Top 10 of 2020: The Biggest Home Entertainment News Stories

With the coronavirus pandemic raging, the big Hollywood movie studios made unprecedented changes in their film-release strategies in 2020, rushing top-tier titles into the home and boosting new and existing streaming services.

It truly was a year like no other.

Here are the top 10 home entertainment news stories of 2020 as chosen by the Media Play News editorial staff.

1. Blockbusters Enter the Stream: With movies theaters shuttered during the pandemic, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. took the unprecedented move to send top tier theatrical releases to their sister streaming services.

First, Walt Disney Studios offered the live-action blockbuster Mulan exclusively to Disney+ subscribers over the Labor Day weekend as a $29.99 add-on to unlock access to the movie months before its regular availability — marking Disney’s first-ever Premier Access (PVOD) release and a sea change in studio window strategy. The studio defended the decision — which was followed by sending Pixar Animation’s Soul to the Disney+ streaming service, this time at no additional cost, on Christmas — as a reality of the times. “We thought it was a really nice gesture to our subscribers during the holiday period to provide [Soul] as part of the service,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek. “I think what we’ve learned with Mulan is that there’s going to be a role for [PVOD] strategically with our portfolio of offerings.”

After debuting such top-tier titles as Roald Dahl’s The Witches on its new streaming service HBO Max, WarnerMedia in December shocked the industry by announcing that the streaming service would offer subscribers free access to all Warner Bros. theatrical releases through 2021 concurrently with their box office debut.  The new strategy rankled exhibitors and creators, while offering moviegoers an alternative to the cineplex during the pandemic. The studio bowed Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and in theaters Christmas day. Notably, WW84 posted the largest opening weekend domestic box office during the pandemic with $16.7 million — driven in part by 10,000 watch parties, or small groups renting out theaters for private screenings.

2. HBO Max Debuts: WarnerMedia in May launched its much-anticipated HBO Max subscription streaming service at $14.99 per month — the most-expensive SVOD platform on the market — with several glaring problems. The platform, which promised an ad-supported edition in 2021, bowed without consumer access via the Roku or Amazon Fire TV platforms (reportedly representing 70% of Internet access), which contributed to stalling the Max sub growth out of the gate. The fact that existing services HBO Go and HBO Now were also still available didn’t help matters, confusing consumers about what they were actually getting with an HBO Max subscription. (Both were mercifully laid to rest two months after HBO Max’s launch.) WarnerMedia eventually inked distribution deals with Roku and Amazon, helping it generate 38.6 million combined HBO/HBO Max subscribers through Sept. 30.

3. Peacock Launches: NBCUniversal April 15 launched its own streaming video platform, Peacock, the media giant’s first over-the-top video platform and an SVOD service with an ad-supported option. The company initially made the premium service available at no cost to Comcast’s X1 and Flex (Internet-only) customers before rolling it out nationally in July. It quickly generated 20 million subscribers. To boost the offering, NBCUniversal wrestled away exclusive streaming rights to the popular comedy series “The Office” from Netflix. The series, to begin streaming in a tiered plan on Peacock Jan. 1, 2021, had been a longtime draw for Netflix.

4. TVOD Has Its Moment: After it and other studios rushed titles to early digital release during the pandemic, Universal Pictures made the bold move to drop Trolls World Tour from its theatrical slate to distribute the animated sequel directly to consumers in April via premium VOD. The strategy generated $100 million in revenue in 28 days and helped revive the PVOD business model — and the transactional VOD business at large — as other studios soon joined suit by rushing titles to PVOD. Soon, titles that might have topped the box office were heading up the charts of such transactional services as Redbox On Demand, FandangoNow and Vudu.  The latter two TVOD services in April became sister services when NBCUniversal’s Fandango acquired the 10-year-old Vudu from Walmart.

“All the press is about SVOD and AVOD services, ad-supported or subscription, but transactional sort of quietly had a moment in 2020,” said Fandango VP of home entertainment Cameron Douglas during a November panel.

