‘Spencer’ succeeds in VOD release, ‘Venom’ continues to dominate

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Two new VOD releases show that very different windows can still lead to similar successes.

Barely three weeks after its theatrical release, “Spencer”, starring Kristen Stewart, is enjoying success beyond the multiplex, thanks to a strategy of rapid theatrical release on VOD. The award nominee hit PVOD the day before “House of Gucci” hit theaters actress), and just before the big groups started giving out their annual awards.

The potential for more attention to rewards could help her overall earnings in the coming weeks, but even in her first week on PVOD, Pablo Larrain’s portrayal of a slice of Princess Diana’s life benefited. of a solid initial diffusion. The movie is already # 4 on Apple TV / iTunes and # 8 on Vudu, and # 12 on the Google Play list, usually behind schedule. Distributor Neon gets the same box office and VOD shot on their films as top studios, but with a much smaller investment. “Spencer” – which grossed less than $ 7 million – could prove to be very profitable.

Elsewhere, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Sony / $ 19.99) kicked off what will likely be a multi-week run to top the VOD charts. With no release date on the home platform for “Eternals” (Disney), “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” – already the second box office winner in 2021 for a movie involving a Marvel character – has little immediate competition as a first draw.

Unlike “Spencer,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” had an eight-weekend theatrical window before getting a home release. It comes with “Free Guy” as a top-grossing title that not only delayed PVOD, but was also only available in theaters when it was first released. This last-minute PVOD strategy will continue to drive revenue as 80% of the PVOD price (minus shipping costs) goes directly to Sony, even as the film nears half a billion at the global box office.

“Venom: let there be carnage”

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Beyond these two titles and their very different strategies, the rest of the VOD charts seem very familiar. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Disney / $ 19.99) had the most interesting move: In his second week, after starting at # 1 or # 2, he fell sharply, with its current best performance at No. 5 at Google Play. It hasn’t even made it to all three charts. This drop is probably not a reflection of the hit title (the # 1 national hit since 2019); instead, moviegoers figured out that Disney + subscribers can now watch the movie for free.

“No Time to Die” (United Artists / $ 19.99) and “Free Guy” (Disney / $ 5.99) split second and third on all three charts, continuing their strong performance. The 2000’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Universal / $ 3.99) is also featured on each chart, with the latest “The Grinch” (Universal / $ 3.99) winning places on two of them. Has the perennial “A Christmas Story” been replaced by a favorite of the season? It looks like this.

“Black Friday” (Screen Media / $ 6.99), sneaking up to # 10 in Vudu, is the only other new entry. The original VOD release, a horror comedy about a toy store overrun by parasitic shoppers, stars Devon Sawa and longtime genre icon Bruce Campbell.

Halle Berry’s first director “Bruised,” tops Netflix’s top 10, which currently only features one non-Netflix original on the list. The film, about the return of a mixed martial arts fighter (played by Berry), premiered over a year ago at the Toronto International Film Festival. Number 2 is “A castle for Christmas”. This Scottish romance stars Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes, and is also directed by women. At the helm is veteran Mary Lambert (“Pet Sematary”), who first gained attention decades ago thanks to her acclaimed genre work. Netflix continues to intrigue with its content / creation matches.

Elsewhere at the streaming giant, Christmas content reigns supreme with six of the 10 titles on its top ten vacation-related list. These include the new “A Boy Called Christmas” at # 4. This one has Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent in its cast, and is directed by Gil Kenan, who collaborated with Jason Reitman on the recent box office hit. -office “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.

“The Christmas Chronicles 2”

Old Netflix originals rarely reappear in their Top 10, but the two “Christmas Chronicles” movies (the latter directed by Chris Columbus) are listed this week. The only non-Netflix original title in the group: Nancy Meyers’ 2006 romantic comedy “The Holiday,” another vacation-centric entry.

Apple TV / iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily based on number of transactions regardless of revenue generated. These are the November 29 lists. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.

Apple TV / iTunes

1. Venom: let there be carnage (Sony) – $ 19.99

2. No time to die (United artists) – $ 19.99

3. Free man (Disney) – $ 5.99

4. Spencer (Neon) – $ 19.99

5. The Grumpy (Universal) – $ 3.99

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $ 3.99

7. Old Henry (Scream) – $ 5.99

8. Elf (Warner Bros.) – $ 3.99

9. Jungle cruise (Disney) – $ 5.99

10. The Green Knight (A24) – $ 4.99

google play

1. Venom: let there be carnage (Sony) – $ 19.99

2. Free guy (Disney) – $ 5.99

3. No time to die (United artists) – $ 19.99

4. The suicide squad (Warner Bros.) – $ 5.99

5. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings (Disney) – $ 19.99

6. F9 (Universal) – $ 5.99

7. Old (Universal) – $ 5.99

8. The Grumpy (Universal) – $ 3.99

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $ 3.99

10. Jungle cruise (Disney) – $ 5.99

Seen

Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which elevates Premium VOD titles. This list covers November 22-28

1. Venom: let there be carnage (Sony) – $ 19.99

2. No time to die (United artists) – $ 19.99

3. Free man (Disney) – $ 5.99

4. The Addams Family 2 (United artists) – $ 19.99

5. The suicide squad (Warner Bros.) – $ 5.99

6. Jungle cruise (Disney) – $ 12.99

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $ 3.99

8. Spencer (Neon) – $ 19.99

9. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings (Disney) – $ 19.99

10. Black Friday (Screen Media) – $ 6.99

Netflix Movies

Most viewed, current ranking as of Monday, November 29; the originals include both the titles produced and acquired by Netflix that they initially presented in the United States

1. Contused (original Netflix release from 2021)

2. A castle for Christmas (original Netflix release from 2021)

3. Red notice (original Netflix release from 2021)

4. A boy called Christmas (original Netflix release from 2021)

5. Holidays (theatrical original from 2006)

6. Christmas Chronicles (2018 Netflix original)

7. Off (2021 Animated Netflix Original)

8. Love hard (original Netflix release from 2021)

9. Christmas Chronicle 2 (2020 Netflix original)

10. The more they fall (original Netflix release from 2021)

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