Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Tops Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

The Liam Neeson actioner The Marksman took the top spot on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended May 2.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

Available for digital purchase, The Marksman follows a hardened border town rancher (Neeson) who helps a young boy escape to safety across America with vicious drug cartel assassins on their heels.

Coming in at No. 2 on both charts was Universal Pictures’ Nobody, available for premium VOD rental. The suspense actioner stars Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) as a seemingly ordinary suburban husband and father whose pent-up fury is unleashed when his home is broken into. His search for vengeance unveils a secret from his past.

Taking the third spot on the Vudu chart was Warner Bros.’ Justice Society: World War II, available for digital purchase April 27. The DC Universe animated title features The Flash fighting alongside Wonder Woman, who has assembled a team of Golden Age heroes, The Justice Society.

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 6 on Vudu) was Warner Bros.’ animated and live-action comedy Tom & Jerry. Available for premium VOD rental starting April 16, it previously debuted simultaneously in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service. In the film, the iconic mouse Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner (Chloë Grace Moretz) to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon dropped to No. 4 on both charts. The fantasy adventure became available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service. In the film, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart (No. 6 on FandangoNow) was the sci-fi film Voyagers, available as a premium VOD rental. Starring Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead and Colin Farrell, the film follows a crew of astronauts setting off for a new planet, a journey that descends into chaos.

Coming in at No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 9 on Vudu) was the Oscar-lauded drama Nomadland, available for digital purchase and rental. The film won three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Director for Chloé Zhao).

The Father, which earned Anthony Hopkins a Best Actor Oscar for his performance, landed at No. 10 on the FandangoNow chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended May 2, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Marksman
  2. Nobody
  3. Justice Society: World War II
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon
  5. Voyagers
  6. Tom & Jerry
  7. Monster Hunter
  8. The Little Things
  9. Nomadland
  10. The Croods: A New Age

 

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

  1. The Marksman
  2. Nobody
  3. Tom & Jerry
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon
  5. Nomadland
  6. Voyagers
  7. The Courier
  8. The Resort
  9. Percy vs. Goliath
  10. The Father

‘H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones’ Due on DVD, Digital and On Demand June 15

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones will be available on DVD, digital, on demand and available to rent at Redbox kiosks from Distribution Solutions.

In the horror film, a married couple rents a beachside cottage only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and strange occurrences. They soon discover themselves in the grips of a mysterious cult and their ancient sea god.

Winner of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best FX at the Anatomy Crime & Horror International Film Festival, and winner of Best Film at the Arizona Underground Film Festival, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones is written and directed by Chad Ferrin (Parasites, Someone’s Knocking at the Door) and stars Gina La Piana (Stay With Me, Ali G Indahouse, Our Bnb Life), Johann Urb (“Arrow,” Resident Evil: Retribution, “Californication”), Robert Miano (Fast & Furious, Donnie Brasco, Get Done), and Jackie Debatin (“The Office,” “Kroll Show,” “According to Jim”).

Distribution Solutions is a division of Alliance Entertainment.

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Thriller ‘Magic Mountains’ Due on Digital and VOD May 14 From Level 33

The Dutch independent thriller Magic Mountains will be released in virtual cinemas and on digital and VOD May 14 by Level 33 Entertainment.

Directed by Urszula Antoniak, the film follows Lex, a Dutch writer, who has money and fame but no peace of mind since Hannah left him years ago. Looking for closure on their relationship, Lex asks Hannah to go with him to the mountains for a last climb together. But Voytek, their professional mountain guide, senses that Lex may be unstable and refuses to leave Hannah alone with him.

The film stars Thomas Ryckewaert, Hannah Hoekstra and Marcin Dorocinski.

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Gravitas Ventures to Distribute Doc ‘The Holy Game’ on VOD

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to distribute the documentary The Holy Game. The title will come out on cable and digital video-on-demand platforms June 29.

From director Brent Hodge (I Am Chris Farley, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary), the film offers an exclusive look at an officially sanctioned Vatican soccer tournament for priests. Beyond the Vatican walls, there is a soccer championship like no other in which young priests in seminary from around the world gather to play in the Clericus Cup. The documentary feature explores religion, sport and tradition, and looks at why anyone in this era would sacrifice so much to become a priest.

“Brent’s documentary is a fascinating peek behind the curtain, grappling with controversy and harsh truths alongside inspiring observations and amusing anecdotes from the next generation of the priesthood, all set against the backdrop of this unique tournament,” Tony Piantedosi, VP of acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement.

Gravitas Ventures released Hodges’ previous documentary, Who Let the Dogs Out in 2019.

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“We are thrilled to be working with Gravitas again on the release of The Holy Game,” Hodge said in a statement. “I am always in search of projects that reveal unique windows into different worlds, and this doc is truly that. Not only do we have direct access to the priesthood, the Vatican, but we also get a glimpse into this one-of-a-kind soccer tournament and where religion fits in modern day culture. We are excited for people to see it.”

Horror Thriller ‘Sound of Violence’ Due on Cable and Digital VOD May 21 From Gravitas Ventures

The horror thriller Sound of Violence will debut on cable and digital VOD May 21 from Gravitas Ventures.

The film, written and directed by Alex Noyer (808, SXSW 2015) premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and stars Jasmin Savoy Brown (the upcoming Scream revival, “The Leftovers”), Lili Simmons (“Ray Donovan,” “Banshee,” Bone Tomahawk), James Jagger (“Vinyl,” The Outpost) and Tessa Munro (“S.W.A.T.”).

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The film follows Alexis, who recovered her hearing after witnessing the brutal murder of her family when she was 10. The experience awakens synesthetic abilities in her and starts her on a path of self-discovery through the healing tones of brutal violence. Supported and loved by her roommate Marie, who is unaware of the dark secrets behind her music, she goes on to pursue a career teaching and experimenting to find new sounds. Faced with the likelihood of losing her hearing again, Alexis escalates her pursuit of her masterpiece through gruesome sound experiments.

Culinary Series ‘How She Rolls’ to Debut on PBS Living Channel in May

In May, “How She Rolls,” a half-hour lifestyle documentary and culinary series, will debut on the PBS Living channel, available on Prime Video and Apple TV Channels.

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

The program follows the life of Carrie Morey, an award-winning baker, entrepreneur, and mother, wife and daughter who transformed a made-by-hand mail order biscuit company, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, into one of the South’s best small business success stories.

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Each episode follows Morey as she balances being a mom to three daughters with the pressures of being a business owner in what has been an unpredictable year. Whether she’s traveling the country to attend food expos, dealing with the obstacles of opening a new breakfast and lunch biscuit eatery three hours from home, or putting work aside to prepare a dinner for her family, viewers follow Morey’s challenges and triumphs.

In the 10-episode inaugural season, viewers are introduced to Morey as she runs a growing business from her kitchen, her car, food festivals, her daughter’s volleyball games and anywhere else she finds herself. The series takes us from the early beginnings of starting her business — juggling her family life while opening a new store in Charlotte, N.C. — and soon after the opening, when the pandemic hits and the coronavirus overtakes America. Over the next few months, Morey sheds staff and runs out of flour, but also discovers a new path to success. With faith and determination, Morey is able to take her employees to a dairy farm to learn how buttermilk is made, cook with her parents (her culinary inspiration) and begin to create recipes for a new cookbook.

Kelsey Grammer Film ‘The Space Between’ Due on Digital and VOD June 15

The Kelsey Grammer film The Space Between will come out on digital and VOD June 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film will have a limited theatrical run starting April 23.

In the coming-of-age story set during the 1990s L.A. music scene, Grammer stars as Micky Adams, an eccentric has-been rock musician who loses his grip on reality as his record label looks to drop him and his new “unique” albums. In hopes of breaking out of the mailroom, young Charlie Porter (Jackson White) is tasked with traveling to the musician’s bizarre home and forcing Micky out of his contract. Micky realizes Charlie could be the key to an artistic breakthrough and the pair’s unlikely friendship grows. The odd but powerful bond helps both gain perspective on the music industry, life, love — and the space between.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Keeps Top Spot on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 held at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 10.

The DC-comic-based film, repeating in the top spot for a second week, continued to get a boost from its arrival on Blu-ray and DVD March 30 after being released though digital retailers on March 16 (a release preceded by PVOD and a simultaneous Christmas Day 2020 debut in theaters and on streaming service HBO Max).

News of the WorldThe Croods: A New Age and Monster Hunter all repeated in spots two through four, in order, from the previous week. The Oscar-nominated Promising Young Woman, which jumped from No. 6, rounded out the top five.

The comedy Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar, co-starring and co-written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), entered the chart at No. 10 after coming out on Blu-ray and DVD April 6. Also new to the chart for the week was Willy’s Wonderland, starring Nicolas Cage, dropping in at No. 11. Shadow in the Cloud, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as a World War II flight officer on a secret mission when her bomber is attacked by gremlins, returned at No. 18 after its April 6 DVD and Blu-ray release in an otherwise steady chart.

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The Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental).

The Western News of the World (No. 2) stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who makes a living reading newspapers to people in frontier towns and is tasked with returning a young white girl who had been captured and raised by Indians to her family.

Universal Pictures’ DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (No. 3) features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Dinklage and follows the caveman Crood family as they encounter the more civilized Bettermans.

Sony Pictures’ video game adaptation Monster Hunter (No. 4) stars Milla Jovovich as the leader of a military unit battling deadly creatures from another world.

Promising Young Woman (No. 5), nominated for five Oscars, stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie, whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. News of the World (Universal)
  3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  4. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  6. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  7. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Soul (Disney)
  10. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  11. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  12. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)
  13. Let Him Go (Universal)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner)
  16. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  18. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical)
  19. The Vault (Paramount)
  20. Tenet (Warner)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 10.

Faith-Based ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Coming to DVD and VOD May 11

The faith-based film My Brother’s Keeper will arrive on DVD and VOD May 11 from Collide Distribution in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film, which shares a story of faith and forgiveness in the wake of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, was directed by Kevan Otto (A Question of Faith, Forgiven) and written by U.S. Army Veteran Ty Manns (A Question of Faith, The 5th quarter). The film stars T.C. Stallings (War Room, A Question of Faith), Joey Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”, “Blossom,” “Hawaii Five-0”), Robert Ri’chard (Coach Carter, “Empire”) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”).

My Brother’s Keeper follows the story of returning war veteran SFC Travis Fox (Stallings), who has one more battle to fight — PTSD.  Fox and his best friend Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Lawrence) are in their sixth combat deployment when Preach and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in a deadly improvised explosive device attack. Travis returns to his hometown to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away years before. In searching for answers about his parents, he also discovers a new obstacle in PTSD. He finds support from church counselor Tiffany Robertson (Knight-Pulliam) and slowly begins to rediscover his faith in God, until he uncovers a secret hidden by his best friend Donnie Berry (Ri’chard) that threatens his new-found faith, restores his guilt and causes him to consider the unthinkable.

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The film also had a theatrical run.

“It was so encouraging that many theaters across the U.S. re-opened their theaters with My Brother’s Keeper, a desperately needed story of hope,” Manns said in a statement. “It is also an incredible honor that the film was able to play on military bases and at the National Infantry Museum. We pray that, as the film becomes available to larger audiences through home entertainment, the story continues to give encouragement to those struggling with issues of PTSD, forgiveness, and loss. A reminder that, no matter what the situation, there is always hope.”

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Repeats at No. 1 on Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Disney’s animated Raya and the Last Dragon again took the top spot on the Vudu and FandangoNow charts the week ended April 11.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango.

The fantasy adventure Raya became available for digital purchase April 2 following its debut in theaters and via Premier Access with an added charge for subscribers to the Disney+ streaming service. In the film, long ago, in the world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. When sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good.

Warner Bros.’ DC comic-based Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, repeated at No. 2 on the Vudu chart and fell one spot to No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. It became available for digital purchase March 16 following its PVOD rental run.

Coming in at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart (No. 4 on Vudu) was Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, available for premium VOD rental April 2. Based on the best-selling novel The Knife of Never Letting Go and set in the not-too-distant future, the film follows Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) who discovers a mysterious girl named Viola (Daisy Ridley). She has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. In this dangerous landscape, Viola’s life is threatened and, to protect her, Todd must discover his inner power and unlock the planet’s dark secrets.

Taking the bronze on the Vudu chart (No. 4 on FandangoNow) was City of Lies, which became available for digital rental and purchase April 9. Starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, it follows a disgraced L.A.P.D. detective who — unable to solve his biggest case, the murders of rap icons Tupac Shkur and The Notorious B.I.G. Poole — enters into an uneasy partnership to put the case to rest.

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Taking the fifth spot on both charts was Warner’s The Little Things, available via premium VOD rental starting March 19. The psychological thriller stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto and follows a Kern County deputy sheriff who is sent to Los Angeles for a quick evidence-gathering assignment, but instead becomes embroiled in the search for a killer who is terrorizing the city.

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

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Wonder Woman 1984
  3. City of Lies
  4. Chaos Walking
  5. The Little Things
  6. Willy’s Wonderland
  7. The Croods: A New Age
  8. Every Breath You Take
  9. Monster Hunter
  10. News of the World

 

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

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Chaos Walking
  3. Wonder Woman 1984
  4. City of Lies
  5. The Little Things
  6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  7. News of the World
  8. The Croods: A New Age
  9. Every Breath You Take
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah

 

In other FandangoNow news, the service is offering a sale on the “Hotel Transylvania” trilogy in 4K Ultra HD for $24.99 (usually $29.97) as part of its “Triple Feature Bundle Sale.” Fandango debuted “Monster Pets: A Hotel Transylvania Short,” a Sony short released to celebrate Pets Day April 11 and in anticipation of a new feature in the series, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which debuts July 23.