‘Trolls World Tour’ Most-Watched Movie of 2020 on Vudu and FandangoNow

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour was the most watched movie of 2020 on both FandangoNow and Vudu.

Fandango calculated the top 10 most watch movies on its two transactional VOD services based on the total number of orders Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 30, 2020.

Originally intended for theatrical release, Trolls World Tour came out April 10 on premium VOD as a $19.99 online rental as theaters shuttered during the pandemic.

Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level took the silver on both lists.

The full lists are:

Vudu’s Top 10 Most Watched Movies for 2020:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Jumanji: The Next Level
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Joker
  5. Bad Boys for Life
  6. Birds of Prey
  7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  8. Frozen II
  9. Knives Out
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate

 

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FandangoNow’s Top 10 Most Watched Movies for 2020:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Jumanji: The Next Level
  3. Just Mercy
  4. Bad Boys for Life
  5. The Invisible Man (2020)
  6. Joker
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Knives Out
  9. Scoob!
  10. Birds of Prey

‘Croods’ Sequel Again Tops FandangoNow, Vudu Charts

Universal’s The Croods: A New Age topped the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a second consecutive week.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Taking the top spot again for the week ended Dec. 27, the animated sequel became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction. The sequel features the returning voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman, with new cast members Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Coming in at No. 2 on both charts was Greenland, available for premium rental Dec. 18. The action thriller follows a family who fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan, make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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Tenet, available for early digital purchase Dec. 15, took the No. 3 spot on both the Vudu chart and the FandangoNow charts. The latest mind-bending adventure from director Christopher Nolan stars John David Washington as a secret agent, known as “the Protagonist,” who manipulates the flow of time to stop a third World War. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Martin Donovan, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Elf
  6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  7. A Christmas Story
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. The Polar Express
  10. The New Mutants

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 27, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Honest Thief
  6. Let Him Go
  7. Half Brothers
  8. All My Life
  9. Elf
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

‘Ghostbusters’ Top 1984 Film in Fandango Survey

To celebrate this week’s release of Wonder Woman 1984, Fandango asked 1,500 film fans to rank their top 84 movies from 1984, and they picked Ghostbusters as the top film from that year.

The top 10 movies of 1984, according to the fans surveyed, were:

  1. Ghostbusters
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  3. The Terminator
  4. The Karate Kid
  5. Gremlins
  6. Beverly Hills Cop
  7. Sixteen Candles
  8. Footloose
  9. Romancing the Stone
  10. The Never-Ending Story

The full results can be found on the site of Fandango’s transactional VOD service, Vudu, here.

Also, as part of the survey, 78% said they have been re-watching more classic films than usual while hunkered down at home, while 60% picked the year 1984 as one of the best years ever for the movies.

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As part of its 1984 Movie Rewind, Fandango put together a video mash-up of classic movie scenes from 1984 here.

“It’s hard to believe so many classic films came out in 1984,” Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak said in a statement.

A collection of 1984 titles can also found on Fandango’s TVOD service FandangoNow.

‘Honest Thief’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Liam Neeson thriller Honest Thief topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended Dec. 13.

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

Honest Thief, available for digital purchase on both sites, stars Neeson as a notorious bank robber who wants to turn over a new leaf and turns himself in, but he is double crossed by a couple of FBI agents.

Taking the silver on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available for digital purchase and rental. The film 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 was No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart.

The classic holiday film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, was the No. 3 title on the Vudu chart and No. 7 on the FandangoNow chart.

Available as a premium rental, Universal Pictures’ horror comedy Freaky, starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu). It follows 17-year-old Millie Kessler who spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. When she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries.

The drama Let Him Go, also available as a premium rental, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. It stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas. It came in at No. 7 on the Vudu chart.

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With the holidays approaching, classics National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Polar Express also landed among the top 10, while new release Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as an unconventional Santa Claus, appeared on both charts as well.

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

  1. Honest Thief
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. Elf
  4. Freaky
  5. Songbird
  6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
  9. Fatman
  10. The Polar Express

 

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

  1. Honest Thief
  2. Freaky
  3. Let Him Go
  4. Songbird
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. Fatman
  7. Elf
  8. Wild Mountain Thyme
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  10. Buddy Games

 

Vudu Running End of Year Sale

Vudu, Fandango’s transactional VOD service, is offering an end of year sale through Jan. 4.

The sale features more than 200 movie bundle deals and more than 1,000 recent hits and classics, many of which are available in 4K.

Several movies and TV seasons are priced as low as $4.99 (including “American Gods”), and several collections (such as both “Zombieland” movies) and complete TV series (such as “Game of Thrones”) are priced at 50% off.

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Vudu’s end-of-year sale includes:

‘Freaky’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Universal Pictures’ horror comedy Freaky topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Dec. 6.

