‘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

‘Let Him Go’ Leads Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Let Him Go topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 29.

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

The drama, available as a premium rental, 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 silver 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.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was the action-adventure The New Mutants, which is based on the Marvel comics. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

The Josh Duhamel comedy Buddy Games took the silver on the FandangoNow chart. It follows six lifelong friends who have a five-year falling out. Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather,” reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, a competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. The title also stars Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”).

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.

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

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

 

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

  1. Let Him Go
  2. Buddy Games
  3. Fatman
  4. The New Mutants
  5. Come Play
  6. Unhinged
  7. Mulan
  8. The Informer
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Iron Mask

Vudu, FandangoNow Launch Thanksgiving Week, Cyber Monday Sale

Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Vudu and FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional on-demand streaming services, are offering a sale on more than 175 movie bundle deals and more than 1,000 recent hits and classics.

Films are priced as low as $5, along with 25% off savings on classic series collections such as the complete “Harry Potter” franchise and TV series such as “Friends” and “Supernatural.” All are available on sale through Nov. 30.

Consumers who purchase any bundle on Vudu or FandangoNow during Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale can earn a $2 promo code per bundle to use toward any titles in the month of December. Promo codes earned from the Bonus Bundle offer will be automatically added to accounts on or around Dec. 5, 2020.

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Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale encompasses:

  • More than 175 movie bundles, featuring complete film collections of popular franchises, available for 25% off, including the “Harry Potter” eight-film collection, “Twilight: The Complete Saga,” the “Jurassic Park” five-film collection and “The Dark Knight” trilogy;
  • More than 120 new movies available to own for $9.99 each, including Trolls World Tour, Antebellum, Birds of Prey and After We Collided;
  • More than 200 titles available to own for $7.99 each, including Knives Out, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jaws and The Wolf of Wall Street;
  • More than 240 titles available to own for $6.99 each, including Hot Tub Time Machine, Legally Blonde, Man of Steel, Capone and Jexi;
  • More than 350 movies available to own for $5 each, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catch Me If You Can, Reservoir Dogs and Gemini Man;
  • Many TV seasons available to own for under $10 each, including “The Walking Dead,” “Friends,” “Supernatural,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Below Deck Mediterranean,” “Ray Donovan” and “The Wire.”

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“We’re thrilled to launch our biggest home entertainment sale ever, as Thanksgiving week makes for a great time to stock up on classics and contemporary favorites for the holidays,” Fandango EVP and chief commercial officer Kevin Shepela, said in a statement. “FandangoNow and Vudu will continue to host new offers throughout the week to help fans find holiday viewing deals with our comprehensive collection of movies and TV shows in 4K UHD.”

‘New Mutants’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The New Mutants topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 22.

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

The action-adventure, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 17, is based on the Marvel comic book. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the silver on both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was the horror thriller Come Play, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 20. In the film, Parents fight to save their son when a mysterious creature uses his electronic devices to break into our world.

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

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. Mulan
  5. The Informer
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Love and Monsters
  8. Jiu Jitsu
  9. Chick Fight
  10. Elf

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. The Informer
  5. Mulan
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Chick Fight
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. Jiu Jitsu
  10. Dreamland

Mill Creek’s MovieSpree TVOD Service Featuring Titles for the Holidays

The transaction-based streaming service movieSpree is featuring a lineup of holiday features, new and old.

In The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland, sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles happen with a little love, family and faith. The cast for this Dove-approved feature includes Jenn Gotzon, Jim E. Chandler, Corbin Bersen, John Schneider, Robert Amaya, Natasha Bure and radio superstar Delilah.

Angela’s Christmas is an animated short based on the children’s book Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes). The story from the Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films focuses on the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time. The title features the voices of Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (2016, Best Actress, Loving), Lucy O’Connell (Song of the Sea) and Brian Gleeson with writer and director Damien O’Connor (TV’s “Doc McStuffins”). The title was nominated for three Emmy Awards.

