Spider Head Leads Netflix as Sony Movies Top VOD Charts

Inexpensive Sony movies are dominating the VOD charts elsewhere as consumers look for value in their home viewing spending.

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

Morbius, which had just been discounted to $5.99, Uncharted at the same price, though not new, and Father Stew, which was quickly depreciated, all got places, with the first two sharing the No. 1 spot.

Sony used to have somewhat extended windows for its best films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Uncharted, and then did well for extended periods with more expensive PVOD transactions. Morbius and Father Stu had more than the standard 45-day PVOD releases, while Stu had a cut-price fast-forward game.

The cheaper Morbius is back at number one on Google Play and Vudu, while Uncharted is ahead on iTunes. If not #1, each film is either #2 or #3 in the remaining chart. “Stu” is #5 on iTunes and #10 on Google Play.

It’s a carryover from last week, when two new PVOD releases – Downton Abbey: A New Era (Focus) and Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24), both $19.99 – topped every chart. None of them held their top positions: “All” took places 3 to 5, “Downton” took 6th place in two charts and did not reach the top ten in Google Play.

That even Vudu, which calculates money paid for games rather than transactions, has Morbius and Uncharted in the top two and three of the top five at similarly lower prices is questionable. This means four or more times people chose them over the top-rated PVOD title (Bad Boys/Generic for $19.99). It seems that many home viewers are now seeing that if they wait a few weeks, the film can be seen at a lower price. And it could also reflect a faster decline in recent new films – those viewers who are most engaged still opt for PVOD while others are being patient.

This hardly means that either Downton or All is suffering. Both, while receiving decent or better theatrical interest, are low-budget films. The wider audience that promotes hit movies like No Home or Top Gun: Maverick isn’t interested in more niche titles of the same caliber. More importantly, they support multi-week play (at this point, of course, we have little knowledge of the actual relative levels on these charts), and both are likely to rebound as their price declines.

“Lost City” (Paramount/$4.99) joined “Everything”, “Morbius” and “Uncharted” on all three charts. However, this week, as usual, there were no new releases. This week, The Watcher (IFC) and Future Crimes (Neon) will be available in theaters after their respective third weekends.

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“Cha cha real smooth”


This week home streaming saw several films that were previously cinema exclusives with some potential. “Cha Cha Real Smooth” came to Apple the same day limited theaters hit. Good Luck Leo Grande is on Hulu, and the Searchlight acquisition has completely missed theaters. The latest remake of Father of the Bride is coming to HBO Max. Hustle, Adam Sandler’s latest film, is now in its second week on Netflix to strong critical acclaim. Perhaps the quality of films like this creates a lot of competition among people who might otherwise spend money on a separate viewing.

It also comes at a time when, among the expected reasons for the disappointing showing of Disney’s Light Year, is that many viewers are savvy enough to realize that they will soon be able to watch it on Disney+, just like other recent Pixar games. It’s still too early to see a downward trend in costs, and this may in part be a result of the wider selection of movies on many platforms at the moment.

“Hustle” lost out on number one on Netflix’s “Spiderhead”. This is another example of a streamer attracting top talent and then at least getting views first. The thriller, in which prisoners voluntarily take experimental drugs in exchange for a reduced sentence, was directed by Joseph Kosinski. He did so after completing the long-delayed Top Gun: Maverick. Miles Teller from this film plays here along with Chris Evans.

“Hustle” is now #3. (“This” by Warner Bros. – streamer placement patterns continue to confuse – just took 2nd place). For a week, he held up a documentary about Jennifer Lopez, “Halftime”, which took 2nd place (now 4th). This is a stronger-than-usual group of original streamer releases that, despite all the bad headlines, continues to provide increased creative programming input.

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


1. Uncharted (Sony) – $5.99.

2. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99.

3. Everything everywhere and at once (A24) – $19.99

4. Lost City (Paramount) – $4.99

5 Father Stu (Sony) – $5.99.

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

7. Dog (Associated Artists) – $5.99

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

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

10. The unbearable burden of great talent (Lionsgate) – $19.99

Google games

1. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount) – $4.99

3. Uncharted (Sony) – $5.99.

4. All Everywhere Always All at once (A24) – $19.99

5. Lost City (Paramount) – $4.99

6 Spiderman: No Way Home (Sony) – $5.99.

7. Bad boys (Universal) – $19.99.

8. Jurassic World: Forbidden Kingdom (Generic) $3.99

9. Best shooter (Paramount) – $2.99

10 Father Stu (Sony) – $5.99.


Vudu is ranked by revenue rather than transactions, which makes Premium VOD rank higher. This list covers the period from 13 June to 19 June.

1. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99.

2. Unknown (Sony) – $5.99.

3. Bad boys (Universal) – $19.99.

4. Batman (Warner Bros.) – $5.99.

5. Everything is everywhere and at once (A24) – $19.99

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

7. Lost City (Paramount) – $4.99

8. The unbearable burden of great talent (Lionsgate) – $19.99

9. Dog (Associated Artists) – $5.99

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


“Spider Head”


Movies Netflix

Most Viewed, current ranking on the Netflix Daily Chart for Monday, June 20th. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles that are originally released in the US. Netflix publishes its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on watch time.

1 Spider Head (Netflix original 2022)

2. It (theatrical release 2017)

3. Vanity (Netflix original 2022)

4. Break (Original 2022 Netflix Documentary)

5. Hare-chicken and Hamster of darkness (Netflix Animated Original 2022)

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

7 Collision (South African Netflix Original 2022)

8 The Amazing Spider-Man (theatrical release 2012)

9 Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (theatrical release 2011)

10. Wrath of God (Netflix original 2022)

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