Fandango Celebrates 45th Anniversary of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Fandango is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sept. 26 with a curated playlist, movie sale, and video on the history of 20th century midnight movies.

Throughout the weekend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on sale for digital purchase at $7.99 on both FandangoNow and on Vudu, Fandango’s transactional VOD services.

Fandango is taking a deep dive into the history of 20th century midnight movies with a celebratory trivia video entitled “Do the Time Warp.”

Also, FandangoNow has curated a special collection of cult classics.

Also this weekend, Fandango is launching a regular monthly feature devoted to “Staff Picks.”

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“Some forty-five years ago, Rocky Horror made an everlasting impact on the moviegoing experience, creating a demand for cult films with avid audience participation,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “While many of us wish we could celebrate the anniversary in full style at the theater, it’s always a film worth cheering on, so let’s do the time warp again from home.”

‘Antebellum’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 20.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality.

Another Lionsgate title, The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the Vudu chart and the silver on the FandangoNow chart after remaining at No. 1 on both for three consecutive weeks.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite
  5. Alone
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Owners
  10. The Silencing

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Alone
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Fatima
  8. Blackbird
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Grizzlies

‘Bill & Ted’ Continues Adventure Atop Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for a third consecutive week in the week ended Sept. 13.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it.

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, again landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart, but fell from No. 5 to No. 6 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, it stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

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Fatima, available via premium VOD, again landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 9 from No. 8 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” remained at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart and at No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart for the week.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, again took the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart for the week. In the film, Ryan Phillippe plays a secret service agent on his way to pick up his estranged son from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist operation.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. Guest House
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. The Owners
  8. The Silencing
  9. Irresistible
  10. Critical Thinking

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 13, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. The Silencing
  6. The Owners
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog
  8. Rogue
  9. Fatima
  10. Trolls World Tour

‘Bill & Ted’ Again Tops Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music again topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Sept. 6.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it.

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, again landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart, but fell from No. 4 to No. 5 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. Released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, it stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

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Fatima, available via premium VOD, went up a notch to No. 2 from No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart, but fell to No. 8 from No. 6 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” remained at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart for the week, but fell to No. 4 on FandangoNow’s chart.

The action thriller The 2nd, which came out Sept. 1, took the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart for the week. In the film, Ryan Phillippe plays a secret service agent on his way to pick up his estranged son from his college campus when he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist operation.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. Fatima
  3. The 2nd
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. #Unfit
  7. Rogue
  8. Irresistible
  9. Robin’s Wish
  10. Hard Kill

 

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 6, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. 42
  5. The Silencing
  6. Trolls World Tour
  7. Rogue
  8. Fatima
  9. The Vanished
  10. Irresistible

‘Bill & Ted’ Makes Excellent Debut on Vudu and FandangoNow Charts

Bill & Ted Face the Music topped both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts for the week ended Aug. 30.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series, debuted via premium VOD rental and purchase Aug. 28. In the Orion Pictures film, the stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Keanu Reeves). To fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe. Meanwhile, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) also showed up among the top 40 films streaming on FandangoNow and Vudu, while the three-pack “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Triple Feature” was the top-selling bundle on both services.

Falling from its three-week perch at No. 1 on both charts, The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, landed at No. 2 on the Vudu chart and No. 4 on the FandangoNow chart for the week. The Tax Collector, released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss. The title is available at both digital retailers for rental and purchase.

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Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island, a Judd Apatow comedy based on the life of and starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” came in at No. 2 on FandangoNow’s chart and No. 3 on Vudu’s chart for the week. The title is available at both digital retailers for rental and purchase.

Fatima, available via premium VOD, landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart and No. 6 on the Vudu chart. The Universal drama, based on historical events in Portugal in 1917, follows a 10-year-old girl and her two young cousins who witness visitations of the Virgin Mary.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 30, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The King of Staten Island
  3. Fatima
  4. The Tax Collector
  5. Hard Kill
  6. The Silencing
  7. Rogue
  8. The Vanished
  9. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  10. Trolls World Tour

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 30, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  2. The Tax Collector
  3. The King of Staten Island
  4. The Silencing
  5. Rogue
  6. Fatima
  7. Superman: Man of Tomorrow
  8. Hard Kill
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Vanished

‘Tax Collector’ Again Tops FandangoNow and Vudu Charts

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, was the top movie for a third consecutive week on both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

Ruling the chart for the week ended Aug. 23, The Tax Collector, released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss. The title is available at both digital retailers for rental and purchase.

Coming in at No. 2 on both charts was Lionsgate’s thriller The Silencing. The film follows a reformed hunter living in isolation on a wildlife sanctuary who becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse as he and a local sheriff set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago. The title is available at both retailers for rental and purchase.

