‘News of the World’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Tom Hanks starrer News of the World topped the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Jan. 17.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The Western set in the 1870s stars Hanks as an ex-captain from the Civil War who is paid to transport a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Native Americans back home to her family. The title is available as a premium VOD rental, as are all the top three titles on both charts.

Universal’s animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, fell to No. 2 on both charts after a weeks’ long stint at No. 1. 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.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Greenland, available for premium rental starting 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.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart was Promising Young Women, just made available for premium VOD rental. The film follows Cassie (Carry Mulligan), a young woman living a secret double life by night. An unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right wrongs from the past.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 17, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Greenland
  4. Fatale
  5. Promising Young Woman
  6. Tenet
  7. Shadow in the Cloud
  8. Songbird
  9. The War With Grandpa
  10. Batman: Soul of the Dragon

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 17, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Promising Young Woman 
  4. Fatale
  5. Greenland
  6. Tenet
  7. American Skin
  8. Synchronic
  9. The War With Grandpa
  10. Shadow in the Cloud

‘Croods’ Sequel Continues to Rule Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

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

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, led the charts for the week ended Jan. 10. 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.

No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Shadow in the Cloud, available for purchase and premium rental. It follows a female World War II pilot (Chloe Grace Moritz) traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 who encounters an evil presence on board.

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Taking the silver on the FandangoNow chart was Fatale, a psychological thriller starring Michael Ealy and Hilary Swank available as a premium rental. In the film, a wild one-night stand plunges a sports agent into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a police detective.

Coming in at No. 3 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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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 10, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Shadow in the Cloud
  3. Greenland
  4. Tenet
  5. Fatale
  6. Honest Thief
  7. The War With Grandpa
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. Mulan
  10. Unhinged

 

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Fatale
  3. Greenland
  4. Tenet
  5. Shadow in the Cloud
  6. Honest Thief
  7. The War With Grandpa
  8. Let Him Go
  9. Freaky
  10. Love and Monsters

‘Croods: A New Age’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

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

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

For the week ended Jan. 3, taking the top spot again was the animated Croods sequel, which 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 the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on the Vudu chart). 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.

No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Shadow in the Cloud, which follows a female World War II pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 encounters an evil presence on board. It stars Chloe Grace Moritz.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 3, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Shadow in the Cloud
  4. Tenet
  5. Honest Thief
  6. The War with Grandpa
  7. Love and Monsters
  8. Freaky
  9. The New Mutants
  10. Let Him Go

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 3, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. Honest Thief
  5. The War with Grandpa
  6. Let Him Go
  7. Shadow in the Cloud
  8. Freaky
  9. Half Brothers
  10. All My Life

‘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

‘Honest Thief,’ ‘The Last Shift’ Top Slate of New Releases Available for Home Viewing Dec. 29

Universal Pictures’ Honest Thief and Sony Pictures’ The Last Shift top the slate of new releases available for home viewing on Dec. 29.

Also out are Two Ways Home, from Gravitas Ventures, and, on DVD only, a batch of music videos from Bayview Entertainment, among them The Beatles: Meet the Beatles; Elvis Presley: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years; and Stevie Nicks: Broadcasting Live.

Honest Thief, a drama starring Liam Neeson as a guilt-conscious bank robber who confronts FBI agents wanting to rob him, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD two weeks after it became available to rent or buy through digital retailers such as FandangoNow, Redbox On Demand, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and ROW8. Written, directed and produced by Mark Williams, the film stars Neeson as a notorious bank robber who turns himself in after falling in love, only to be double-crossed by a pair of corrupt FBI agents. The merciless agents soon discover there’s nothing more dangerous than an elite criminal mastermind seeking justice. Honest Thief earned $13.5 million at the domestic box office.

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The comic drama The Last Shift makes its debut on Blu-ray Disc and DVD as well as through digital retailers. In the film, aging fast-food worker Stanley (two-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins) plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. He spends his last weekend training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job while Jevon, who considers himself too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labor is being exploited. A flicker of comaraderie sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.

Two Ways Home, making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut on Dec. 29, is a drama about a troubled young woman living with bipolar disorder who returns to her hometown in rural Iowa to reconnect with her estranged 12-year-old daughter. Her plan to stay with her grandfather is thwarted when she discovers he has suffered a heart attack and is being kept at a nursing home by her parents. Conflict with her family intensifies when her teenage daughter’s reaction to seeing her echoes the feelings shared by the whole family: they were happier when she was out of their lives.

‘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

‘The Croods’ Sequel Tops Several Digital Charts in First PVOD Week

DreamWorks Animation’s sequel The Croods: A New Age topped five different digital charts the week before Christmas, as a $20 premium rental.

It led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Dec. 20. Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

The Croods: A New Age, which finished No. 2 at the weekend box office (through Dec. 20), also topped the Apple TV and Google Play charts through Dec. 21.

It also topped the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Dec. 20.

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 and a new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction.

Tenet, available for early digital purchase Dec. 15, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and the No. 3 spot on the FandangoNow chart. 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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Coming in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart and No. 3 on the Vudu chart 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 (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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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

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

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Honest Thief
  6. Songbird
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Freaky
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Elf

 

On Apple TV, other leading sellers (in order) were: Universal’s The Grinch (2018, $3.99); Warner’s Elf (2003, $3.99); Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, $3.99); Universal’s Love Actually (2003, $3.99); Warner’s The Polar Express (2004, $3.99); IFC’s Hunter Hunter ($6.99); and Universal’s The War With Grandpa ($14.99).

The Google Play chart featured (in order): Warner’s Elf (2003, $3.99); Universal’s The Grinch (2018, $3.99); Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, $3.99); Disney’s The New Mutants ($5.99); Paramount’s Love and Monsters ($4.99); Saban’s Fatman ($6.99) and Warner’s The Polar Express (2004, $3.99).

Spectrum pay-TV subscribers had slightly different tastes from Dec. 11 to 17. The top-selling title was Lionsgate’s Unhinged ($6.99), starring Russell Crowe. The rest of the top finishers were: Universal’s Let Him Go ($19.99); Paramount’s Love and Monsters ($6.99); Paramount’s Fatman ($6.99) and Wander ($6.99); Universal’s Freaky ($19.99); Bleecker Street’s Wild Mountain Thyme ($19.99); Paramount’s Buddy Games ($6.99); 20th Century’s The New Mutants ($5.99); and Screen Media’s Girl ($6.99).

 

‘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

 

‘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