‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Tops Vudu Chart for Fifth Week

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fifth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 17.

The Marvel Studios film is available for digital purchase and rental. As the film begins, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about at risk, including M.J. (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing Spider-Man villains from other universes.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew attempting to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Debuting on the chart at No. 3 was the Mark Wahlberg film Infinite. The sci-fi actioner, available for digital rental and purchase April 12 from Paramount Pictures, is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers and follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 rose a spot to No. 4 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

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Falling from No. 3 from No. 5 on the chart was Paramount’s The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

Also new to the chart for the week was A24’s indie horror flick X, landing at No. 7. Available for premium digital rental, the film follows a group of actors who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas and run afoul of their elderly hosts.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended April 17, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. Infinite
  4. Sing 2
  5. The Contractor
  6. Dog
  7. X
  8. The Outfit
  9. Jackass Forever
  10. Marry Me

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fourth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 10.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about at risk, including M.J. (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing Spider-Man villains from other universes.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Rising to No. 3 from No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Rising to No. 4 from No. 7 on the chart was MGM’s Dog, available for premium digital rental. The film, starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum, follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on a road trip. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. The Contractor
  4. Dog
  5. Sing 2
  6. The Outfit
  7. Jackass Forever
  8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  9. Scream (2022)
  10. Death on the Nile

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home again led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 3.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, Spider-Man’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including M.J. (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing Spider-Man villains from other universes.

Debuting at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Entering the chart at No. 3 was Paramount Pictures’ Johnny Knoxville comedy Jackass Forever. In the film, which debuted on digital March 29, Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas.

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Landing at No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 landed at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Also new to the chart for the week was Kenneth Branagh’s suspense thriller Death on the Nile, starring Gal Gadot, which landed at No. 6 and debuted on digital March 29.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. Jackass Forever
  4. The Contractor
  5. Sing 2
  6. Death on the Nile
  7. Dog
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. Marry Me
  10. The Cursed

Animated Sequel ‘Sing 2’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 climbed to the top of the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Feb. 27.

The Illumination film, which rose from No. 3 to the top spot on the chart, became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart. Available for digital rental and purchase, the franchise relaunch from director Jason Reitman and produced by his late father is a sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies. It follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

Landing at No. 3 (falling from No. 2) was Disney’s 20th Century Studios prequel The King’s Man, newly available for digital rental and purchase Feb. 18. The action comedy, set during World War I, tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

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Rising from No. 9 to No. 4 was Warner Bros.’ Dune, based on the sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert and starring Timothee Chalamet. It is available for digital rental and purchase.

Landing at No. 5 was The 355, which became available for digital purchase Feb. 22. It follows wild-card CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain), who joins forces with rival German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o), and skilled Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal mission to retrieve a top-secret weapon that has fallen into mercenary hands. 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 27, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Sing 2
  2. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  3. The King’s Man
  4. Dune
  5. The 355
  6. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  7. American Underdog
  8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  9. House of Gucci
  10. A Journal for Jordan

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife — produced by the late Ivan Reitman — for a third-consecutive week remained atop the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Feb. 20.

Available for digital rental and purchase, the franchise relaunch from director Jason Reitman and produced by his late father is a sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies. It follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters. Ivan Reitman died Feb. 12.

Landing at No. 2 was Disney’s 20th Century Studios prequel The King’s Man, newly available for digital rental and purchase Feb. 18. The action comedy, set during World War I, tells the origin story of the world’s very first independent intelligence agency. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance.

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 fell from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart. The Illumination film, which became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7, follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Lionsgate’s Kurt Warner biopic American Underdog, available for digital rental and purchase, fell from No. 3 to No. 4. Based on the true story of the two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback, the film stars Zachary Levi and Anna Paquin.

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Landing at No. 5 was Disney’s animated musical Encanto — available for digital purchase and rental (and also available free to stream for Disney+ subscribers). The film, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, follows an extraordinary and magical family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Feb. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  2. The King’s Man
  3. Sing 2
  4. American Underdog
  5. Encanto
  6. Eternals
  7. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  8. House of Gucci
  9. Dune
  10. Redeeming Love

Q&A: Fandango’s Cameron Douglas Discusses Vudu-FandangoNow Merger and Shifting Windows

Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment at Fandango, spearheads Vudu, the transactional digital rental and purchase content service owned by the movie-ticketing site, which also owns entertainment ratings and reviews site Rotten Tomatoes.

Fandango acquired Vudu from Walmart in 2020; it already ran competing site FandangoNow, which also offered digital rentals and purchases. FandangoNow existed as a separate service alongside the new acquisition until August of last year, when the two were combined under the Vudu moniker. Vudu is among the handful of digital retailers that support the cloud-based movie locker system Movies Anywhere.

