THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE, from left: Princess Peach (voice: Anya Taylor-Joy), Mario (voice: Chris Pratt), 2023. © Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ Lights Up On PVOD, As Netflix Discovers ‘To Leslie’

Get ready for a continuation of the recurring rotation between “The Super-Mario Bros.” (Universal) and “John Wick: Chapter 4” (Lionsgate) as #1 and #2 on the PVOD charts. Both films (each priced at $19.99) will likely add another two weeks minimum back and forth to the top of lists after a similar battle in the last two.

Meanwhile Netflix has an equally heavy roster of old movie releases, with only one original making the top 10 (in 10th place). Of note – “To Leslie,” virtually unknown before Andrea Riseborough’s surprise Best Actress Oscar nomination, initially peaked at #1 before dropping to the still notable second (behind the 2013 comedy “We’re the Millers “).

“John Wick” held “SMB” for a second week at #1 when released. But this week, “SMB,” the biggest domestic stage hit of 2023 so far, returned to #1 on both iTunes and Vudu. “John Wick” still leads on Google Play, but that site is usually a few days late, so the same could happen there.

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With the next recent hit hitting the house not expected for another two weeks (“Fast X” is expected but unconfirmed after its fifth weekend), nothing is certain to challenge these two films. “Are you there, God? It’s Me Margaret” (Lionsgate) will be available on Tuesday. Despite its underwhelming theatrical run ($20 million gross over six weekends), it’s the kind of well-reviewed film that has the potential and need to do better at home.

Three recent releases, whose biggest gross managed to surpass $5 million in gross, made the top ten forays into the top ten. “Nefarious” (Soli Deo), a demonic faith-based thriller that passed that minimum threshold to enter all three charts, up to fifth place on Vudu. “Hypnotic” (Ketchup), like “Nefarious” at $19.99, with Robert Rodriguez’s $65 million flop with Ben Affleck hit #3 on Vudu. “BlackBerry” (IFC), typical of that company’s usual starting price at $6.99, is #4 on iTunes.

Rachel McAdams as Barbara Simon, Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret Simon and Benny Safdie as Herb Simon in Are You There God?  It's me, Margaret.  Photo credit: Dana Hawley
“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret”Dana Hawley/Lionsgate

“65” (Sony) and “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” (Paramount), both now $5.99, round out the movie chart across the board. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Sony), at just $3.99 (making it unlikely to appear on Vudu for revenue count) is #3 on iTunes and #4 on Google Play. iTunes continues to add pre-orders to its slate, with the brand new “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony) at #10 months ahead of its likely availability.

What usually sets Netflix’s best movies apart is the interesting mix of library titles they license and their originals. This week hardly fits, with only one original making the list. Number 10 is “A Beautiful Life”. He’s a struggling singer who rockets to fame after a lucky story, which could be set anywhere. In this case, it’s Denmark, starring Danish actor/singer Christopher.

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”Sony Pictures Animation

Over the weekend, “To Leslie,” which had virtually no stage play and barely made a blip when released on VOD, actually hit No. 1 on Netflix. It is still in second place. It’s the kind of movie that, had it been a Netflix Original, might as well have garnered some attention. There’s no telling how much attention the Oscar nomination and controversy garnered, but it’s another sign that there’s still some upside to getting awards attention.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies each day based on the number of transactions. These are the listings for Monday 5th June. The distributors listed are the current rights holders. Prices for all titles are per rental.


1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Universal) – $24.99

2. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate) – $19.99

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony) – $

4.Blackberries (IFC) – $6.99

5.65 (Sony) – $5.99

6. Dungeons & Dragon: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount) – $5.99

7. Creed III (MGM) – $5.99

8. Nefarious (Soli Deo) – $19.99

9. Hypnotic (Ketchup) – $19.99

10. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony) – (pre-order)

Google Play

1. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate) – $19.99

2. The Super Mario Bros Movie (Universal) – $24.99

3. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount) – $19.99

4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony) – $3.99

5.65 (Sony) – $5.99

6. Nefarious (Soli Deo) – $19.99

7. Rise of the Evil Dead (WBD) – $19.99

8. The Covenant (MGM) – $19.99

9. Creed III (MGM) – $5.99

10. Avatar: The Water Way (Disney) – $19.99


Vudu ranks based on revenue, not transactions, elevating premium VOD titles. This list covers May 29 – June 4.

1. The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Universal) – $24.99

2. John Wick: Chapter 4 (Lionsgate) – $19.99

3. Hypnotic (Ketchup) – $19.99

4.65 (Sony) – $5.99

5. Nefarious (Soli Deo) – $19.99

6. Book Club: The Next Chapter (Focus) – $19.99

7. Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount) – $5.99

8. The Rise of the Evil Dead (WBD) – $19.99

9. Shazam! Fury of the Gods (WBD) – $5.99

10. Content (Lionsgate) – $19.99

Netflix movies

Most Viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s daily leaderboard on Monday, June 5. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles it initially presents in the United States. Netflix releases its weekly top 10 list on Tuesdays by watch time.

1. We are the Millers (2013 theatrical release)

2. To Leslie (2022 theatrical release)

3. The choice (2013 theatrical release)

4. Baby boss (2017 theatrical release)

5. Funny people (2009 theatrical release)

6. The Angry Birds movie (2016 theatrical release)

7. Missing (2023 theatrical release)

8. Unleashed (2005 theatrical release)

9. The Kingdom (2007 theatrical release)

10. A good life (Danish Netflix Original 2023)