FandangoNow and Vudu Launch Sale on Family Titles for ‘Sponge on the Run’ Debut

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run debuts March 4 as a premium VOD rental, and for a limited time, fans who rent the movie on Vudu and FandangoNow can get a code for 50% off the purchase of more than 25 select family titles on the two Fandango transactional VOD services.

Titles include the previous “SpongeBob” movies (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Sonic the Hedgehog, Love and Monsters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wonder Park, Sherlock Gnomes, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Bumblebee, The Rugrats Movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Harriet the Spy, Hotel for Dogs, Imagine That, Good Burger, Snow Day, Clockstoppers and a number of other family classics.

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Fandango is also launching this week a trivia video, “From Top to Bikini Bottom: The History of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.'”

‘Monster Hunter’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

For a second consecutive week, Sony Pictures’ action-adventure Monster Hunter led the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Feb. 28.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Available for early digital purchase Feb. 16, Monster Hunter, based on the video game franchise, stars Milla Jovovich as Capt. Artemis, whose unit is caught in a sandstorm that transports them to a world ruled by dangerous and powerful monsters. As they fight to survive, they encounter the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures.

The Universal/DreamWorks animated sequel The Croods: A New Age, newly available to own Feb. 9, again took the silver on the Vudu chart and the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. It’s a followup to 2013’s The Croods that finds the prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together. The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984, which was released Feb. 12 as a 48-hour PVOD rental after debuting on WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max, again took the No. 2 spot on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu). A sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, the follow-up reunites director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot and moves the setting from World War I to 1980s America, where the DC Comics heroine confronts the challenges of the Cold War.

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New to the charts was Lionsgate’s horror reboot Wrong Turn, available for digital purchase Feb. 23. The film, which was No. 3 on the Vudu chart and No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart, follows a group of friends who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course — and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Wrong Turn
  4. Wonder Woman 1984
  5. Greenland
  6. Shadow in the Cloud
  7. Willy’s Wonderland
  8. Minari
  9. Freaky
  10. News of the World

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 28, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Monster Hunter
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. Wrong Turn
  5. Greenland
  6. Minari
  7. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
  8. News of the World
  9. Willy’s Wonderland
  10. Pinocchio

Jodie Foster Film ‘The Mauritanian’ to Debut on PVOD March 2

STX Films’ The Mauritanian will debut on premium VOD March 2 at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental period.

The film earned Golden Globe nominations for leads Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.

The film also stars Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani.

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Kristen Wiig Comedy ‘Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar’ Traveling to PVOD Feb. 12 From Lionsgate

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, from co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), will debut on PVOD Feb. 12 from Lionsgate.

The comedy follows lifelong friends Barb and Star, who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever. The trip includes romance, friendship and a villain’s evil plot.

The film also stars Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Fortune Feimster, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Abdoo, Vanessa Bayer, Phyllis Smith and Kwame Patterson.

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Survey: More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Would Prefer to Watch First-Run Movies at Home After Pandemic

A December survey of American consumers found 67% would prefer to watch recently released movies at home after the pandemic instead of going to the movie theater.

Meanwhile, 12% said they would prefer to watch recently released movies in the theater, according to the Savanta survey of 500 Americans.

Half (50%) said they are likely to pay to watch a recently released movie on a streaming platform, but about one-third (32%) said they are not likely to pay to watch a recently released movie on a streaming platform (17% said they are neither likely nor unlikely to pay to watch a recently released movie on a streaming platform).

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The survey found respondents are willing to pay on average of $14 to watch a recently released movie on a streaming platform — with 46% willing to pay less than $10, 30% willing to pay $10 to $19, 15% willing to pay $20 to $30, and 8% willing to pay more than $31.

Half said they weren’t sure when they would return to a movie theater. Meanwhile, 17% think they would go to a movie theater in the next six months, 13% think they would go to a movie theater within the next month, 11% think they would go to a movie theater within the next two-three months, and 8% think they would go to a movie theater within the next four to five months.

Savanta is a New York-based research and advisory firm.

‘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

Sci-fi Thriller ‘Songbird’ to Debut Via PVOD Dec. 11

The STX Films sci-fi thriller Songbird, produced by Michael Bay, will premiere in the United States as a premium VOD release Dec. 11.

The film will be available at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental.

Songbird is the first film to shoot in Los Angeles entirely during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the studio.

Directed by Adam Mason (Into the Dark), the film is about fighting for love at the end of the world. It stars K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson, Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Walter Hauser and Demi Moore.

Songbird will bow on a “major streaming service” in 2021, according to the studio.

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‘The Informer’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Informer topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 8.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

The crime thriller, available on PVOD beginning Nov. 6, stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Common. It follows an informant for the FBI working to help dismantle the Polish mafia’s drug trade in New York. When the operation goes wrong, he is coerced into returning to prison to take down the cartel from the inside.

Blumhouse’s  The Craft: Legacy, which debuted on PVOD Oct. 28, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and came in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow list. A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the silver on the FandangoNow chart. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. That title landed at No. 6 on the Vudu chart.

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Meanwhile, After We Collided took the bronze on the Vudu chart. Based on the 2014 novel, it’s a followup to After and chronicles the romance of two young lovers.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 8, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. The Craft: Legacy
  3. After We Collided
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. Unhinged
  7. Antebellum
  8. Mulan
  9. The Call
  10. Ava

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 8, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Unhinged
  3. The Craft: Legacy
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. After We Collided
  7. Mulan
  8. Mortal
  9. Antebellum
  10. The Dark and the Wicked

 

‘Mulan’ Tops Vudu Chart, ‘Love and Monsters’ Leads FandangoNow Chart

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu chart and Paramount’s Love and Monsters led the FandangoNow chart the week ended Oct. 18.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Mulan, the live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, became available for $29.99 premium purchase at the services Oct. 6. The title had previously been exclusively available via Disney+. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD and digital purchase Oct. 16, 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 came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  4. Batman: Death in the Family
  5. Trump Card
  6. Ava
  7. Hocus Pocus
  8. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  9. Alone(Magnolia)
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Love and Monsters
  2. Mulan
  3. Trump Card
  4. Antebellum
  5. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  6. Ava
  7. Alone(Lionsgate)
  8. An Imperfect Murder
  9. Batman: Death in the Family
  10. Cut Throat City

Thriller ‘Spell’ Coming to PVOD and Digital Oct. 30

The horror thriller Spell will be released on PVOD and digital Oct. 30, in time for Halloween, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will also be released in select theaters.

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star.

In the film, while flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

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