5. If You Can’t Beat ‘Em … : In a peace offering to theater chains, Universal Pictures inked pacts with AMC Theatres and Cinemark affording the studio early PVOD access for select theatrical releases in exchange for splitting the home entertainment revenue with exhibitors. Universal and subsidiary Focus Features picked up the right to offer consumers PVOD access to movies with less than $50 million in domestic opening weekend ticket sales. Under the pact, movies with a higher box office could be released on PVOD 31 days after their theatrical bow. As a result, Universal maintained a steady year-end theatrical slate, spearheaded by The Croods: A New Age, Freaky and News of the World, among other titles.

6. Hail to New Chiefs: In February, former Disney home entertainment head Bob Chapek was named CEO of The Walt Disney Co., with previous boss Bob Iger assuming executive chairman duties. Chapek, who most recently headed Disney’s Parks & Recreation unit, said he was well-suited directing Disney’s renewed focus on direct-to-consumer business.

In another big studio shift, ex-Hulu boss Jason Kilar became CEO of WarnerMedia in the spring and proceeded to announce layoffs — among them longtime executive Ron Sanders — and other shifts to refocus the studio on streaming.

Meanwhile, Netflix in July announced that 20-year veteran and chief creative officer Ted Sarandos would share co-CEO duties with co-founder/co-CEO Reed Hastings. The move appeared to signal a reduction in executive duties and possible retirement for Hastings, who quickly downplayed the shared corporate duties as a strategic maneuver. “Let me be really clear: I’m in for a [another] decade,” Hastings said.

7. Movie Theaters Face Existential Crisis: Movie theaters worldwide shuttered in mid-March due to the expanding coronavirus pandemic. The situation caused havoc for exhibitors, with the world’s largest, AMC Theatres, struggling to remain solvent and later opening some theaters with limited seating and strict safety protocols. Indeed, No. 2 exhibitor Regal Cinemas threw in the towel in the fall, remaining closed indefinitely. Meanwhile, studios shifted blockbuster movies online, a further blow to the exhibition business.

8. AVOD Marches on: Ad-supported VOD upped its growth trajectory with Pluto TV (owned by Viacom) and Tubi (acquired in March by Fox Corp.) expanding distribution worldwide — the latter with first-run Fox Entertainment programming such as “The Masked Singer,” among other programs. Redbox increased its digital presence, launching an ad-supported VOD platform called Redbox Free On Demand.

9. Catalog in the Spotlight: Catalog titles topped the charts on disc and digital as the new-release pipeline slowed due to the coronavirus. Studios polished catalog titles for 4K Ultra HD release, such as Paramount’s Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop, Sony’s six-film “Resident Evil” collection, and Warner’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. With the pandemic raging, resonating and topical titles such as Sony’s Groundhog Day and Warner’s Contagion caught on with consumers. “It’s uncanny how it kind of mimics what’s going on in the real world today,” Jim Wuthrich, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Games, said of Contagion.

10. Streaming Short Timer: It wasn’t all good news for digital delivery. Quibi, the $1.7 billion mobile device-centric, short form-content video streaming service, announced just six months after starting operations that it was shuttering. Launched by DreamWorks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and eBay founder Meg Whitman, in the end Quibi reportedly had fewer than 1 million subscribers willing to pay $4.99 monthly for ad-supported content no longer than 10 minutes.

Top 10 of 2020: The Best-Selling Disc Releases

Consumers stuck at home due to coronavirus pandemic quarantines gave home entertainment a boost as a valuable tool to pass the time. While digital delivery was the main beneficiary, physical media got a brief boost as well as a result of impulse buys and deep discount bins providing quick and easy entertainment for bored shoppers.

However, as studios began delaying their blockbuster releases and new-release options began to dwindle over the summer, the list of the year’s top-selling movies on disc became dominated by movies from 2019 released in the first few months of 2020.

