The list features films that may not have been certified fresh, but scored big in ticket sales at the box office and on Fandango’s streaming service. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom, Book Club (Paramount Home Media Distribution) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Rampage were among the films to make the cut.
Sony’s Searching and Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls topped the rental and sales charts, respectively, at FandangoNow, Fandango’s digital content service, from Nov. 27-29.
Searching, the story of a father’s quest to find clues in the laptop of his 16-year-old daughter after she goes missing, was followed on the rental chart by Warner’s romantic comedy hit Crazy Rich Asians at No. 2 and The Meg at No. 3.
On FandangoNow’s sales chart, The House With a Clock in Its Walls, director Eli Roth’s adaptation of the children’s book starring Jack Black, was followed by Fox’s remake The Predator at No. 2 and Paramount’s Mission Impossible — Fallout at No. 3.
Home entertainment content has never been cheaper — or easier to get.
Over the Black Friday holiday weekend, consumers can buy DVDs for less than $2 at Walmart. They can purchase Blu-ray Discs for less than $4 at Walmart, Target and Best Buy.
And, for those who’d rather stay home and not brave the crowds, they can rent some movies for as little as 99 cents at Redbox and Google Play, buy movies digitally for as little as $4.99 at Google Play, or purchase a broad selection of recent hits, from A Quiet Place to Sicario: Day of the Soldado, at Redbox or FandangoNOW for under $10.
At Walmart – which was open all day on Thanksgiving – Black Friday prices went into effect at 2 p.m. the day before, on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The first taste of home entertainment in the giant retailer’s 36-page mailer comes on page 7, with a Walmart digital Vudu Card with Mission: Impossible – Fallout available for $7.96, $12 off the regular price.
On the same page, Walmart is promoting an LG “smart” Blu-ray Disc player for $49, which includes $10 in Vudu credit.
DVDs and Blu-ray Discs don’t get called out until page 11, with Walmart promising more than 110 different DVD movies for $1.96, including Ice Age: Collision Course, The Peanuts Movie and The Wizard of Oz.
Walmart also is offering more than 180 DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for $3.96, including Home Alone, Fast & Furious 8, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the live-action one, with Jim Carrey); 50 at $5.96 (including Ice Age, Justice League and the Deadpool 2 DVD); 30 at $7.96 (including the Deadpool 2 Blu-ray Disc); 50 at $8.96 and 90 at $9.96.
Walmart also is offering Xbox and PlayStation 4 games for as low as $12.
Target Stores’ mailer prominently advertises the hot new video game Call Duty: Black Ops 4, which came out Oct. 12, for $45. Stores opened on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m., but Black Friday pricing went into effect at 6 p.m. the day before, on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The retailer’s big “Doorbuster” is a Sony PS4 console, bundled with the new Spider-Man game and one wireless controller, for $199.99
Movies start on page 15 of the 47-page flier, with the whole top half of the page devoted to $4 DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, including Deadpool, Bad Moms, Ocean’s 8, The Greatest Showman and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (all on DVD only) as well as Blu-ray Discs of The Peanuts Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village and The LEGO Batman Movie.
Target also is selling an assortment of discs for $6 (Bad Moms, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Peter Rabbit, Paddington 2, all on Blu-ray Disc), as well as another batch at $9 (including 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of Deadpool, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Pacific Rim).
Also available at Target come 5 p.m. Nov. 22 are $10 season sets of TV series like “The Walking Head,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Supernatural” and “Westworld.”
At Best Buy, stores also opened on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m. and, like Target, Black Friday prices have been in effect since Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Right on page one of the retailer’s 52-page mailer is an ad for $6.99 Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs of Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Coco and Deadpool 2. “These Deals are Blockbusters,” the headline reads.
Inside are ads for games at $19.99 to $29.99 and $14.99 and under.
Hot new releases Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fallout 76 are not discounted ($59.99), but come with collectible freebies: a collapsible cup for Red Dead Redemption and a Vault Boy keychain for Fallout 76.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available for $44.99, a penny less than at Target,
Best Buy also is advertising 55 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles at $14.99 each, including Ant-Man and The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Coco, Black Panther and Skycraper.
On the next pages are 75 Blu-ray Discs at $3.99 each, including Wonder Woman, Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Kingsman: The Secret Service; 70 at $5.99, including Ready Player One, It, Tag, The Darkest Minds, and Dunkirk; 50 at $7.99, including The Death of Superman, Overboard, Deadpool 2 and Uncle Drew; and 35 at $9.99, including Justice League, Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
Best Buy also is selling more than 20 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles at $7.99 each, including John Wick, American Assassin, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Digital retailers are offering movie deals this holiday weekend, as well.
