The Universal Pictures horror comedy Cocaine Bear debuted atop the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 19.
Available for premium digital rental and sale, the film, directed by Elizabeth Banks, is based on the true story of drug smuggler Andrew Thornton II, who on Sept. 11, 1985, jumped from an auto-piloted Cessna after dropping packages of cocaine in the forest near Blairsville, Ga. Thornton died when his parachute failed to open, while much of the coke was believed to have been ingested by a bear, who promptly died. In the movie version, the bear does not die; instead, he becomes addicted to the white powder and embarks on a killing spree while chasing after more.
Rising from No. 9 to No. 2 on the chart was A24’s The Whale, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. The film, based on the play about an obese man attempting to reconnect with his daughter, recently earned Brendan Fraser a Best Actor Oscar.
Remaining at No. 3 on the chart was the Sony Pictures drama A Man Called Otto, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. It stars Tom Hanks as a man who no longer sees purpose in life after the death of his wife and is ready to end it until he meets an unlikely friend. The film is based on the best-seller A Man Called Ove.
Another Oscar winning title, A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, returned to the chart at No. 4. Available for digital purchase, the hyperkinetic multiverse actioner won seven Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Film Editing, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert).
Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was the Sony Pictures mystery Missing, available for digital purchase. In the film, when her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her. When June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.
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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 19, in terms of revenue, were: