‘Let Him Go’ Leads Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Let Him Go topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 29.

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

The drama, available as a premium rental, stars Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a retired sheriff and his wife who leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas.

Taking the silver on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available for digital purchase. The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was the action-adventure The New Mutants, which is based on the Marvel comics. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

The Josh Duhamel comedy Buddy Games took the silver on the FandangoNow chart. It follows six lifelong friends who have a five-year falling out. Bob (Duhamel), aka “The Bobfather,” reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, a competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. The title also stars Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon (“Entourage”).

Coming in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart was Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as a frustrated Santa Claus who is targeted by a rich kid who received a lump of coal for his selfishness. The kid hires an assassin to kill Santa.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Let Him Go
  2. Love and Monsters
  3. The New Mutants
  4. Buddy Games
  5. Fatman
  6. Unhinged
  7. Come Play
  8. Iron Mask
  9. Mulan
  10. Elf

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 29, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Let Him Go
  2. Buddy Games
  3. Fatman
  4. The New Mutants
  5. Come Play
  6. Unhinged
  7. Mulan
  8. The Informer
  9. Love and Monsters
  10. Iron Mask

Vudu, FandangoNow Launch Thanksgiving Week, Cyber Monday Sale

Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Vudu and FandangoNow, Fandango’s transactional on-demand streaming services, are offering a sale on more than 175 movie bundle deals and more than 1,000 recent hits and classics.

Films are priced as low as $5, along with 25% off savings on classic series collections such as the complete “Harry Potter” franchise and TV series such as “Friends” and “Supernatural.” All are available on sale through Nov. 30.

Consumers who purchase any bundle on Vudu or FandangoNow during Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale can earn a $2 promo code per bundle to use toward any titles in the month of December. Promo codes earned from the Bonus Bundle offer will be automatically added to accounts on or around Dec. 5, 2020.

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Fandango’s Thanksgiving Week sale encompasses:

  • More than 175 movie bundles, featuring complete film collections of popular franchises, available for 25% off, including the “Harry Potter” eight-film collection, “Twilight: The Complete Saga,” the “Jurassic Park” five-film collection and “The Dark Knight” trilogy;
  • More than 120 new movies available to own for $9.99 each, including Trolls World Tour, Antebellum, Birds of Prey and After We Collided;
  • More than 200 titles available to own for $7.99 each, including Knives Out, Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jaws and The Wolf of Wall Street;
  • More than 240 titles available to own for $6.99 each, including Hot Tub Time Machine, Legally Blonde, Man of Steel, Capone and Jexi;
  • More than 350 movies available to own for $5 each, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Catch Me If You Can, Reservoir Dogs and Gemini Man;
  • Many TV seasons available to own for under $10 each, including “The Walking Dead,” “Friends,” “Supernatural,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Below Deck Mediterranean,” “Ray Donovan” and “The Wire.”

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“We’re thrilled to launch our biggest home entertainment sale ever, as Thanksgiving week makes for a great time to stock up on classics and contemporary favorites for the holidays,” said Fandango EVP and chief commercial officer Kevin Shepela, in a statement. “FandangoNow and Vudu will continue to host new offers throughout the week to help fans find holiday viewing deals with our comprehensive collection of movies and TV shows in 4K UHD.”

‘New Mutants’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The New Mutants topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 22.

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

The action-adventure, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 17, is based on the Marvel comics. The film follows five young people who demonstrate special powers who are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the silver on both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was the horror thriller Come Play, which debuted on TVOD Nov. 20. In the film, Parents fight to save their son when a mysterious creature uses his electronic devices to break into our world.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. Mulan
  5. The Informer
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Love and Monsters
  8. Jiu Jitsu
  9. Chick Fight
  10. Elf

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The New Mutants
  2. Unhinged
  3. Come Play
  4. The Informer
  5. Mulan
  6. Iron Mask
  7. Chick Fight
  8. Love and Monsters
  9. Jiu Jitsu
  10. Dreamland

‘Knives Out,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’ Top Fandango Holiday Film Survey

Knives Out was voted the top movie to watch for Thanksgiving, Home Alone was voted the favorite family-friendly holiday film, and Die Hard was named the top unconventional holiday film by fans on Fandango’s transactional video on-demand services, Vudu and FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 film fans in the first weeks of November.

As might be expected, 92% of those surveyed expect to watch more movies at home during the holiday season than in previous years. Also, 71% said they are planning to binge watch during the holiday season, and 62% said they plan to watch their favorite holiday classics more than once.

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“Watching a favorite classic movie is part of a beloved holiday tradition for many families,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “This year there’s an extra nostalgia factor because many of us cannot gather together in front of the same screen. The top picks center on the power of families, warts and all, and serve as the kind of cinematic comfort food we look forward to enjoying during the holiday season.”

 

Top Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving:

  1. Knives Out
  2. Addams Family Values
  3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  5. Home for the Holidays
  6. Grumpy Old Men
  7. Free Birds
  8. Scent of a Woman
  9. Pieces of April
  10. The Oath

 

Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Movies

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. The Santa Clause
  4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. The Polar Express
  8. A Christmas Story
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies:

  1. Die Hard
  2. Edward Scissorhands
  3. Gremlins
  4. Bad Moms Christmas
  5. Bad Santa
  6. Krampus
  7. Office Christmas Party
  8. The Night Before
  9. Trading Places
  10. Anna and the Apocalypse

 

Favorite Performances as Santa Claus:

  1. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
  2. Edward Asner, Elf
  3. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
  4. Tom Hanks, The Polar Express
  5. James Cosmo, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  6. Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34thStreet (1994)
  7. Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus
    8. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)
  8. Rickey Smiley, The Friday After Next
  9. Alec Baldwin, Rise of the Guardians

 

Favorite Holiday Movie Villains:

  1. Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern), Home Alone
  2. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Die Hard
  3. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. The Grinch (Jim Carrey), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Oogie Boogie (Ken Ross), The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. Frank Cross (Bill Murray), Scrooged
  7. Scrooge (Jim Carey), Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  8. Fulton Greenway (Michael Lerner), Elf
  9. Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), Jingle All the Way
  10. Scut Farkas (Zack Ward), A Christmas Story

 

The winners can also be found in the holiday sections on Vudu and FandangoNow.

Vudu, FandangoNow Offering Discounts on Pixar Titles for ‘Toy Story’ 25th

To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the animated classic Toy Story, Fandango is offering 50% off pricing on more than 20 of Disney and Pixar’s movies through its transactional VOD services Vudu and FandangoNow.

The offer, good through Nov. 22, includes the following films in 4K Ultra HD at $9.99 each: Toy Story 4Toy Story 3Toy Story 2Toy StoryFinding NemoFinding DoryThe IncrediblesThe Incredibles 2CocoInside OutMonsters Inc.Monsters UniversityRatatouilleWALL*EUpBraveCarsCars 2Cars 3A Bug’s Life and The Good Dinosaur.

Movie bundles include the Toy Story four-movie collection at $34.99; the The Incredibles two-movie collection at $19.99; the Finding Nemo two-movie collection at $19.99; and the Cars three-movie collection at $29.99.

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“With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to expand your movie library and pick up some of your all-time favorite films,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “My family loves collecting classics like The Incredibles and Toy Story so we can watch them over and over again, and this week’s sale gives fans a chance to grab some favorites to enjoy during the holidays.”

Toy Story, released theatrically in 1995, was the first feature film from Pixar. It marked the directorial debut of John Lasseter and was the first fully computer-animated feature film. The film holds a rare 100% approval from Rotten Tomatoes, the review-aggregation website for film and television shows.

Toy Story earned three Academy Award nominations (Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and Best Original Score) and won a Special Achievement Academy Award. In 2005, its first year of eligibility, it was inducted into the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

‘The Informer’ Again Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Informer again topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 15.

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

The crime thriller, available on PVOD beginning Nov. 6, stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Common. It follows an informant for the FBI working to help dismantle the Polish mafia’s drug trade in New York. When the operation goes wrong, he is coerced into returning to prison to take down the cartel from the inside.

The live-action remake of the Disney animated classic Mulan, available for digital purchase, came in at No. 2 on both charts.

Coming in at No. 3 on the Vudu chart was Love and Monsters, available via premium VOD. The film takes place seven years after a “monsterpocalypse” — giant monsters taking over the Earth’s surface — forces all of humanity to move into underground colonies. It came in at No. 4 on the Vudu chart.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the bronze on the FandangoNow chart. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. The title landed at No. 5 on the Vudu chart.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 15, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Mulan
  3. Love and Monsters
  4. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  5. Unhinged
  6. Spell
  7. The Craft: Legacy
  8. After We Collided
  9. Chick Fight
  10. Antebellum

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 15, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Mulan
  3. Unhinged
  4. Love and Monsters
  5. Chick Fight
  6. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  7. Spell
  8. The Craft: Legacy
  9. Echo Boomers
  10. Come Away

Fandango’s Cameron Douglas: TVOD ‘Quietly Had a Moment in 2020’

With the focus on the growth of SVOD and AVOD streaming services during the pandemic, transactional VOD has been somewhat overlooked, said Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment at Fandango.

“All the press is about SVOD and AVOD services, ad-supported or subscription, but transactional sort of quietly had a moment in 2020,” he said during a virtual panel for the American Film Market.

Premium VOD has certainly been a focus of services such as FandangoNow and sister TVOD outlet Vudu (both are owned by Fandango) as theaters have closed and new releases have rushed to digital, but catalog has been rising to the occasion as well.

“Our No. 1 library title today is Friday the 13th, because it’s Friday the 13th,” Douglas noted. “Sometimes the audiences find their own catalog.”

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Still, the Fandango team has been making an effort to bring catalog to the fore.

“We’ve had to work harder at curation of catalog because there’s fewer new releases that are those tentpoles that we can sort of talk about and then sort of drive the traffic to other content or discovery of other content,” he said. “We just launched this summer a new, what we call ‘staff pick,’ but it’s actually a joint creation between the Fandango team and the Rotten Tomatoes team where we’ve come up with themes and genres where we’ve been able to sort of bring different portions of the 150,000-title library up to the surface in different ways and fresh and interesting ways. … Right now, we have one that’s spy thrillers, and that’s probably because, as I think about it, there wasn’t a Bond movie to watch, and there’s probably an opportunity to catch up on those and certainly it had interesting and unfortunate timing having to do with [the death of James Bond star] Sean Connery.”

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One big advantage of TVOD services is that titles aren’t subject to a licensing window, like they are on SVOD and AVOD services.

“It’s the best Blockbuster story in the world because it has very deep content, from all eras, all genres,” he said. “I said a couple weeks ago in an article that it’s the canon of modern filmmaking essentially.”

Consumers also have the choice to rent or buy a title on TVOD services.

“FandangoNow and Vudu actually complement each other,” Douglas said. “Fandango is stronger in VOD, in rental, so that’s your Blockbuster activity, you’re renting a movie for 48 hours. Vudu has actually fostered more of a collector.”

Douglas admitted that he thought electronic sellthrough, which has an early window before disc, had seemed to foster “unintentional ownership” in the digital realm, as consumers bought titles merely because that was the only way to watch them.

“I think Vudu has proven me wrong on that,” he said. “Really there is a genuine collector. We’re seeing consumers that have amassed huge libraries, and it’s obvious that these are not things that were just in that two-week window. These are deep catalog. This is someone that’s collected every version of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ extended version, regular version, and they’re proud to have that in their library. It’s like the old ‘Cribs’ MTV Show where people always showed off their DVD collection … and I think now people are proud to show off their digital collection.”

