‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

01 Apr 2020 (PT)
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Not everyone is watching “Tiger King.” As audiences embrace premium VOD, increased interest in the lower-cost library titles follows. FandangoNOW, the streaming portal connected to the leading theater ticket-sales service, has provided its most recent seven-day ranking of pre-2019 features as well as digital sales on franchise packages.

‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Warner Bros.

Here’s the top 10 of $3.99 catalogue titles.

Contagion Warner Bros./2011 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Sony/2017 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Throne Warner Bros./2001 Trolls Universal/2016 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros./2002 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros./2005 The Greatest Showman 20th Century Fox/2018 Death Wish MGM/2018 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azjaban Warner Bros./2004 The Meg Warner Bros./2018

Some takeaways:

• Steven Soderbergh’s films have won Cannes, Oscars, and blockbuster status, but he may be best remembered for the prescient “Contagion” written by Scott Z. Burns. It’s #1 here and performing consistently well on other platforms. If the timing were different, and Warners had already launched HBO Max, it could have been an exclusive draw.

• Family-oriented entries rule, with the first four “Harry Potter” titles, the previous “Jumanji” film the current one ranks highest among their current releases for revenue totals and “Trolls,” all of which are rated PG. “The Greatest Showman” is a more family-friendly than the usual PG-13 release.

• Whether it’s competition from its own streaming on Disney+, or its top titles already have long-time viewership or ownership, the company that dominates theatrical and pre-quarantine home viewing has a low profile here.

• Note Universal’s 2016 “Trolls” at #4. Its sequel, “Trolls World Tour,” originally set for theaters April 10, now will use that date for its debut as a $19.99 premium VOD title.

• Not many would place Eli Roth’s 2018 revenge-thriller remake, with Bruce Willis in the Charles Bronson role, on their most-popular streaming bingo card. It grossed just $30 million in its release; sort of unsettling that it’s catching a wave.

• “The Meg” represents the genre of everyday heroes overcoming catastrophe. Maybe Jason Stratham is whom people would like at their side right now.

‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’

Fifty Shades Darker”

Fandango also sells multi-film collections for digital download, with these 10 leading the way:

Harry Potter Complete Collection Warner Bros. – $79.99 for 8 films Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Disney – $99.00 for 9 films Twilight: The Complete Saga Lionsgate – $29.99 for 5 films The Hunger Games Lionsgate – $24.99 for 4 films Studio Ghibli Collection Shout Factory – $79.99 for 6 films John Wick Triple Feature Lionsgate – $29.99 for 3 films Fast & Furious: The Ultimate Ride Collection Universal – $45.99 for 8 films Middle Earth The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Warner Bros. -$54.99 for 6 films Fifty Shades of Grey Universal – $24.99 for 3 films The Dark Knight Trilogy Warner Bros.

There are some bargains here, as well as a prime find Hayao Miyazaki’s masterful Studio Ghibli Japanese anime titles, led by “Spirited Away”. It’s something of a surprise to see Harry Potter before Star Wars, but that those two should lead seems logical.

Then there’s the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Many of these downloads include extended or director’s cuts; this one is unrated. In the early days of home video, a cottage industry of how-to titles emerged along with movies and TV series. For bored couples looking for something to do, maybe these E.L. James adaptations serve as instruction manuals.

Source: Indiewire

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‘Contagion’ Still Tops Classic Streaming Titles, Along With ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fifty Shades’
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