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.

‘The Craft: Legacy,’ ‘Unhinged’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy topped the Vudu chart while Unhinged again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Nov. 1.

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

In Unhinged, Russell Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. That title landed at No. 3 on the Vudu chart.

The Craft: Legacy debuted on PVOD Oct. 28. A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. The Craft: Legacy landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

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After We Collided came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart and No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. Based on the 2014 novel, it’s a followup to After and chronicles the romance of two young lovers.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 1, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Craft: Legacy
  2. After We Collided
  3. Unhinged
  4. Love and Monsters
  5. Spell
  6. Beetlejuice
  7. Mulan (2020)
  8. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
  9. Halloween (1978)
  10. Hocus Pocus

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 1, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Unhinged
  2. The Craft: Legacy
  3. After We Collided
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. Mulan (2020)
  7. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
  8. The Call
  9. Antebellum
  10. Halloween (1978)

Interpret: Transactional Rentals Jumped 25%, Sales 20% From Q1 to Q2

Interpret research reported a 25% jump in U.S. digital movie rentals and a 20% leap in digital movie purchases in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the first quarter.

During the same period, the firm recorded a more than 70% jump in U.S. viewers renting movies digitally and a more than 60% leap in viewers making digital movie purchases.

“Always a strong studio revenue driver in pre-pandemic times, the home entertainment experience is for now the only show in town,” the firm stated, noting the closing of theaters during the pandemic.

Interpret’s New Media Measure showed that year-over-year from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020, the number of movies seen in theaters fell about 65%.

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“Theaters will return when movies begin to flow again out of Hollywood, but the business of movie distribution will likely be very different,” Interpret VP Brett Sappington said in a statement. “Studios will have significantly more negotiating power over theaters and control over distribution options with direct-to-consumer streaming. Theaters, one of the last bastions of traditional distribution, will now have to find a new place and role in order to survive.”

‘After We Collided,’ ‘Unhinged’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The romance After We Collided topped the Vudu chart and the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged led the FandangoNow chart the week ended Oct. 25.

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

Based on the 2014 novel, After We Collided follows the romance of two young lovers. The title came in at No. 2 on the chart at FandangoNow, where consumers can rent or buy a two-movie collection of the previous film After and After We Collided at a discount.

In Unhinged, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. That title landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 25, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. After We Collided
  2. Unhinged
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Mulan
  5. Ava
  6. Beetlejuice
  7. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising
  8. Hocus Pocus
  9. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  10. Alone (Magnolia)

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 25, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Unhinged
  2. After We Collided
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Mulan
  5. Trump Card
  6. Friendsgiving
  7. Antebellum
  8. Alone (Lionsgate)
  9. An Imperfect Murder
  10. Ava

‘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

‘Mulan’ Tops FandangoNow, Vudu Charts

Disney’s Mulan topped the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Oct. 11.

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

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+.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart was Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain. The film, which became available for TVOD Sept. 25, follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart.

Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! took the bronze on the Vudu chart, while other family-friendly Halloween titles Hocus Pocus (No. 6) and Beetlejuice (No. 10) also landed among the Vudu top 10.

Taking the silver on the FandangoNow chart was Trump Card, an anti-socialism documentary from conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Ava
  3. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
  4. Trump Card
  5. 2067
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. Antebellum
  8. Alone
  9. The King of Staten Island
  10. Beetlejuice

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 11, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Mulan
  2. Trump Card
  3. Ava
  4. Antebellum
  5. Cut Throat City
  6. An Imperfect Murder
  7. The Doorman
  8. The Wolf of Snow Hollow
  9. Save Yourselves!
  10. Bill and Ted Face the Music

‘Hocus Pocus’ Top Halloween Week Movie on Vudu for Past Five Years

Hocus Pocus has ranked as Halloween week’s most-watched movie on transactional video-on-demand service Vudu for the past five years and ranked as last year’s most-watched Halloween title on TVOD service FandangoNow.

The 1993 comedy is now available on Vudu and on FandangoNow in 4K and on sale at $9.99.

Vudu’s top 20 most-watched movies during Halloween week over the last five years were:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Casper
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Zombieland
  8. Hereditary
  9. Halloween (2018)
  10. The Shining
  11. Trick ‘r Treat
  12. Midsommar
  13. Boo! A Madea Halloween
  14. Ma
  15. It (2017)
  16. Death Becomes Her
  17. Us  
  18. Child’s Play (1988)
  19. Get Out
  20. Halloween (1978)

 

“As many entertainment fans bring their Halloween festivities home this year, there’s no shortage of spooky content to suit every taste, from recent hits to cult classics,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “While written off as a box office bomb when it first debuted nearly three decades ago, Hocus Pocus has since gone on to become a new classic as the top Halloween perennial and the most-watched Halloween movie on Vudu for five years in a row.”