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

Available as a premium rental, the film, starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, follows 17-year-old Millie Kessler who spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. When she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries.

The drama Let Him Go, also available as a premium rental, fell from No. 1 the previous week to No. 2 on both charts. It stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Taking the bronze (falling from No. 2) on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available for digital purchase. The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart was Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as a frustrated Santa Claus who is targeted by a rich kid who received a lump of coal for his selfishness. The kid hires an assassin to kill Santa.

With the holidays approaching, classics Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation landed among the top 10.

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

  1. Freaky
  2. Let Him Go
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Buddy Games
  5. The New Mutants
  6. Elf
  7. Fatman
  8. The Iron Mask
  9. Unhinged
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

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

  1. Freaky
  2. Let Him Go
  3. Fatman
  4. Buddy Games
  5. The New Mutants
  6. Unhinged
  7. Wander
  8. Come Play
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Elf

Rotten Tomatoes Updates Top Critics Program

Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango’s movie, TV and streaming recommendation service, has launched a new Top Critics program for its Tomatometer rating system, including new criteria that will increase inclusion and recognize individual achievement in criticism, according to the service.

Established in 2008, the Top Critic designation was created to distinguish Tomatometer-approved critics who excel at and demonstrate a deep commitment to their craft, according to the service. Top Critic reviews are featured prominently on Rotten Tomatoes’ movie and TV pages, factor in the designation of Certified Fresh, and are pooled to generate a “Top Critics” Tomatometer score.

Rotten Tomatoes’ refreshed Top Critics criteria place an increased emphasis on a critic’s individual qualifications, body of work and dedication to the art and future of entertainment criticism, rather than basing the critic’s designation solely on their publication or employer’s status, according to the announcement. Critics working in modern media platforms beyond the written review, including podcasts and digital and video series, are also now eligible for Top Critic consideration.

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“With this change, the pool of those offering authoritative perspectives as Top Critics will be more inclusive, a top priority for Rotten Tomatoes,” according to the service’s press release. “Of the 170 new individually approved Top Critics, 60% are women, an estimated 25% are people of color and 24% publish via video and podcast media. Rotten Tomatoes will continue to recognize critics contributing to Top Critic-approved publications and will be granting approval to several new outlets whose high-quality work serves underrepresented audiences.”

“At Rotten Tomatoes, we continue our commitment to building a more inclusive critics pool that reflects and serves the global entertainment audience, and today we took another important step by modernizing our Top Critics program,” Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes head of critics relations, said in a statement. “Our team understands the value of the Top Critic designation and its ability to expand professional opportunities for critics. With an increased focus on individual merit and contributions to the field of criticism, our team is thrilled to award Top Critic status to an additional 170 deserving voices.”

Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Critics designation will now be determined by a selection committee that includes the Rotten Tomatoes critic relations and curation teams, as well as a recently formed advisory board of critics and industry professionals. Qualifications for the Top Critic designation and names of the advisory board members can be found HERE on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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“Professional critics have been the backbone of Rotten Tomatoes for more than twenty years and they have helped Rotten Tomatoes grow into the trusted resource for entertainment reviews and recommendations,” Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, said in a statement. “Revamping Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Critics program is another key move in our ongoing effort to increase inclusion and elevate the voices of underrepresented critics, ensuring that we serve our global audience with the best, most authentic information.”

In 2018, Rotten Tomatoes refreshed the overall criteria for critics contributing reviews to its Tomatometer rating system, allowing more freelance critics to qualify, as well as those working on newer media platforms. Since the critics’ criteria refresh, Rotten Tomatoes has added more than 825 new critics, with 51% being women, an estimated 20% people of color, 59% freelancers and 13% publishing on newer media platforms.

To help ensure that the next generation of entertainment critics is more inclusive, Rotten Tomatoes has established grant programs to assist critics from underrepresented groups attend film festivals, including Sundance, TIFF, SXSW and the New York Film Festival, and hosted workshops, panels and networking events for critics to gain access to editors, studio publicity and marketing executives and festival organizers. Rotten Tomatoes also established a multiyear Rotten Tomatoes fellowship with the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications and supports the L.A. Film Critics Association’s Ruth Batchelor Scholarships for female and minority students attending L.A.-based junior colleges.

‘Let Him Go’ Leads Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Let Him Go topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 29.

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

The drama, available as a premium rental, stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Taking the silver on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available for digital purchase. The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was the action-adventure The New Mutants, which is based on the Marvel comics. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

The Josh Duhamel comedy Buddy Games took the silver on the FandangoNow chart. It follows six lifelong friends who have a five-year falling out. Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather,” reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, a competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. The title also stars Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”).

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart was Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as a frustrated Santa Claus who is targeted by a rich kid who received a lump of coal for his selfishness. The kid hires an assassin to kill Santa.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Let Him Go
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. The New Mutants
  4. Buddy Games
  5. Fatman
  6. Unhinged
  7. Come Play
  8. Iron Mask
  9. Mulan
  10. Elf

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Let Him Go
  2. Buddy Games
  3. Fatman
  4. The New Mutants
  5. Come Play
  6. Unhinged
  7. Mulan
  8. The Informer
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Iron Mask

Vudu, FandangoNow Launch Thanksgiving Week, Cyber Monday Sale

Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Vudu and FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional on-demand streaming services, are offering a sale on more than 175 movie bundle deals and more than 1,000 recent hits and classics.

Films are priced as low as $5, along with 25% off savings on classic series collections such as the complete “Harry Potter” franchise and TV series such as “Friends” and “Supernatural.” All are available on sale through Nov. 30.

Consumers who purchase any bundle on Vudu or FandangoNow during Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale can earn a $2 promo code per bundle to use toward any titles in the month of December. Promo codes earned from the Bonus Bundle offer will be automatically added to accounts on or around Dec. 5, 2020.

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Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale encompasses:

  • More than 175 movie bundles, featuring complete film collections of popular franchises, available for 25% off, including the “Harry Potter” eight-film collection, “Twilight: The Complete Saga,” the “Jurassic Park” five-film collection and “The Dark Knight” trilogy;
  • More than 120 new movies available to own for $9.99 each, including Trolls World Tour, Antebellum, Birds of Prey and After We Collided;
  • More than 200 titles available to own for $7.99 each, including Knives Out, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jaws and The Wolf of Wall Street;
  • More than 240 titles available to own for $6.99 each, including Hot Tub Time Machine, Legally Blonde, Man of Steel, Capone and Jexi;
  • More than 350 movies available to own for $5 each, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catch Me If You Can, Reservoir Dogs and Gemini Man;
  • Many TV seasons available to own for under $10 each, including “The Walking Dead,” “Friends,” “Supernatural,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Below Deck Mediterranean,” “Ray Donovan” and “The Wire.”

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“We’re thrilled to launch our biggest home entertainment sale ever, as Thanksgiving week makes for a great time to stock up on classics and contemporary favorites for the holidays,” Fandango EVP and chief commercial officer Kevin Shepela, said in a statement. “FandangoNow and Vudu will continue to host new offers throughout the week to help fans find holiday viewing deals with our comprehensive collection of movies and TV shows in 4K UHD.”

‘Knives Out,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’ Top Fandango Holiday Film Survey

Knives Out was voted the top movie to watch for Thanksgiving, Home Alone was voted the favorite family-friendly holiday film, and Die Hard was named the top unconventional holiday film by fans on Fandango’s transactional video on-demand services, Vudu and FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 film fans in the first weeks of November.

As might be expected, 92% of those surveyed expect to watch more movies at home during the holiday season than in previous years. Also, 71% said they are planning to binge watch during the holiday season, and 62% said they plan to watch their favorite holiday classics more than once.

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“Watching a favorite classic movie is part of a beloved holiday tradition for many families,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “This year there’s an extra nostalgia factor because many of us cannot gather together in front of the same screen. The top picks center on the power of families, warts and all, and serve as the kind of cinematic comfort food we look forward to enjoying during the holiday season.”

Top Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving:

  1. Knives Out
  2. Addams Family Values
  3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  5. Home for the Holidays
  6. Grumpy Old Men
  7. Free Birds
  8. Scent of a Woman
  9. Pieces of April
  10. The Oath

 

Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Movies

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. The Santa Clause
  4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. The Polar Express
  8. A Christmas Story
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies:

  1. Die Hard
  2. Edward Scissorhands
  3. Gremlins
  4. Bad Moms Christmas
  5. Bad Santa
  6. Krampus
  7. Office Christmas Party
  8. The Night Before
  9. Trading Places
  10. Anna and the Apocalypse

 

Favorite Performances as Santa Claus:

  1. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
  2. Edward Asner, Elf
  3. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
  4. Tom Hanks, The Polar Express
  5. James Cosmo, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  6. Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34thStreet (1994)
  7. Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus
  8. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  9. Rickey Smiley, The Friday After Next
  10. Alec Baldwin, Rise of the Guardians

 

Favorite Holiday Movie Villains:

  1. Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern), Home Alone
  2. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Die Hard
  3. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. The Grinch (Jim Carrey), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Oogie Boogie (Ken Ross), The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. Frank Cross (Bill Murray), Scrooged
  7. Scrooge (Jim Carey), Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  8. Fulton Greenway (Michael Lerner), Elf
  9. Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), Jingle All the Way
  10. Scut Farkas (Zack Ward), A Christmas Story

 

The winners can also be found in the holiday sections on Vudu and FandangoNow.