Airplane and M3GAN show you how to top the VOD charts: Play theaters first

Domestic viewers flocked to early hits, a Valentine’s Day Netflix rom-com, and more.

Studios that used theaters to boost PVOD prospects saw their efforts pay off this week. $19.99 “Plane” (Lionsgate) and “M3GAN” (Universal) lead the VOD charts, followed by Christmas titles “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (Universal/$24.99) and “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (Sony/$19.99). With studios making $14 or more from each transaction, that’s unfortunate — especially since three of those movies are still in the top 10 at the box office. Synergy at last!

“Plane” is #1 on iTunes and Vudu, #2 on Google Play, reverse order for “M3GAN”. “Puss” is #3 on Google Play, #4 among others. New this week is Whitney, 3rd on Vudu and 7th on iTunes. It hasn’t hit the Google Play charts yet (which is often delayed), but the fact that the site lists it as a “documentary” doesn’t help either. “Triangle of Sadness” (Neon/$6.99) hits #3 on iTunes.

“Legion of Super Heroes” (Warner Bros. Discovery/$19.99), a direct-to-video animated feature from DC Comics, is the only other new addition this week. It ranks #7 on Vudu. Anna Kendrick’s drama “Alice Darling” (Lionsgate/$6.99) has a second week on all three charts. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Disney/$19.99), also available to Disney+ customers, rounds out the list of all three titles.

Triangle of Sadness, Vicki Berlin (center), 2022. © Neon / Courtesy Everett Collection

“The Triangle of Sadness”

Courtesy of the Everett Collection

Among the specialized Oscar candidates, who are counting on a solid domestic game, only “Triangle” made it to the list.

Rom-com “Your Place or Mine,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kushner, continues Netflix’s streak of strong original titles. After its release on the weekend before Valentine’s Day, it immediately became number one. Like “Glass Onion,” “The Pale Blue Eye,” “You People,” all recent No. 1s on the Netflix top 10, these are movies that could have thrived in theaters in recent years.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” was #1 for a few days. Lately, a huge family hit that hit the streamer in theaters and VOD play within a few months could dominate the chart for weeks. It’ll be around for a while (it’s #2 right now), but it shows the strength of Netflix’s recent originals.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily based on the number of transactions. These are the lists for February 13. The distributors listed are current rights holders. All address prices are for rent.


1. Airplane (Lionsgate) – $19.99

2. M3GAN (Universal) – $19.99

3. Triangle of sadness (Neon) – $5.99

4. Puss in Boots: The last wish (Universal) – $24.99

5. Alice, my dear (Lionsgate) – $6.99

6. Ticket to Paradise (Universal) – $5.99

7. Whitney Houston: I wanna dance with somebody (Sony) – $19.99

8. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) – $19.99

9. The menu (searchlight) – $3.99

10. Babylon (Paramount) – $19.99

Google Play

1. M3GAN (Universal) – $19.99

2. Aircraft (Lionsgate) – $19.99

3. Puss in Boots: The last wish (Universal) – $24.99

4. Alice, my dear (Lionsgate) – $6.99

5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) – $19.99

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

7. Triangle of sadness (Neon) – $3.99

8. Black Adam (WBD) – $5.99

9. Ticket to Paradise (Universal) – $5.99

10. The female king (Sony) – $5.99


Vudu ranks based on revenue, not transactions, which elevates premium VOD titles. This list is February 6-12.

1. Aircraft (Lionsgate) – $19.99

2. M3GAN (Universal) – $19.99

3. Whitney Houston: I want to dance with someone ($19.99)

4. Puss in Boots: The last wish (Universal) – $19.99

5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney) – $19.99

6. Black Adam (WBD) – $5.99

7. Legion of Super Heroes (WBD) – $19.99

8. Alice, my dear (Lionsgate) – $6.99

9. The menu (searchlight) – $3.99

10. Babylon (Paramount) – $19.99

Netflix movies

The most viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s daily hit list for Monday, February 13. Originals include titles produced and purchased by Netflix, which will initially be shown in the United States. Every Tuesday, Netflix releases its own weekly top 10 based on watch time.

1. Your place is mine (Netflix Original)

2. Minions: The Rise of Cru (cinema release in 2022)

3. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (cinema release in 2022)

4. I myself am capable of doing bad things (2009 theatrical release)

5. You People (Netflix Original)

6. Enough (2002 theatrical release)

7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001 theatrical release)

8. Bad Boys II (2003 theatrical release)

9. Daddy’s Little Girls (2007 cinema release)

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 theatrical release)

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