Spiderhead Tops Netflix While Sony Movies Rule VOD Charts

Sony’s lower-priced movies rule VOD charts elsewhere as consumers look for value on their home viewing costs.

Is it a sign that consumers are becoming more price conscious? This week VOD the charts suggest perhaps, and also that Sony is still figuring out how to thread the needle without its own transmission channel.

Morbius”, newly reduced to $5.99, “Uncharted” at the same price though not new, and the quickly reduced “Father Stu” took the spot, with the first two sharing #1 positions.

Sony has typically had somewhat extended windows for its best movies like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Uncharted,” and then has done well in more expensive PVOD transactions for extended periods. “Morbius” and “Father Stu” had more standard 45-day PVOD releases, and “Stu” a cut-price accelerated game.

The lowest-cost “Morbius” is back at No. 1 on Google Play and Vudu, with “Uncharted” taking the lead on iTunes. When not number 1, each movie is number 2 or 3 in the remaining frame. “Stu” ranks 5th on iTunes and 10th on Google Play.

This is a change from last week, when two new PVOD releases, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” (Focus) and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24), both at $19.99, topped all charts. Neither maintained their lead position, with “Everything” ranging from #3 to #5, “Downton” at #6 on two charts, and missing the Google Play top 10.

That even Vudu, which calculates by money paid for titles rather than transactions, has “Morbius” and “Uncharted” in its top two, and three of its top five with similarly lower prices, raises questions. That means four or more times people chose them over the top-rated PVOD title (“Bad Guys”/Universal at $19.99). It seems that many home viewers now see that if they wait a few weeks, they can see a movie for a lower price. And this could also reflect the faster decline of recent new movies: the most interested viewers continue to opt for PVOD, while others show patience.

This hardly means that “Downton” or “Everything” is suffering. Both, while getting decent or better theatrical interest, are low-budget movies. The broader audience that drives top movies like “No Way Home” or “Top Gun: Maverick” isn’t interested in more niche titles at the same level. It’s more important that they keep the game going for several weeks (of course, so far we have little awareness of the actual relative levels on these charts), and both are likely to jump when their price drops.

“The Lost City” (Paramount/$4.99) joined “Everything,” “Morbius” and “Uncharted” on all three lists. However, this week uncharacteristically saw no new releases. This week, both “Watcher” (IFC) and “Crimes of the Future” (Neon) will be available after their respective third weekends in theaters.

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Home viewing this week saw the streaming debut of multiple movies that would previously have been theatrical exclusives with some potential. “Cha Cha Real Smooth” arrived at Apple, the same day as limited theaters. “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” is on Hulu, and the Searchlight acquisition skips theaters entirely. The latest remake of “Father of the Bride” is on HBO Max. Hustle, the latest movie from Adam Sandler, in its second week on Netflix is ​​receiving a strong response from critics. It’s possible that the quality of movies like these will create more competition for people who would otherwise spend money to watch them independently.

It also comes at a time when expected reasons for the disappointing showing of Disney’s “Lightyear” include that many viewers are smart enough to realize that they’ll soon be able to watch it on Disney+ similar to other recent Pixar titles. . It’s too early to spot a cost-cutting trend, and some of this may be a result of more movie options on many platforms right now.

“Hustle” was displaced as #1 on Netflix by “spider head.” This is yet another example of the streamer bringing in top talent and then, at least initially, getting an audience. The thriller featuring prisoners who volunteer to take experimental drugs in exchange for sentence reductions was directed by Joseph Kosinski. He did this after completing the long overdue “Top Gun: Maverick”. Miles Teller from that film co-stars here with Chris Evans.

“Hustle” is now No. 3. (“Warner Bros.’s “That” streamer placement patterns are still puzzling, just hit No. 2.) For the week, she delayed Jennifer Lopez’s documentary “Halftime,” which peaked at #2 (now #4). It’s a stronger-than-usual group of original releases for the streamer, which despite all the bad headlines continues to deliver in terms of creative involvement elevated programming.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily by number of transactions. These are the listings for June 20. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.


1. Uncharted (Sony) – $5.99

2. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99

3. Everything everywhere at the same time (A24) – $19.99

4. The Lost City (Supreme) – $4.99

5. Father Stu (Sony) – $5.99

6. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Focus) – $19.99

7. dog (United Artists) – $5.99

8. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Supreme) – $4.99

9. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) – $5.99

10. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lionsgate) – $19.99

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1. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99

2. Sonic the hedgehog 2 (Supreme) – $4.99

3. Uncharted (Sony) – $5.99

4. Everything everywhere Always everything at once (A24) – $19.99

5. The lost city (Supreme) – $4.99

6. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) – $5.99

7. The Bad Boys (Universal) – $19.99

8. Jurassic World: Forbidden Kingdom (Universal) – $3.99

9. Top Gun (Supreme) – $2.99

10. Father Stu (Sony) – $5.99


Vudu is ranked by revenue, not transactions, which drives up the Premium VOD titles. This list covers June 13-19

1. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99

2. Uncharted (Sony) – $5.99

3. The Bad Boys (Universal) – $19.99

4. The orderly (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

5. Everything everywhere at the same time (A24) – $19.99

6. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Focus) – $19.99

7. The lost city (Supreme) – $4.99

8. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lionsgate) – $19.99

9. dog (United Artists) – $5.99

10. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Supreme) – $4.99

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Netflix movies

Current ranking of the most viewed on the Netflix daily chart on Monday, June 20. Originals include titles produced and acquired by Netflix that initially feature in the US. Netflix publishes its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on time viewed.

1. spider head (Netflix Original 2022)

2 is (2017 theatrical release)

3. rush (Netflix Original 2022)

4. Part time (2022 Netflix Original Documentary)

5. The hare and the hamster of darkness (2022 Netflix Animated Original)

6. Speed ​​kills (2018 home video release)

7. Collision (2022 South African Netflix Original)

8. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 theatrical release)

9. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011 theatrical release)

10. The Wrath of God (Netflix Original 2022)

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