Where’s ‘Scoob!’? Atop FandangoNow Chart

Warner Bros.’ animated Scoob!, which debuted on premium VOD May 15, was the No. 1 streamed title on FandangoNow for the week ended May 17.

FandangoNow is Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service.

The new Scooby-Doo movie features the voices of Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Mark Wahlberg, among others, and with theaters closed debuted on PVOD.

Another PVOD release, Universal’s Trolls World Tour, took the silver, dropping from No. 1 in previous weeks. Meanwhile, Universal’s Elisabeth Moss thriller The Invisible Man, available for digital purchase at $14.99, appeared at No. 3.

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Entering the chart at No. 4 was director Josh Trank’s new film Capone, starring Tom Hardy and Linda Cardellini. The title is available for digital rental at $9.99.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 17 were:

  1. Scoob!
  2. Trolls World Tour
  3. The Invisible Man
  4. Capone
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog
  6. Fantasy Island
  7. Bad Boys for Life
  8. Bloodshot
  9. Birds of Prey
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

Fandango Teams With Director Jon M. Chu to Highlight Movies by Asian-American Auteurs

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Fandango has asked director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) to share his list of influential films from Asian-American auteurs, with personal essays on why each is meaningful to him.

The Farewell

“I met Lulu Wang at the ‘SNL’ after party when Awkwafina hosted the show. I didn’t know anybody other than Awkwafina and she was busy talking to Lorne [Michaels] but guess who came up to me? Yup, the brilliant and incredibly warm Lulu Wang…Like Lulu making me feel at home at that party that night, this movie will make you feel seen,” Chu said of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell.

“I’ll never forget my father gathering my mother, me and my four siblings into a mini van on a Sunday morning and heading to the small movie theater playing this film…by the end of the film, we were in awe of how much it reflected our family,” he said of Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club.

His full responses are here on Fandango.

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The YouTube channel Fandango Movieclips is debuting a playlist featuring some of the best scenes from Chu’s selection of titles. FandangoNow, the transactional VOD service from Fandango, is also honoring Chu’s choices, with the films available to watch at home here.

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The full list of Chu’s influential movies from Asian-American filmmakers include:

Better Luck Tomorrow (Justin Lin)

Short Term 12 (Destin Daniel Cretton)

The Joy Luck Club (Wayne Wang)

Saving Face (Alice Wu)

Life of Pi (Ang Lee)

The Farewell (Lulu Wang)

Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)

The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)

Searching (Aneesh Chaganty)

Tigertail (Alan Yang) — available on Netflix

Gook (Justin Chon)

‘Trolls World Tour’ Again Lands Atop FandangoNow Chart

Universal’s premium VOD release Trolls World Tour repeated at No. 1 on FandangoNow’s chart of top titles streamed for week ended May 10.

FandangNow is Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Sony Pictures’ Vin Diesel actioner Bloodshot landed at No. 2 while Paramount’s animated Sonic the Hedgehog took the bronze.

Clark Duke’s directorial debut, the Lionsgate crime thriller Arkansas, in which Duke stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, Vivica A Fox, Vince Vaughn and John Malkovich, entered the list at No. 6. Meanwhile, the Warner Bros. fantasy Gretel & Hansel and Lionsgate’s faith-based I Still Believe (coming off its PVOD price) returned to the chart at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.

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The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 10 were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Bloodshot
  3. Sonic the Hedgehog
  4. Bad Boys for Life
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level
  6. Arkansas
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. Gretel & Hansel
  9. I Still Believe
  10. The Gentlemen

 

For Top Gun Day May 13, celebrating the movie’s release 34 years ago this week, Fandango is hosting the 10-minute opening of the film with Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins and John Stockwell on the FandangoNow Extras YouTube channel here.  The classic actioner is available in 4K Ultra HD on FandangoNow for the discounted purchase price of $12.99 through May 18 at this link. For movie fans with Imax Enhanced-enabled TV’s at home, the Imax-Enhanced versions of Top Gun, Bad Boys for Life, Crawl and other new titles are available on FandangoNow here.

May 15 marks the digital premiere of the animated Scoob! (featuring Will Forte, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez and Mark Wahlberg), and fans who preorder the film on FandangoNow here will receive 50% off hundreds of family titles, including the live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies, films from the “Harry Potter” franchise and The Lego Movie. The full list of applicable films is  here.