Google Play offered 99 cent rentals on Thanksgiving Day, including such recent releases as Crazy Rich Asians and Incredibles 2, giving consumers something to watch while they enjoy their turkey coma.
It has also slashed prices on digital purchases to as low as $4.99. Among the movies consumers can buy for less than $5 are The Maze Runner, Wrath of the Titans, Now You See Me, Escape Plan 2, A Prayer Before Dawnand Independence Day: Resurgence.
Other “limited time Cyber Week deals” include various recent hit movies for $9.99, including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (regular price, $14.99), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($21.99) and Deadpool 2 ($19.99).
Google Play also is offering access to Starz for $5 a month for three months (the regular price is $8.99 per month).
Redbox is offering deals on numerous digital purchases, including such recent releases as A Quiet Place (cut to $7.99 from $14.99), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (at $9.99 from $18.99), Rampage (at $9.99 from $19.99) and Uncle Drew (at $9.99 from $14.99). The rental kiosk company is also offering deals on used discs based on location.
FandangoNow, the on-demand service owned by Fandango, is offering special deals on digital purchases as well, with such new releases as Deadpool 2, Rampage, A Quiet Place, Daddy’s Home 2 and Ready Player Oneat under $10.
FandangoNow also is offering consumers $8 toward a movie ticket for every $20 they buy on digital purchases or streams.
For consumers who’d rather stream than buy, both Redbox and Google Play are offering 99-cent rentals throughout the holiday weekend.
At Redbox, the selection includes The Other Woman, Playing It Cool, The Girl Next Door and Cast Away.
At Google, 99-cent rentals include a wealth of current hits, including Crazy Rich Asians, The Meg, Incredibles 2, Mile 22, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Fandango Nov. 20 said first-day advanced tickets sales for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Dec. 21 theatrical release of Aquaman have eclipsed Sony Pictures’ Venom and Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible – Fallout in their first days of pre-sales.
Consumers buying tickets on Fandango with their Fandango VIP Accountsreceive five free digital comics (including Aquaman #1) from DC as with their ticket purchase. Fandango is also launching exclusive “Aquaman” gift cards at its gift card portal here.
“Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is quickly becoming one of the more popular big-screen superheroes,” Erik Davis, managing director at Fandango, said in a statement. “Not only does it appear to be the most ambitious DC Comics film to date from a visual effects perspective, but fans are anxious to see new female heroes played by Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman, as well as the first superhero film directed by James Wan [Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring].”
Movies Anywhere, the cloud-based digital movie library service backed by most of the major studios, is celebrating its first birthday with 6 million registered users, 150 million movies collected and more than 1 billion minutes viewed.
To mark its first year, for a limited period, fans who sync for the first time with one digital retailer will receive a copy of Happy Feet. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also receive The Martian and The Fate of the Furious.
“This has been a very exciting first year of growth and immersive engagement for Movies Anywhere,” said Karin Gilford, GM, Movies Anywhere. “Our users are among the most passionate and engaged movie fans, so it’s been incredibly rewarding to see them embrace and value our product in such a positive way. We look forward to further evolving and enhancing the Movies Anywhere experience in the upcoming year.”
The service, which allows consumers to access their digital movie purchases in one place with one password, is backed by five Hollywood studios and six digital retailers. Studios include Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including Focus Features, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNow.
Other first-year milestones for the service include:
Fans have streamed more than 35 million movies on more than 100 different devices;
95 percent of users reported high levels of satisfaction with the app, according to an August 2018 Futuresource report; and
The service was nominated for “Fan Favorite App” in the Google Play Best of 2018 Awards.
The digital movie sales and rights-locker storage service launched last October with support from five of the six major studios, four of the biggest online retailers, and an opening library of more than 7,300 movies. Over the past year the service has grown to more than 7,500 movies and has added FandangoNow and Microsoft Movies & TV to its digital retailer lineup. Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are not part of the service, which also does not feature television programming.
Digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content, known in the industry as “electronic sellthrough,” or EST, rose 18% in the third quarter compared with the same quarter in the year prior, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Industry observers attribute at least some of the gain to the rising popularity of Movies Anywhere platform.
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
“The Boss Baby”
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
Earlier this year, Incredibles 2 also broke the Fandango record for top advance ticket sales for any animated film in theatrical release.
Director Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, is opening in theaters with a Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and FandangoNow is marking the occasion by pointing out three other versions of the tale available on the on-demand service.
The three earlier versions are the 1937 version with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March (Tomatometer score: 100%), the 1954 version with Judy Garland and James Mason Mason (Tomatometer acore: 97%), and the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (Tomatometer score: 32%).
Each film is available to rent in SD for as low as $1.99 or in HD at $2.99.
Interestingly, according to a Fandango survey of millennial moviegoers planning to see Cooper’s A Star Is Born on the big screen, only 61% were aware that the new movie is a remake.
The earlier versions are also available on iTunes, while Movies Anywhere and Walmart’s Vudu list the 1954 and 1976 versions.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Fandango’s on-demand video service FandangoNow Oct. 1 launched a list of the 25 “freshest” zombie movies with the George Romero film taking the top spot.
The list was curated by movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on the movies’Tomatometer scores. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive.)
On Oct. 1 only, fans can rent any (or all) of the zombie movies on the list at a discounted rate of $1 off the regular price when using the promo code LIVINGDEAD50 at checkout.
“Zombies owe their popularity today to a little low-budget film from Pittsburgh released 50 years ago today, and Night of the Living Dead has lost none of its power to shock, stun and terrify,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “With its stark, in-your-face black-and-white imagery of the dead coming back to flesh-eating life, director George Romero’s film made it clear to 1968 audiences that visceral horror no longer took the shape of Gothic frights like werewolves and vampires. It now looks just like your friends and neighbors, and there is no escape. To celebrate the ‘Dead’s 50th-anniversary FandangoNOW is hosting the top 25 zombie movies that you can view at home today, starting of course with the film that started it all.”
AMC Theatres A-List, the theatrical chain’s ticket subscription service and loyalty program, Sept. 17 announced a marketing partnership with online ticket services Fandango and Atom Tickets.
Under terms of the deal, A-List members who may use Atom Tickets and Fandango for movie tickets can now enter their A-List membership number during checkout, securing a ticket reservation with their membership, which is applied as one of the subscriber’s three-movies-per-week allotment.
A-List, which was launched this summer by AMC for $19.95 monthly as competition to MoviePass ($9.95) and Cinemark’s Movie Club ($8.99) subscription platforms,
Because A-List members receive the benefits of AMC Stubs Premiere, the online ticketing fee is waived. A-List subs can also purchase additional tickets in the same transaction on both sites, allowing them to bring along friends and family members to the movie.
“The guest feedback and membership sign-up rate have far exceeded our expectations, but we’re constantly looking for ways to provide more opportunities … through A-List,” Stephen Colanero, chief marketing officer, AMC, said in a statement.
Adding Fandango and Atom Tickets, the latter co-owned by Lionsgate, ups the profile of online ticketing across all platforms – and helps drive more moviegoers into their theaters.
“Fandango and AMC Theatres have worked together for more than a decade to innovate the moviegoing experience for AMC’s guests across online, mobile and social media platforms,” said Kevin Shepela, chief commercial officer, Fandango.
“Recognizing A-List membership is … a natural extension of our support for exhibitor loyalty programs,” added Matthew Bakal, cofounder and chairman of Atom Tickets.
FandangoNow Binge Bundles, a rental initiative offering multiple titles from franchises and special-themed collections to double features and more, bundled together for one price, bows Aug. 31.
Fandango’s on-demand video service will be offering more than 100 popular movie rental bundles. The bundles will feature blockbuster franchises such as the Jack Ryan Collection (including The Hunt for Red October,Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears), the Spider-Man Complete Collection (featuring all six movies), the Hotel Transylvania movies, “The Twilight Saga,” faith-based double feature Miracles from Heaven and Heaven Is for Real, and the Seth Rogen comedy double feature Pineapple Express and Sausage Party. Select bundles will also be available in 4K Ultra HD.
“Our goal with Binge Bundles is to give movie lovers a complete home entertainment experience in a way that hasn’t been offered anywhere in the digital rental market,” said Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment, Fandango, in a statement. “This program enables us to highlight FandangoNow’s vast catalogue of movies — including major studio releases in 4K Ultra HD, indie movies, and classics — while also providing a unique and affordable opportunity for fans to binge on their favorite films.”
FandangoNow Binge Bundles will feature an ever-changing assortment of movie packages and complete franchise collections (some including up to six titles) for rent starting as low as $1.50 per movie. For each Binge Bundle rental, consumers will have 30 days to watch all of the movies in the bundle, and 48 hours to finish each title.