Marvel Film ‘Shang-Chi’ Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Nov. 21.

The Marvel Comics superhero film, which jumped from the No. 2 spot the previous week, is available for digital purchase.

Coming in at No. 2 (dropping from No. 1 the previous week) was the latest James Bond film No Time to Die. The MGM/United Artists Releasing spy thriller, the fifth and final Bond movie featuring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, is available for premium digital rental.

Yellowstone: Season 4, the fourth installment in the Kevin Costner series about a family of ranchers, took the bronze on the chart for a second consecutive week. The digital UHD version of the season is currently available only on Vudu, according to the service.

At No. 4 was Universal’s latest “Fast & Furious” sequel,  F9: The Fast Saga, on sale on the service.

Coming in at No. 5 was Free Guy, which is available for digital purchase and rental. The Disney-owned 20th Century Studios film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story.

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The “Sopranos” prequel The Many Saints of Newark, newly available for premium rental and purchase, debuted on the Vudu chart in the No. 8 position. Also, consumers got into the spirit of the holidays with the 2000 live-action film Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, coming in at No. 9, and Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landing at No. 11. 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 21, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  2. No Time to Die
  3. Yellowstone: Season 4
  4. F9: The Fast Saga
  5. Free Guy
  6. Jungle Cruise
  7. Candyman (2021)
  8. The Many Saints of Newark
  9. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  10. The Suicide Squad

‘Free Guy’ Returns to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Free Guy returned to the top of the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Nov. 7.

The film, which is available for digital purchase and rental, stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story.

Yellowstone: Season 4, the fourth installment in the Kevin Costner series about a family of ranchers, took the silver on the chart. Vudu is the only digital service offering the title in Ultra HD, according to the service.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Candyman, producer Jordon Peele’s relaunch of he horror franchise. The film is newly available for digital purchase.

Coming in at No. 4 on the chart was the MGM animated sequel The Addams Family 2, featuring the voices of Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac. In the film, which debuted for premium digital rental Oct. 1, Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up.

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Taking the No. 5 spot was James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, available for digital purchase. The superhero movie is based on the DC Comics team of villains extorted into performing dangerous missions for the U.S. government.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Free Guy
  2. Yellowstone: Season 4
  3. Candyman (2021)
  4. The Addams Family 2
  5. The Suicide Squad
  6. Dangerous
  7. Old
  8. Stillwater
  9. Cry Macho
  10. Black Widow

‘A Quiet Place,’ Classic ‘Twilight Zone’ Top Horror Movie and TV Franchises in Vudu Survey

“A Quiet Place” ranked as fans’ top horror movie franchise and the original “The Twilight Zone” was fans’ favorite horror TV series in a survey by Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu.

The service polled more than 2,500 entertainment fans during the last two weeks of September.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of consumers surveyed said they will stream more horror films and TV shows during this year’s Halloween season than in previous years.

“According to our survey, many horror-hungry entertainment fans will experience their favorite cinematic scares and TV shows at home on Halloween weekend,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s impressive to see ‘A Quiet Place’ taking over as the fan-favorite horror franchise, while the original ‘Twilight Zone’ ranks as the top horror TV series. There’s no shortage of creepy content to suit every taste this season, from recent hits to cult classics, many of which are on sale in Vudu’s Horror Store starting today.”

Top 10 Horror Movie Franchises:

  1. A Quiet Place                                           
  2. Halloween
  3. It
  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  5. Friday the 13th
  6. The Conjuring
  7. Saw                                
  8. The Purge
  9. Child’s Play (Chucky)
  10. Scream

 

Top 10 Horror TV Series:

  1. “The Twilight Zone” (1959-63)
  2. “The X Files”
  3. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  4. “American Horror Story”
  5. “The Walking Dead”
  6. “What We Do in the Shadows”
  7. “Hannibal”
  8. “Penny Dreadful”
  9. “Bates Motel”
  10. “Lovecraft Country”

 

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More Vudu survey results will be announced each week leading up to Halloween on Fandango’s social channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

As part of Vudu’s Horror Store, the service is offering “$4.99 Killer Deals” on more than 100 titles for purchase including the 2007 Halloween reboot, Mandy (starring Nicolas Cage), Legion (Paul Bettany), Wes Craven’s Red Eye (Rachel McAdams), Warm Bodies (Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer), Stephen King’s Cujo and the international horror film The Wailing. On Oct. 5, Vudu will launch a classic TV bundle sale, plus a “Mix & Match” sale on classic horror (purchase two films in HDX for $11.99) and modern horror (purchase two films in HDX for $14.99).

New ‘Candyman’ Film Leads Vudu Chart

Universal’s horror sequel Candyman scared up the top spot on the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 19.

The Jordan Peele-produced thriller, which debuted Sept. 17 as a premium rental, is set nearly 30 years after the events of the first film and is a fresh take on the urban legend about a killer in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects.

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, fell to No. 2 on the chart. The film is now available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in two versions, the director’s cut and the theatrical version.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Warner’s The Suicide Squad, newly available for both premium rental and purchase. The comic-inspired film stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Viola Davis and Sylvester Stallone.

At No. 4 was another comic-based feature, Black Widow, available for digital purchase. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, who confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was The Forever Purge, available for digital purchase. The next installment in the action horror series explores the prospect of a lawless Purge that never ends.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 19, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Candyman
  2. F9: The Fast Saga
  3. The Suicide Squad
  4. Black Widow
  5. The Forever Purge
  6. Jungle Cruise
  7. Don’t Breathe 2
  8. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  9. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

‘F9’ Takes the Lead on Vudu Chart

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga led the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 12.

The ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, the film is now available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in two versions, the director’s cut and the theatrical version.

Don’t Breathe 2 repeated at No. 2. The sequel to the horror film about a blind killer is available for premium digital rental.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which became available for early digital ownership Aug. 31, fell from the top spot to No. 3. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The newest entry in the G.I. Joe franchise is available for premium rental and purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga
  2. Don’t Breathe 2
  3. Jungle Cruise
  4. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  6. Black Widow
  7. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  8. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  9. Respect
  10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

‘Jungle Cruise’ Floats to Top of Vudu Chart

Disney’s Jungle Cruise swam to the top of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 5.

Jungle Cruise became available for early digital ownership Aug. 31. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

The No. 2 spot on the chart went to Don’t Breathe 2, the sequel to the horror film about a blind killer. The title is available for premium digital rental.

Taking the third spot on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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Coming in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart was Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, available for digital purchase and rental. A sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek.

Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, landed at No. 5. It’s available for digital purchase and premium rental.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 5, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. Don’t Breathe 2
  3. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  4. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  5. F9: The Fast Saga
  6. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  7. Wrath of Man
  8. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  9. Respect
  10. Black Widow

‘Snake Eyes’ Remains Atop Weekly Vudu Chart; ‘Respect’ Garners Weekend Top Spot

Paramount’s actioner Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins remained atop the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 29, while the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which debuted as a premium rental Aug. 27, led over the weekend.

Snake Eyes — the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation — became available for premium digital purchase and rental Aug. 17. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, it delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett.

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Repeating at No. 2 on the weekly chart was Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which was released to digital platforms for premium purchase Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, landed at No. 3 for the week after leading over the weekend.

Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, landed at No. 4. It became available for premium rental July 30.

At No. 5 on the chart was the horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, available for digital purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 29, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  2. Black Widow
  3. Respect
  4. F9: The Fast Saga
  5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  6. Stillwater
  7. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  8. Peter Rabbit 2
  9. The Green Knight
  10. Wrath of Man

Rotten Tomatoes OTT Channel Launching on Samsung TV Plus

Rotten Tomatoes is launching its over-the-top (OTT) channel on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free ad-supported video service.

The Rotten Tomatoes Channel features 24/7 linear programming, more than a dozen originally produced shows and nearly 200 hours of premium long and short-form video content on entertainment.

Debuting on the channel are four new shows: “Behind the Movie,” “Trailer Trivia,” “Year in Review” and “Binge Battle.” “Behind the Movie” delivers scene breakdowns, deep-dive interviews and behind-the-scenes tales from the biggest names in Hollywood. “Trailer Trivia” revisits the trailers that got fans pumped for some of the biggest movies of all time and dishes on trivia and Easter Eggs from those films. “Year in Review” relives Hollywood’s biggest hits, misses and forgotten gems. Each episode focuses on a single year of movies and TV, showcased through trailers, clips, interviews and more. In “Binge Battle,” comedian and host Mark Ellis pits two teams against each other to debate some of the biggest questions surrounding the most bingeable TV series and movie franchises ever made. Debating topics such as “Best Character,” “Best Episode” and “Most Surprising Twist,” contestants are judged by the viewers before Mark crowns a “Binge Battle” champ.

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“The expansion of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel to Samsung devices is an important step to reaching as many entertainment fans as possible and connecting them to movies, TV and streaming they’ll love,” Sandro Corsaro, Rotten Tomatoes SVP and chief creative officer, said in a statement. “We’re excited to be working with Samsung and serving their loyal customers with high-quality entertainment recommendations and tools that only Rotten Tomatoes can deliver.”

