New ‘Candyman’ Film Leads Vudu Chart

Universal’s horror sequel Candyman scared up the top spot on the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 19.

The Jordan Peele-produced thriller, which debuted Sept. 17 as a premium rental, is set nearly 30 years after the events of the first film and is a fresh take on the urban legend about a killer in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects.

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, fell to No. 2 on the chart. The film is now available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in two versions, the director’s cut and the theatrical version.

Taking the bronze on the chart was Warner’s The Suicide Squad, newly available for both premium rental and purchase. The comic-inspired film stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Viola Davis and Sylvester Stallone.

At No. 4 was another comic-based feature, Black Widow, available for digital purchase. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, who confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was The Forever Purge, available for digital purchase. The next installment in the action horror series explores the prospect of a lawless Purge that never ends.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 19, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Candyman
  2. F9: The Fast Saga
  3. The Suicide Squad
  4. Black Widow
  5. The Forever Purge
  6. Jungle Cruise
  7. Don’t Breathe 2
  8. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  9. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Rotten Tomatoes Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with new content honoring the best of Hispanic film and television, including RT Recommends: 43 Hispanic Movies to Watch with the Whole Family, a curated list of Hispanic-themed titles that are family-friendly.

The list highlights movies such as RioCoco and the live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A curated collection with many of these films is available on Vudu.

In addition, Hispanic/Latinix critics Rosa Parra, Kate Sanchez, Kristen Maldonado, Jose Solis, Juan Barquin, Lupe Rodriguez Haas and Carlos Aguilar discuss the films that changed their lives with “Seven Hispanic Critics Open Up About Movies That Made a Major Impact on Their Lives.” Films discussed include The Book of LifeStand and DeliverThe Three CaballerosSpy KidsSelenaSalt of the Earth, and Strawberry and Chocolate.

Rotten Tomatoes will also honor 10 Groundbreaking Hispanic Filmmakers Who Cut Their Own Path in Hollywood, with a feature highlighting the careers of filmmakers Beatriz Michelena, Bill Melendez, Roberto Gavaldon, George A. Romero, Gregory Nava, Hype Williams, Lourdes Portillo, Patricia Cardoso, Ramon Menendez and Robert Rodriguez.

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Additional upcoming features and curated lists include 110 Essential Spanish-Language Movies20 Best Spanish-Language Shows on NetflixEssential Hispanic LGBTQ+ Movies, and Best Spanish-Language Horror Movies.

‘F9’ Takes the Lead on Vudu Chart

Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga led the chart of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 12.

The ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, the film is now available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD in two versions, the director’s cut and the theatrical version.

Don’t Breathe 2 repeated at No. 2. The sequel to the horror film about a blind killer is available for premium digital rental.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which became available for early digital ownership Aug. 31, fell from the top spot to No. 3. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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Coming in at No. 5 on the Vudu chart was Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The newest entry in the G.I. Joe franchise is available for premium rental and purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 12, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga
  2. Don’t Breathe 2
  3. Jungle Cruise
  4. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  6. Black Widow
  7. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  8. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  9. Respect
  10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

‘Jungle Cruise’ Floats to Top of Vudu Chart

Disney’s Jungle Cruise swam to the top of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Sept. 5.

Jungle Cruise became available for early digital ownership Aug. 31. Based on the classic Disneyland ride, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Frank, the skipper of an Amazon River tour boat, who is recruited by explorer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), who seeks an ancient tree with mythical healing abilities.

The No. 2 spot on the chart went to Don’t Breathe 2, the sequel to the horror film about a blind killer. The title is available for premium digital rental.

Taking the third spot on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, available for digital purchase Aug. 31 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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Coming in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart was Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, available for digital purchase and rental. A sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek.

Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, landed at No. 5. It’s available for digital purchase and premium rental.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 5, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. Don’t Breathe 2
  3. The Boss Baby: Family Business
  4. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  5. F9: The Fast Saga
  6. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  7. Wrath of Man
  8. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  9. Respect
  10. Black Widow

Vudu Mounting Sci-Fi and Fantasy Title Sale

Fandango’s TVOD service Vudu is mounting several sales on science-fiction and fantasy titles.

Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 is Vudu’s Summer of Savings: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sale, featuring more than a hundred titles at 25% off, such as blockbuster bundles including the Lord of the RingsThe HobbitStar Trek and Godzilla franchises, as well as recent titles such as Nicolas Cage’s Willy’s Wonderland, Anthony Mackie’s Synchronic and Bruce Willis’ Cosmic Sin. Also included in the sale are: Avatar, Labyrinth, Interstellar, Ready Player One, They Live, Limitless, Arrival, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, War of the Worlds (2005) and Edge of Tomorrow.

Other sci-fi-related sales include the Marvel Studios sale, Aug. 31-Sept. 8, with titles up to 60% off (select titles such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel for $7.99, with the four-movie Avengers collection for $29.99); “Pixar Fest,” Aug. 31-Sept. 15, with select Pixar titles, such as  Luca, Onward, Up and WALL-E, available at $9.99 each; and 1950s films at $5 each Aug. 31-Sept. 14, including The Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, It Came from Outer Space, It Came from Beneath the Sea, It! the Terror from Beyond Space and The War of the Worlds (1953).

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‘Snake Eyes’ Remains Atop Weekly Vudu Chart; ‘Respect’ Garners Weekend Top Spot

Paramount’s actioner Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins remained atop the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 29, while the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, which debuted as a premium rental Aug. 27, led over the weekend.

Snake Eyes — the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation — became available for premium digital purchase and rental Aug. 17. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, it delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett.

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Repeating at No. 2 on the weekly chart was Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which was released to digital platforms for premium purchase Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, landed at No. 3 for the week after leading over the weekend.

Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, landed at No. 4. It became available for premium rental July 30.

At No. 5 on the chart was the horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, available for digital purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 29, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  2. Black Widow
  3. Respect
  4. F9: The Fast Saga
  5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  6. Stillwater
  7. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  8. Peter Rabbit 2
  9. The Green Knight
  10. Wrath of Man

‘Snake Eyes’ Tops Vudu Chart, Bumping ‘Black Widow’ to No. 2

Paramount’s actioner Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins debuted at No. 1 on the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 22.

The film — the third live-action “G.I. Joe” movie rebooting the franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation — became available for premium digital purchase and rental Aug. 17. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy line, it delves into the backstory of the mysterious title character, a ninja warrior who conducts covert operations for the counter-terrorist military unit known as G.I. Joe. Welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir-apparent, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) joins the battle against the terrorist group Cobra. The cast also includes Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, and Samara Weaving as Scarlett.

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Dropping to No. 2 on the chart was Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which was released to digital platforms Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Remaining at No. 3 on the chart was Lionsgate’s sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek is available for digital rental and purchase.

Universal’s F9, the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise, became available for premium rental July 30. It landed at No. 4 on the chart.

Debuting at No. 5 on the chart was the Matt Damon drama Stillwater, available for premium rental. Damon stars as an American oil rig worker who travels to France to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 22, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
  2. Black Widow
  3. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  4. F9: The Fast Saga
  5. Stillwater
  6. The Green Knight
  7. Cruella
  8. A Quiet Place Part II
  9. The Forever Purge
  10. Wrath of Man

‘Black Widow’ Tops Vudu Chart, Bumping ‘F9: The Fast Saga’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, newly available to own in 4K UHD, debuted at No. 1 on the list of the 10 most popular movies on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu the week ended Aug. 15.

The film, which with a domestic theatrical gross of more than $178 million is the year’s biggest box office hit, knocked Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga to No. 2 after two weeks in the top spot.

Black Widow was released to all major digital platforms Aug. 10 following a concurrent run in theaters and as a Disney+ Premier Access PVOD add-on. In the film, Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and confronts her darker parts when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Hounded by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Along with Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Black Widow has also courted legal controversy, as Johansson is suing Disney over the film’s profits, claiming the box office take was diminished by the simultaneous PVOD strategy, thus lowering her potential earnings from the movie.

F9 is the ninth installment in the main “Fast & Furious” franchise. The film became available for premium rental July 30.

Lionsgate’s sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 from No. 2. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek debuted for digital purchase July 27.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, from Paramount Pictures, also slipped a notch to No. 4, while Warner’s Mortal Kombat finished the week at No. 5.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 15, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. Black Widow
  2. F9: The Fast Saga
  3. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  4. A Quiet Place Part II
  5. Mortal Kombat
  6. Joe Bell
  7. The Forever Purge
  8. Nobody
  9. Wrath of Man
  10. Pig

‘F9’ Stays in the Lead on Vudu Chart

For the second consecutive week, Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga finished first among all titles on Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu for the week ended Aug. 8.

