Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The Christopher Nolan biopic Oppenheimer for a second consecutive week topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu for the week ended Dec. 3.

The Universal film, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 21, tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work as the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory created the first atomic bomb. 

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was the Blumhouse horror flick Five Nights at Freddy’s, which was released for digital purchase Nov. 28 after premiering simultaneously in theaters and on streaming service Peacock. Based on the video game series, the film follows a guy who takes a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant and soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems.

Landing at No. 3 on the chart was the action comedy Freelance, available for premium digital rental and purchase. In the film, an ex-special forces operative (John Cena) stuck in a dead-end desk job is reluctantly recruited by a former military buddy (Christian Slater) to take on a freelance gig.

Appearing at No. 4 on the chart as the holidays approach was the live action Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. It’s available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase.

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was 2oth Century Fox’s The Creator, available for digital purchase starting Nov. 14. Set amidst a future war between humans and AI, it follows an ex-special forces agent (John David Washington) who is recruited to kill an AI architect who has developed a mysterious weapon that could end humankind.

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

  1. Oppenheimer
  2. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  3. Freelance
  4. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. The Creator
  6. Barbie
  7. The Equalizer 3
  8. The Holdovers 
  9. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  10. Sound of Freedom

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Headed to Premium Digital Dec. 5

Apple Original Films’ Killers of the Flower Moon, from Martin Scorsese, will debut on premium video-on-demand (digital rental) and PEST (premium digital purchase) beginning Dec. 5 in collaboration with Paramount in more than 100 countries, before streaming globally on Apple TV+.

Directed by Martin Scorsese and written for the screen by Eric Roth and Scorsese, based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion.

Killers of the Flower Moon was named Best Film of 2023 and Lily Gladstone was awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film was also recently honored with the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute at the Gotham Awards and awarded Best Score — Feature Film from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. It is set to be recognized with the Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards gala event next January.

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Killers of the Flower Moon was distributed theatrically starting Oct. 20 by Paramount Pictures. The film has earned $154.3 million at the global box office.

Horror Flick ‘The Exorcist: Believer’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The horror film The Exorcist: Believer debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Oct. 29 — just before Halloween.

The Blumhouse and Morgan Creek film, available for premium digital purchase and rental starting Oct. 24 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is a new chapter in the possession saga, following on the original 1973 film The Exorcist.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Saw X, the latest chapter in the “Saw” horror franchise, which became available for premium digital purchase and rental Oct. 20. In the film, John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back as the serial killer Jigsaw. Set between the events of the first two “Saw” movies, the story finds a sick and desperate Kramer traveling to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of obtaining a miracle cure for his cancer — only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, he returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.

Rising from No. 4 to No. 3 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 3, available for premium digital rental and sale. In the third film in the franchise, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) takes on the mafia in Southern Italy.

Dropping from No. 2 to No. 4 on the chart was the Tom Cruise actioner Mission Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, which became available for digital purchase Oct. 10. The seventh installment in the “Mission Impossible” series has Cruise reprising his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt, whose IMF team embarks on their most dangerous mission yet — to track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands.

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Remaining at No. 5 on the chart was the year’s top box office blockbuster Barbie, available for digital purchase. The Greta Gerwig-directed film stars Margie Robbie as the iconic doll in a comedy fantasy about her existential crisis.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Exorcist: Believer
  2. Saw X
  3. The Equalizer 3
  4. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  5. Barbie
  6. The Expendables 4
  7. Meg 2: The Trench
  8. Blue Beetle
  9. Haunted Mansion
  10. The Nun II

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 Film ‘Insidious: The Red Door’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The horror flick Insidious: The Red Door debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 6.

Newly available for premium digital rental and sale, the fifth installment in the horror franchise, from Sony/Screen Gems, features original cast members Patrick Wilson (who also directs), Rose Byrne, Andrew Astor and Ty Simpkins.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Disney’s live-action remake The Little Mermaid , which debuted for digital purchase July 25. A reimagining of Disney’s animated musical classic, it follows Ariel (Halle Bailey), a young mermaid with a thirst for adventure who falls for the human Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life — and her father’s crown — in jeopardy. 