For those titles that did get a release as 2020 rolled on, the general move toward digital delivery made it less likely physical media sales of those titles could match the tallies of the year’s early successes. The pandemic further limited options for shoppers wanting physical media by restricting store access and hampering production and distribution channels. The number of replication facilities already being down to a minimum due to the years-long decline of the disc market meant initial runs of discs couldn’t be mass-produced in the same numbers they had before.

Seven of the year’s top 10 titles have been on the list since April. Eight have been on the list since May. And the top four titles have been the same since March, and in the same order since April.

Here are the top selling movies in terms of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales as reported by NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. (Updated Jan. 12, 2021)

1. Frozen II (Disney) — The 2013 original Frozen had been the highest-grossing non-photorealistic animated film of all time until the sequel topped it with $1.45 billion worldwide as 2019 came to a close. And with the first film among the most successful DVD and Blu-ray sellers of the past decade, the sales success of Frozen II came as no surprise, and it has pretty much been the year’s top seller since it hit shelves Feb. 25. It spent three weeks at No. 1 from February into March, making it the top seller for both months. And it had enough to secure the year’s top spot before it became available on streaming service Disney+ March 15, the studio offering it to subscribers months ahead of schedule as a result of the pandemic.

2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm) — The ninth and supposedly final episode of the “Skywalker” saga earned $515 million at the domestic box office, the lowest of Disney’s three sequels George Lucas’ classic “Star Wars” films. The March 31 disc release of Rise of Skywalker arrived just as pandemic lockdowns were taking hold. That and tepid fan response to the sequel trilogy in general likely prevented consumers from buying it in the types of droves the original and prequel films received upon their home video releases. As with Frozen II, most of its top 10 sales strength came from its initial release, as it hasn’t been among the top titles shoppers were picking up later in the year. It still managed to top weekly sales for three weeks in April, and was the top seller overall for that month.

3. Joker (Warner) — The controversial comic book adaptation based on the famed Batman villain kicked off the year as the top seller for the month of January after earning $335 million from U.S. theaters and more than $1 billion worldwide. On the weekly chart, however, it was No. 1 only for the week after its Jan. 7 disc debut, and again 10 months later when it led Thanksgiving week disc sales.

4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures) — The third “Jumanji” movie didn’t quite match the levels of its 2017 predecessor, but at $320 million domestically was still a massive hit, and has been a consistent staple of the home entertainment top 20 since its March 17 disc release.

5. 1917 (Universal) — Director Sam Mendes’ artfully crafted and very personal tale of a pair of couriers trying to prevent a hopeless battle during World War I picked up a number of Oscars prior to its March 24 disc debut, and has been one of the more popular discs as the pandemic continued, particularly resonating during the weeks of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

6. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks) — DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to 2016’s Trolls was the first big hit of the pandemic era, as it mostly eschewed theaters in favor of a premium VOD strategy that reportedly earned it more than $100 million. After it arrived on DVD and Blu-ray July 7, it was the top seller for the month of July, and has spent a combined four weeks at No. 1 — two weeks in mid-July and two at the end of August, when it danced into the yearly top 10. It is thus far the only disc release of a post-pandemic theatrical or VOD title to climb into the top 10.

7. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount) — Released on disc May 19 after a better-than-expected $146 million domestic box office haul, Sonic would seem to have been the right disc at the right time as the highest-profile theatrical-to-disc amid a pandemic drought. It spent six consecutive weeks as the weekly No. 1 seller, the most since the original Frozen spent eight weeks at No. 1 in 2014. That made Sonic the top seller in June, but wasn’t enough to give it a spot in the top 10 sellers of the year just yet, a sign of how much the pandemic tilted sellthrough to the digital side of things. In fact, it wouldn’t be until November until it took its place among the year’s top 10 disc sellers, after getting an end-of-year boost when Paramount re-released it as a limited-edition Blu-ray with pack-in character poster cards.

8. Midway (Lionsgate, 2019) — As with 1917, director Roland Emmerich’s film about U.S. Naval campaigns in World War II from Pearl Harbor to mid-1942 likely benefited from the audience’s appreciation of the military as the pandemic raged on. The film, released on disc Feb. 18, hadn’t been much of a box office performer at the end of 2020, earning just $56.8 million domestically and $126.7 million worldwide against a reported $100 million budget.

9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney) — The sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, continuing the story of the Sleeping Beauty villain as played by Angelina Jolie, earned $113.9 million domestically in its late-2019 theatrical run. It has been sliding down the top 10 disc sellers list since its Jan. 14 DVD and Blu-ray debut, ending January as the No. 2 title behind Joker. But it hasn’t gotten the same holiday sales season bump as Joker and some of the other titles on the list that have maintained their spots or moved up.

10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures) — The third “Bad Boys” film, coming 17 years after the second, was a big box office hit, earning $206 million domestically after bowing in theaters in January, which thanks to the pandemic held up as the top domestic grosser of the year. So it’s hardly a surprise that it would be a top seller on disc as well, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray during the early stages of the pandemic April 21.

Top 10 of 2020: The Biggest Theatrical Releases

Media Play News this week will publish a daily “top 10” to carry us through what is traditionally the slowest week of the year for home entertainment news stories. We begin with the top 10 theatrical releases of 2020, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Not surprisingly, the top 10 movies of 2020, ranked by domestic box office earnings, most were released prior to the March 11 declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a global coronavirus pandemic.

We are only including movies that opened this year, not carryovers from 2019.

No. 1: Bad Boys for Life, $206,305,244: The third “Bad Boys” film, from Sony Pictures, opened in theaters on Jan. 17 and was released digitally 74 days later, on March 31, due to the mid-March closure of theaters. At the time, its early digital release set a record for the shortest theatrical-to-home window. The movie — starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence — debuted April 21 on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. It is a sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II.

No. 2: Sonic the Hedgehog, $148,974,665: Based on the popular video game franchise, this Paramount Pictures release debuted in theaters on Feb. 14 and, like Bad Boys for Life, was given an early digital release, becoming available for digital purchase on March 31. The film was subsequently released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, and DVD, and for rental on demand, on May 19. The film wound up topping the weekly disc sales charts for six consecutive weeks and the “Watched at Home” chart for four weeks.

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No. 3: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, $84,158,461: This DC Comics superhero film, a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, was released theatrically by Warner Bros. on Feb. 7 and made available for digital purchase, at a premium price, on March 24.  Two weeks later the film could be rented, at a regular price, through digital retailers. It wasn’t until May 12 that Birds of Prey was issued on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD, but the film still managed to find its way to the top of both the disc rental sales and rental charts.

No. 4: Dolittle, $77,047,065: This Universal Pictures comedy made its big-screen debut Jan. 17 and already had home release dates locked in when the pandemic was declared. The film, a reboot of the original 1967 Doctor  Dolittle, was released through digital retailers on March 24 and arrived on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 7. Robert Downey Jr. plays Dr. Dolittle, a man who can talk to animals. The cast also includes the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, John Cena and Tom Holland, among others.

No. 5: The Invisible Man, $70,410,000: This Universal Pictures release has just opened theatrically Feb. 28 when the WHO declared a global COVID-19 pandemic two weeks later. Movie theaters closed March 16 and Universal that same day announced it would immediately release its current theatrical slate into home entertainment distribution channels. The Jason Blum-produced thriller, a reimagining of  was initially released at a premium rental rate of $19.99. It was subsequently made available for purchase or rental through digital retailers, at regular prices, on May 12, and two weeks later was issued on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The film is a reimagining of the 1897 H.G. Wells novel and follows a woman (Elisabeth Moss) who thinks she is being stalked by her abusive lover even after his apparent suicide.

