“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” #1 before the probable PVOD debut of “M3GAN”.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Universal-based movies are once again dominating the VOD charts. The Korean “Jung_E” is number 1 on Netflix.

If you want to see the world’s #1 movie (and see it properly), you’ll need to buy a ticket at a cinema. And that’s likely to remain the case for Avatar: The Way of Water (Disney) indefinitely.

But it’s different for the No. 2 and (it seems) No. 3 top-grossing titles in domestic theaters, at least as of Tuesday. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal/$19.99) marks its third week at the top of all three VOD charts we track. And multiple sources indicate that “M3GAN,” which follows the studio’s normal strategy for films debuting in theaters for less than $50 million, will also add home rental platforms. (Universal did not respond to a request for confirmation).

“Puss” didn’t hit theaters until its third weekend of play (it opened midweek, allowing for the early move), but has stayed strong through back-to-back weekends. Its consecutive weekend holding fell 19 percent, rose 7 percent and fell 21 percent this weekend. And it actually improved to second from last weekend’s 3rd place.

This kind of side-by-side playback might not work for all movies, but assuming “M3GAN” is available on Tuesday, similar to other hit horror movies (“Violent Night” last month; the two most recent “Halloween” movies actually had a Peacock streaming release), it should nevertheless continue to lead a decent theatrical life.

The three weeks at #1 push “Puss” into refined territory. Only two other titles did that last year, although Spider-Man: No Way Home beat them all by five. It is one of five Universal/Focus titles on the three top 10 charts, for a total of 12 spots (40 percent). It’s no coincidence that the studio releases more films than any other studio; More so than any of their competitors, they have found the secret of the coexistence of cinema and home while maximizing overall revenues.

With “Ticket to Paradise” ($5.99) the studio has a second film for all three, even #2 on iTunes. Two Oscar contenders — “The Fabelmans” ($19.99) and Focus’s “TÁR” — placed two spots in the hope that upcoming nominations will give a boost to both. “Violent Men” ($19.99), also on two, completes their current top VOD catalogue.

The Menu (Searchlight, $3.99, price reduced further after adding it to HBO Max streaming) and Black Adam (Warner Bros. Division, only now reduced to $5.99) complete the list of films , which rank in all three places.

"Something is wrong with the children"

“Something’s wrong with the kids”

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Two titles with primary home viewing spurts each made a chart. “On the Line” (Saban/$5.99) starring Mel Gibson is #8 on iTunes. From Blumhouse Productions comes There’s Something Wrong with the Children ($6.99), #7 on Vudu.

Netflix changed its #1 movie for the fourth straight week. The South Korean original “Jung_E”, a futuristic war film, now replaced “Dog Gone” in second place. “Glass Onion” rose to #3 in its fifth week. Although it only spent two weeks at No. 1 (with significant viewership), continued popularity is just as important. So far, so good.

But will a movie ever be as enduring as Sing 2? The Christmas 2021 universal animation hit, which ranked for months before briefly falling out of the top 10, finds itself at number 4. It’s one of three recent animated hits (“Trolls” and “The Bad Guys” the others) in the top 10. Netflix rivals Disney as a family streamer.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies by number of transactions daily. These are the listings for January 23rd. The distributors listed are current rights holders. The prices for all titles apply to rental.


1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal) – $19.99

2. Entrance ticket to paradise (Universal) – $5.99

3. The menu (Searchlight) – $3.99

4. Black Adam (WBD) – $5.99

5. Triangle of Sadness (Neon) – $6.99

6.TAR (Focus) – $5.99

7. Top Gun: Outsiders (Parent) – $5.99

8. On the line (Saban) – $5.99

9. The Fabelmans (Universal) – $19.99

10. The Woman King (Sony) – $5.99

google play

1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal) – $19.99

2. The menu (Searchlight) – $3.99

3. Top Gun: Maverick (Parent) – $4.99

4. Knives out (Lionsgate) – $3.99

5. Violent Night (Universal) – $19.99

6. The Woman King (Sony) – $5.99

7. Entrance ticket to paradise (Universal) – $5.99

8. Black Adam (WBD) – $5.99

9. TAR (Focus) – $5.99

10. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $19.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which increases premium VOD titles. This list covers January 16-22.

1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Universal) – $19.99

2. The old way (Saban) – $19.99

3. Black Adam (WBD) – $5.99

4. Devotion (Sony) – $19.99

5. The menu (Searchlight) – $3.99

6. Violent Night (Universal) – $19.99

7. Something is wrong with the children (MGM+) – $6.99

8. The Fabelmans (universal) –

9. Ticket to paradise (Universal) – $5.99

10. Booty for the devil (Lionsgate) – $5.99

Netflix movies

Most viewed current rank on Netflix’s daily chart as of Monday, January 23. 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. Jung_E (Netflix South Korean Original)

2nd dog gone (Netflix Original)

3. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix Original)

4. singing 2 (Theatrical release 2021)

5. Trolls (Theatrical release 2016)

6. The light blue eye (Netflix Original)

7. The wedding year (VOD Release 2019)

8. The hatchet with hitchhiker (Netflix original documentation)

9. The villains (Theatrical release 2022)

10. Matilda: The Musical (2022 UK Netflix Original)

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