Parks: COVID-19 Driving Greater TVOD Use, Piracy Threat

As expected, with greater numbers of households spending time indoors due to the coronavirus, use of home entertainment options such as transactional VOD have spiked.

In the quarter ended March 31, 14% of U.S. broadband households used a TVOD service over the past 30 days, a five-point increase from the previous year, according to new data from Parks Associates. This service type, which includes Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, Redbox, iTunes and Vudu, will increase as more content moves online, including early access to theatrical releases such as Universal Pictures Trolls World Tour or The Invisible Man.

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“The idea of streaming current in-theater films was once a concept from a proposed streaming service called The Screening Room,” research director Steve Nason said in a statement. “This service never officially launched, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the concept behind it into reality.”

Nason said the move toward PVOD and shortening of the 90-day theatrical window has been ongoing, but events such as shelter-in-place orders pushed the digital distribution of new theatrical content to the forefront to offset the lost revenue from closed movie theaters.

Parks said the changing distribution tactic is most notable with perennial box office loyalist Disney, which is fast-tracking movies to its SVOD service Disney+. The studio released Frozen II three months before its original planned release and added Onward to the streaming service much quicker than previously anticipated.

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Dallas-based Parks says Disney and other studios are continuing to weigh if they should release new theatrical titles straight to VOD platforms and services or push back these titles so they can premiere in theaters as originally intended, when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Nason contends that studios moving more prime content online earlier, increases the risk of piracy for top-dollar blockbusters. He said early windowed content has always been an issue for studios as thieves would sneak video cameras into theaters to bootleg low-quality copies.

“Now, with releases going digital, pirated video will be higher quality, while consumers might feel emboldened to tap into pirated video since theaters are closed,” Nason said. “This will put more pressure on the antipiracy efforts among video content and service providers.”

‘Little Women’ Top Movie, ‘ This is Us’ Top Show Moms Want to See for Mother’s Day in FandangoNow Survey

Moms have picked Greta Gerwig’s Little Women as the top movie and “This Is Us” as the top show celebrating motherhood that they want to stream this Mother’s Day weekend, according to a survey by FandangoNow.

FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, surveyed more than 1,000 moms this week and found:

  • 84% are bonding with family members while streaming classics at home.
  • 81% plan to stream a movie or TV show as part of their Mother’s Day plans.
  • 77% will stream more this Mother’s Day than ever before.

 

The top 10 movies about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. Little Women (2019)
  2. Steel Magnolias *
  3. Incredibles 2
  4. Bad Moms
  5. Mamma Mia *
  6. Maleficent
  7. Freaky Friday (2003)
  8. The Joy Luck Club
  9. Soul Food
  10. The Farewell *

 

The top 10 shows about motherhood that moms want to stream with family this weekend are:

  1. “This is Us”
  2. “Modern Family”
  3. “Big Little Lies”*
  4. “Mom” *
  5. “Gilmore Girls” *
  6. “Fuller House” *
  7. “Fresh Off the Boat”
  8. “Queen Sugar”
  9. “Jane the Virgin”
  10. “Good Girls”

 

* indicates title is on sale on FandangoNow

“There are certain movies that make you think about the motherly influences in your life, and there’s nothing better than watching a movie that celebrates those heroes on a weekend meant to celebrate motherhood,” said Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak in a statement. “These movies evoke a sense of warmth, humor, joy and unconditional love — all the great qualities of our wonderful mothers and mother figures.”

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Family Titles ‘Trolls World Tour’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Take Top Two Spots on FandangoNow Chart

Family titles Trolls World Tour and Sonic the Hedgehog were the top titles for the week ended May 3 on FandangoNow, the transactional video-on-demand service from Fandango.

Universal’s Trolls World Tour bypassed its wide theatrical release and came out on premium VOD at $19.99 April 10. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog made an early debut on digital March 31. Both title releases were affected by theaters closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Universal’s new-to-digital Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield romance The Photograph entered the chart at No. 6.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 3 (in terms of weekly revenue) were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog
  3. Bad Boys for Life
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. Jumanji: The Next Level
  6. The Photograph
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. Like a Boss
  9. The Gentlemen
  10. Bloodshot

TVOD Service movieSpree Launches New Promotion With Free Content

Mill Creek Entertainment’s transcational VOD service movieSpree is mounting a new weekly promotion that offers free streaming content each weekend.

