‘Greenland,’ ‘News of the World’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The dystopian disaster film Greenland led the Vudu chart while the Tom Hanks starrer News of the World again led the FandangoNow for the week ended Jan. 31.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Greenland, which became available for digital purchase after a stint as a PVOD rental, is an action thriller that follows a family fighting 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. The film came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

News of the World is a Western set in the 1870s starring 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, which took the fourth spot on the Vudu chart, is available as a premium VOD rental.

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Taking the silver on the Vudu chart (No. 5 on FandangoNow) was the Blumhouse horror comedy Freaky, starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton in a body switching story with a twist.

Universal Pictures’ The Croods: A New Age, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, fell to No. 3 from No. 2 on both charts. In the animated sequel, 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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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 31, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Greenland
  2. Freaky
  3. The Croods: A New Age
  4. News of the World
  5. Let Him Go
  6. Apocalypto
  7. Come Play
  8. American Skin
  9. Songbird
  10. Promising Young Woman

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 31, in terms of revenue, were:

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

DEG Panelists: PVOD Here to Stay

After an accelerated push during the pandemic in 2020, premium VOD is a permanent addition to the home entertainment marketplace, said panelists during a Jan. 27 DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group online presentation.

“We think that PVOD is here to stay, and it really is a big part of our business,” said Fandango SVP Mark Young. Fandango owns transactional VOD services Vudu and FandangoNow.

Microsoft’s Pedro Gutierrez noted that PVOD, debuting in the same window or close to theatrical release, allows for more effective studio marketing. Whereas traditionally a film’s home entertainment marketing would come months after its theatrical push, PVOD has allowed studios to move it up so the title is “fresh in consumers’ minds,” he said.

“You’re able to see the studios able to support the home entertainment releases stronger than previously,” he said, adding “you have that nice consistent message for the title availability.”

For parents like him, family titles are a particular draw during stay-at-home orders, even with a bigger price tag, he said.

“When there is new content that can buy an hour and a half or two hours of silence, we are jumping at the opportunity,” he said.

Aside from first-run films on PVOD, catalog is also getting a boost as folks stay home, Young said, noting that the classic series “The Twilight Zone” has been a strong seller.

“It’s good fodder for cathartic viewing,” he said.

Fandango has also employed TVOD bundling of titles to entice customers.

“We work with the studios’ licensing groups … whether it’s by genre, by actor, by type of movie, whether it’s by demographic,” he said. “We look at our data to be able to bundle things that are interesting for consumers … in some cases across studios.”

Gutierrez agreed that unique marketing is key for TVOD.

“At the end of the day, we all have the same piece of film content, whether it’s from Warner, from Universal, from whichever partner,” he said. “How do we make it unique? We spend a lot of time targeting our customers in a manner that’s appropriate for them [with a title that] shows their interest based on prior search or selections — or we even do a lot of game and movie bundles for our gaming audience on Xbox.”

He said collectors are alive and well in the digital realm, just as with discs.

“We’ve all seen the people who have their wall of DVDs,” he said. “With the digital stuff, people want to show you their library’s bigger than Netflix. They want to buy. [The digital collector] does not want to have to worry about do I need to go to HBO Max, do I need to go to Disney+. Where is my content? My content is right here in my collection.”

“We also see on Vudu in particular a lot of collectors, rabid collectors,” added Fandango’s Young.

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FilmRise’s Fisher touted the growth and appeal of his expanding part of the digital business: free, ad-supported streaming or AVOD.

“In the AVOD space, one does not need a credit card, does not need to log in. All they need is an internet device,” he said. “Not all families in the U.S., let alone around the world, can afford 10 subscriptions. Some can’t even afford one subscription.”

FilmRise has found success with catalog as well, including the recently acquired classic show “The Rifleman.”

“It’s a black-and-white TV show, four by three aspect ratio, over six decades old,” he said. “We identified that the consumer demand was really strong.”

FilmRise uses data algorithms and “proprietary analytics” to find such underutilized content, adding AI machine learning in 2020.

“We don’t care what the industry thinks people want to see, we care what people want to see,” he said, adding that such older shows as “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Lost in Space” are doing well on AVOD. “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Forensic Files,” which attract strong demand for FilmRise, have even been rebooted, he noted.

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‘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’ The Croods: A New Age, which became available for premium rental at the services Dec. 17, repeated at No. 2 on both charts. In the animated sequel, 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 Woman, 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

‘Croods’ Sequel Again Tops FandangoNow, Vudu Charts

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

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Taking the top spot again for the week ended Dec. 27, 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. 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 both the Vudu chart and the FandangoNow charts. 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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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Dec. 27, in terms of revenue, were:

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

 

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

  1. The Croods: A New Age
  2. Greenland
  3. Tenet
  4. The War With Grandpa
  5. Honest Thief
  6. Let Him Go
  7. Half Brothers
  8. All My Life
  9. Elf
  10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

‘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