‘Dune,’ ‘The Power of the Dog,’ ‘The Last Duel’ Shines on VOD

Theatrical interest varies, but “Dune,” “The Last Duel,” and “The Power of the Dog” all received warm interest at home during their first weeks.

After a week is the undisputed Premium VOD champion, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Sony / $19.99) has company this week with “Last match“(Disney/$19.99) and”Sand dunes” (Warner Bros./$24.99). “Carnage” remained at number one at Google Play and Vudu, while “The Last Duel” remained at number one at Apple TV/iTunes. “Dune” takes the second two of its slots.

The two newly released films have very different theatrical routes. After Ridley Scott’s medieval battle movie starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver failed to make much of an impact in theaters, Disney had to wait six weeks. The film’s star power, direction, and violent premise may have created a preference for home viewing.

“Dune” took another course. This weekend, the film remained in the top 10 theaters (the return to IMAX theaters provided a boost). It spent the first 31 days also on HBO Max. It debuted on PVOD, priced at $24.99 instead of the standard $19.99. That doesn’t seem to have deterred viewership compared to what was previously available on the streamer for free to subscribers. Both “Carnage” and “No Time to Die” (United Artists/$19.99) remain at standard rental costs even though both movies are much larger in theaters. (You can buy “Dune” for $29.99.)

At Netflix, Jane Campion’s”The power of the dog“Walked at #1 on day one and has remained there ever since, including during the weekend hours when streamers noticed the heaviest views. While not quite the same as the box office top 10 list, this ranking is a reflection of the mass audience for Campion’s acclaimed film. If this movie had been made for a large theatrical release in the pre-COVID environment, it would have been unthinkable that it would have ever reached #1.

It was an impressive initial achievement. Few of Netflix’s award-winning films have made it to the top of their list. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” had a few days at the top; Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” is even less. Few titles last more than a week, and Campion’s film is now in its sixth day.

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“The Power of the Dog”

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Netflix has never won an Academy Award for Picture or Lead Performances, but Campion’s film is proud to be a contender for both, as well as supporting actor and a host of hand-crafted productions. Whether any of this translates into the perception of popular approval needed to further bolster a candidate remains unclear. Meanwhile, the film – possibly for reasons that include its Western setting and promise of raw drama coupled with Campion’s reputation and strong reviews – has supplanted the chart-to-table performance of other movie stars. streamers’ 2021 Oscar nominees like “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “The Chicago Seven’s Experiment,” and “Mank. “

Serial titles “No Time to Die,” “Free Guy” (Disney/$5.99) and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Disney/$5.99) joined “Carnage” ” and “Dune” on all three charts, along with continued interest in “The Grinch” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (both Universal/$3.99).

One new release that has so far failed to make the top 10 is “Belfast” (Focus / $19.99). Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white Northern Ireland coming-of-age story has a PVOD release after three weekends, as is normal for Focus (and this explains its non-platform release). It’s in the top 20 on Apple TV/iTunes and can be expected to have a longer-than-usual shelf life, but it’s entangled in a much different awards schedule. Usually, this timing would parallel the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, where it could have done well. So far, it’s not getting the expected citations; can affect performance in the theater as well as at home.

In its second week, “Spencer” (Neon / $19.99) remained on two charts. It had a slightly higher theatrical run than “Belfast,” but its higher appeal most likely came from the theme (Princess Diana) and the star (Kristen Stewart). For both films, with lower financial investment from distributors, consistently stable interest rates means more than the original position.

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“Single all the way”

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Although it’s close to December 25, fewer seasonal films dominate the top 10. A surprising #2 pick is “Single All the Way” from Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (who has credits for the film. including “A Home at the End of World”). A gay variation on the awkwardness of facing a vacation without a partner and family, it has clearly found mainstream appeal and that makes a statement in itself.

Apple TV/iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily by number of transactions, regardless of revenue accrued. This is a listing for December 6. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.

Apple TV / iTunes

1. The Last Match (Disney) – $19.99

2. Sand dunes (Warner Bros.) – $24.99

3. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) – $19.99

4. There’s no time to die (United Artists) – $19.99

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

6. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

7. Free boy (Disney) – $5.99

8. Spencer (Neon) – $19.99

9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney) – $5.99

10. Elves (Warner Bros.) – $3.99

Google Play

1. Venom: Let There Will Be Carnage (Sony) – $19.99

2. Free boy (Disney) – $5.99

3. There’s no time to die (United Artists) – $19.99

4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney) – $5.99

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

6. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

7. Sand dunes (Warner Bros.) – $24.99

8. Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

9. F9 (Universal) – $5.99

10. Old (Universal) – $5.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transaction, which elevates the premium VOD title. This list covers November 29 – December 5

1. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) – $19.99

2. Sand dunes (Universal) – $24.99

3. The Last Match (Disney) – $19.99

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

5. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney) – $19.99

6. There’s no time to die (United Artists) – $19.99

7. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

8. Free boy (Disney) – $5.99

9. Elves (Warner Bros.) – $3.99

10. Addams Family 2 (United Artists) – $19.99

Netflix Movies

Most viewed, current ratings as of Monday, December 6; original including the Netflix-produced and requested title they originally presented in the US

1. The power of the dog (Netflix original 2021)

2. Single all the way (Netflix original 2021)

3. Life (Theatrical release in 1999)

4. Red Notice (Netflix original 2021)

5. Loop (Theatrical release in 2012)

6. A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix original 2021)

7. A castle for Christmas (Netflix original 2021)

8. Law-abiding citizens (Theatrical release in 2009)

9. Bruised (Netflix original 2021)

10. Final destination 5 (Out in theaters 2011)

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