‘Elvis’ Dances to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Warner Bros.’ Elvis debuted atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 14.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic arrived for premium digital rental and purchase Aug. 9. The film, which stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, tells the story of Elvis (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru, the latest installment in the Illumination animated series. The film, which tells the story of 12-year-old Gru’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 on the chart was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, available for digital purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in the basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

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Debuting at No. 5 on the chart was My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, newly available for digital purchase. In the anime film, when a sinister organization threatens to wipe out all superhuman powers, the fate of the world is on the line.

With the Aug. 8 death of Olivia Newton-John, her 1978 musical hit Grease landed at No. 7 on the chart, with another film starring the late singer, 1980’s Xanadu, appearing at No. 19.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 14, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Elvis
  2. Minions: The Rise of Gru
  3. Jurassic World Dominion
  4. The Black Phone
  5. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission
  6. Lightyear
  7. Grease
  8. Gone in the Night
  9. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  10. The Bad Guys

Paramount’s Dan Cohen New Chair of DEG; Warner’s Jim Wuthrich Becomes Chair Emeritus

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on Aug. 12 unveiled its new board of directors, with Paramount Global chief content licensing officer Dan Cohen elected chair and prior chair Jim Wuthrich, president of content distribution at Warner Bros. Discovery, moving to chair emeritus.

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Jonathan Zepp, head of media and entertainment global partnerships at Google, is the home entertainment trade association’s new vice chair.

DEG is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and says it aims to drive membership “that reflects the diverse, global and fluid digital entertainment marketplace.”

The new officers of the DEG board were elected to two-year terms and will serve through July 2024.

Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, returns as CFO, with Rick Hack, head of media and entertainment partnerships at Intel Corp., re-elected secretary.

Returning DEG member Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and Amazon Web Services (AWS), a new DEG member company, are each represented with new DEG board directors: Jason Spivak, EVP, distribution, North America, SPE, and Chris Blandy, global leader, strategy and business development, media & entertainment, at AWS.

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A+E Networks and Fandango/Vudu are longstanding members returning to the board. They are represented, respectively, by Mark Garner, EVP, content licensing and business development, and Mark Young, SVP of strategy, business and corporate development for Fandango and Vudu and general manager of Rotten Tomatoes.

The new DEG board also includes two seats representing DEG’s two alliances, the D2C Alliance (D2CA) and the Advanced Content Delivery Alliance (ACDA), which the trade group says “play increasingly important roles in focusing DEG membership for the future and broadening the organization’s membership.”

The D2CA director is Adam Lewinson of Tubi. The ACDA director is Bill Neighbors of Xperi Holding Corp. Both Lewinson and Neighbors serve as chief content officer of their respective companies.

DEG directors also appointed Robin Tarufelli of Deloitte as a special board advisor for the 2022-23 term, a role “intended to provide diversity of input from membership sectors and companies that might not otherwise be represented on the board,” DEG says.

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DEG arrives at its quarter-century mark with an expanding global membership that includes 81 member companies encompassing all areas of digital entertainment, with diverse business segments and from a wide range of geographical locations. Examples include Israel’s Deepdub, a localization service provider; Argentina’s BB Media, a data science company specializing in media and entertainment; South Korea’s Blintn, a global content marketplace; and U.S.-based TreeTrunk, which introduces a new standard for NFTs that enables blockchain royalty collection and distribution.

“I’m delighted that DEG membership is evolving to reflect the increasingly global nature of the digital entertainment ecosystem,” said new board chair Cohen in a statement. “The new board is committed to serving all DEG members and to providing the membership even more opportunities for collaboration, education and networking across industry sectors and across borders.”

“We welcome all of our new DEG board directors and are thrilled about our expanding base of companies based outside the U.S.,” said Amy Jo Smith, DEG president and CEO. “I’m grateful that they see the value of membership in DEG, which is committed to continuing to deliver high return on investment for members evolving into global providers of direct-to-consumer entertainment.”

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Debuts Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru debuted atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Aug. 7.

The latest installment in the Illumination animated series tells the story of 12-year-old Gru’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. It’s available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the chart was Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion. Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Dropping from No. 2 to No. 3 on the chart was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, newly available for regular digital purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in the basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

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Debuting at No. 4 on the chart was Disney’s Lightyear, newly available for digital purchase. In the animated film based on the Toy Story character, while spending years trying to return home, marooned space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) encounters an army of ruthless robots.