The launch of The Rotten Tomatoes Channel on Samsung TV Plus comes on the heels of its debut earlier this year on The Roku Channel, Peacock, Xumo TV and other vMPDs (virtual multichannel programming distributors). Most recently, clips from The Rotten Tomatoes Channel started airing on Reach TV, a live streaming network available on more than 2,500 screens in airport bars, restaurants, lounges, departure gates and concourses across the United States and Canada.

Rotten Tomatoes Launches ‘RT Labs’ Educational Resource for Critics

Rotten Tomatoes has launched “RT Labs,” an online educational resource program designed to support aspiring and up-and-coming entertainment critics in their career development.

The program will feature recorded panel discussions and classes with industry experts that will be rolled out on a quarterly basis and focus on “engaging conversations and actionable guidance,” according to the service. The “RT Labs” video content will be published on Rotten Tomatoes and accessible under the “Critics” tab.

Launching Aug. 24 is the introductory installment of “RT Labs: Critics Edition,” the first in a two-part video series focusing on the ins and outs of self-publishing. Moderator Sharronda Williams, producer and host of the YouTube channel “Pay or Wait,” and panelists Erik Anderson (AwardsWatch), Robert Daniels (freelance critic), Li Lai (Mediaversity) and Kristen Lopez (IndieWire) review industry-best practices and cover elements including branding, platform management and budget, editorial oversight and more. The follow-up panel will address topics such as networking, hiring contributors and transitioning from self-publishing to freelancing, among others.

“At Rotten Tomatoes, we remain committed to amplifying diverse voices and supporting the next generation of journalists as they look to evolve and innovate the field of entertainment criticism,” Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes’ head of critic relations, said in a statement. “We are excited to launch ‘RT Labs’ and help aspiring critics gain valuable guidance and tools from some of the best minds in our industry.”

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“RT Labs” continues to build on Rotten Tomatoes’ mission to broaden and diversify the critics pool whose movie and TV reviews are reflected in the site’s Tomatometer scores, according to the service.

“Rotten Tomatoes began this quest in earnest in August 2018, when it revamped the Tomatometer critics criteria with an increased focus on critics’ individual qualifications, allowing for more freelance critics and those publishing on newer media platforms to be Tomatometer-approved,” according to a press release. “Since 2018, Rotten Tomatoes has added more than 900 critics to the Tomatometer. Over the past year, nearly 100 new critics have been added, an estimated 70% of whom are from underrepresented groups; 25% are people of color; 51% are women; 72% are freelancers; and 26% publish on newer media platforms.

In December 2020, Rotten Tomatoes revamped its Top Critics program, a designation for Tomatometer-approved critics. Of the 170 new Top Critics individually designated since that revamp, 60% are women, an estimated 25% are people of color and 24% publish via video and podcast media.

To help ensure that the next generation of entertainment critics is more inclusive, Rotten Tomatoes has renewed its donation to the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival Media Inclusion Initiative, which awards critics from underrepresented groups with stipends to enhance their Festival experience. Since 2018, Rotten Tomatoes has donated more than $250,000 to film festival press inclusion programs and university and junior college-level scholarships, helping support aspiring critics from underrepresented groups achieve their academic and professional goals. Rotten Tomatoes also hosts various workshops, panels and networking events for critics to gain access to editors, studio publicity and marketing executives and festival organizers at key industry events.

‘Black Widow’ Tops Vudu Chart, Bumping ‘F9: The Fast Saga’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, newly available to own in 4K UHD, debuted at No. 1 on the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 15.

The film, which with a domestic theatrical gross of more than $178 million is the year’s biggest box office hit, knocked Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Black Widow was released to all major digital platforms Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Black Widow has also courted legal controversy, as Johansson is suing Disney over the film’s profits, claiming the box office take was diminished by the simultaneous PVOD strategy, thus lowering her potential earnings from the movie.

F9 is the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise. The film became available for premium rental July 30.

Lionsgate’s sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 from No. 2. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek debuted for digital purchase July 27.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, from Paramount Pictures, also slipped a notch to No. 4, while Warner’s Mortal Kombat finished the week at No. 5.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 15, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. Black Widow
  2. F9: The Fast Saga
  3. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  4. A Quiet Place Part II
  5. Mortal Kombat
  6. Joe Bell
  7. The Forever Purge
  8. Nobody
  9. Wrath of Man
  10. Pig