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

Ticket to Paradise and Where the Crawdads Sing prove that theaters are still unbeatable when it comes to promoting movies at home.

“Ticket to Paradise” (Universal, $19.99) almost swept the VOD charts this week, only succeeding on Google Play. The success of the Julia Roberts-George Clooney rom-com, destined for a domestic theatrical gross that could reach $75 million, has been cut to the studio’s standard plan for a home release after three weekends. It’s still thriving in theaters, finishing in third place for the weekend, providing more evidence that theatrical release is raising the bar for movies for home play. Increased theatrical marketing may help.

Theatrical success was also key to Netflix’s new #1 hit “Where the Giraffes Sing.” Sony’s highly 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 indie successes in other genres. “Ticket” and “Crawdads” are also the kinds of projects that major streaming players want to put together, with limited or no theatrical footprint.

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

“Crawdads” replaced “Falling for Christmas,” a Netflix original rom-com starring Lindsay Lohan, at No. 1 on the Netflix chart. (Now #2, drove for two days.) New among the originals is the documentary “Capturing the Nurse Killer” and “Lost Bullet 2” (a sequel to the French Netflix thriller). The chart also includes three animation studio titles, led by “The Bad Guys,” with “Sing 2” slipping away after they’ve been breaking records for nearly five months.

Long-running titles in the VOD charts include “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount, $4.99), “Nope” (Universal, $5.99), and “Bullet Train” (Sony, $5.99), joined by “Terrifier 2.” (Cinedigm, $5.99 – $9.99) After the surprise box office success of over $10 million for the no-budget horror sequel. It ranks as high as 2nd in Vudu.

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

“Don’t Worry Baby” (Warner Bros. Discover/$19.99) added HBO Max after the 45-day mark, leaving it at just one position (#8 on Vudu).

Paramount just announced that its surprise single “Smile” will see both Paramount + and PVOD play this week; It will probably be #1 next week.

Note: Title #2 on Vudu is “Yellowstone: Season 2.” Our chart only lists featured movies, so other lesser titles have been bumped up.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily by the number of transactions. These listings are for November 14. The distributors listed are the current rights holders. Prices for all titles are for rent.

Itunes

1. Ticket to Heaven (universal) – $19.99

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

3. The Bullet Train (Sony) – $5.99

4. Nope (universal) – $5.99

5. Paradise City (Saban) – $6.99

6. Amsterdam (Disney) – $19.99

7. Terrifying 2 (Cinedigm) – $9.99

8. Medieval (The Avenue) – $5.99

9. The Grinch (universal) – $3.99

10. Autumn (Lionsgate) – $5.99

google apps

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

2. Ticket to Heaven (universal) – $19.99

3. The Bullet Train (Sony) – $5.99

4. Nope (universal) – $5.99

5. Terror 2 (Cinedigm) – $5.99

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

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

8. Where the Cordads Sing (Sony) – $5.99

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

10. After happiness (voltage) – $3.99

Voodoo

Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which drives up the premium VOD titles. This list covers November 7-13.

1. Ticket to Heaven (universal) – $19.99

2. Horror 2 (Cinedigm) – $9.99

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

4. The Beast (universal) – $5.99

5. The Bullet Train (Sony) – $5.99

6. Nope (universal) – $5.99

7. Medieval (The Avenue) – $5.99

8. Don’t worry, baby (WBD) – $19.99

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

10. Autumn (Lionsgate) – $5.99

Netflix movies

The current most-watched ranking on the Netflix daily chart for Monday, November 14th. Originals includes both the titles produced and acquired by Netflix and initially offered in the United States.

1. Where the chords sing (2022 original play)

2. Falling at Christmas (2022 Netflix original)

3. The bad guys (Theatrical release 2022)

4. Enola Holmes 2 (2022 Netflix original)

5. The killer nurse has been arrested (2022 British Netflix Original Documentary)

6. Lost Bullet 2 (2022 original in French)

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

8. Hotel Transylvania 2 (Theatrical release 2015)

9. Captain Phillips (2013 theatrical release)

10. The Good Nurse (2022 Netflix original)

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