Rising from No. 6 to No. 5 on the chart was Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses.

Among the other titles debuting on the chart for the week were the Winona Ryder horror thriller Gone in the Night, landing at No. 7, and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, a drama about a woman who covets couture, coming in at No. 10.  

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 7, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Minions: The Rise of Gru
  2. Jurassic World Dominion
  3. The Black Phone
  4. Lightyear
  5. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  6. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  7. Gone in the Night
  8. The Bad Guys
  9. Paradise Highway
  10. Harris Goes to Paris

Vudu Offering Exclusive Clips, Gift Cards, Game Discount for ‘Rise of Gru’ Debut

Vudu is offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of Steve Carell at Vudu and Fandango.com as Universal and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru debuts on the transactional digital service. 

The title is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Vudu is also providing a guide to activities, games and crafts, including activity sheets that feature instructions for making a Minions pet rock and how to create an origami ninja star, minions badges and minion popsicle stick puppets, as well as access to coloring sheets and a banana split recipe.

Vudu is also offering seven Minions: The Rise of Gru-themed gift cards.

In addition, for a limited time, consumers purchasing Minions: The Rise of Gru on Vudu will get a discount code good for 50% off the new Exploding Minions family game, the Minions-themed version of the popular Exploding Kittens, featuring new cards and illustrations. Here’s how to play the game and see here for details on the offer.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Remains No. 1 on Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion for a third consecutive week remained atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 31.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase beginning July 15, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Also remaining at No. 2 for a third week was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, also available for premium digital rental and purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in his basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

Rising from No. 6 to No. 3 on the chart was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, available for digital rental and newly on sale for digital purchase. In the latest installment about J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding world, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and a Muggle baker on a dangerous mission.

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Remaining at No. 4 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase and rental. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, available for digital purchase. The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League is a re-edited and extended version of the DC Comics adaptation, which he couldn’t finish in 2017, and serves as the sequel to his 2013 film Man of Steel and its 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Among the titles debuting on the chart were DC’s animated Green Lantern: Beware My Power, landing at No. 8, and Lionsgate’s crime thriller Paradise Highway, starring Juliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman, coming in at No. 9.  

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 31, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jurassic World: Dominion
  2. The Black Phone
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  4. The Bad Guys
  5. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  7. Uncharted
  8. Green Lantern: Beware My Power
  9. Paradise Highway
  10. The Northman

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Remains Atop Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion remained atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 24.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase beginning July 15, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Also remaining at No. 2 for a second week was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, also available for premium digital rental and purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in his basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

Debuting at No. 3 on the chart was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, available for digital purchase. The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League is a re-edited and extended version of the DC Comics adaptation, which he couldn’t finish in 2017, and serves as the sequel to his 2013 film Man of Steel and its 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Rising from No. 5 to No. 4 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Rising from No. 10 to No. 5 on the chart was The Northman, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The film, based on the Viking legends that inspired Hamlet, tells the story of a deposed Viking prince who returns from hiding to seek revenge against his uncle for murdering his father.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 24, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jurassic World Dominion
  2. The Black Phone
  3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  4. The Bad Guys
  5. The Northman
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  7. The Batman
  8. Father Stu
  9. Morbius
  10. Everything Everywhere All at Once

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Roars to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion debuted atop the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 17.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase beginning July 15, the movie co-stars franchise regulars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with cast members Laura Dern, Sam Neil, and Jeff Goldblum from the original series. It’s the third in the “Jurassic World” franchise and the sixth in the overall “Jurassic” franchise. In the film, set four years after the destruction of Isla Nubar, dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Debuting at No. 2 was Universal’s horror film The Black Phone, also available for premium digital rental and purchase. It follows a teenage boy who is abducted by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke) and discovers a phone in his basement that allows him to communicate with the killer’s previous victims.

Moving up from No. 9 to No. 3 on the chart was Sony Pictures’ Morbius, available for digital rental and on sale for digital purchase. The Marvel Comics-based film stars Jared Leto as the enigmatic superhero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a cure that unleashes a darkness inside him.

