was Andrea Clarke-Hall, VP of business development at Tubi, acquired by Fox in April. “If you take COVID and add an acquisition, it makes for interesting times,” she said. “But it has been awesome. It’s still very early days, but it seems to be a really great partnership. Fox has given Tubi tremendous autonomy, and I think what we’ve seen is continued announcements every week about leveraging Fox ownership to bring better and better content to Tubi.”

Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment for Fandango, gave a nod to the transactional side of the business, noting that stay-at-home orders, and the movie theater shutdown, during the coronavirus pandemic has given the business a boost.

“You feel like the last few months have brought transactional back,” he said. “People have discovered there’s new content, movies you might not have ever seen — like The Tax Collector, which has been No. 1 on our service for the last couple of weeks.”

Report: Online Ticketing Key to Theatrical Re-Openings in COVID-19 Era

With movie theaters slowly re-opening in the COVID-19 era, online ticketing is being viewed as more than a convenience.

The business, which is spearheaded by Atom Tickets, Fandango, Big Tree Entertainment and all the major exhibitor chains, is poised to grow by $14.8 billion through 2024, progressing at 7% annual growth rate during the period, according to new data from Technavio.

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Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities.

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As has been oft reported, theaters have put a premium on sanitation, social distancing and related healthcare measures to instill a sense of preparedness and normalcy to consumers. Technavio found emphasis on better customer experience within the movie industry is a key trend to driving market growth going forward. Online ticketing is one of those experiences.

“The increased use of mobile applications will offer immense growth opportunities,” read the report. “To make most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.”