A home entertainment industry veteran, Douglas came to Fandango via another acquisition — the streaming service M-Go in 2016. Douglas had been SVP of content at M-Go. He transitioned with that service when it became FandangoNow.

He came with a wealth of experience in senior positions at top entertainment media companies, including DreamWorks, Paramount, Fox and Disney. He began his career in 1986 as manager of affiliate marketing and programming at Showtime Networks, and later held operations, product and merchandising posts at Musicland and Disney Stores.

Douglas began his involvement with home entertainment in 1993 when he joined Buena Vista Home Video, at the time Disney’s home video distribution arm, as senior sales analyst and, later, assistant marketing manager.

Today, Douglas also serves also serves as board chairman for trade group OTT.X.

Media Play News asked Douglas about the Vudu-FandangoNow merger, the growing popularity of digital rentals and purchases, and shifting release windows.

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MPN: How has Vudu grown over the years?

Douglas: Vudu was the first on-demand service to offer high-definition movies for sale way back in February 2009, and we continue to employ the latest digital video technology to this day, including 4K Ultra High-Definition, Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. Today we’re one of the largest transactional video-on-demand services, available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households with the industry’s widest selection of platforms and devices, including Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex, PlayStation, Xbox, TiVo, Oculus, and many others. We’ve enhanced and added unique-to-Vudu features, including disc-to-digital upgrades, mix and match bundles, Vudu lists, personalized parental controls, and gift cards.

MPN: What was Fandango’s strategy in combining Vudu and FandangoNow last year?

Douglas: Our top priority in unifying Vudu and FandangoNow under the Vudu brand was to ensure that there was little or no disruption to our customers and to create a bigger, better on-demand entertainment platform on Vudu. For customers that were primarily Vudu users before, their libraries remained intact, but their selection of available titles increased to more than 200,000 movies and TV shows to rent or buy, many of which are unavailable on subscription services. And for anyone who had previously purchased anything with FandangoNow, their movies and TV Shows were right there waiting for them when they transitioned to Vudu. Our teams were so thoughtful about the migration that even at the time of the cutover, our users that were in the middle of a rental period still got to finish their movie on Vudu!

MPN: How did the merge go?

Douglas: We received positive feedback from customers who went through the process. And those users with the biggest combined libraries were the first to migrate and were happy to see all their titles in one destination at Vudu.

MPN: What do consumers like about digital purchases?

Douglas: Vudu has been successful at finding that core audience who truly values ownership of digital content. On our own social channels, or elsewhere, Vudu fans routinely post images of their account when they hit big milestones, like 1,000 titles in their Library. I think people see the value of having the best personal digital library available, selected from a vast catalog of more than 200,000 selections, and completely customized to them — and not at the mercy of what may come on and off of subscription services. Plus, since early last year, Vudu has the added ability to allow users to view and organize their library any way they want, which was always one of the top Vudu feature requests.

MPN: What is the attraction of digital rental?

Douglas: Vudu is a movie fan’s dream come true. With Vudu, movie fans have their pick of a huge catalog of first-run new releases and all their favorite classics in one place, on-demand, whenever and wherever they want them, without having to worry about subscription fees and recurring charges. Whether you want to see the premium window of something that was just out in theaters like House of Gucci for a movie night at home, or just to remind yourself of how great a classic series like “Breaking Bad” or a beloved comedy like Caddyshack was, it’s all right there on Vudu.

MPN: What are some of the trends in consumer interest in premium digital rental and premium digital purchase?

Douglas: I think the last two years have allowed people to sort out and better understand their home viewing options, from premium VOD to subscription services to free, ad-supported content. Being at home gave everyone the time to set up their Roku’s, connected TVs and other devices to have everything ready-to-go. Early on during this time, it might have been overwhelming for consumers to easily find and access premium titles, but they now know that it’s easy to find them at Vudu once they hear about them.  

MPN: What are the studio trends in premium digital rental and premium digital purchase?

Douglas: Regardless of whether the title is being released traditionally or in the newer premium window, content is generally getting to the home faster now, and that’s good for Vudu and appealing to consumers. Studios continue to experiment with different “flavors” of windowing, trying to find that optimal balance between theatrical, transactional, pay, and downstream windows — as well as first-party service subscription goals, if they have their own streaming service. We think that experimentation will continue well into next year, and Vudu is ready to partner with studios as we all try to optimize for that ideal windowing model.

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Floats to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife floated to the top the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Feb. 6.

Newly available to rent, the title rose from No. 3 the previous week. It became available for digital purchase Jan. 4. The franchise reboot from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman is a sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies. It follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

Debuting at No. 2 on the chart was House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek and Al Pacino. From director Ridley Scott, the film is inspired by the true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. It became available for digital purchase Feb. 1.