Falling a spot to No.3 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ The Flash. Ezra Miller returns as The Flash/Barry Allen in the DC superhero’s first-ever standalone feature film, which debuted for premium digital sale and rental on July 18. In the film, worlds collide when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past.

Dropping a spot to No. 4 on the chart was Paramount’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The seventh live-action film in the “Transformers” franchise based on the Hasbro toy line, the sci-fi actioner is available for regular digital purchase and newly available for regular digital rental.

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Rising from No. 8 to No. 5 on the chart was Universal’s Fast X, which became available for regular digital purchase Aug. 1 after a premium-priced run. It’s the 10th installment in the Fast & Furious speeding cars franchise starring Vin Diesel.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Insidious: The Red Door
  2. The Little Mermaid (2023)
  3. The Flash
  4. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
  5. Fast X
  6. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  8. Joy Ride
  9. The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  10. The Pope’s Exorcist

Comedic Horror Flick ‘The Blackening’ Available Via PVOD July 7

Lionsgate will release the comedic horror flick The Blackening on premium VOD July 7.

The film premiered in theaters on June 16 and earned $15.7 million at the global box office.

The Blackening follows a group of black friends reunited for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a masked killer who forces them to play a twisted board game by his rules. The film skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: If the entire cast of a horror movie is black, who dies first?

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Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Barbershop) with a screenplay and screen story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, TV’s “Harlem”) and Dewayne Perkins (TV’s “The Amber Ruffin Show,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), the film stars Grace Byers (TV’s “Empire”), Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America), Melvin Gregg  (House Party), X Mayo (TV’s “American Auto”), Dewayne Perkins (TV’s “The Upshaws”), Antoinette Robertson (TV’s “Dear White People”), Sinqua Walls (TV’s “White Men Can’t Jump”), with Jay Pharoah (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) and Yvonne Orji (TV’s “Insecure”).

Comedy Sequel ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ Available for Premium Digital Rental and Purchase

The comedy Book Club: The Next Chapter is available now for premium digital rental (PVOD) and purchase (PEST) on digital platforms from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Starring Oscar winners Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, Something’s Gotta Give), Jane Fonda (80 for Brady, “Grace and Frankie”) and Mary Steenburgen (Nightmare Alley, “The Last Man on Earth”), and Oscar nominee Candice Bergen (Let Them All Talk, Miss Congeniality, Bride Wars), the sequel 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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The film also stars Oscar nominees Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather Part III) and Giancarlo Giannini (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale), Primetime Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson (“Parenthood,” “Coach”), and Primetime Emmy Award nominee Don Johnson (Knives Out, “Miami Vice”).

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 8.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the DreamWorks animated film debuted on Vudu Jan. 6. The sequel to Puss in Boots and the sixth installment in the “Shrek” franchise follows the continuing adventures of the character Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

Also new to the chart for the week was Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu, which garnered Golden Globe nominations for Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor and Anya Taylor-Joy for Best Actress. Available for digital purchase, the dark comedy thriller follows a group of diners confronted with horror at a secluded exclusive restaurant.

Universal’s Violent Night, available for premium digital rental and purchase, fell from the top spot to No. 3 on the chart. The film, starring David Harbour and John Leguizamo, follows mercenaries who attack the estate of a wealthy family, but who run up against Santa Claus.

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Rising from No. 9 to No. 4 on the chart was The Woman King, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The Sony Pictures historical drama, starring Viola Davis (nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress), is inspired by true events that took place in the kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Another new release, Paramount Pictures’ Devotion, came in at No. 5 on the chart. Available for digital purchase (and for streaming on Paramount+) Jan. 8, the true story-based film chronicles the story of two of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen in the Korean War.

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

  1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  2. The Menu
  3. Violent Night
  4. The Woman King
  5. Devotion
  6. Prey for the Devil
  7. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1
  8. Black Adam
  9. Ticket to Paradise
  10. Top Gun: Maverick