No. 6: The Call of the Wild, $62,342,368: The adventure film was released theatrically in the United States on Feb. 21 by 20th Century Studios. It was given an early digital release on March 27 by 20th Century Studios owner the Walt Disney Co. and issued on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 12. Based on Jack London’s novel of the same name, it stars Harrison Ford. Set during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, the film follows a dog named Buck as he is stolen from his home in California and sent to the Yukon, where he befriends an old outdoorsman and begins a life-altering adventure.

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No. 7: Onward, $61,555,145: This computer-animated fantasy film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on March 6, five days before the WHO declared a global coronavirus pandemic. On March 20 Disney announced the film’s immediate availability for digital purchase at a premium price, and further said it would make the film available through its Disney+ streaming service on April 3. The film was finally issued on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 19. Onward, featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, follows two elf brothers who set out on a quest to find an artifact that will temporarily bring back their dead father.

No. 8: Tenet, $57,929,000: The only film released during the pandemic period to crack the top 10, the latest mind-bending thriller from director Christopher Nolan hit theaters Sept. 3 after being delayed from July. Nolan and Warner Bros. had hoped the film would re-ignite the box office as the pandemic was winding down, but it didn’t happen. With audiences still too wary about the coronavirus to flock to theaters, it debuted with only about $10 million in the U.S., well below its pre-pandemic expectations (it marked Nolan’s lowest domestic opening since his breakout indie hit Memento nearly 20 years ago, and his lowest domestic gross since 2006’s The Prestige. Nolan’s previous film, 2018’s Dunkirk, opened to $50.5 million en route to $189.7 million domestically. The convoluted story didn’t help matters either, involving secret agents moving forwards and backwards in time trying to either start or prevent World War III. Despite a global haul of $362 million, Warner reportedly lost $100 million on the release, which likely prompted the studio to announce its controversial strategy of releasing its film slate through 2021 simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service, a move that Nolan slammed.

No. 9: The Croods: A New Age, $36,725,650: The Universal Pictures sequel opened theatrically Nov. 25 and became available to home audiences on Dec. 17, at a PVOD rental price of $19.99. The computer-animated film, directed by newcomer  Joel Crawford, features returning voice actors Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman, with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.

No. 10: The Gentleman, $36,471,795: This British-American action comedy film was written, directed and produced by Guy Ritchie. The film — with an ensemble cast includein Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant — follows an American marijuana kingpin in England who is looking to sell his business, setting off a chain of blackmail and schemes to undermine him. The Gentlemen was released theatrically in the United States on Jan. 24 by STXfilms. It was originally slated for digital release on April 7, but the date was moved up to March 24 due to the pandemic. The film was issued as scheduled on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 21.

This list was updated on Jan. 10, 2021.

‘Freaky’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Universal Pictures’ horror comedy Freaky topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Dec. 6.

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

Available as a premium rental, the film, starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, follows 17-year-old Millie Kessler who spends her days trying to survive high school and the cruel actions of the popular crowd. When she becomes the latest target of the Butcher, the town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries.

The drama Let Him Go, also available as a premium rental, fell from No. 1 the previous week to No. 2 on both charts. It stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Taking the bronze (falling from No. 2) on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available for digital purchase. The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart was Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as a frustrated Santa Claus who is targeted by a rich kid who received a lump of coal for his selfishness. The kid hires an assassin to kill Santa.

With the holidays approaching, classics Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation landed among the top 10.

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

  1. Freaky
  2. Let Him Go
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Buddy Games
  5. The New Mutants
  6. Elf
  7. Fatman
  8. The Iron Mask
  9. Unhinged
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

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

  1. Freaky
  2. Let Him Go
  3. Fatman
  4. Buddy Games
  5. The New Mutants
  6. Unhinged
  7. Wander
  8. Come Play
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Elf

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Ratched’ Tops Weekly Streaming Video Chart

Netflix remains almost uncontested when it comes to popularity of streaming video programming, according to Nielsen. The ratings firm Oct. 15 said the SVOD behemoth again dominated its weekly Top 10 chart, grabbing nine of 10 spots. It’s a trend Netflix has replicated weekly since Nielsen launched the chart in September.