Taking the bronze on FandangoNow’s chart was Paramount’s The Vanished. Starring Thomas Jane, Anne Heche and Jason Patric, the thriller follows a couple whose vacation turns into a nightmare when their daughter disappears. The title is available at both FandangoNow and Vudu (where it came in at No. 6) for rental and purchase.

Universal’s animated family film Trolls World Tour landed at No. 3 on Vudu’s chart and No. 7 on FandangoNow’s chart for the week.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Tax Collector
  2. The Silencing
  3. The Vanished
  4. Emperor
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Irresistible
  9. Scoob!
  10. The 24th

 

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 23, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Tax Collector
  2. The Silencing
  3. Trolls World Tour
  4. Irresistible
  5. The King of Staten Island
  6. The Vanished
  7. Superman: Man of Tomorrow
  8. Sputnik
  9. Homefront
  10. The Secret: Dare to Dream

‘Tax Collector’ Tops FandangoNow and Vudu Charts

The Tax Collector, starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf, was the top movie for a second consecutive week on both the FandangoNow and Vudu charts.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

The Tax Collector, released by RLJ Entertainment through digital retailers Aug. 7, stars LaBeouf and Soto as “tax collectors” working for a Los Angeles crime lord who find their safety threatened by a rival of their boss.

The title is available at both digital retailers as a $6.99 rental and $14.99 purchase.

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FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 16, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Tax Collector
  2. The Silencing
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. The King of Staten Island
  5. Trolls World Tour
  6. Deep Blue Sea 3
  7. The Secret Garden
  8. Scoob!
  9. You Should Have Left
  10. The Invisible Man (2020)

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Aug. 16, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Tax Collector
  2. The King of Staten Island
  3. Trolls World Tour
  4. The Silencing
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  6. Deep Blue Sea 3
  7. Homefront
  8. You Should Have Left
  9. The Secret Garden
  10. Four Brothers

Report: Walmart to Bow $98 Yearly Subscription Service in July

Walmart in July will launch a $98 yearly subscription service to compete with Amazon Prime, according to a report from Recode.

The service will be called Walmart+.

In addition to same-day grocery delivery, fuel discounts and other offerings, the service is expected to include some sort of video entertainment content, though details are not clear, according to the report.

Walmart in April sold its video service Vudu.com to Fandango for an undisclosed amount, and reports citing internal sources had indicated that the big box retailer didn’t consider the VOD service a core business.

Amazon Prime subscriptions are $119 per year and, in addition to free shipping, offer access to streaming and transactional entertainment.

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Fandango Buys Vudu From Walmart

Comcast-owned movie ticket and transactional VOD service Fandango is buying Vudu.com from Walmart for an undisclosed amount.

In the deal, Vudu, which Walmart acquired 10 years ago for $100 million, will continue backend support for Walmart’s online digital movie business, while existing Vudu subscribers will still have access to content stored in the cloud. Vudu reportedly has access to 100 million households and nearly 15 million app downloads.

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It remains to be seen how Fandango will incorporate Vudu, either as a standalone service or combined with transactional platform FandangoNow.

“We will continue to invest in areas where we have the greatest strength and are in the best position to serve our customers today and in the future,” a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement. “Pickup and delivery are great examples of how we’ve invested to bring digital and physical capabilities together to better serve our customers, by offering more choice and convenience.”

Indeed, Walmart, which has been shopping Vudu for some time, plans to continue focus on physical and digital transactions through its stores and Walmart.com.

“We’re focused on serving customers through these type of omni-retail experiences and we’re actively prioritizing our investments to maximize our strengths and serve them in new ways,” said the spokesperson.

In 2017, Vudu became the first mobile app to convert DVDs and Blu-ray Disc titles into digital libraries from a customer’s phone. The mobile disc-to-digital platform operated on iPhone and Android devices and featured digital access to more than 8,000 movies from Lionsgate, Paramount Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (now Disney), Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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Vudu Adds New User Controls

Vudu March 12 announced new software features that afford users greater control of their content selections and libraries.

The Walmart-owned transactional VOD platform with more than 150,000 movies and TV shows now lets users create personalized content lists to suit their various needs such as “Family Movie Night” or “Date Night,” and organize their library accordingly.

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Movie collectors can now organize their content by franchise, including “My Star Wars Movies.” Users can also include titles that they haven’t purchased — such as tracking the top 100 movies of all time — or free titles from Vudu’s catalog or even create multiple wishlists such as “My Wife’s Wishlist” or “My TV Show Wishlist.”

“Vudu’s new lists feature aims to further its mission to empower their customers and provide them with the best possible user experience,” the platform said in a statement.

Vudu is a member of the industry-backed Movies Anywhere platform.

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