Where to watch: Ticket to Paradise on VOD, Crawdads on Netflix

“Ticket to Paradise” and “Where the Crawdads Sing” prove that theaters remain unbeatable when it comes to promoting home movies.

ticket to paradise(Universal, $19.99) nearly swept the VOD charts this week, failing only on Google Play. The success of the Julia Roberts-George Clooney romantic comedy, heading for a domestic theatrical production of perhaps $75 million, was in line with the studio’s standard home release schedule after three weekends. It’s still booming in theaters, taking No. 3 for the weekend, providing more evidence that theatrical play is elevating movies for home play. Increased marketing might even help the theater.

Theatrical success was also key to Netflix’s new No. 1. “Where the Crawdads sing.” Sony’s wildly successful adaptation of Delia Reese’s bestseller opened in mid-July with a domestic total of $90 million. Theaters can’t live off comic books and other franchises alone; they need a resurgence of standalone hits in other genres. “Ticket” and “Crawdads” are also the types of projects top streamers want to corral, with little or no theatrical footprint.

“Crawdads” is another case of Sony using Netflix as a streaming outlet, a pattern that began with “Uncharted.” Let’s assume the deals are lucrative for Sony, which doesn’t have to bear the massive streaming site costs that burden the other big five studios. Netflix may soon see Sony’s “Bullet Train” and “The Woman King” as well.

“Crawdads” replaced “Falling for Christmas,” the Netflix original romantic comedy starring Lindsay Lohan, as No. 1 on the Netflix chart. (Now No. 2, it led for two days.) New originals include the documentary “Capturing the Nurse Killer” and “Lost Bullet 2” (a sequel to Netflix’s French thriller). The chart also includes three animation studio titles, led by “The Bad Guys,” with “Sing 2” dropping after a nearly five-month high.

Long-term titles on the VOD charts include “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount, $4.99), “Nope” (Universal, $5.99) and “Bullet Train” (Sony, $5.99). joining is “Terrifier 2” (Cinedigm, $5.99-$9.99) after the surprise box office hit of over $10 million for the no-budget horror sequel. It ranks as high as #2 in Vudu.

Two other new titles have joined the iTunes charts – “Amsterdam” (Disney, $19.99) and “Paradise City” (Saban, $6.99). The latter stars Bruce Willis (in one of his last roles before retirement) and veteran director Chuck Russell’s John Travolta (“The Mask,” “Eraser”).

“Don’t Worry Darling” (Warner Bros. Discovery/$19.99) added HBO Max past the 45-day mark, leaving it with just one placement (#8 on Vudu).

Paramount just announced that their surprise hit “Smile” will be playing on both Paramount+ and PVOD this week; it’s likely to be #1 next week.

Worth noting: Vudu’s #2 title is ‘Yellowstone: Season 2’. Our chart only lists feature films, so other lower titles have been bumped up a notch.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily based on the number of transactions. These are the November 14 lists. The distributors listed are the current rights holders. Prices for all titles are for rental.

itunes

1. Ticket to Paradise (Universal) – $19.99

2. Top Gun: Maverick (Priority) – $4.99

3. Bullet train (Sony)- $5.99

4. No (Universal) – $5.99

5. The Paradise City (Saban) – $6.99

6. Amsterdam (Disney) – $19.99

7. Terrifying 2 (Cinedigme) – $9.99

8. Medieval (The Avenue) – $5.99

9. The Grumpy (Universal) – $3.99

10. Fall (Lions Gate) – $5.99

google play

1. Top Gun: Maverick (Priority) – $4.49

2. Ticket to Paradise (Universal) – $19.99

3. Bullet train (Sony)- $5.99

4. No (Universal) – $5.99

5. Terrifying 2 (Cinedigme) – $5.99

6. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $4.99

7. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal) – $4.99

8. Where the Crawdads sing (Sony)- $5.99

9. Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) – $5.99

10. After Always Happy (Voltage) – $3.99

Vudu

Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which elevates Premium VOD titles. This list covers November 7-13.

1. Ticket to Paradise (Universal) – $19.99

2. Terrifying 2 (Cinedigme) – $9.99

3. Top Gun: Maverick (Priority) – $4.99

4. Beast (Universal) – $5.99

5. Bullet train (Sony)- $5.99

6. No (Universal) – $5.99

7. Medieval (The Avenue) – $5.99

8. Don’t Worry Honey (WBD) – $19.99

9. Three thousand years of nostalgia (United Artists) – $19.99

10. Fall (Lions Gate) – $5.99

Netflix Movies

Most Viewed, current ranking on the Netflix Daily Chart as of Monday, November 14. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles that it initially shows in the United States. Netflix releases its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on watch time.

1. Where the Crawdads sing (2022 theatrical original)

2. Fall for Christmas (Netflix Original 2022)

3. The bad guys (theatrical release 2022)

4. Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix Original 2022)

5. Capture the Killer Nurse (2022 UK Netflix Original Documentary)

6. Lost Ball 2 (French original from 2022)

7. Minions and more 2 (animated home video release in 2002)

8. Hotel Transylvania 2 (theatrical release 2015)

9. Captain Phillips (theatrical release 2013)

10. The Good Nurse (Netflix Original 2022)

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Herman C. Harkins