JustWatch: ‘Malignant,’ ‘Murders in the Building’ Top Weekly Streamed Movie, TV Show

Warner Bros. Pictures’ horror movie Malignant has disappointed at the box office, but not on HBO Max where it streams free for subscribers. The James Wan-directed title was the most-streamed movie for the week ended Sept. 19, according to new data from JustWatch.

Runner-ups included Universal Pictures’ reboot Candyman, which is available on transactional VOD, and Sony Pictures’ 2018 action-adventure Venom.

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Among TV shows streamed, Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, again trended tops among viewers. A notable podium finisher was Apple TV+ Emmy-winning original comedy series “Ted Lasso,” with Jason Sudeikis headlining a largely British cast about an American college football coach recruited to manage a London-based professional soccer team. The series just trailed Netflix’s “American Crime Story.”

JustWatch, an international streaming guide, tracks SVOD streaming habits of 20 million monthly users across 47 countries, including the United States.

Warner’s ‘Malignant’ Scoring in Streaming Despite Box Office Woes

Entering last weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ horror release Malignant had all the prerequisites for success: a hot director in James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) and strong social media buzz. But the film disappointed at the box office, generating $5.6 million in domestic ticket sales, far below studio expectations.

On the flipside, the movie concurrently debuted on HBO Max free to subscribers for 31 days as part of Warner’s yearlong strategy promoting teh SVOD/AVOD platform with new theatrical movies. The concept was a winner with streamers.

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New weekly data from JustWatch found that Malignant was the top streamed movie across its monitored devices the week ended Sept. 12. The title beat out Universal Pictures’ 9/11 inspired 2006 movie United 93 and the original 1992 Candyman (TriStar Pictures).

Among TV shows, Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, repeated as most-streamed series. The show was followed by Netflix series, “American Crime Story” and “Rick and Morty.”