“Glass Onions” and Christmas titles dominate the VOD and Netflix charts

22 of the top 40 films to watch at home this week were Christmas themed, with “Violent Night” topping the Vudu, iTunes and Google Play charts.

While in cinemas “Avatar: The Way of Water” brings in the largest part of the revenue, this Christmas is dominated by two films that have recently been successful in cinemas. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was an instant #1 hit on Netflix (it had a week-long preview in theaters a month ago). Still #5 in theaters, Violent Night starring Santa Claus (Universal/$19.99) leads Vudu (ranked by revenue) as well as iTunes and Google Play (ranked by transactions).

Otherwise, 22 of the 40 positions in the three VOD plus Netflix top ten charts we cover are Christmas-themed or themed. And when those are included, movies released before 2022 make up 23 of the 40 slots. All of the charts do “The Grinch” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (Universal), with “Elf”, “Christmas Vacation”, “The Polar Express” (Warner Bros. Discovery) and “Die Hard” (Disney). do two of each. All cost $3.99 to rent.

Since the titles, old and new, are mostly discounted, it means that the overall earnings of these platforms may be hampered. A year ago at this time, No Time to Die, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City were all thriving with prices starting at $19.99.

There are other newer PVOD offerings. “Prey for the Devil” (Lionsgate/$19.99) is #5 on Vudu but no other top ten lists. By far the most notable absence is “The Fabelmans” (Universal). In its second week of home games, it lost both of its first top-ten finishes last week. Vudu lists only ten, but its absence from a list that favors higher-priced films is conspicuous. iTunes has it at number 16, Google Play at number 25.

Though the film was a disappointment at the box office (it surpassed $10 million this weekend, well below expectations for a still-strong Oscar contender), its early release over the holiday season should give it a chance give to recover. It could happen as soon as this week as older viewers settle in with immediate Christmas commitments.

One factor that competes with everything else is “glass onion”. Netflix is ​​likely to release some numbers this week, with fewer than the very first display ever for an original film unlikely. A sign of its appeal is that its predecessor, “Knives Out” (Lionsgate/$3.99) has peaked at #3 on iTunes on two VOD charts.

Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount/$2.99) is the other title to make all three VOD charts. Alongside its streaming debut on Paramount+, its price was reduced, taking it to the top 6 of all charts at #3 on Google Play.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. (L to R) Stephen Graham as Mr Wormwood, Andrea Riseborough as Mrs Wormwood in Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. Kr. Dan Smith/Netflix © 2022

“Matilda the Musical”


Netflix has four Christmas titles in its top ten, all older films. Apart from “Glass Onion” the top 3 are newcomers. #2 is The Invitation, yet another recent Sony release, streaming here. #3 is her original Matilda: The Musical. It was originally released by the streamer in the UK/Ireland, where it grossed over $19 million, very strong (with token domestic showings earlier). Notably, Working Title was one of his production companies, involving veteran producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (among their many credits was “Les Miserables”).

Despite heavier promotion on the site this week, Alexandro J. Inarritu’s “Bardo” is again out of the top ten, while Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” falls after several weeks in game.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies by number of transactions daily. These are the listings for December 26th. The distributors listed are current rights holders. The prices for all titles apply to rental.


1. Violent Night (Universal) – $19.99

2. Die Hard (Disney) – $3.99

3. Knives out (Lionsgate) – $3.99

4. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

5. Top Gun: Maverick (Parent) – $4.99

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $3.99

7. Eleven (WBD) – $3.99

8. Christmas vacation (WBD) – $3.99

9. The Woman King (Sony) – $5.99

10. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (Universal) – $9.99

google play

1. Violent Night (Universal) – $19.99

2. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

3. Top Gun: Maverick (Parent) – $2.99

4. Die Hard (Disney) – $3.99

5. Eleven (WBD) – $3.99

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $3.99

7. Black Adam (WBD) – $19.99

8. Christmas vacation (WBD) – $3.99

9. Knives out (Lionsgate) – $3.99

10. The Polar Express (WBD) – $3.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which increases premium VOD titles. This list covers December 19-25

1. Violent Night (Universal) – $19.99

2. Black Adam (WBD) – $19.99

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $3.99

4. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

5. Booty for the devil (Lionsgate) – $19.99

6. Top Gun: Outsiders (Parent) – $2.99

7. Spider-Man: No Way Home (enhanced version) – $8.99

8. The Woman King (Sony) – $5.99

9. The Polar Express (WBD) – $3.99

10. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $12.99

Netflix movies

Most viewed current rank on Netflix’s daily chart as of Monday, December 26. Originals include both Netflix-produced and purchased titles originally presented in the United States. Netflix publishes its own weekly top 10 based on time of visit on Tuesdays.

1. Knives Out: A glass onion secret (Netflix Original)

2. The Invitation (Theatrical release 2022)

3. Matilda: The Musical (British Netflix Original)

4. The Christmas Chronicles (2018 Netflix Original)

5. After always happy (Theatrical release 2022)

6. Trolls (Theatrical release 2016)

7. A Bad Mother’s Christmas (Theatrical release 2017)

8. Bullet Train (Theatrical release 2022)

9. The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020 Netflix Original)

10. White Christmas (Theatrical release 1954)

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Lindsay Lowe

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