‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Regains Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros. Movie regained the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended June 4.

The animated blockbuster, based on the popular video game, rose from No. 2 the week previous. It became available for premium digital purchase and rental May 16.

The Lionsgate actioner John Wick: Chapter 4, the latest installment in the franchise starring Keanu Reeves, fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart. It became available for digital purchase May 23. The fourth entry in the series follows Wick as he uncovers a path to defeating the High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, he must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe, and forces that turn old friends into foes.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was the Ben Affleck science-fiction thriller Hypnotic, available for premium digital rental and purchase. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the Relativity Media film follows a detective who finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole as he investigates a series of strange, reality-bending crimes mysteriously connected to his missing daughter.

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Reentering the chart at No. 4 was Sony Pictures’ 65, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. In the sci-fi drama, after a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth — 65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive.

Debuting on the chart at No. 5 was Mill Creek Entertainment’s horror thriller Nefarious, available for premium rental. In the film, on the day of his scheduled execution, a convicted serial killer gets a psychiatric evaluation during which he claims he is a demon — and further claims that, before their time is over, the psychiatrist will commit three murders of his own.

Also new to the chart for the week was the comedy sequel Book Club: The Next Chapter, available for premium digital rental and sale starting May 30 and landing at No. 6 on the chart. The Universal Pictures film, starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen, follows four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime, cross-country adventure. 

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  2. John Wick: Chapter 4
  3. Hypnotic
  4. 65
  5. Nefarious
  6. Book Club: The Next Chapter
  7. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  8. Evil Dead Rise
  9. Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  10. Sisu

Horror Flick ‘Evil Dead Rise’ Debuts Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ Evil Dead Rise debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended May 14.

The horror flick, which became available for premium digital purchase and rental May 9, follows two estranged sisters, played by Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland, whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was the Paramount action-comedy Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which became available for premium digital purchase and rental May 2. Starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Regé-Jean Page, the film, based on the classic role-playing game, follows a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers who undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic. Things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, which is available for premium digital rental. The film follows U.S. Army Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Afghan interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim). After an ambush, Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down. 

Falling two spots to No. 4 on the chart was Universal’s horror comedy Renfield, which became available for premium digital purchase and rental May 2. In the film, for centuries Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) has slavishly served Dracula (Nicolas Cage) by procuring his master’s prey and doing his every bidding, no matter how debased. Now Renfield is ready to look for a new life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness, if only he can figure out how to end the toxic, codependent relationship.

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Falling two spots to No. 5 on the chart was Sony’s horror film The Pope’s Exorcist, available for premium digital purchase and rental. Starring Russell Crowe, the film is inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of the Vatican.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Evil Dead Rise
  2. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  3. Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
  4. Renfield
  5. The Pope’s Exorcist
  6. Avatar: The Way of Water
  7. Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  8. Creed III
  9. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
  10.  Knock at the Cabin 

IHS: Pay-TV Cord-Cutters Still Love Premium Content

Pay-TV subscribers may be jettisoning service in favor of lower-cost over-the-top video service – but they still want access to premium content, according to new data from IHS Markit.

The research firm’s “Connected Devices & Media Consumption” report found that cord shavers are, in fact, content-hungry consumers. They use OTT video to complement their pay-TV subscriptions, primarily for access to exclusive or original content.

The analysis – based on surveys of 2,401 Internet users in the U.S. – highlights a churn risk to pay-TV as cord shavers are more likely to connect their devices to their primary TV sets and are less likely to first turn to their set-top boxes, when looking for something to watch on TV.

Consumers choosing to cancel their pay-TV subscription and rely solely on OTT are mostly cost-conscious consumers. They are twice as likely to subscribe to Sling TV, YouTube TV and other online pay-TV services than those consumers choosing to complement their existing pay-TV subscriptions with OTT subscriptions. In cord-cutting households, digital media-streaming devices from Amazon and Roku are most commonly connected to their primary TV sets.

Consumers in “cord-never” households – those that never had a pay-TV subscription, but which subscribe to OTT video services – have a stronger preference for viewing video on mobile devices. They were also less likely to stack video services and more likely to have specific content in mind, when looking for video content to watch.

IHS said “cord-nevers” also have a lower propensity to purchase connectable video devices and subscribe to video services. Dedicated video-streaming device ownership among this group of consumers is largely driven by gifting and promotional offers.