In F9, the ninth installment in the primary series of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) leads his crew on another worldwide adventure to stop an evil scheme by his brother (John Cena). The film became available for premium rental July 30.

Lionsgate’s sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard repeated No. 2. An action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard debuted for digital purchase July 27. In the film, the lethal odd couple — bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) and hit man Darius Kincaid (Jackson) — are back. Still unlicensed, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid (Hayek). As Bryce is driven over the edge by the volatile spouses, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a madman (Antonio Banderas).

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Paramount Pictures’ horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, starring Emily Blunt, and written and directed by John Krasinski, took the bronze on the Vudu chart, rising from No. 4. The title is available for digital rental and purchase. In the film, following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must face the terrors of the outside world as they continue to fight for survival in silence.

Universal Pictures’ horror thriller The Forever Purge, the latest installment in the dystopian “Purge” franchise about periods when all crime becomes legal, landed at No. 4. The film is available as a premium digital rental.

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Warner Bros.’ latest Monsterverse installment, Godzilla vs. Kong, is on sale and reentered the chart at No. 5.

Among the rookie titles on Vudu’s top 10 list for the week were Pixar’s fantasy adventure Luca, which previously debuted on the Disney+ streaming service at no additional charge and is available as a premium rental, and the Nicolas Cage indie Pig, about a truffle hunter in search of his kidnapped pig and available for digital rental and purchase.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 8, in terms of revenue, are as follows:

  1. F9: The Fast Saga
  2. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  3. A Quiet Place Part II
  4. The Forever Purge
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong
  6. Luca
  7. Wrath of Man
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  9. Pig
  10. Peter Rabbit 2

Fandango Unites TVOD Services FandangoNow and Vudu Under Vudu

Fandango has officially announced the combination of its two transactional movie and TV content services Vudu and FandangoNow under Vudu.

The newly updated Vudu replaces FandangoNow as the official movie and TV store on Roku. (Vudu uses Roku Pay.)

The new Vudu service will offer more than 200,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows to rent or buy digitally, including the largest collection of 4K Ultra HD titles and thousands of titles to watch for free with no subscription required, according to the Fandango press release.

Vudu, which was acquired by Fandango in 2020, is available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households, according to The NPD Group. The service has more than 60 million registered users and serves millions of consumers daily across smart TVs, connected devices, mobile and online, according to the release.

“At Fandango, we’ve been building a digital network that super-serves tens of millions of fans across the entire entertainment lifecycle, from movie and TV discovery with Rotten Tomatoes, to our three theatrical ticketing apps and now an even larger scale Vudu on-demand streaming destination,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement. “During a time where consumers have a myriad of viewing options, we’re proud to deliver a service that presents an unparalleled library of content, many titles that are not available on subscription services, and the flexibility to pay as you go.”

“Consumer excitement for premium video on-demand has grown significantly as users turn to streaming to access the latest movies and TV show releases,” Tedd Cittadine, VP of content partnerships at Roku, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Fandango as we build a future where all TV will be streamed by creating a seamless experience for users to discover and enjoy premium video-on-demand releases.”

Vudu delivers multiple 4K Ultra HD audio-visual experiences, including premium formats such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision and is available on Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs; the Roku platform; Amazon Fire TV; Apple TV; Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex; PlayStation; Xbox; TiVo; and more. Other benefits include personalized deals with “Mix & Match” bundles; family-friendly features such as “Kids Mode”; tools to manage digital collections, such as list-building; and the ability to transfer physical discs to digital.

“By bringing its two services together on Vudu, Fandango will be able to rapidly innovate and make bolder, faster enhancements to benefit consumers and partners, especially important during an ever-changing media landscape,” read the press release. “Vudu’s size, reach and breadth of content, paired with Fandango’s scale in theatrical ticketing, will provide even more opportunities for studios, brands and marketers to reach a massive high value entertainment audience.”

Starting now, FandangoNow customers can transfer their accounts and movie and TV collections to Vudu. Access to their libraries will thereafter be provided through Vudu. The Movie Store and TV Store on Roku devices will automatically update from FandangoNow to the new Vudu.

Vudu, as was FandangoNow, is part of the Movies Anywhere cloud-based library service.