‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream was the top movie in terms of revenue on FandangoNow for the week ended Aug. 2.

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

The film, released July 31 for premium VOD rental at $19.99 for 48 hours, stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

“Thanks to its good-natured charm, the chemistry of the cast and its focus on the power of positive thinking, The Secret: Dare to Dream has risen to the top of the charts on FandangoNow,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s the right time for this kind of release, offering the kind of uplift and inspiration that families are looking to experience at home during challenging times.”

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Coming in at No. 2 was Universal’s psychological thriller You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfriend and released digitally July 28 for rental and purchase.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the third installment in the shark attack action film series, available for digital purchase July 28.

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 2 in terms of revenue were:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  2. You Should Have Left
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3
  4. Scoob!
  5. Trolls World Tour
  6. The Outpost
  7. The King of Staten Island
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog
  10. Bad Boys for Life

‘Trolls World Tour’ and ‘The Outpost’ Lead FandangoNow Chart

Trolls World Tour topped FandangoNow’s streaming chart, with The Outpost at No. 2, for the week ended July 12.

FandangoNow is ticketing service Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Available to digitally rent or buy, the Universal animated musical Trolls World Tour, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, premiered as a premium VOD rental in early April.

Rod Lurie’s action thriller The Outpost, also available to digitally rent or buy, stars Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom.

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Coming in at No. 3 was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, loosely based on the life of star Pete Davidson, available on PVOD at $19.99.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. The Outpost
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. Force of Nature
  5. You Should Have Left
  6. Irresistible
  7. Scoob!
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Bad Boys for Life
  10. The High Note

‘Trolls World Tour’ Again Tops the FandangoNow Chart

Trolls World Tour reclaimed the top spot among films streaming on FandangoNow for the week ended June 28.

The Universal animated musical, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, newly available for digital purchase, premiered as a premium VOD rental in early April and has remained among the top 10 films on the service each week since that time.

No. 2 on the chart was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, loosely based on the life of star Pete Davidson, available on PVOD at $19.99.

Taking the bronze was Universal’s You Should Have Left. Also available on PVOD at $19.99, the Blumhouse psychological thriller stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 28 (in terms of revenue) were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. The King of Staten Island
  3. You Should Have Left
  4. Irresistible
  5. Scoob!
  6. The Invisible Man
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Bad Boys for Life
  9. The Hunt
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

Fandango Launches Program to Help Moviegoers Go Back to Theaters

Movie ticketing site Fandango has launched a program to help moviegoers go back to theaters as cinemas reopen across the country.

Starting June 23, Fandango.com and Fandango mobile apps will begin rolling out new resources and product functionality, including social distance seating maps, a one-stop guide to safety policies provided by more than 100 theater chains, a special search filter to find reopened theaters by location, instructional videos, and more.

“At Fandango, our mission has always been super-serving fans with their entertainment needs, and we cannot wait to help fans get back to the big screen safely and at the right time,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement. “It’s a complicated rollout, with various states, cities and counties opening their venues in different phases.  We hope Fandango will serve as a helpful one-stop resource for fans to find all the information and services they need for a comfortable return to their local theaters.”

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In Fandango’s guide to health and safety policies provided by theaters across the country, moviegoers can find information that theaters have provided about auditorium occupancy and social distance seating, mask and protective equipment policies, enhanced cleaning measures, special concession services, and more.

“We are working closely with our friends in exhibition to help get their ticketing back online and film fans back in seats with peace of mind,” Melissa Heller, Fandango VP of domestic ticketing, said in a statement. “In addition to our new product features, Fandango’s mobile ticketing will be an added benefit, helping moviegoers and cinema employees reduce the number of contact points at the box office and throughout the theater.”

When theaters begin to reopen, Fandango plans to mobilize many of its other digital properties, including Rotten Tomatoes, Movieclips on YouTube, and its media and performance marketing platforms to help moviegoers get the resources and information they need, according to the company. The company is also planning to support the reopening of theaters and new films scheduled to release this summer with original video, editorial and social content, celebrating the moviegoing experience.

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For members of Fandango’s free-to-join VIP+ loyalty program, Fandango is extending expired rewards for an additional 60 days so that Fandango customers will have more time to use the rewards they’ve earned. Fandango offers the ability to refund and exchange ticket purchases up to the posted showtime. In addition, Fandango customers can now self-process refunds as a guest user, with no account required.

‘The King of Staten Island’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

The King of Staten Island, the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, was the top title on FandangoNow for the week ended June 14.

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Directed by Judd Apatow, the Universal film, in addition to Davidson, co-stars Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Bel Powley and Maude Apatow. It follows Davidson’s experiences growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand-up comedy.

It is a premium VOD rental, like Universal’s animated Trolls World Tour at No. 3. Warner’s Scoob! at No. 2 is offered with both a PVOD rental and a pricier digital sellthrough option.

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The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 14 are:

  1. The King of Staten Island
  2. Scoob!
  3. Trolls World Tour
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. The Hunt
  6. Bad Boys for Life
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Burden
  9. The High Note
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

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 SVOD 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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