Lionsgate’s Kurt Warner biopic American Underdog, which became available for digital purchase Feb. 4, entered the chart at No. 3. Based on the true story of the two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback, the film stars Zachary Levi and Anna Paquin.

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Rising to No. 4 from No. 6 on the chart the previous week was Warner Bros.’ Dune, based on the sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert and starring Timothee Chalamet. It is available for digital purchase and rental.

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 fell from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart. The Illumination film, which became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7, follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

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

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  2. House of Gucci
  3. American Underdog
  4. Dune
  5. Sing 2
  6. The Matrix Resurrections
  7. Clean
  8. The 355
  9. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  10. Clifford the Big Red Dog

DEG: Streaming Again Fuels Surge in Consumer Home Entertainment Spending in 2021

Consumer spending on home entertainment in 2021 rose nearly 8% from the prior year to a record $32.3 billion, fueled once again by a surge in subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), or streaming, according to estimates released Feb. 7 by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The trade group says consumer spending on streaming climbed 20% to an estimated $25.3 billion, or more than 78% of the total.  

Consumer spending in all other segments declined in 2021, after rising significantly in 2020 due to movie theater closures and stay-at-home orders triggered by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales were down 19.5% to an estimated $1.97 billion, from $2.45 billion in 2020. Disc rentals fell 21.2% to $822.7 million, from $1.04 billion the prior year.

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Digital transactional sales were off 19.2% to an estimated $2.42 billion, from nearly $3 billion in 2020, while digital transactional rentals slipped 23.8% to $1.77 billion, from $2.32 billion the year before.

The DEG cautions, however, that digital spending totals do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD) revenue. The trade group pegs PVOD revenue at about $525 million, not counting Disney+ Premier Access. (Media Play News stopped carrying the weekly Watched at Home chart because Disney does not provide revenue for disc and transactional digital titles that were initially released to home audiences at a premium VOD price.)

In the fourth quarter, the DEG reported, total consumer spending on home entertainment rose more than 11% to $8.6 billion, the highest growth rate of the year’s four quarters.

Streaming once again led the way, with spending up more than 19% to an estimated $6.64 billion.

Transactional spending fared significantly better in the fourth quarter than in any of the year’s previous three-month periods, with digital sales down less than 3% and rentals down 6.2%. The DEG notes that “purchases of TV product were particularly strong in Q4, rising to $258 million, an 11% increase above the same quarter in 2020, and 54% over the 2019 quarter.” Season four of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” was the top revenue generator of the year across all transactional formats, with the “Yellowstone” franchise bringing more than $61 million in fourth-quarter consumer spending.

Digital rentals of theatrical new releases through internet retailers such as Vudu, Google Play and Redbox On Demand in the fourth quarter rose about 3% from the same period in 2020, and 29% over spending in the pre-pandemic fourth quarter of 2019.

Physical media also did much better in the fourth quarter, with sales down just 14.2%. Consumer spending on 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs, the DEG reported, was up more than 6% in the quarter.

Top titles across both physical and digital transactional formats included The Croods: A New Age; F9: The Fast Saga; Free Guy; Godzilla vs Kong; Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection; Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard; Monster Hunter; No Time to Die; A Quiet Place Part II; Venom: Let There Be Carnage; Wonder Woman 1984; and all four seasons of “Yellowstone.”

‘Matrix Resurrections’ Rises to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ The Matrix Resurrections topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 30.

The fourth film in the “Matrix” franchise, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max, became available for premium digital purchase and rental Jan. 25. It follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003 and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines he thought he ended in the previous films, and whether his reality remains part of a computer simulation. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).

Universal Pictures’ animated sequel Sing 2 fell from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart. The Illumination film, which became available for premium digital rental Jan. 7, follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Dropping to No. 3 from No. 2 on the chart was Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which became available for digital purchase Jan. 4. The franchise relaunch from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman is a sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies. It follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

Landing at No. 4 was the latest James Bond flick No Time to Die, available for digital purchase and rental. The Universal/MGM film stars Daniel Craig in his last turn as the iconic spy.

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Debuting at No. 5 on the chart was The 355, a spy action thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong’o. It is available for premium digital rental.

Also new to the chart for the week was IFC Films’ Clean (No. 9), starring Adrian Brody. The suspense drama, which follows a garbage man who gets caught up with the local crime boss, is available for digital purchase and rental.

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

  1. The Matrix Resurrections
  2. Sing 2
  3. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  4. No Time to Die
  5. The 355
  6. Dune
  7. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  9. Clean
  10. Clifford: the Big Red Dog

Denzel Washington-Directed ‘A Journal for Jordan’ Available on PVOD

The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is available now via PVOD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film is also screening in theaters.

Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. 

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