‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream was the top movie in terms of revenue on FandangoNow for the week ended Aug. 2.

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

The film, released July 31 for premium VOD rental at $19.99 for 48 hours, stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

“Thanks to its good-natured charm, the chemistry of the cast and its focus on the power of positive thinking, The Secret: Dare to Dream has risen to the top of the charts on FandangoNow,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “It’s the right time for this kind of release, offering the kind of uplift and inspiration that families are looking to experience at home during challenging times.”

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Coming in at No. 2 was Universal’s psychological thriller You Should Have Left, starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfriend and released digitally July 28 for rental and purchase.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Warner’s Deep Blue Sea 3, the third installment in the shark attack action film series, available for digital purchase July 28.

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 2 in terms of revenue were:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  2. You Should Have Left
  3. Deep Blue Sea 3
  4. Scoob!
  5. Trolls World Tour
  6. The Outpost
  7. The King of Staten Island
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog
  10. Bad Boys for Life

Movies Anywhere Announces Watch Together Feature

Cloud movie library service Movies Anywhere has added a new co-viewing experience that allows users to view a film together from different locations.

Called Watch Together, the feature allows for synced co-viewing with no plugins or second screen. Users can watch anywhere they have the Movies Anywhere app. All movies available through the app are eligible for Watch Together.

“The experience is unique in that it offers fully integrated, seamless co-viewing across mobile, web and most connected smart TVs; and Movies Anywhere is the only app that allows purchased movie collections to be synced,” according to the service.

Viewers can share a synced experience with up to nine others. Hosts invite guests to view a title in their library via a “room code.” Guests must have the same title in their library or accept a “Screen Pass” via another Movies Anywhere feature currently in beta that allows members to share certain titles in their library with up to three people. The host controls playback. Viewers can use custom emojis in real-time to react or ask the host to pause, rewind or fast-forward.

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Bonus features are not currently available via Watch Together.

Movies Anywhere recently added to the Screen Pass feature to allow the Screen Pass recipient to choose an eligible movie from a sender’s library and watch it instantly.

More information is here.

Lionsgate to Bow ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ on PVOD July 31

The Secret: Dare to Dream, based on the 2006 best-selling book The Secret, will be released on premium VOD July 31 by Lionsgate.

The film, originally slated for an April 17 theatrical release, will be available to rent at $19.99 for 48 hours.

Starring Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell and Celia Weston and directed by Andy Tennant, The Secret: Dare to Dream follows Miranda (Holmes), a young widow trying to make ends meet while raising her three children and dating her boyfriend (O’Connell). A devastating storm brings an enormous challenge and a mysterious man, Bray (Lucas), into Miranda’s life. Bray reignites the family’s spirit but, unbeknownst to Miranda, also holds an important secret — one that will change everything.

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The 2006 book by Rhonda Byrne, a global phenomenon that empowered millions to lead happier and more fulfilled lives, has sold more than 34 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 50 languages and appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks.

‘Trolls World Tour’ and ‘The Outpost’ Lead FandangoNow Chart

Trolls World Tour topped FandangoNow’s streaming chart, with The Outpost at No. 2, for the week ended July 12.

FandangoNow is ticketing service Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

Available to digitally rent or buy, the Universal animated musical Trolls World Tour, featuring the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, premiered as a premium VOD rental in early April.

Rod Lurie’s action thriller The Outpost, also available to digitally rent or buy, stars Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom.

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Coming in at No. 3 was Universal’s The King of Staten Island, loosely based on the life of star Pete Davidson, available on PVOD at $19.99.

The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Trolls World Tour
  2. The Outpost
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. Force of Nature
  5. You Should Have Left
  6. Irresistible
  7. Scoob!
  8. The Invisible Man
  9. Bad Boys for Life
  10. The High Note

Sale on TVOD Platform movieSpree Part of Ultraman Day Celebration

Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional streaming platform movieSpree will celebrate Ultraman Day July 10 with a sale on “Ultraman” titles as part of a multi-faceted celebration of the classic Japanese superhero.

Customers can add complete “Ultraman” series to their digital streaming library for $7.10 each at  movieSpree.com/Ultraman.

Series on sale include “Ultra Q”; “Ultraman”; “Ultraseven”; “Return of Ultraman”; “Ultraman Ace”; “Ultraman X”; “Ultraman Orb – The Origin Saga”; “Ultraman Orb”; and “Ultraman Geed.”

The TVOD service also offers an array of “Ultraman” movies, several of which include English dub tracks in addition to the original Japanese language audio that also features English subtitles. Exclusive “Ultraman” bundles are also available for customers to rent or own.

With apps now available on RokuApple TV / iOSAmazon Fire TV, and Android devices, movieSpree (movieSpree.com) is available without long-term contracts, subscription fees or advertisements. Setting up an account is free and as an added bonus, users can redeem a curated assortment of 100 films to add to their accounts free of charge.

