From ‘Migration’ to ‘The Beekeeper,’ VOD Charts Suggest Viewers Are Willing to Wait for Lower Rental Prices

One Christmas Warner Bros. release replaced another this week with “Wonka” taking over as #1 from “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” on all VOD charts. However, other late-year releases including “Migration,” “Wish,” and “The Marvels” aren’t having the same luck. While theatrical is the premium marketing tool for home viewing, we’re seeing that it doesn’t always translate to chart placement.

Universal’s “Migration” ($100 million in theaters, in its second week at home) is weaker than past animated releases, currently #4 at Vudu (which tallies by revenue). Disney’s “Wish,” also in week two, placed only on two charts. In its third week, “The Marvels” only placed on Vudu and is #20 at Apple TV. “Ferrari” (Neon) and “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.) are gone after one week. “The Boys in the Boat” (Amazon MGM) managed just one week on the charts.

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“The Beekeeper” (Amazon MGM), which is still performing well in theaters (#3 this weekend), is available at home after 18 days. Action titles usually get elevated interest, but this one is no better than third on the charts (fourth on Google Play).

With less-than-blockbuster films seeing a similar a response at home, it suggests that consumers might be getting more sophisticated in their PVOD consumption. They may be waiting for rental cost to drop to $5.99 (or $19.99 including digital download — of particular interest for parents whose kids want repeat showings). If that were the case, studios might face a drop in revenue.

“Oppenheimer” (Universal) continues to score high on the transaction-counting sites. After a strong $19.99 deput, it remains #2 at both Apple TV and Google Play at $5.99. Making all three charts are “Wonka,” “The Beekeeper,” “Aquaman,” “Napoleon,” “Migration,” and “Trolls World Tour.” Among Oscar contenders, “Anatomy of a Fall” (Neon) and “The Holdovers” (Focus) are faring best in gaining additional viewers.

The Greatest Night in Pop. XXX in The Greatest Night in Pop. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2024
“The Greatest Night in Pop”Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix’s top 10 movies are led by Columbia Pictures’ 2012 romantic drama “The Vow” with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, ahead of Valentine’s Day. It bests the animated “Orion and the Dark” and the musical documentary “The Greatest Night in Pop,” both original films receiving good reviews and with general-audience appeal.

Netflix’s studio-release dominated chart gave “Orion and the Dark” one day at #9, while “Greatest Night” got as high as #2 last week. The question is whether they will sustain longer play. Meantime, theatrical obscurities like “The Postcard Killings” (2020) and Briarcliff Entertainment’s “The Hill” (2023) both had multiple days at #1.

Apple TV and Google Play rank films daily by number of transactions. These are the listings for Monday, February 5. Distributors listed are current rights owners. Prices for all titles are for lowest for either rental or download.

Apple TV (formerly iTunes)

1. Wonka (WB) – $19.99

2. Oppenheimer (Universal) – $5.99

3. The Beekeeper (Amazon MGM) – $19.99

4. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (WB) – $19.99

5. Napoleon (Sony) – $19.99

6. Anatomy of a Fall (Neon) – $6.99

7. Migration (Universal) – $19.99

8. The Holdovers (Focus) – $5.99

9. Trolls Band Together (Universal) – $19.99

10. Wish (Disney) – $19.99

Google Play

1. Wonka (WB) – $19.99

2. Oppenheimer (Universal) – $5.99

3. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (WB) – $19.99

4. The Beekeeper (Amazon MGM) – $19.99

5. Migration (Universal) – $19.99

6. Trolls Band Together (Universal) – $19.99

7. Napoleon (Sony) – $19.99

8. Groundhog Day (Sony) – $3.99

9. Barbie (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

10. Anatomy of a Fall (Neon) – $6.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, elevating premium VOD titles. This list covers January 29-February 4.

1. Wonka (WB) – $19.99

2. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (WB) – $19.99

3. The Beekeeper (Amazon MGM) – $19.99

4. Migration (Universal) – $19.99

5. Wish (Disney) – $19.99

6. Trolls Band Together (Universal) – $19.99

7. The Marvels (Disney) – $19.99

8. Night Swim (Universal) – $19.99

9. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Lionsgate) – $19.99

10. Napoleon (Sony) – $19.99

Netflix Movies

Most viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s domestic daily chart on Monday, February 5. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles it initially presents in the U.S. Netflix publishes its own worldwide weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on time viewed.

1. The Vow (2012 theatrical release)

2. Orion and the Dark (2024 Netflix animated original)

3. Tom & Jerry (2021 theatrical release)

4. The Fury (2014 theatrical release)

5. Pacific Rim (2013 theatrical release)

6. The Greatest Night in Pop (2024 Netflix original documentary)

7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023 theatrical release)

8. X (2022 theatrical release)

9. My All-American (2015 theatrical release)

10. The Postcard Killings (2020 VOD release)

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