The week’s top watched video-on-demand (VOD) films were announced Monday by Rentrak, based on data collected over the period July 9-15, with American Reunion seizing the No. 1 from 21 Jump Street.
The comedy sequel starring Seann William Scott and Alyson Hannigan is part of the successful American Pie franchise, with friends reuniting for their high school reunion. It’s collected $233.5 million with 75% from the international market.
21 Jump Street is based on the American teen cop television drama from the 1980s featuring Johnny Depp and includes a cameo by the star.
In addition to Reunion, another new film to the top ten VOD chart, released July 13, is Friends with Kids with Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Megan Fox.
The remainder of the list stays relatively unchanged since last week, shuffling around the titles, such as the epic sequel Wrath of the Titans with Sam Worthington, the comedy send-up of the Snow White fairy tale Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey Jr. and Noomi Rapace.
Off the list are Wanderlust and indie comedy A Thousand Words with Eddie Murphy.
According to Rentrak’s OnDemand Essentials, the top ten most-viewed titles are:
1. American Reunion
On Amazon Instant Video, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins are the new No. 1 and No. 2 films.
For television shows on Amazon’s Instant Video, Breaking Bad dominated the top spots with episodes from its fifth season. The gritty action thriller starring Bryan Cranston (John Carter) follows a man with cancer who deals drugs to care for his family.
Also, action series Falling Skies, the sci-fi drama starring Noah Wyle (E.R.), as well as Florida-set crime drama The Glades and office politics show Suits fill remaining spots on the VOD list.
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Jon Hamm star alongside Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott in ‘Friends with Kids,’ a daring and hilarious ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change once they have kids. The last two singles in the group (Westfeldt and Scott) observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way to make it work. When they decide to have a child together and date other people, their unconventional “experiment” leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, above all, true love. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt and also starring Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, ‘Friends with Kids’ delivers the laughs and the heart from beginning to end!
‘Friends with Kids’ will feature a 1080p, 1.78:1 image. It will also have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English track. English and Spanish subtitles will be included.
Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes with optional commentary; a gag reel; a making-of featurette; and an audio commentary starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, and director of photography Will Rexer.
The Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $39.99.
After having the first two months of 2012 largely led by Oscar-hungry holdovers, the specialty market saw a new crop of films finally take over. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, “Friends With Kids,” “Footnote,” “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” all found very strong debuts this weekend.
Here’s the rundown:
“Friends With Kids” (Roadside Attractions)
Lionsgate says it has acquired Red Granite Pictures’ “Friends with Kids,” which recently screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
The announcement was made Wednesday jointly by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate’s president and co-chief operating officer; Joe Drake, co-chief operating officer and motion picture group president; and Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions.
The film is Jennifer Westfeldt’s directorial debut, following the two critically acclaimed independent films she previously wrote and starred in — “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “Ira & Abby.”
Westfeldt co-stars in “Kids” with Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.
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