Still, Douglas noted that theatrical exhibition is an essential part of the business.

“Our relationship with the exhibitors is very important to us, so we want people back in theaters as soon as safely possible, when each individual is comfortable with that,” he said.

Vudu Service Launches on PlayStation 5

Vudu, the transactional video-on-demand service owned by Fandango, is available on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s next-generation PlayStation 5 game console at launch Nov. 12, the company announced.

Vudu, which was already available on the PS4, offers more than 150,000 movies and TV shows, including thousands of titles in 4K.

“As longtime fans know, PlayStation consoles are not just for playing games; they’re one of the most widely-used media hubs and a popular way to stream entertainment content at home,” read a Fandango press release. “With Vudu on PS5, fans can watch more movies and TV shows from the comfort of their home with no subscription required.”

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“Vudu is focused on delivering fans the latest new-elease and premium event titles, as well as our comprehensive catalog of movies and TV shows, and we’re thrilled to offer all of that content on PS5 at launch,” says Kevin Shepela, EVP, chief commercial officer, Fandango. “It’s a great time for fans to find their favorites to stream on their consoles, as we head toward the holidays and our Thanksgiving week sales.”

New movies coming to Vudu this month include Come Away (Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo), The New Mutants (Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy), The Personal History of David Copperfield (Dev Patel), Dreamland (Margot Robbie), along with thousands of films and TV shows on sale during Thanksgiving week and that are not yet available on subscription services.

‘The Informer’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The Informer topped both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Nov. 8.

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

The crime thriller, available on PVOD beginning Nov. 6, stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike and Common. It follows an informant for the FBI working to help dismantle the Polish mafia’s drug trade in New York. When the operation goes wrong, he is coerced into returning to prison to take down the cartel from the inside.

Blumhouse’s  The Craft: Legacy, which debuted on PVOD Oct. 28, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and came in at No. 3 on the FandangoNow list. A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny.

Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, took the silver on the FandangoNow chart. In the thriller, Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. That title landed at No. 6 on the Vudu chart.

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Meanwhile, After We Collided took the bronze on the Vudu chart. Based on the 2014 novel, it’s a followup to After and chronicles the romance of two young lovers.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 8, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. The Craft: Legacy
  3. After We Collided
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. Unhinged
  7. Antebellum
  8. Mulan
  9. The Call
  10. Ava

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 8, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Informer
  2. Unhinged
  3. The Craft: Legacy
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. After We Collided
  7. Mulan
  8. Mortal
  9. Antebellum
  10. The Dark and the Wicked

 

‘The Craft: Legacy,’ ‘Unhinged’ Top Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy topped the Vudu chart while Unhinged again topped the FandangoNow chart for the week ended Nov. 1.

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

In Unhinged, Russell Crowe plays a mentally unstable man who pursues a female driver in an extreme case of road rage. That title landed at No. 3 on the Vudu chart.

The Craft: Legacy debuted on PVOD Oct. 28. A continuation of the 1996 film The Craft, in which aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers, the film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny (Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex), Gideon Adlon (The Society, Blockers, The Mustang), Lovie Simone (Selah & the Spades, Greenleaf), Zoey Luna (Pose, Boundless) and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella), with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. The Craft: Legacy landed at No. 2 on the FandangoNow chart.

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After We Collided came in at No. 2 on the Vudu chart and No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. Based on the 2014 novel, it’s a followup to After and chronicles the romance of two young lovers.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 1, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. The Craft: Legacy
  2. After We Collided
  3. Unhinged
  4. Love and Monsters
  5. Spell
  6. Beetlejuice
  7. Mulan (2020)
  8. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
  9. Halloween (1978)
  10. Hocus Pocus

 

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Nov. 1, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Unhinged
  2. The Craft: Legacy
  3. After We Collided
  4. Spell
  5. Love and Monsters
  6. Mulan (2020)
  7. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula
  8. The Call
  9. Antebellum
  10. Halloween (1978)