Rising from No. 8 to No. 4 on the chart was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. In the latest installment about J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding world, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and a Muggle baker on a dangerous mission.

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Falling from No. 2 to No. 5 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Vudu’s top-selling bundle was the “Jurassic Five-Movie Collection” with the previous five films available in 4K Ultra HD and on sale for $34.99.

Also debuting on the chart (No. 7) was The Bob’s Burgers Movie, newly available for digital purchase. The animated musical comedy-mystery is based on the Emmy-winning TV series.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended July 17, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Jurassic World: Dominion
  2. The Black Phone
  3. Morbius
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  5. The Bad Guys
  6. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  7. The Bob’s Burgers Movie
  8. The Lost City
  9. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  10. The Northman

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Leads Weekly Vudu Chart

A24’s multiverse fantasy Everything Everywhere All at Once led the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 10.

The film, newly available for digital rental, stars Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, a flustered immigrant mother who is contacted from a parallel universe and told that only she can save the world. The film is also available for digital purchase.

Remaining at No. 2 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Landing at No. 3 was Open Road Films’ Liam Neeson actioner Memory, also newly available for digital rental. Also offered for digital purchase, the film follows an expert assassin caught in a moral quagmire.

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Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, available for digital purchase beginning June 22, fell from the top spot to No. 4 on the chart. The Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses and is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power.

Landing at No. 5 on the chart was Universal’s The Northman, available for digital purchase and rental. Based on the Viking legends that inspired Hamlet, it tells the story of a deposed Viking prince who returns from hiding to seek revenge against his uncle for murdering his father.

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

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. Memory
  4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  5. The Northman
  6. Last Seen Alive
  7. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  8. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  9. Morbius
  10. Ambulance

‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel Again Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for a second consecutive week led the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended July 4.

Available for digital purchase beginning June 22, the Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange seeks to protect a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses and is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power.

Remaining at No. 2 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, available for digital purchase. Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Returning to the chart at No. 3 was Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, newly available for regular digital purchase after its availability for premium digital purchase and rental. In the latest installment about J.K. Rowlings’ wizarding world, professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and a Muggle baker on a dangerous mission.

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The Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, newly on sale for digital rental and purchase, rose from No. 5 to No. 4 on the chart. Cage stars as himself in the film. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish). He must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

Sony Pictures’ Morbius, available for digital purchase and rental, fell from No. 3 to No. 5 on the chart. The Marvel Comics-based film stars Jared Leto as the enigmatic superhero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a cure that unleashes a darkness inside him.

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

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  4. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  5. Morbius
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  7. Firestarter
  8. Uncharted
  9. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  10. Last Seen Alive

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Tops Weekly Vudu Chart

Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness topped the chart of the 10 most popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended June 26.

The Marvel Comics-based sequel stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. She is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Strange to vow to protect her. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by Sam Raimi.

Rising from No. 3 to No. 2 on the chart was DreamWorks Animation’s caper comedy The Bad Guys, newly available for regular digital purchase (It was previously available at a premium price.). Distributed by Universal, the animated adventure follows reformed but misunderstood criminal animals who attempt to become good.

Sony Pictures’ Morbius, available for digital purchase and rental, fell from the top spot to No. 3 on the chart. The Marvel Comics-based film stars Jared Leto as the enigmatic superhero Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder and determined to save others from suffering the same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a cure that unleashes a darkness inside him.

Rising to No. 4 from No. 10 on the chart was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, on sale for digital rental and purchase. The sequel follows Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz), who after settling in Green Hills is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returns, this time with new partner Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations.

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The Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, newly available for digital rental (It’s been available for digital purchase.), rose from No. 8 to No. 5 on the chart. Cage stars as himself in the film. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

The Doctor Strange Two-Movie Collection, comprised of the first Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness for $29.99, is the top-selling movie bundle on Vudu. The top-selling TV bundle on Vudu is Game of Thrones: The Complete Series, with the full franchise available in 4K Ultra HD and on sale for $59.99 through June 27.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended June 26, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  2. The Bad Guys
  3. Morbius
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  5. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  6. Uncharted
  7. Downton Abbey: A New Era
  8. Memory
  9. The Lost City
  10. Everything Everywhere All at Once