The Birth of Ultraman Collection, containing some of the best episodes of the original “Ultraman” series, is also coming to Blu-ray July 10 from Mill Creek Entertainment at $25.99.

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The sale and Blu-ray release are just a part of this year’s celebration of the classic Japanese superhero July 10. The day will include a series of virtual activations and talks with the leaders behind the “Ultraman” revival live on Shu.Watch. Ultraman Day will also feature the launch of the official online Ultraman Galaxy Store, which will display exclusive collectible Ultraman merchandise featuring the poster artwork of Marvel’s Alex Ross cover created for the comic book The Rise of Ultraman #1, on sale this September.

Ultraman Day kicks off on Shu.Watch at 10 a.m. PST and will feature a slew of celebrities, special guests, live artwork, giveaways, unboxing videos and more as the world celebrates 54 years of “Ultraman.”

Ultraman, created by Eiji Tsuburaya, the father of the Japanese monster movie genre, was born on July 10, 1966, when Tsuburaya Productions broadcast a memorable stage event called “Ultraman Eve: The Birth of Ultraman,” which was filmed before a live audience in Tokyo. The following week, the TV series “Ultraman” aired on Japanese TV. With Ultraman’s recent return to North America, Ultraman is being honored with an all-day celebration sponsored by Tsuburaya Productions, Elevated Games and Mill Creek Entertainment. Also supporting the event is Ultraman Galaxy, the official North America Ultraman platform spearheaded by Tsuburaya, with support by The Licensing Group and Starlight Runner Entertainment. The Licensing Group Ltd represents Ultraman for licensing, while Starlight Runner is supervising the new creative in America across all media.

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Ultraman Day will feature the following events:

  • A four-hour live show, comprising a number of special events streaming on Shu.Watch, produced by Ultraman licensee Jaron Hinds, CEO of Elevated Games, creators of the new Ultraman: Kaiju Kombat video game.
  • Bin Furuya, well known as the first actor to portray Ultraman, will demonstrate the correct way to do the Spacium Beam, recognized around the world as Ultraman’s signature move.
  • There will also be conversations with Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, editor Tom Brevoort, and writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, the team behind Marvel’s upcoming “The Rise of Ultraman” comic series launching in September; a chance to hear legendary toy manufacturer Marty Abrams of Mego Figures; contests, drawings, special merchandise, unboxing videos, and a sneak peak of the Beta Capsule.
  • Special guests will appear throughout the day, such as director of “Ultraman Z” Kiyotaka Taguchi and Koichi Sakamoto, director of “Ultra Galaxy Fight,” plus Ultraman actors Hiroko Sakurai, Susumu Kurobe and Bin Furuya.
  • The launch of the official North America Ultraman Galaxy Store, an opportunity for fans around North America to purchase exclusive Ultraman merchandise online. The store will offer July 10 products with special Ultraman designs and artwork available for a limited time.
  • A look at Mill Creek Entertainment’s The Birth of Ultraman on Blu-ray, which features the best episodes of the original “Ultraman” series, in Japanese with English dubbing, and the special and rare pre-premiere that took place July 10, 1966.

‘The King of Staten Island’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

The King of Staten Island, the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, was the top title on FandangoNow for the week ended June 14.

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

Directed by Judd Apatow, the Universal film, in addition to Davidson, co-stars Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Steve Buscemi, Bel Powley and Maude Apatow. It follows Davidson’s experiences growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand-up comedy.

It is a premium VOD rental, like Universal’s animated Trolls World Tour at No. 3. Warner’s Scoob! at No. 2 is offered with both a PVOD rental and a pricier digital sellthrough option.

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The service’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 14 are:

  1. The King of Staten Island
  2. Scoob!
  3. Trolls World Tour
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. The Hunt
  6. Bad Boys for Life
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Burden
  9. The High Note
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level

Parks: SVOD Dominates Home Entertainment; Transactional VOD Is Growing

It may be an over-the-top video world, but new data from Parks Associates finds that transactional VOD, including digital sales and rentals of movies and TV shows, is increasing in the home.

The Dallas-based research firm, citing a first-quarter survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, shows overall video viewing grew by 45% from Q3 2018, with a continued rise in TVOD services. The latter doubled from 7% in Q3 2018 to 14% in Q1 2020.

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Retail sales of movies has been driven by early home entertainment access to Universal Pictures’ Trolls: World Tour, The Invisible Man, Emma. and The Hunt, in addition to Warner Bros.’ Scoob!, among others.

“Many steps in content windowing were narrowing already, but the current shelter-in-place orders pushed the digital distribution of new theatrical content to the front to offset the lost revenue from closed movie theaters,” research director Steve Nason said in a recent statement.

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“There are more than 200 OTT services in the U.S. alone, and many struggle to grow after launch,” added senior director Jennifer Kent. “Subscriber management platforms are one factor that can impact how video services expand beyond early growth stage. There are so many new opportunities to be able to capture the consumer with billing management, personalization features, and continuous interaction.”

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.