The first chapter of the epic miniseries Lonesome Dove will be available free of ads or interruptions with the complete series available to own at $4.99. The purchase includes all four chapters of the television series plus a 50-minute making-of bonus featurette.

Lonesome Dove is based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry. The epic of the Old West is the story of the last defiant frontiersmen, a daring cattle drive and an undying love. Winner of seven Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes including Best Miniseries, Lonesome Dove stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover.

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The “SPREEview Weekend” will be a recurring event that will showcase content available on the site and provide consumers with a free viewing experience without ads or short-term trial periods.

Those who set up a movieSpree account will get the chance to redeem a curated assortment of 100 films free of charge. With apps available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, movieSpree is available without long-term contracts, subscription fees or advertisements.

Tune into the “SPREEview Weekend” here.

Comscore: VOD Consumption in March Grew Nearly 30%

New data from Comscore shows a significant increase in VOD consumption in March as millions of Americans complied with pandemic stay-at-home orders.

Looking at all set-top box-based VOD (including free on demand, SVOD, TVOD and EST), the month of March saw a nearly 30% increase in average transactions per household that subscribes to VOD year-over-year — with the average subscribing household accessing, purchasing or renting 16 titles of VOD content over the course of the month. That’s nearly four more transactions per VOD subscribing household than in March 2019, according to Comscore.

Of the VOD subcategories, SVOD had the highest growth, with a 53% increase in average transactions per subscribing household March 2019 versus March 2020. Free on demand was next with a 21% increase for the same time period.

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Week-by-week, Comscore’s research shows a steady upward climb for VOD in general with the week of March 29, 2020 having the highest growth for 2020 thus far, up 57% versus the same week in 2019. Of the subcategories, SVOD saw an 116% the week of March 29 from the same week in 2019, while free on demand and TVOD saw 38% and nearly 41% increases, respectively.

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When focusing in on key genres within set-top VOD, the largest increase for transactions in March 2020 versus March 2019 occurred “Fitness” (up 147%), “Life and Home” (up 64%) and “Premium” (up 54%) (e.g., HBO, Showtime, and Starz content). Meanwhile, “Music” fell 10% for the same time period comparison.

‘Bad Boys for Life’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, featuring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reprising their roles as buddy cops, was the top title on FandangoNow’s digital sales and rentals chart for the week ended April 5.

FandangoNow is movie ticketing site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog came in at No 2. The game-based title, featuring Jim Carrey as the evil nemesis, had an early digital release due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both titles became available for digital purchase March 31.

Universal’s thriller The Invisible Man, which also debuted early on digital because of the COVID-19 outbreak, surrendered its No. 1 status and came in at No. 3 on the chart.

Indeed, many of the titles on FandangoNow’s top 10 chart, including Onward, Bloodshot, Birds of Prey and I Still Believe, got early digital releases because of the outbreak.

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The top 10 FandangoNow releases for the week ended April 5 were:

  1. BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
  2. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
  3. THE INVISIBLE MAN
  4. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
  5. PIXAR’S ONWARD
  6. BLOODSHOT
  7. JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
  8. BIRDS OF PREY
  9. I STILL BELIEVE
  10. THE CALL OF THE WILD

FandangoNow to Host ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Live Watch Party Today

FandangoNow, the transactional video on-demand service from Fandango, at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET is hosting a live watch party of Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

The watch party will feature a live Twitter commentary from the film’s stars, Ben Schwartz (Sonic) and Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone) along with the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, exclusively on Fandango’s Twitter page, with the hashtag #SonicWatchParty.

“Sonic the Hedgehog” debuted on FandangoNow on March 31 and already ranks as one of the top-selling family titles on the service, according to FandangoNow.

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Fans can submit questions for Schwartz and Fowler at #SonicWatchParty.

Sonic is currently available to purchase on FandangoNow  at $19.99 in HD and SD and in 4K ULTRA HD at $24.99 here.