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‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Goes to PVOD Before AppleTV+, Ousting ‘Oppenheimer’ as #1

The PVOD debuts of “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Leave the World Behind,” high-profile movies adapted from adult-oriented bestsellers, are currently #1 on their respective platforms. Martin Scorsese’s film tops all PVOD charts, and the timely Long Island-set thriller co-produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground is #1 at Netflix.

Both films dislodged high-powered #1 titles. “Oppenheimer,” released four months after its theatrical run began, enjoyed two weeks in the top PVOD slot. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” the year’s #2 movie (behind “Barbie” and just ahead of Christopher Nolan’s historical epic) managed five days in the lead at Netflix after previous play, which included streaming on Peacock.

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“Flower Moon” and “Leave the World Behind” each reflect the state of film platforming. Apple produced “Flower Moon” with Paramount handling theatrical distribution. It had a 46-day window before debuting on revenue-rich PVOD. At $19.99, Apple gets the lion’s share of rentals. Its streaming premiere has yet to be announced.

“Leave the World Behind,” directed by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail and starring Julia Roberts, was an immediate #1 at Netflix after a modest two-week theatrical run (far less than “Maestro,” which has a four-week window and is currently in around 130 theaters). What makes its initial response more impressive is it follows Todd Haynes’ “May December” — a film that received much more acclaim but spent only four days in the top 10 and never went higher than #5.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND (2023) Mahershala Ali as G.H. and Julia Roberts as Amanda. CR: JoJo Whilden/NETFLIX
“Leave the World Behind”JoJo Whilden/NETFLIX

“Oppenheimer” dropped to #3 on all charts. “Barbie,” with a much shorter theatrical window and a higher price point, held on to #1 for three weeks on all three charts. It’s now available for $5.99 and remains on all top 10 lists.

Still thriving is “Equalizer 3” (Sony), which did well at $19.99 and still enjoys steady interest at $5.99. It is #2 at Google Play and Vudu. The latter calculates by revenue, which means it had more than three times as many transactions as “Oppenheimer” for the week.

The two Universal versions of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” remain perennial holiday favorites. “How” is #2 at iTunes, #4 at Vudu (very impressive with its $3.99 rental cost), and #5 at Google Play. The animated “Grinch” is also on two charts.

Pierce Brosnan in Fast Charlie
“Fast Charlie”Vertical Entertainment

Three films debuted on one chart each. “Fast Charlie” (Vertical) with Pierce Brosnan from veteran director Philip Noyce (“Patriot Games,” “The Quiet American”) is #5 on iTunes after a direct-to-home release (for $6.99). Also skipping theaters, “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” (Paramount), PVOD at $19.99, is #8 at Vudu. Sony’s “Journey to Bethlehem” is #9 there also (at an unusual $9.99 initial rental).

Recent Netflix original #1s sustain strong showings, with Adam Sandler’s animated production “Leo” #3 and comedy “Family Switch” from director McG and star Jennifer Garner at #4. Its list otherwise consists of offerings from Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros. (all with their own streamers), and Sony.

iTunes and Google Play rank films daily by number of transactions. These are the listings for Monday, December 11. Distributors listed are current rights owners. Prices for all titles are for lowest for either rental or download.

iTunes

1. Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple) – $19.99

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

3. Oppenheimer (Universal) – $19.99

4. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) – $5.99

5. Fast Charlie (Vertical) – $6.99

6. Barbie (WB) – $5.99

7. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One (Paramount) – $5.99

8. Dumb Money (Sony) – $5.99

9. Holiday (Sony) – $3.99

10. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

Google Play

1. Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple) – $19.99

2. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) – $5.99

3. Oppenheimer (Universal) – $19.99

4. Barbie (WB) – $5.99

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) – $5.99

6. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One (Paramount) – $5.99

7. The Grinch (Universal) – $3.99

8. The Creator (Disney) – $19.99

9. The Expendables 4 (Lionsgate) – $5.99

10. Gran Turismo (Sony) – $5.99

Vudu

Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, elevating premium VOD titles. This list covers December 4-10.

1. Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple) – $19.99

2. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) – $5.99

3. Oppenheimer (Universal) – $19.99

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

5. Five Nights at Freddy’s (Universal) – $19.99

6. Freelance (Relativity) – $19.99

7. Barbie (WB) – $5.99

8. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (Paramount) – $19.99

9. Journey to Bethlehem (Sony) – $9.99

10. The Creator (Disney) – $19.99

Netflix Movies

Most viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s daily chart on Monday, December 11. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles it initially presents in the U.S. Netflix publishes its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on time viewed.

1. Leave the World Behind (2023 Netflix original)

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

3. Love and Monsters (2020 theatrical release)

4. Leo (Netflix animated original)

5. Family Switch (Netflix original)

6. Suicide Squad (2016 theatrical release)

7. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl (2005 theatrical release)

8. Lakeview Terrace (2008 theatrical release)

9. DC League of Superpets (2022 theatrical release)

10. Lucy (2014 theatrical release)

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