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

Paramount Q1 ‘Licensing and Other’ Revenue Declines

Paramount Global May 3 reported first-quarter revenue (ended March 31) of $491 million in its “licensing and other” business segment, which was down 42% from revenue of $853 million in the prior-year period.

The business unit, which includes Paramount Home Entertainment, said the revenue decline was primarily driven by the benefit in the prior-year period from the licensing of erstwhile theatrical release Coming 2 America and Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse to Amazon Prime Video. The Coming to America sequel’s exclusive availability on Prime Video was due to ongoing closures of U.S. movie theaters due to the pandemic.

Theatrical revenue increased $130 million in the quarter and included revenue from the first quarter releases of Scream, Jackass Forever and The Lost City, while the prior-year period revenue of $1 million was impacted by the closure or reduced capacity of movie theaters in response to COVID-19.

Paramount disclosed that another “Jackass” series is in the works for Paramount+. The pending Jackass 4.5 movie featuring footage not used in the Jackass Forever movie, is slated to bow on Netflix May 20.

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When combined with advertising, the filmed entertainment segment saw a pre-tax loss of $37 million on revenue of $624 million. That compared with a pre-tax profit of $179 million on revenue of $860 million in the prior-year period.

Paramount said the decline was due to increased marketing expense associated with quarterly and future theatrical releases.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Tops Vudu Chart for Fifth Week

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fifth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 17.

The Marvel Studios film 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.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew attempting to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Debuting on the chart at No. 3 was the Mark Wahlberg film Infinite. The sci-fi actioner, available for digital rental and purchase April 12 from Paramount Pictures, is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers and follows characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to protect the future of humanity.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 rose a spot to No. 4 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

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Falling from No. 3 from No. 5 on the chart was Paramount’s The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

Also new to the chart for the week was A24’s indie horror flick X, landing at No. 7. Available for premium digital rental, the film follows a group of actors who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas and run afoul of their elderly hosts.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. Infinite
  4. Sing 2
  5. The Contractor
  6. Dog
  7. X
  8. The Outfit
  9. Jackass Forever
  10. Marry Me

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the fourth consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 10.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. 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.

Remaining at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Rising to No. 3 from No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Rising to No. 4 from No. 7 on the chart was MGM’s Dog, available for premium digital rental. The film, starring and co-directed by Channing Tatum, follows the misadventures of two former Army Rangers paired against their will on a road trip. Army Ranger Briggs (Tatum) and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois dog) buckle into a 1984 Ford Bronco and race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. The Contractor
  4. Dog
  5. Sing 2
  6. The Outfit
  7. Jackass Forever
  8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  9. Scream (2022)
  10. Death on the Nile

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home again led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended April 3.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. 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 most 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.

Debuting at No. 2 was Lionsgate’s Roland Emmerich disaster film Moonfall, starring Halle Berry. Available for digital purchase beginning April 1, the film follows a space crew who attempt to save the Earth when a mysterious force knocks the moon out of its orbit.

Entering the chart at No. 3 was Paramount Pictures’ Johnny Knoxville comedy Jackass Forever. In the film, which debuted on digital March 29, Knoxville and the gang are back for another outrageous round of stunts and bad ideas.

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Landing at No. 4 was Paramount Pictures’ The Contractor, which debuted for premium rental and sale April 1. The film stars Chris Pine as a former elite Special Forces Sergeant who contracts with a private military force and uncovers a conspiracy.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 landed at No. 5 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase and rental. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Also new to the chart for the week was Kenneth Branagh’s suspense thriller Death on the Nile, starring Gal Gadot, which landed at No. 6 and debuted on digital March 29.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Moonfall
  3. Jackass Forever
  4. The Contractor
  5. Sing 2
  6. Death on the Nile
  7. Dog
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. Marry Me
  10. The Cursed

Vudu Launches April Fool’s Day Comedy Sale

Vudu, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, is launching an April Fool’s Day weekend sale (through April 4) on classic comedy films.

The service is offering sales on titles such as Mike Judge’s IdiocracyRomy & Michele’s High School Reunion and Airplane.  Comedy movie bundles on sale include the “Horrible Bosses” movies, the “Miss Congeniality” bundle, the Eddie Murphy four-film collection and the “Naked Gun” trilogy.

Titles are discounted up to 50% off regular prices.

Each week throughout the month of April, Vudu will host various sales devoted to comedic subgenres such as action comedies, raunchy comedies, horror comedies and family-oriented comedies.