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Unlikely Angel stars country music legend Dolly Parton as the hard-living barroom singer Ruby Diamond, who dies in a car accident and meets St. Peter (Roddy McDowall) at the gates of heaven. The angel informs her that she must return to Earth to perform a selfless deed in order to gain admittance. Disguising herself as a nanny, Ruby soon edges her way into the joyless family life of workaholic widower Ben Bartilson (Brian Kerwin) and his children Sarah (Allison Mack) and Matthew (Eli Marienthal), hoping to both heal the grief-stricken family and earn her heavenly wings in time for Christmas. Unlikely Angel is punctuated by Dolly’s musical numbers.

Those who set up a free movieSpree account get an added bonus of the chance to redeem a curated assortment of 100 films to add to their accounts free of charge. The service’s app is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices.

Vudu, FandangoNow Offering Discounts on Pixar Titles for ‘Toy Story’ 25th

To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the animated classic Toy Story, Fandango is offering 50% off pricing on more than 20 of Disney and Pixar’s movies through its transactional VOD services Vudu and FandangoNow.

The offer, good through Nov. 22, includes the following films in 4K Ultra HD at $9.99 each: Toy Story 4Toy Story 3Toy Story 2Toy StoryFinding NemoFinding DoryThe IncrediblesThe Incredibles 2CocoInside OutMonsters Inc.Monsters UniversityRatatouilleWALL*EUpBraveCarsCars 2Cars 3A Bug’s Life and The Good Dinosaur.

Movie bundles include the Toy Story four-movie collection at $34.99; the The Incredibles two-movie collection at $19.99; the Finding Nemo two-movie collection at $19.99; and the Cars three-movie collection at $29.99.

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“With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to expand your movie library and pick up some of your all-time favorite films,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “My family loves collecting classics like The Incredibles and Toy Story so we can watch them over and over again, and this week’s sale gives fans a chance to grab some favorites to enjoy during the holidays.”

Toy Story, released theatrically in 1995, was the first feature film from Pixar. It marked the directorial debut of John Lasseter and was the first fully computer-animated feature film. The film holds a rare 100% approval from Rotten Tomatoes, the review-aggregation website for film and television shows.

Toy Story earned three Academy Award nominations (Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and Best Original Score) and won a Special Achievement Academy Award. In 2005, its first year of eligibility, it was inducted into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

‘The Informer’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Informer again topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 15.

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

The crime thriller, available on PVOD beginning Nov. 6, stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Common. It follows an informant for the FBI working to help dismantle the Polish mafia’s drug trade in New York. When the operation goes wrong, he is coerced into returning to prison to take down the cartel from the inside.

The live-action remake of the Disney animated classic Mulan, available for digital purchase, came in at No. 2 on both charts.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD. 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. It came in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. The title landed at No. 5 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 15, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Mulan
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Unhinged
  6. Spell
  7. The Craft: Legacy
  8. After We Collided
  9. Chick Fight
  10. Antebellum

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 15, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Mulan
  3. Unhinged
  4. Love and Monsters
  5. Chick Fight
  6. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  7. Spell
  8. The Craft: Legacy
  9. Echo Boomers
  10. Come Away

Vudu Service Launches on PlayStation 5

Vudu, the transactional video-on-demand service owned by Fandango, is available on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s next-generation PlayStation 5 game console at launch Nov. 12, the company announced.

Vudu, which was already available on the PS4, offers more than 150,000 movies and TV shows, including thousands of titles in 4K.

“As longtime fans know, PlayStation consoles are not just for playing games; they’re one of the most widely-used media hubs and a popular way to stream entertainment content at home,” read a Fandango press release. “With Vudu on PS5, fans can watch more movies and TV shows from the comfort of their home with no subscription required.”

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“Vudu is focused on delivering fans the latest new-elease and premium event titles, as well as our comprehensive catalog of movies and TV shows, and we’re thrilled to offer all of that content on PS5 at launch,” says Kevin Shepela, EVP, chief commercial officer, Fandango. “It’s a great time for fans to find their favorites to stream on their consoles, as we head toward the holidays and our Thanksgiving week sales.”

