Pre-Order Solicitations Show ‘Barbie’ Coming Soon to Premium Digital

Summer movie blockbuster Barbie is coming soon for premium digital purchase, according to pre-orders on Prime Video and Vudu.

Warner Bros. Discovery has made no official announcement, but Prime Video and Vudu are offering pre-order purchase of Barbie at $24.99.

The internet is abuzz with speculation that the theatrical phenomenon, which has generated more than $1.2 billion in global ticket sales, is imminently headed to digital retails channels, with posts reporting Sept. 5 as the launch date and that the movie is set to be offered on commercial flights beginning next month.

WBD CEO David Zaslav began speculation about Barbie‘s appearance in the home market on the Aug. 3 fiscal call when he said the company would respect the theatrical window (Barbie is entering its fifth weekend box office), while also acknowledging retail channel opportunities such as digital transactional release.

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“Take it through these windows of economics that have worked forever, and we think work extremely well, and then put it on Max,” Zaslav said on the call. “When it goes on Max, we think it will have a very good impact, and that will be in the fall.”

Horror Flick ‘Scream VI’ Debuts Atop the Weekly Vudu Chart

Paramount’s Scream VI debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 30.

The horror film, the sixth in the franchise, became available for digital purchase (and also for streaming on Paramount+) April 25. In Scream VI, the four survivors from the most recent Woodsboro Ghostface killings have moved to New York City for a fresh start. But just as they begin to feel a sense of normalcy, they receive that infamous call. 

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Disney’s Marvel Comics-based Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania , which became available for digital purchase April 18. In the third installment in the “Ant-Man” series, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together with Hope’s parents Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm.

Falling a spot to No. 3 on the chart was the sequel Avatar: The Way of Water. The Disney-owned 20th Century Studios film, available for digital purchase, is director James Cameron’s sequel to 2009’s Avatar. The film, which received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, returns to the world of Pandora more than a decade after the events of the first film. It launches the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

Down a spot to No. 4 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ the sci-fi thriller 65, available for premium digital rental and sale. The film stars Adam Driver as an astronaut who crash lands on a mysterious planet and discovers he’s not alone.

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Falling a spot to No. 5 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ superhero sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which became available for premium digital rental and sale April 7. Based on characters from DC, the film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word “Shazam!,” is transformed into his adult superhero alter ego Shazam. 

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 30, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Scream VI
  2. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
  3. Avatar: The Way of Water
  4. 65
  5. Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  6. Creed III
  7. A Man Called Otto
  8. Jesus Revolution
  9. Magic Mike’s Last Dance
  10. Plane

‘Black Adam’ Again Takes Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam again led the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 4.

The film, based on DC Comics characters, became available for premium digital purchase and rental Nov. 22 and debuted at No. 1 the previous week. In the actioner, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

Also repeating, in the No. 2 spot, was Sony Pictures’ historical drama The Woman King, starring Viola Davis. The film, available for digital purchase Nov. 22, is inspired by true events that took place in the kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Rising from No. 6 to No. 3 on the chart was the horror film Smile, which is available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. The Paramount hit stars Sosie Bacon as a therapist who begins to experience an overwhelming terror that takes over her life after witnessing a patient’s bizarre suicide.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ comedy Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, available for digital purchase Nov. 22. In the film, when the Primm family moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. That changes when he discovers Lyle — a singing crocodile who loves baths, caviar and great music — living in the attic of his new home.

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Rising from No. 7 to No. 5 on the chart was Paramount’s series juggernaut Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1. The series follows family patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Coster), who is determined to protect his ranch and his family’s legacy.

With the holidays approaching, the holiday titles The Grinch, 2000’s live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both from Universal) and Warner’s Elf landed at No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, on the chart for the week. 

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

  1. Black Adam
  2. The Woman King
  3. Smile
  4. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  5. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1
  6. Ticket to Paradise
  7. Top Gun: Maverick
  8. Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
  9. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  10. Elf

‘King Richard’ Available for Premium Digital Purchase and Rental Jan. 4, on Disc Feb. 8

The biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith, will arrive for premium digital purchase and rental Jan. 4, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 8 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the true story, the film follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends. Armed with a clear vision and a 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Smith) is determined to write his daughters, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), into history. Training in Compton, Calif., on abandoned tennis courts — rain or shine — the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s (Aunjanue Ellis) balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them.

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The DVD, Blu-ray and 4K combo pack and Blu-ray include a “Following the Plan — The Making of King Richard” featurette. The Blu-ray and 4K versions also include deleted scenes and the featurettes “Becoming Richard” and “Champions on Screen.”