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Fandango also surveyed more than 2,000 film fans to find out which genre films they plan to watch at home leading up to the holiday. The avid streaming audience, ages 18-34, was surveyed during the first week of October, and 89% said they plan to stream more movies at home this Halloween than in previous years, according to Fandango. The top vote-getters in the Fandango survey can be found below and in the “Frightful Fan Favorites” section on Vudu here.

Top Family-Friendly Flicks:

  1. Hocus Pocus                                            
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. The Addams Family (1991)
  4. Casper
  5. Hotel Transylvania
  6. Coraline                                 
  7. Corpse Bride
  8. Goosebumps
  9. The Haunted Mansion
  10. Monster House

 

Top Horror Comedies:

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Zombieland
  4. Shaun of the Dead
  5. Gremlins
  6. Scary Movie
  7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  8. Young Frankenstein
  9. Happy Death Day
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

 

Top Classic Slashers:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Scream
  3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Friday the 13th  (1980)
  6. Saw
  7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  8. Child’s Play (1988)
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. Black Christmas (1974)

 

Top Zombies/Undead Thrillers:

  1. The Cabin in the Woods
  2. 28 Days Later
  3. Resident Evil
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  5. The Evil Dead (1981)
  6. Pet Sematary (1989)
  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  8. Train to Busan
  9. World War Z
  10. I Am Legend

 

Top Occult Films:

  1. The Exorcist
  2. Midsommar
  3. Hereditary
  4. The Conjuring
  5. The Craft
  6. The Omen
  7. The Witch
  8. Rosemary’s Baby
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

 

Top Psychological Thrillers:

  1. Get Out
  2. Silence of the Lambs
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Split
  5. Us
  6. Se7en
  7. Black Swan
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. The Invisible Man (2020)
  10. The Gift

 

Top Found Footage & Live Webcam Thrillers:

  1. Cloverfield
  2. Paranormal Activity
  3. Blair Witch Project
  4. Unfriended
  5. V/H/S
  6. Searching
  7. The Last Exorcism
  8. As Above So Below
  9. REC
  10. Creep

 

Top Home Invasion Movies:

  1. The Purge
  2. Panic Room
  3. Don’t Breathe
  4. The Strangers
  5. The Purge: Election Year
  6. When a Stranger Calls
  7. Hush
  8. You’re Next
  9. Silent House
  10. Wait Until Dark

 

Top Haunted House & Ghost Stories:

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. The Shining
  3. The Ring
  4. Insidious
  5. The Grudge
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Candyman
  8. The Babadook
  9. The Haunting
  10. Crimson Peak

 

Top Animals Run Amok Thrillers:

  1. Jaws
  2. The Birds
  3. Anaconda
  4. 47 Meters Down
  5. The Shallows
  6. Arachnophobia
  7. Crawl
  8. Willard (2003)
  9. Deep Blue Sea
  10. Eight-Legged Freaks

 

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‘Ava,’ ‘Antebellum’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The actioner Ava topped the Vudu chart while the premium VOD release Antebellum again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Oct. 4.

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

Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival. It came in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality. It fell from No. 1 to No. 2 on the Vudu chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

Taking the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was the Magnolia Pictures thriller Alone, about a killer who hunts a widow in the wilderness after she escapes from his remote cabin.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Ava
  2. Antebellum
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. 2067
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. Mama

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Oct. 4, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Alone
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Then Came You
  6. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  7. Welcome to Sudden Death
  8. Death of Me
  9. The Tax Collector
  10. The King of Staten Island

‘Antebellum’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum again topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 27.

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

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us — Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality.

Taking the silver on both charts was Vertical Entertainment’s action film Ava, starring Jessica Chastain, which became available for TVOD Sept. 25. It follows Ava, a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes wrong, she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 3 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart and came in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Alone
  6. The Secret Garden
  7. The Tax Collector
  8. The King of Staten Island
  9. Superman: Man of Tomorrow
  10. The Owners

 

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

  1. Antebellum
  2. Ava
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Alone
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The King of Staten Island
  8. Blackbird
  9. Beckman
  10. No Escape