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‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Clings to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart for Second Week

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the second week in a row clung to the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 27.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe.

The canine buddy comedy Dog remained at No. 2 on the chart. Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum, who also co-directs) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 3 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Rising to No. 4 from No. 5 on the chart was the supernatural horror thriller The Cursed. Set in the late 1800s, the film follows a man who arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a deeper and sinister force that has the manor and its townspeople in its grip. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Rising from No. 9 to No. 5 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight, available for premium digital rental. The film follows a government operative with a shadowy past who discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens and finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once protected.

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New to the chart was the 1972 Oscar Best Picture Winner The Godfather, remastered in 4K Ultra HD for its 50th Anniversary and debuting at No. 9.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dog
  3. Sing 2
  4. The Cursed
  5. Blacklight
  6. Scream (2022)
  7. Panama
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. The Godfather
  10. Marry Me

 

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Swings to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home debuted in the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 20.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Peter (Tom Holland) will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse. 

The canine buddy comedy Dog fell from No. 1 to No. 2 on the chart. Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 fell from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Universal’s Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romcom Marry Me landed at No. 4 on the chart. The film, which became available for digital purchase March 13, follows a heartbroken pop star (Lopez) slated to marry her pop star fiancé on stage who instead marries a stranger from the audience (Wilson).

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Also new to Vudu’s chart for the week was the supernatural horror thriller The Cursed, which landed at No. 5. Set in the late 1800s, the film follows a man who arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a deeper and sinister force that has the manor and its townspeople in its grip. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

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

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dog
  3. Sing 2
  4. Marry Me
  5. The Cursed
  6. The Matrix Resurrections
  7. American Underdog
  8. Scream (2022)
  9. Blacklight
  10. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone’ Tops $100 million in Transactional Revenue to Rank as No. 1 Selling Show in 2021

Paramount Home Entertainment March 16 announced that Paramount Network and 101 Studios’ “Yellowstone” was the top-selling TV show in 2021 across both physical and digital transactional media.

Along with Marvel and DC, “Yellowstone” was one of 2021’s top three entertainment franchises in transactional ownership.  Cable’s top series generated more than $100 million in consumer spending, and season four of the show was the top TV release on digital last year. Season four arrived on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8, generating the highest first-week physical sales for a TV series since the final season of “Game of Thrones” in December 2019.

The SAG, PGA and Emmy Award-nominated “Yellowstone” continues to be a massive hit. In 2021, the series was the top-rated show on television, excluding news and sports among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. The show has been renewed for a fifth season on Paramount Network.

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The series, co-starring Keven Costner, made its domestic debut in June 2018 and was followed by a home entertainment release in December.  As the show’s popularity has grown, so have sales of subsequent seasons, with the first four seasons having sold well over 2 million units on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. to date.

“We are thrilled to be part of the phenomenon that is ‘Yellowstone,’” Bob Buchi, president of Worldwide Home Entertainment at Paramount Pictures, said in a statement. “The passion from the show’s fans is undeniable, and the support from our digital and physical retail community has been tremendous. As fandom continues to grow, we look forward to bringing Taylor Sheridan’s iconic series to people who want to relive the experience again and again via home entertainment.”

Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, the series is a family drama that follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. Other cast members include Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton.

Buddy Comedy ‘Dog’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

The canine buddy comedy Dog led the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 13.

Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 2 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, was recently made available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Paramount Pictures’ new Scream horror flick, which became available for digital rental and purchase March 1, took the bronze on the chart, dropping from the top spot. It reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, reprising their roles from the original series. The story takes place 25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro as a terrifying new killer resurrects the Ghostface mask. As the deaths mount, Woodsboro’s new targets must seek help from the survivors of the original attacks.

The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in Warner Bros.’ “Matrix” franchise, landed at No. 4 on the chart. The film, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max, is available for regular digital purchase after a premium-priced digital run. It follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003 and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines that he thought he ended. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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Falling from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart was the Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight, available for premium digital rental. The film follows a government operative with a shadowy past who discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens and finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once protected.

Among other titles new to Vudu’s chart were the Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romcom Marry Me, Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated Best Picture contender Nightmare Alley and the Peter Dinklage starrere Cyrano (Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design), ranked at No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

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

  1. Dog
  2. Sing 2
  3. Scream (2022)
  4. The Matrix Resurrections
  5. Blacklight
  6. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  7. Marry Me
  8. Nightmare Alley
  9. Cyrano
  10. American Underdog