New movies coming to Vudu this month include Come Away (Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo), The New Mutants (Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy), The Personal History of David Copperfield (Dev Patel), Dreamland (Margot Robbie), along with thousands of films and TV shows on sale during Thanksgiving week and that are not yet available on subscription services.

‘Mulan’ Tops Vudu Chart, ‘Love and Monsters’ Leads FandangoNow Chart

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu chart and Paramount’s Love and Monsters led the FandangoNow chart the week ended Oct. 18.

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

Mulan, 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+. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD and digital purchase Oct. 16, takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies. It came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  4. Batman: Death in the Family
  5. Trump Card
  6. Ava
  7. Hocus Pocus
  8. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  9. Alone(Magnolia)
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 18, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Love and Monsters
  2. Mulan
  3. Trump Card
  4. Antebellum
  5. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  6. Ava
  7. Alone(Lionsgate)
  8. An Imperfect Murder
  9. Batman: Death in the Family
  10. Cut Throat City

Movies Anywhere Tallies More Than 10 Million Registered Users

Celebrating its three-year anniversary this October, digital locker service Movies Anywhere has surpassed 10 million registered users, with more than 280 million movies collected to date.

GM Karin Gilford attributes the growth of the platform to a dramatic shift in consumer preference toward digital movies.

“Movie lovers want a way to quickly and easily access their film collection,” Gilford said in a statement. “In addition to bringing movie fans’ collections together in one convenient app, our recently-added features like Screen Pass and co-viewing allow our users to share their love of movies with friends and family, even while apart.”

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The service has found Movies Anywhere users like to watch movies on big screens, with the number of users utilizing the service on their TV growing 68% over the past three years, with 104% growth in hours watched. Average hours watched per person on TVs increased 11%, with the biggest lifts seen on TVOS and Android TV.

Also, the service has found “mega-purchasers” (those who purchased 24-plus movies in the past 12 months) are on the rise, growing 37% in the last three years. Among these mega-purchasers, average movie hours watched in-app has grown significantly, with 94% more hours watched on average in 2020 versus 2017.

The service has also observed trends among Movies Anywhere users leading up to Halloween (based on digital spooky movie purchases and time spent viewing Oct. 12-31, 2017 and Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  • As Halloween gets closer, users prefer to purchase horror and suspense films over spooky family films. Only one out of these top 10 purchased spooky films were family-friendly in 2020, with only two out of the top 10 being family-friendly in 2017.
  • But as far as top-watched films go, family-friendly films Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 hit the top 10 most-hours-watched both in 2020 and in 2017.
  • Three Stephen King films — It: Chapter Two, The Shining and Doctor Sleep — were among the top purchased spooky films in 2020, compared to 2017 when author’s It miniseries and The Shining were on the top-purchased list.
  • In 2020, three classics made the top 10 with the most purchases on Movies Anywhere: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Psycho and The Shining. In 2017, A Nightmare on Elm Street was in the top 10.
  • On Halloween day in 2017, Annabelle Creation saw the most purchases and Hotel Transylvania was the most-watched movie.

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
  2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  3. The Invisible Man (2020)
  4. Psycho
  5. It: Chapter Two
  6. Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island
  7. You Should Have Left
  8. Halloween (2018)
  9. The Shining
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2020 period (Sept. 13-Oct. 2, 2020):

  1. Hotel Transylvania 3
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Hotel Transylvania
  4. It Chapter Two
  5. It: Chapter One
  6. Zombieland: Double Tap
  7. Halloween (2018)
  8. The Invisible Man (2020)
  9. Alien: Covenant
  10. Doctor Sleep

 

Top 10 purchased spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Annabelle: Creation
  2. Alien Covenant
  3. Stephen King’s It
  4. Get Out
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Hotel Transylvania 2
  8. Annabelle
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars

 

Top 10 most-hours-watched spooky films for the 2017 period (Oct. 12-31, 2017):

  1. Hotel Transylvania
  2. Hotel Transylvania 2
  3. Annabelle: Creation
  4. Alien: Covenant
  5. ParaNorman
  6. Stephen King’s It
  7. Get Out
  8. Dark Shadows
  9. Zombieland
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars