Marvel’s ‘Morbius’ Tops the Weekly Vudu Chart

The Marvel Comics-based Morbius topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended May 22.

The film, newly available for digital purchase May 17 and distributed by Sony Pictures, stars Jared Leto as the enigmatic superhero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a cure that unleashes a darkness inside him.

Remaining at No. 2 was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for premium digital purchase and rental. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Staying at No. 3 was Focus Features’ The Northman, an action epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman and Anya Taylor-Joy, the film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Remaining at No. 4 was Sony Pictures’ Uncharted, available for digital purchase and rental. The action adventure follows street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland), who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunger Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

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Dropping from the top spot to No. 5 was the action-adventure The Lost City, which became available for digital purchase May 10. The film, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, follows a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model who gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Morbius
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. The Northman
  4. Uncharted
  5. The Lost City
  6. Dog
  7. Ambulance
  8. Memory
  9. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  10. Moonfall

Romantic Drama ‘Mothering Sunday’ Bowing on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28

The romantic drama Mothering Sunday will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, on a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the 2021 Toronto Film Festival and the 2021 London Film Festival.

Action Film ‘Uncharted’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Uncharted again topped the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended May 8.

Available for digital purchase, the action adventure stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. Holland plays street-smart thief Nathan Drake, who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunger Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.

Remaining at No. 2 was Universal Pictures’ Michael Bay action thriller Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the film follows a veteran desperate for money who turns to his adoptive brother, a career criminal, who plans a heist.

Rising from No. 5 to No. 3 on the chart was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase rental, the film follows a space crew attempting to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Spider-Man: No Way Home rose to No. 4 from No. 6 on the chart, perhaps because another Marvel film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is hitting theaters. No Way Home 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.

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Warner Bros.’ The Batman dropped from the No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart. The DC Comics-based superhero actioner, which debuted for premium digital rental and purchase April 18, stars Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, who after more than a year of stalking the streets and striking fear into the hearts of criminals, dives deep into the shadows of Gotham City. 

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

  1. Uncharted
  2. Ambulance
  3. Moonfall
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  5. The Batman
  6. Dog
  7. Blacklight
  8. X
  9. Sing 2
  10. The Contractor

‘Morbius’ Headed to Digital May 17, Disc June 14

The Marvel Comics-based action film Morbius will be released on digital May 17 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, Oscar winner Jared Leto plays the enigmatic antihero Michael Morbius, who is dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder. Determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleashed.

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Extras on digital, 4K and Blu-ray include outtakes and bloopers, five featurettes, and nocturnal Easter Eggs. Extras on DVD include two featurettes.

Music Doc ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ Available for Digital Rental and Purchase

The music documentary Oasis Knebworth 1996 is available for digital rental and purchase from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Grammy Award-nominee Jake Scott, Oasis Knebworth 1996 celebrates the relationship between Oasis and their fans that made the largest concert of the ’90s possible. It is a story told entirely in the moment through the eyes of the fans who were there, built around extensive and never-before-seen archive concert and backstage footage from the event, with additional interviews with the band and concert organizers.
 
The band’s two record-breaking nights at Knebworth took place August 10-11, 1996, with more than a quarter of a million young music fans from all over the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire. 

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Featuring a setlist including “Columbia,” “Acquiesce,” “Champagne Supernova,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” “Live Forever,” the orchestra backed “I Am The Walrus” and “Wonderwall,” the Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and the landmark gathering for a generation.

Finnish Drama ‘Compartment No. 6’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7

The Finnish romance drama Compartment No. 6 will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prix award for director Juho Kuosmanen), 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and 2021 Zurich Film Festival.

Vizio Adds Disney, Sony, Warner On-Demand Movies, TV Shows

Vizio April 20 announced it has expanded its slate of free, on-demand entertainment available on WatchFree+ to include TV shows and movies from more than 17 studios.

The ad-supported free streaming service now offers Vizio TV owners more than 5,000 titles, including from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (Need for Speed); Sony Pictures (Death at a Funeral and Guess Who); and Warner Bros. (Gossip, Pay it Forward, Knockaround Guys and “Veronica Mars” (2014)).

