‘Sound of Freedom’ Scores Big on VOD — Even Though It Was Already Streaming SuperNayr

Five recent releases debuted on different VOD charts this past week, and for the second week in a row three different films took #1 among the three we follow. Two of these took #1 slots, with “Sound of Freedom” (Angel) atop Vudu and #2 at iTunes, while “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie” (Paramount) reversing those positions at those two sites.

Google Play, which often lags behind the others seems particularly slow this week, with “The Equalizer 3” (Sony) still #1 even though it doesn’t make the top five at the other two. And “PAW” ranks only fourth, with “Sound” seventh.

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“Nyad“Liz Parkinson/Netflix

Netflix is back in Sony streamer mode, with “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” #1 and “Insidious: The Red Door” #2 (both new this week). But two recent festival-premiered originals took the two new spots. “Sly” (Stallone of course), a documentary, and “Nyad,” about the pioneering swimmer Diane Nyad with Annette Bening, are third and fourth respectively there.

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RAGING BULL, Kevin Mahon, Martin Denkin, Robert De Niro, 1980. (c) United Artists/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

“Sound” is curious since not only did it have a delayed release — a full four months, and of this year’s releases so far only “Oppenheimer” will have a similar gap after theatrical release. But “Sound” first streamed on Angel’s in-house channel on October 13 (for the $19.99 a month all content charge, it came free). This new step is for downloading, not just viewing the film.

“PAW Patrol” is a $19.99 rental, though the to-own option is also available at $19.99. It had only a 32 day window, shorter than average for Paramount releases.

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Uma Thurman in “The Kill Room” screenshot

Also new this week are “A Haunting in Venice” (Disney), which briefly was #1 on Halloween at iTunes. It is currently #6 there, but #3 on Vudu (which ranks by revenue, not transactions; the site’s top nine are all higher priced releases. Again, Google Play lags with “A Haunting in Venice” not even yet in their top 10. “The Blind” (Fathom) is #9 at Vudu at $19.99, with “The Kill Room” (Shout) after a limited theatrical release #9 at iTunes. The Samuel L. Jackson/Uma Thurman action title is priced at $9.99

Its fourth week out sees “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One” (Paramount) third at iTunes and Google Play. Rounding out titles on all three charts are “Barbie” (Warner Bros.) and “Gran Turismo” (Sony), the latter with its price reduced to $5.99.

“Sly” and “Nyad” have to compete with two top Sony releases, so it’s unclear whether they are getting fewer initial viewings than originals like “Fair Play” or last week’s “Pain Hustlers,” both of which opened at #1 though quickly disappeared from the top 10 (“Pain” a week after is already gone). David Fincher’s “The Killer” is added this Friday. It might be a challenge for it to top “Spider-Verse.”

The third new original is “Locked In,” produced by the French studio Gaumont in English. It stars Famke Janssen as a nurse who tries to figure out a comatose patient’s secrets, and is currently #5 at Netflix.

iTunes and Google Play rank films daily by number of transactions. These are the listings for Monday, November 6. Distributors listed are current rights owners. Prices for all titles are for lowest for either rental or download.


1. PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (Paramount) – $19.99

2. Sound of Freedom (Angel) – $19.99

3. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One (Paramount) – $19.99

4. Barbie (WB) – $19.99

5. Gran Turismo (Sony) – $5.99

6. A Haunting in Venice (Disney) – $19.99

7. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) – $19.99

8. Retribution (Lionsgate) — $5.99

9. The Kill Room (Shout)— $9.99

10. After Everything (Fathom) — $5.99

Google Play

1. The Equalizer II (Sony) – $19.99

2. Talk to Me (A24) – $4.99

3. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One (Paramount) – $19.99

4. PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (Paramount) – $19.99

5. Barbie (WB) – $19.99

6. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony) – $5.99

7. Sound of Freedom (Angel) – $19.99

8. Saw X (Lionsgate) – $19.99

9. The Exorcist: Believer (Universal) – $19.99

10. Gran Turismo (Sony) – $5.99


Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, elevating premium VOD titles. This list covers October 30 – November 5.

1. Sound of Freedom (Angel) – $19.99

2. Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (Paramount) – $19.99

3. A Haunting in Venice (Disney) – $19.99

4. The Exorcist: Believer (Universal) – $19.99

5. Saw X (Lionsgate) – $19.99

6. The Equalizer 3 (Sony) – $19.99

7. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning: Part One (Paramount) – $19.99

8. Barbie (WB) – $19.99

9. The Blind (Fathom) – $19.99

10. Gran Turismo (Sony) – $5.99

Netflix Movies

Most viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s daily chart on Monday, November 6. 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. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023 theatrical release)

2. Insidious: The Red Door (2023 theatrical release)

3. Sly (Netflix original documentary)

4. Nyad (Netflix original)

5. Locked In (Netflix original)

6. Minions (2015 theatrical release)

7. The Change-Up (2011 theatrical release)

8. No Hard Feelings (2023 theatrical release)

9. The Mummy (2017 theatrical release)

10. Cold Pursuit (2019 theatrical release)

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