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Top 10 VOD: On-demand viewers pick 'Suicide Squad' as top choice

Warner Bros. "Suicide Squad" debuted at No. 1 on comScore Inc.'s rankings of the top 10 video-on-demand titles for the week ended Dec. 18, with Universal's 3-D animation "The Secret Life of Pets" holding on to its No. 2 position.

"Suicide Squad" is the third installment in the "DC Extended Universal" franchise and features the eponymous DC Comics antihero team. Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, the film follows a secret government agency that recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute a mission to save the world from an old and powerful threat. It also stars Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz and Scott Eastwood.

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The action adventure made $325.1 million at the local box office, according to comScore estimates. The movie raked in $420.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of $745.6 million compared with a production budget of $175 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

"Suicide Squad" was panned by critics, receiving a "rotten" 26% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which wrote that the movie "boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous [DC Extended Universe] efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing." The film received a score of 40 out of 100 on Metacritic. The flick fared better with the general audiences, receiving a 64% score on RottenTomatoes.com and a user score of 6.3 on Metacritic, with IMDb's rating at 6.4 as of Dec. 29.

20th Century Fox's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" debuted at the No. 4 spot on comScore's rankings for the measured period. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie is based on Ransom Riggs novel of the same name. It stars Eva Green, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson, and follows a boy who learns about a secret society of people with special powers.

The dark fantasy generated about $86.9 million at the U.S. box office and $195.1 million abroad for a global total of about $281.9 million against a production budget of $110 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. As per comScore estimates, the movie grossed $86.7 million domestically.

"Miss Peregrine's" received a lukewarm reception from both critics and the general audiences. It received a "fresh" 64% rating on RottenTomatoes, with the critic consensus that it "proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one." The audience score on the website was 62%. On Metacritic, the film earned a 57 out of 100, with a user score of 6.8, while IMDb's rating was a 6.8.

Debuting at No. 5 for the measured period was Universal's rom-com "Bridget Jones's Baby." Based on fictional columns by Helen Fielding, the film is the third installment in the "Bridget Jones" franchise. The flick stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, who gets pregnant and is unsure who the father is. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey also star in the movie.

"Bridget Jones's Baby" grossed $24.1 million at the domestic box office, as per comScore estimates. It generated $187.7 million at the foreign box office, for a global total of $211.8 million, with a production budget of $35 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Both the critics and the general audiences liked the movie, which garnered a 76% "certified fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which wrote that the flick "might be late on arrival, but fans of the series should still find its third installment a bouncing bundle of joy." The audience score on the website was 73%. On Metacritic, "Bridget Jones's Baby" received a 59 out of 100, with a user score of 7.1, while IMDb's rating stood at a 6.9.

Meanwhile, Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. topped the 2016 box office gross chart for the major studios analyzed, with a take of about $1.87 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data for the year through week 51.

21st Century Fox Inc.'s 20th Century Fox was at the No. 2 spot with a box office total of about $1.13 billion, followed by Comcast Corp.'s Universal at No. 3 with about $1.26 billion. Sony Corp. was at No. 4 for the measured period with $894.9 million, while Viacom Inc.'s Paramount was at No. 5 with $859.5 million.

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Please see our Film Release Report and Top Films Report for additional film data.