“We are excited to broaden our content offering, which now also includes a selection of Warner Bros. titles … for our users to enjoy for free,” Katherine Pond, VP of Business Development at Vizio, said in a statement. “Following the addition of ad-supported on demand content last November, the team has expanded the entertainment options at an accelerated pace to provide consumers with access to a massive free library of content that they can enjoy as a part of owning a Vizio TV.”

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Programming is available across genres including action, romance, comedy, family entertainment, crime and more — giving Vizio users content to watch and enjoy anytime and providing access to new audiences for advertisers and agencies.

Sony Pictures’ ‘Morbius’ Generates $39 Million North American Opening Weekend Box Office

Sony Pictures’ new Marvel antihero movie Morbius generated an estimated $39 million in revenue across more than 4,200 North American screens through April 3. The vampire-themed Jared Leto-starrer saw $84 million in projected global ticket sales.

While the numbers exceed Sony’s cautious $33 million projection, the ongoing box office potential for Morbius remains uncertain due to the film’s weak ratings (17% positive Rotten Tomatoes score) and upcoming strong April theatrical release slate featuring Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Universal Pictures’ crime actioner Ambulance, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, and Lionsgate’s action comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

Regardless, the numbers for Morbius are uncharacteristically low for a Marvel movie.

The opening weekend tally also failed to match Sony’s previous antihero comic book movie Venom, which opened to $80 million in pre-pandemic 2018 starring Tom Hardy. The 2021 sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, generated a $90 million box office opening weekend.

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Meanwhile, the Sandra Bullock/Channing Tatum romantic comedy, The Lost City (Paramount) added $14.8 million in second-weekend ticket sales to bring the movie’s 10-day North American box office tally above $54 million ($62 million globally).

Sony Looks to Reclaim Box Office Supremacy With ‘Morbius’ Debut

Sony Pictures’ decision to shelve tentpole movies until theaters re-opened to full capacity from the pandemic has redoubled moviegoer interest for theatrical releases such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Spider-Man: No Way Home and, most recently, Uncharted.

Now, the studio is debuting a new comic book anti-hero Marvel character in Morbius, starring Jared Leto as a biochemist who inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism.

The movie is projected to generate upwards of $33 million in ticket sales across 4,000 North American screens, which should unseat Paramount Pictures’ box office chart topper for the past two weekends: The Lost City. The latter, co-starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, is expected to see another $16 million in ticket sales, which could extend the movie’s domestic haul near $56 million.

Morbius is off to a strong start, generating $5.7 million in Thursday screenings.

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Separately, Paramount is bowing The Contractor, starring Chris Pine, in limited release. The movie was acquired from STX Entertainment.

Other weekend returnees include The Batman, the Warner Bros. Pictures’ reboot that should realize another $11.5 million in ticket sales to bring its North American total above $350 million; and Uncharted with $3.3 million and $138.7 million overall.

Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ Top New Show, Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in April

Hulu’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Russian Doll” was the most anticipated returning show, and Sony Pictures’ Morbius was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for April.

Starring Andrew Garfield, “Under the Banner of Heaven” starts streaming on Hulu April 28. The limited series, inspired by the true-crime bestseller, follows the events that led to the 1984 murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in a suburb in Salt Lake Valley, Utah.

The second season of “Russian Doll” starts streaming on Netflix April 20. The series follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a woman caught in a time loop in which she dies repeatedly.

Morbius, debuting in theaters April 1, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It stars Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, who becomes a vampire after he cures himself of a rare disease.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for April:

  1. “Under the Banner of Heaven” (Hulu) — April 28
  2. “The First Lady” (Showtime) — April 17
  3. “Slow Horses” (Apple TV+) — April 1
  4. “The Offer” (Paramount+) — April 28
  5. “Tokyo Vice” (HBO Max) — April 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for April:

  1. “Russian Doll” (Netflix) — April 20
  2. “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max) — April 21
  3. “Barry” (HBO) — April 24
  4. “Better Call Saul” (AMC) — April 18
  5. “Undone” (Prime Video) — April 29

 

Most Anticipated Movies for April:

  1. Morbius — April 1
  2. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — April 15
  3. Ambulance — April 8
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — April 8
  5. The Northman — April 22
  6. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent — April 22
  7. The Bad Guys — April 22
  8. The Contractor — April 1
  9. The Bubble — April 1
  10. All the Old Knives — April 8