For the period of Sept. 14 to 20, Netflix original series “Ratched,” starring Sarah Paulson, generated 972 million minutes of viewing consumption over eight episodes. The series edged out the previous week’s winner, “Cobra Kai,” which had 964 million minutes over 20 episodes. Filling out the podium were reruns of “The Office,” which tracked 902 million minutes over 192 episodes.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” was the only non-Netflix delivered show in the Nielsen chart, at fifth place.

Nielsen SVOD content ratings track Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix via its proprietary Nielsen National TV Panel and domestic television viewing.

Rank Service Series Episodes Minutes Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix “Ratched” 8 972
2 Netflix “Cobra Kai” 20 964
3 Netflix “The Office” 192 902
4 Netflix “Lucifer” 75 869
5 Amazon “The Boys” 13 743
6 Netflix “Away” (2020) 10 729
7 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 361 685
8 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 277 625
9 Netflix “NCIS” 353 553
10 Netflix “Shameless” 121 534

‘Mulan’ Tops FandangoNow, Vudu Charts

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Oct. 11.

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

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+.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain. The film, which became available for TVOD Sept. 25, follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! took the bronze on the Vudu chart, while other family-friendly Halloween titles Hocus Pocus (No. 6) and Beetlejuice (No. 10) also landed among the Vudu top 10.

Taking the silver on the FandangoNow chart was Trump Card, an anti-socialism documentary from conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Ava
  3. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  4. Trump Card
  5. 2067
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. Antebellum
  8. Alone
  9. The King of Staten Island
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Trump Card
  3. Ava
  4. Antebellum
  5. Cut Throat City
  6. An Imperfect Murder
  7. The Doorman
  8. The Wolf of Snow Hollow
  9. Save Yourselves!
  10. Bill and Ted Face the Music

‘Ava,’ ‘Antebellum’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Ava topped the Vudu chart while the premium VOD release Antebellum again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Oct. 4.

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

Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality. It fell from No. 1 to No. 2 on the Vudu chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was the Magnolia Pictures thriller Alone, about a killer who hunts a widow in the wilderness after she escapes from his remote cabin.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ava
  2. Antebellum
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. 2067
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. Mama

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Alone
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Then Came You
  6. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  7. Welcome to Sudden Death
  8. Death of Me
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. The King of Staten Island

‘Antebellum’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum again topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 27.

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

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us — Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality.

Taking the silver on both charts was Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, which became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows Ava, a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and came in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. The Secret Garden
  7. The Tax Collector
  8. The King of Staten Island
  9. Superman: Man of Tomorrow
  10. The Owners

 

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Alone
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The King of Staten Island
  8. Blackbird
  9. Beckman
  10. No Escape

‘Antebellum’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 20.

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

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped on a 19th century slave plantation.

Another Lionsgate title, The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the Vudu chart and the silver on the FandangoNow chart after remaining at No. 1 on both for three consecutive weeks.

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite
  5. Alone
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Owners
  10. The Silencing

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Alone
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Fatima
  8. Blackbird
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Grizzlies

‘Bill & Ted’ Continues Adventure Atop Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a third consecutive week in the week ended Sept. 13.

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

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it.

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, again landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart, but fell from No. 5 to No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, it stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

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Fatima, available via premium VOD, again landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 9 from No. 8 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” remained at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart and at No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart for the week.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, again took the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart for the week. In the film, Ryan Phillippe plays a secret service agent on his way to pick up his estranged son from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist operation.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. Guest House
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The Owners
  8. The Silencing
  9. Irresistible
  10. Critical Thinking

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. The Silencing
  6. The Owners
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Rogue
  9. Fatima
  10. Trolls World Tour