‘News of the World’ Again No. 1 on Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Tom Hanks starrer News of the World  again led the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Jan. 24.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The Western set in the 1870s stars Hanks as an ex-captain from the Civil War who is paid to transport a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Native Americans back home to her family. The title is available as a premium VOD rental.

Universal Pictures’ animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, repeated at No. 2 on both charts. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart (and No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart) was Universal’s Let Him Go, which became available for digital purchase Jan. 19. Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, the film stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as a husband and wife who, following the death of their son, leave their Montana ranch to trek through North Dakota to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a ruthless family.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart (and No. 6 on the Vudu chart) was Promising Young Women, available for premium VOD rental. The revenge dark comedy follows Cassie (Carry Mulligan), a young woman living a secret double life by night.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 24, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Let Him Go
  4. American Skin
  5. Tenet
  6. Promising Young Woman
  7. Greenland
  8. The War with Grandpa
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Shadow in the Cloud

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 24, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Promising Young Woman 
  4. Fatale
  5. Let Him Go
  6. Our Friend
  7. American Skin
  8. Greenland
  9. Tenet
  10. The War with Grandpa

‘News of the World’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Tom Hanks starrer News of the World topped the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Jan. 17.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The Western set in the 1870s stars Hanks as an ex-captain from the Civil War who is paid to transport a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Native Americans back home to her family. The title is available as a premium VOD rental, as are all the top three titles on both charts.

Universal’s animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, fell to No. 2 on both charts after a weeks’ long stint at No. 1. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction.

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Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Greenland, available for premium rental starting Dec. 18. The action thriller follows a family who fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart was Promising Young Women, just made available for premium VOD rental. The film follows Cassie (Carry Mulligan), a young woman living a secret double life by night. An unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right wrongs from the past.

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

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Greenland
  4. Fatale
  5. Promising Young Woman
  6. Tenet
  7. Shadow in the Cloud
  8. Songbird
  9. The War With Grandpa
  10. Batman: Soul of the Dragon

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 17, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. News of the World
  2. The Croods: A New Age
  3. Promising Young Woman 
  4. Fatale
  5. Greenland
  6. Tenet
  7. American Skin
  8. Synchronic
  9. The War With Grandpa
  10. Shadow in the Cloud

‘Croods’ Sequel Continues to Rule Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Universal’s The Croods: A New Age topped the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a fourth consecutive week.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, led the charts for the week ended Jan. 10. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction. The sequel features the returning voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman, with new cast members Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.

No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Shadow in the Cloud, available for purchase and premium rental. It follows a female World War II pilot (Chloe Grace Moritz) traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 who encounters an evil presence on board.

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Taking the silver on the FandangoNow chart was Fatale, a psychological thriller starring Michael Ealy and Hilary Swank available as a premium rental. In the film, a wild one-night stand plunges a sports agent into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a police detective.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was Greenland, available for premium rental Dec. 18. The action thriller follows a family who fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Shadow in the Cloud
  3. Greenland
  4. Tenet
  5. Fatale
  6. Honest Thief
  7. The War With Grandpa
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. Mulan
  10. Unhinged

 

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Fatale
  3. Greenland
  4. Tenet
  5. Shadow in the Cloud
  6. Honest Thief
  7. The War With Grandpa
  8. Let Him Go
  9. Freaky
  10. Love and Monsters

‘Croods: A New Age’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Universal’s The Croods: A New Age topped the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a third consecutive week.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

For the week ended Jan. 3, taking the top spot again was the animated Croods sequel, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family. A new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction. The sequel features the returning voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman, with new cast members Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Coming in at No. 2 on both charts was Greenland, available for premium rental Dec. 18. The action thriller follows a family who fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan, make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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Tenet, available for early digital purchase Dec. 15, took the No. 3 spot on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on the Vudu chart). The latest mind-bending adventure from director Christopher Nolan stars John David Washington as a secret agent, known as “the Protagonist,” who manipulates the flow of time to stop a third World War. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Martin Donovan, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Shadow in the Cloud, which follows a female World War II pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 encounters an evil presence on board. It stars Chloe Grace Moritz.

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Shadow in the Cloud
  4. Tenet
  5. Honest Thief
  6. The War with Grandpa
  7. Love and Monsters
  8. Freaky
  9. The New Mutants
  10. Let Him Go

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 3, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. Honest Thief
  5. The War with Grandpa
  6. Let Him Go
  7. Shadow in the Cloud
  8. Freaky
  9. Half Brothers
  10. All My Life

‘Trolls World Tour’ Most-Watched Movie of 2020 on Vudu and FandangoNow

Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour was the most watched movie of 2020 on both FandangoNow and Vudu.

Fandango calculated the top 10 most watch movies on its two transactional VOD services based on the total number of orders Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 30, 2020.

Originally intended for theatrical release, Trolls World Tour came out April 10 on premium VOD as a $19.99 online rental as theaters shuttered during the pandemic.

Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level took the silver on both lists.

The full lists are:

Vudu’s Top 10 Most Watched Movies for 2020:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Jumanji: The Next Level
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Joker
  5. Bad Boys for Life
  6. Birds of Prey
  7. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  8. Frozen II
  9. Knives Out
  10. Terminator: Dark Fate

 

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FandangoNow’s Top 10 Most Watched Movies for 2020:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Jumanji: The Next Level
  3. Just Mercy
  4. Bad Boys for Life
  5. The Invisible Man (2020)
  6. Joker
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Knives Out
  9. Scoob!
  10. Birds of Prey

‘The Croods’ Sequel Tops Several Digital Charts in First PVOD Week

DreamWorks Animation’s sequel The Croods: A New Age topped five different digital charts the week before Christmas, as a $20 premium rental.

It led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Dec. 20. Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

The Croods: A New Age, which finished No. 2 at the weekend box office (through Dec. 20), also topped the Apple TV and Google Play charts through Dec. 21.

It also topped the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended Dec. 20.

The animated sequel became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17. In the film, in search of a new home, the Croods encounter the more sophisticated Betterman family and a new threat forces the two families to set aside their differences to avoid extinction.

Tenet, available for early digital purchase Dec. 15, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and the No. 3 spot on the FandangoNow chart. The latest mind-bending adventure from director Christopher Nolan stars John David Washington as a secret agent, known as “the Protagonist,” who manipulates the flow of time to stop a third World War. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and Martin Donovan, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

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Coming in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart and No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Greenland, available for premium rental Dec. 18. The action thriller follows a family who fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Butler), his estranged wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan, make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Tenet
  3. Greenland
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. The New Mutants
  7. Honest Thief
  8. Elf
  9. Fatman
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Honest Thief
  6. Songbird
  7. Let Him Go
  8. Freaky
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Elf

 

On Apple TV, other leading sellers (in order) were: Universal’s The Grinch (2018, $3.99); Warner’s Elf (2003, $3.99); Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, $3.99); Universal’s Love Actually (2003, $3.99); Warner’s The Polar Express (2004, $3.99); IFC’s Hunter Hunter ($6.99); and Universal’s The War With Grandpa ($14.99).

The Google Play chart featured (in order): Warner’s Elf (2003, $3.99); Universal’s The Grinch (2018, $3.99); Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, $3.99); Disney’s The New Mutants ($5.99); Paramount’s Love and Monsters ($4.99); Saban’s Fatman ($6.99) and Warner’s The Polar Express (2004, $3.99).

Spectrum pay-TV subscribers had slightly different tastes from Dec. 11 to 17. The top-selling title was Lionsgate’s Unhinged ($6.99), starring Russell Crowe. The rest of the top finishers were: Universal’s Let Him Go ($19.99); Paramount’s Love and Monsters ($6.99); Paramount’s Fatman ($6.99) and Wander ($6.99); Universal’s Freaky ($19.99); Bleecker Street’s Wild Mountain Thyme ($19.99); Paramount’s Buddy Games ($6.99); 20th Century’s The New Mutants ($5.99); and Screen Media’s Girl ($6.99).

 

Parks: 25% of Broadband Homes Prefer Streaming to Theatrical New-Release Movies

With Hollywood studios increasingly opting to release new movies directly to consumers instead of the theater, new data from Parks Associates finds 25% of U.S. broadband households now prefer an over-the-top video subscription service to watch new movies, while 24% still prefer movie theaters to experience first-run movie titles.

The findings come as Parks hosts an online panel, “Future of Video,” discussing the value of content and technology innovations such as premium, transactional, and subscription-based VOD platforms delivering new-release movies directly to consumers rather than in the 90-day theatrical window.

Universal Pictures earlier this year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, moved animated sequel Trolls World Tour from its theatrical slate to PVOD. The decision saw the movie generate $100 million in PVOD revenue, jumpstarting Hollywood’s renaissance with premium priced movies streaming into consumer homes.

“COVID-19 has upended the traditional content-windowing process, and consumer research shows this paradigm shift is impacting consumer attitudes,” research director Steve Nason said in a statement.

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Nason said streaming access in the home scores higher than movie theaters when consumers report their preferences for first-run movies. The analyst contends the shift might be temporary as nearly 30% of survey respondents had no preference for how to watch a new movie.

“[This] gives theaters a glimmer of hope they can eventually gain back some audience for first-run titles,” he said.

‘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.”