Where’s ‘Scoob!’? Atop FandangoNow Chart

Warner Bros.’ animated Scoob!, which debuted on premium VOD May 15, was the No. 1 streamed title on FandangoNow for the week ended May 17.

FandangoNow is Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The new Scooby-Doo movie features the voices of Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Mark Wahlberg, among others, and with theaters closed debuted on PVOD.

Another PVOD release, Universal’s Trolls World Tour, took the silver, dropping from No. 1 in previous weeks. Meanwhile, Universal’s Elisabeth Moss thriller The Invisible Man, available for digital purchase at $14.99, appeared at No. 3.

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Entering the chart at No. 4 was director Josh Trank’s new film Capone, starring Tom Hardy and Linda Cardellini. The title is available for digital rental at $9.99.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 17 were:

  1. Scoob!
  2. Trolls World Tour
  3. The Invisible Man
  4. Capone
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog
  6. Fantasy Island
  7. Bad Boys for Life
  8. Bloodshot
  9. Birds of Prey
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

Fandango Teams With Director Jon M. Chu to Highlight Movies by Asian-American Auteurs

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Fandango has asked director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) to share his list of influential films from Asian-American auteurs, with personal essays on why each is meaningful to him.

The Farewell

“I met Lulu Wang at the ‘SNL’ after party when Awkwafina hosted the show. I didn’t know anybody other than Awkwafina and she was busy talking to Lorne [Michaels] but guess who came up to me? Yup, the brilliant and incredibly warm Lulu Wang…Like Lulu making me feel at home at that party that night, this movie will make you feel seen,” Chu said of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell.

“I’ll never forget my father gathering my mother, me and my four siblings into a mini van on a Sunday morning and heading to the small movie theater playing this film…by the end of the film, we were in awe of how much it reflected our family,” he said of Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club.

His full responses are here on Fandango.

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The YouTube channel Fandango Movieclips is debuting a playlist featuring some of the best scenes from Chu’s selection of titles. FandangoNow, the transactional VOD service from Fandango, is also honoring Chu’s choices, with the films available to watch at home here.

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The full list of Chu’s influential movies from Asian-American filmmakers include:

Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin)

Short Term 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton)

The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)

Saving Face (Alice Wu)

Life of Pi (Ang Lee)

The Farewell (Lulu Wang)

Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)

The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty)

Tigertail (Alan Yang) — available on Netflix

Gook (Justin Chon)

‘Trolls World Tour’ Again Lands Atop FandangoNow Chart

Universal’s premium VOD release Trolls World Tour repeated at No. 1 on FandangoNow’s chart of top titles streamed for week ended May 10.

FandangNow is Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Sony Pictures’ Vin Diesel actioner Bloodshot landed at No. 2 while Paramount’s animated Sonic the Hedgehog took the bronze.

Clark Duke’s directorial debut, the Lionsgate crime thriller Arkansas, in which Duke stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, Vivica A Fox, Vince Vaughn and John Malkovich, entered the list at No. 6. Meanwhile, the Warner Bros. fantasy Gretel & Hansel and Lionsgate’s faith-based I Still Believe (coming off its PVOD price) returned to the chart at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.

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The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 10 were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Bloodshot
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Bad Boys for Life
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level
  6. Arkansas
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. Gretel & Hansel
  9. I Still Believe
  10. The Gentlemen

 

For Top Gun Day May 13, celebrating the movie’s release 34 years ago this week, Fandango is hosting the 10-minute opening of the film with Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins and John Stockwell on the FandangoNow Extras YouTube channel here.  The classic actioner is available in 4K Ultra HD on FandangoNow for the discounted purchase price of $12.99 through May 18 at this link. For movie fans with Imax Enhanced-enabled TV’s at home, the Imax-Enhanced versions of Top Gun, Bad Boys for Life, Crawl and other new titles are available on FandangoNow here.

May 15 marks the digital premiere of the animated Scoob! (featuring Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Mark Wahlberg), and fans who preorder the film on FandangoNow here will receive 50% off hundreds of family titles, including the live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies, films from the “Harry Potter” franchise and The Lego Movie. The full list of applicable films is  here.

Netflix Pursues Italian Literature for New Series

When you’re Netflix, adding millions of subscribers during a global pandemic, you can go into the weeds in search of content.

The SVOP behemoth and Fandango, a small Italian movie production company, are joining forces to develop a series based on The Lying Life of Adults, the latest fiction by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante.

The Lying Life of Adults is a portrayal of a young girl in search of her true reflection in a divided Naples: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. Adrift, she vacillates between these two cities, falling into one then climbing back to the other.

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The book, released by Edizioni E/O in Italy on November 7, 2019, will be launched globally in 25 countries on Sept. 1st and it will be published in English by Europa Editions U.S. and U.K.

Ferrante was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2016 and her books have been translated into 45 languages. Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet are among her best-known works with 15 million copies sold so far and several of her books have been adapted into movies (Troubling Love and The Days of Abandonment) and series (“My Brilliant Friend” on HBO with Fandango among producers).

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Felipe Tewes, director of local language original series at Netflix, said Ferrante’s books have inspired and captivated audiences in Italy and around the world — prerequisites for developing original content for regional and global audiences.

“We are also excited to continue our partnership with Fandango, and invest in more unique ‘Made In Italy’ stories that we believe will resonate in Italy and around the world,” Towes said in a statement.

Netflix has more than two million subscribers in Italy, investing more than 200 million euros ($217 million) through 2021 in Italian productions.

‘Little Women’ Top Movie, ‘ This is Us’ Top Show Moms Want to See for Mother’s Day in FandangoNow Survey

Moms have picked Greta Gerwig’s Little Women as the top movie and “This Is Us” as the top show celebrating motherhood that they want to stream this Mother’s Day weekend, according to a survey by FandangoNow.

FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, surveyed more than 1,000 moms this week and found:

  • 84% are bonding with family members while streaming classics at home.
  • 81% plan to stream a movie or TV show as part of their Mother’s Day plans.
  • 77% will stream more this Mother’s Day than ever before.

 

The top 10 movies about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. Little Women (2019)
  2. Steel Magnolias *
  3. Incredibles 2
  4. Bad Moms
  5. Mamma Mia *
  6. Maleficent
  7. Freaky Friday (2003)
  8. The Joy Luck Club
  9. Soul Food
  10. The Farewell *

 

The top 10 shows about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. “This is Us”
  2. “Modern Family”
  3. “Big Little Lies”*
  4. “Mom” *
  5. “Gilmore Girls” *
  6. “Fuller House” *
  7. “Fresh Off the Boat”
  8. “Queen Sugar”
  9. “Jane the Virgin”
  10. “Good Girls”

 

* indicates title is on sale on FandangoNow

“There are certain movies that make you think about the motherly influences in your life, and there’s nothing better than watching a movie that celebrates those heroes on a weekend meant to celebrate motherhood,” said Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak in a statement. “These movies evoke a sense of warmth, humor, joy and unconditional love — all the great qualities of our wonderful mothers and mother figures.”

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Family Titles ‘Trolls World Tour’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Take Top Two Spots on FandangoNow Chart

Family titles Trolls World Tour and Sonic the Hedgehog were the top titles for the week ended May 3 on FandangoNow, the transactional video-on-demand service from Fandango.

Universal’s Trolls World Tour bypassed its wide theatrical release and came out on premium VOD at $19.99 April 10. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog made an early debut on digital March 31. Both title releases were affected by theaters closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Universal’s new-to-digital Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield romance The Photograph entered the chart at No. 6.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 3 (in terms of weekly revenue) were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog
  3. Bad Boys for Life
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level
  6. The Photograph
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. Like a Boss
  9. The Gentlemen
  10. Bloodshot

‘Trolls World Tour’ Again Tops FandangoNow Chart

Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour remained the top title on FandangoNow, the transactional video-on-demand service from Fandango, for the week ended April 19.

With its wide theatrical release scuttled by COVID-19, the animated sequel to Trolls instead debuted on premium VOD April 10 as a 48-hour rental at $19.99. During the week prior, its premiere week, the title was FandangoNow’s most preordered title of all time, best-selling film on its opening day and best-selling film during its first three days of digital release, according to the service.

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Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life, the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence buddy film, made a another appearance at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart for the week, while Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog repeated at No. 3. Sonic raced to digital release early March 31, also due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 19 were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Bad Boys for Life
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. The Gentlemen
  6. Fantasy Island
  7. Underwater
  8. Birds of Prey
  9. The Way Back
  10. Dolittle

Lionsgate Teams With Fandango and YouTube on Free Streamed Movies Benefit

Lionsgate is presenting “Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies,” a program of four Fridays of free movies streaming live on YouTube hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis, to help benefit theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The studio is mounting the campaign to “honor the communal experience of watching movies in movie theaters and support the people who make those places great with a special program that reminds everyone how much we love going to the cinema,” according to a Lionsgate press release.

Beginning Friday, April 17, and continuing every Friday spanning four consecutive weeks, the studio will team with Fandango and YouTube to livestream four of Lionsgate’s most popular library titles — The Hunger Games, Dirty Dancing, La La Land and John Wick — on Lionsgate’s YouTube page and Fandango’s Movieclips YouTube page.

Host Curtis will share her own movie memories as she is joined by special guest celebrities and YouTube personalities, according to the release. Each week’s night at the movies will feature programming and interactive opportunities for fans, such as real-time fan chats via YouTube Live, live tweeting @Lionsgate and partners, and shared fan engagement opportunities in-show, including movie trivia and movie-themed challenges.

Lionsgate’s initial donation as well as audience and partner donations throughout the event will benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping workers throughout the motion picture industry. The event will link to the Foundation’s charitable page so that viewers can donate. The Will Rogers Foundation is currently providing financial assistance to theater employees furloughed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The schedule of free movies that will livestream Fridays at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST is as follows: The Hunger Games April 17, Dirty Dancing April 24, La La Land May 1 and John Wick (age registration required) May 8.

To present the live movie event, in addition to Fandango Lionsgate is joining with exhibition partners such as the National Association of Theatre Owners, AMC Theatres, Regal and Cinemark Theatres, among other regional circuits.

Popcornopolis, purveyors of gourmet popcorn, will support the event with a consumer movie night offer, with 10% of sales donated to the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. SnackNation will curate a movie-themed snack box with a special price and free shipping.

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“There’s nothing that will replace the magic of seeing a movie together with your fellow moviegoers in a theater on a big screen, but this is a chance for America to come together to recreate the experience,” said Joe Drake, chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a statement. “This is a great chance to show the country’s theatrical employees how much we miss going to their theaters and how much we support them. Jamie Lee Curtis — a woman who literally grew up with the movies and movie theaters — is one of the world’s biggest movie fans, so it’s a real thrill that she’ll be our host for this event. Let’s have some fun watching some classic movies together at home while celebrating moviegoing!”

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“Throughout the 125-year history of the cinema, this is the first time that movie theaters have been shut down across the country,” said John Fithian, president and CEO, National Association of Theatre Owners, in a statement. “Whether it was the Depression, wars, disasters, or local calamities, movie theaters have always been a gathering place where audiences can come together to laugh and be moved, reacting as one, to put their troubles behind them or forget about their hard week at work, and just get lost in the amazing stories on the big screen. Until we can gather again in our nation’s theaters, we’re grateful to Lionsgate for honoring the theatrical moviegoing experience and we are thrilled to join together with them over these next four Fridays, not only to see four classic movies for free, but also to allow fans and celebrities to share their own moviegoing memories. We love that so many people will be talking about what makes going to the movies so unique and memorable.”

‘Trolls World Tour’ Breaks Records at FandangoNow

DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour was the most popular film on FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, for the week ended April 12.

The April 10 premium VOD debut of the Universal Pictures/DreamWorks film helped the service see its best weekend in its history, according to FandangoNow.

Trolls World Tour, available for digital rental at $19.99 for 48 hours, became the service’s most preordered title of all time, best-selling film on its opening day and best-selling film during its first three days of digital release.

With movie theaters closed, Trolls World Tour made an unprecedented premiere on digital for such a big blockbuster release.

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“Following weeks of anticipation for its home premiere, Trolls World Tour is now FandangoNow’s streaming debut champ, with the best preorders, first day and opening weekend sales we’ve ever seen,” said FandangoNow head Cameron Douglas. “We’re pleased that families looking for a much-needed entertainment break are enjoying DreamWorks Animation’s latest movie on our service.”

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 12 were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Bad Boys for Life
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Birds of Prey
  5. The Invisible Man
  6. Dolittle
  7. The Call of the Wild
  8. Like a Boss
  9. Bloodshot
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, featuring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reprising their roles as buddy cops, was the top title on FandangoNow’s digital sales and rentals chart for the week ended April 5.

FandangoNow is movie ticketing site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog came in at No 2. The game-based title, featuring Jim Carrey as the evil nemesis, had an early digital release due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both titles became available for digital purchase March 31.

Universal’s thriller The Invisible Man, which also debuted early on digital because of the COVID-19 outbreak, surrendered its No. 1 status and came in at No. 3 on the chart.

Indeed, many of the titles on FandangoNow’s top 10 chart, including Onward, Bloodshot, Birds of Prey and I Still Believe, got early digital releases because of the outbreak.

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The top 10 FandangoNow releases for the week ended April 5 were:

  1. BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
  2. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
  3. THE INVISIBLE MAN
  4. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
  5. PIXAR’S ONWARD
  6. BLOODSHOT
  7. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
  8. BIRDS OF PREY
  9. I STILL BELIEVE
  10. THE CALL OF THE WILD