‘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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‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Conjures Up Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife conjured up the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 9.

The franchise reboot from director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman became available for digital purchase Jan. 4. A sequel to the two 1980s “Ghostbusters” movies, the film follows a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather, an original Ghostbuster, left behind.

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

Landing at No. 3 was the Marvel Comics-based sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, available for digital purchase and rental. It stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

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King Richard, with new Golden Globe Best Actor winner Will Smith — available for premium rental and purchase Jan. 4 — landed at No. 7 on the chart, while the horror film Antlers, newly available to rent, landed at No. 8.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 9, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  2. Sing 2
  3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  4. No Time to Die
  5. The Last Duel
  6. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  7. King Richard
  8. Antlers
  9. Yellowstone: Season 4
  10. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

‘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.”

‘Venom’ Sequel Regains Top Spot on Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage regained the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 2.

The Marvel Comics-based sequel, available for digital purchase and rental, stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage. The film rose from No. 2 on the chart the previous week.

Taking the silver on the chart was MGM’s latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which rose from No. 3 the previous week. Available for digital rental and purchase, it’s the last Bond film with Daniel Craig in the lead role.

Landing at No. 3 was last week’s chart topper, Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The sci-fi horror actioner, available for premium digital rental, returns to the origins of the franchise in Raccoon City.

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With the recent release of the latest “Spider-Man” film in theaters, Spider-Man: No Way Home, 2019’s Spider-Man Far from Home and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man (starring Andrew Garfield) jumped to No. 9 and No. 14 on the chart.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. Jan. 2, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. No Time to Die
  3. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  4. Encanto
  5. Dune
  6. Free Guy
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  8. The Last Duel
  9. Spider-Man: Far from Home
  10. Yellowstone: Season 4

Latest ‘Resident Evil’ Film Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City took the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 26.

The sci-fi horror actioner, available for premium digital rental, returns to the origins of the franchise in Raccoon City.

Dropping to No. 2 from the top spot was Sony’s Marvel Comics-based sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, available for digital purchase and rental. It stars Tom Hardy as journalist Eddie Brock, who interviews a serial killer (Woody Harrelson) who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Taking the bronze on the chart was MGM’s latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which rose from No. 4 the previous week. Available for digital rental and purchase, it’s the last Bond film with Daniel Craig in the lead role.

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Meanwhile, holiday films continued to appear on the Vudu chart the week of Christmas. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 4, and Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 7.

New to the chart were Disney’s animated musical Encanto — available for digital purchase (and also available free to stream for Disney+ subscribers) — and the horror-suspense thriller Antlers — also available for digital purchase — at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 26, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
  2. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  3. No Time to Die
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  5. Encanto
  6. Antlers
  7. The Grinch
  8. Clifford the Big Red Dog
  9. Free Guy
  10. Elf

Thriller ‘Arctic Void’ Available Via PVOD Jan. 14 From Level 33

The sci-fi thriller Arctic Void will be released in theaters and via premium VOD Jan. 14 from Level 33 Entertainment.

It’s the story of childhood friends, Ray Marsh and Alan Meursault, who are on a tourist ship in the Arctic to make an episode of their modestly popular travel and nature show “Vagabond.” Their regular cameraman fails to get a visa, so they’re joined by local hire and expat Sean Tibbets. What starts as a once in a lifetime day cruise quickly descends into madness as all but the three of them vanish from the boat.

The film stars Michael Weaver, Tim Griffin and Justin Huen.

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‘Venom’ Sequel Again Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage again led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Dec. 5.

The Marvel Comics-based superhero film, which arrived Nov. 23 for digital purchase, stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson. In the sequel, Eddie Brock (Hardy) interviews serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage.

Coming in at No. 2 was the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures feature Dune: Part One, which arrived for premium digital ownership and rental Dec. 3 after its theatrical and HBO Max debut. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalBlade Runner 2049), the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, is based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, based on the true story about France’s last sanctioned duel. The film, from Disney-owned 20th Century Studios, stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck and became available for digital ownership Nov. 30.

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Holiday films continued to populate the chart. The 2000 live-action film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, came in at No. 4; Illumination’s 2018 animated The Grinch, with the title character voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, landed at No. 7; and Elf, starring Will Ferrell, landed at No. 9. 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 5, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  2. Dune
  3. The Last Duel
  4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  6. No Time to Die
  7. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  8. Free Guy
  9. Elf
  10. Yellowstone: Season 4