‘Spencer’ Succeeds in VOD Release, ‘Venom’ Continues to Dominate

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

Just three weeks after hitting theaters, Kristen Stewart stars in the title role.”Spencer“Looking for success beyond multiplexing, thanks to a quick stageVOD release strategy. The award nominee hit PVOD the day before “House of Gucci” hits theaters (that movie boasts another big break from star Lady Gaga, and she and Stewart may be up against each other in the fray. race for Best Actress), and just before the big groups start giving out their annual awards.

The potential for more awards could help its overall revenue grow in the coming weeks, but in its first week airing on PVOD, Pablo Larrain’s portrait of a piece of Princess Diana’s life off to a strong start. It has ranked 4th on Apple TV/iTunes and 8th on Vudu, and 12th on the Google Play list that often lags behind. Neon distributors also receive Van Phong and VOD take over its films as the flagship studio, but with a much smaller investment. “Spencer” — which grossed under $7 million — could prove very profitable.

Elsewhere, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (Sony / $19.99) has begun what will likely be a multi-week run at the top of the VOD charts. No home platform release date has been set for “Eternals” (Disney), “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” – already the No. 2 winner at the 2021 box office for a film involving an individual Marvel characters – there’s little immediate competition to make it to the top.

Unlike “Spencer,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” had an eight-week run ahead of its home release. It, along with “Free Guy” as the highest-grossing title, not only caused PVOD to be delayed, but also only in theaters upon its initial release. This late broken PVOD strategy will continue to boost the studio’s revenue, as 80% of the PVOD price (minus shipping) will go directly to Sony, even if the film hits half a billion dollars worldwide. .

Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock/Venom in Columbia Pictures' VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Aside from those two titles and their very different strategies, the rest of the VOD chart looks very familiar. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Disney/$19.99) had the most interesting turn of events: For its second week, after its initial #1 or #2 spot, it plummeted without a brake. , with the best result currently at 5th place at Google Play. It wasn’t even on all three charts. This drop may not be a reflection of the box office hit (the #1 domestic hit since 2019); instead, moviegoers attracted by Disney+ subscribers can now watch movies for free.

“No Time to Die” (United Artists / $19.99) and “Free Guy” (Disney / $5.99) split second and third on three charts, continuing to be wildly successful. Also on top of each chart is 2000’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Universal / $3.99), followed by “The Grinch” (Universal / $3.99) taking spots for two of them. . Has the perennial “Christmas Story” been replaced by a seasonal favorite? Look at that road.

“Black Friday” (Screen Media / $6.99), which took 10th place at Vudu, is the only other new entry. Original VOD release, a horror comedy about a toy store invaded by parasitic shoppers, star Devon Sawa and longtime genre icon Bruce Campbell.

“Bruised,” the directorial debut of Halle Berry, which tops the Netflix top 10, currently has only one non-Netflix Original on the list. The film, about a mixed martial arts fighter (played by Berry) returns, premiered more than a year ago at the Toronto International Film Festival. Number 2 is “Christmas Castle.” That Scottish-set romance stars Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes, and is also directed by a woman. At the top is veteran Mary Lambert (“Pet Sematary”), who first came to the attention decades ago for her popular work of the genre. Netflix continues to intrigue with its creative/content combinations.

Elsewhere at the streaming giant, Christmas content rules with six of the 10 titles on the top ten list related to the holiday. These include “A Boy Called Christmas” also new at No. 4. The film features Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent in its cast, and is directed by Gil Kenan, who has collaborated with Jason Reitman on the series. Recent hit movie “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.

“Christmas Chronicles 2”

Netflix originals have rarely reappeared in their top 10 charts before, but two “Christmas Chronicles” movies (a Chris Columbus sequel) are listed this week. . The only non-Netflix original title in the series: Nancy Meyers’ 2006 rom-com “The Holiday,” another holiday-focused entry.

Apple TV/iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily by number of transactions, regardless of revenue accrued. This is the listing for November 29. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.

Apple TV / iTunes

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

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

3. Free boy (Disney) – $5.99

4. Spencer (Neon) – $19.99

5. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

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

7. Old Henry (Scream) – $5.99

8. Elves (Warner Bros.) – $3.99

9. Jungle Cruise (Disney) – $5.99

10. Green Knight (A24) – $4.99

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. 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 Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

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

10. Jungle Cruise (Disney) – $5.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transaction, which elevates the premium VOD title. This list covers November 22-28

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

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

3. Free boy (Disney) – $5.99

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

5. 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 ratings as of Monday, November 29; original including the Netflix-produced and requested title that they originally presented in the US

1. Bruised (Netflix original 2021)

2. A castle for Christmas (Netflix original 2021)

3. Red Notice (Netflix original 2021)

4. A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix original 2021)

5. Vacation (2006 theatrical original)

6. The Chronicles of Christmas (2018 Netflix original)

7. Extinction (Animated Netflix original 2021)

8. Love yourself (Netflix original 2021)

9. The Chronicles of Christmas 2 (2020 Netflix Original)

10. The harder it is, the more they fall (Netflix original 2021)

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