“Interstellar” rocketed from No. 12 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from April 5 to April 12, 2015, according to Rentrak. The list includes Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and Electronic Sell-Through (EST), for both Standard-Definition and Digital HD movie purchases and rentals. (Rentrak’s chart for movies on demand is a chart that ranks movies rented through traditional TV outlets.) In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance (played by Matthew McConaughey), must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. Also starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. “Interstellar” received five Oscar nominations and won for Best Visual Effects. “Interstellar” was a big hit with critics and cinema audiences.
“John Wick” rose from No. 14 to No. 2. When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) – a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin – they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend. Also starring Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick and Dean Winters. “John Wick” got mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and was a modest hit at the box office.
“Wild” fell from No. 1 to No. 3. In “Wild,” director Jean-Marc Vallee, Reese Witherspoon and screenwriter Nick Hornby bring best-selling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed (played by Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (played by Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. “Wild” powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures, as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. “Wild” received mostly positive reviews at the box office and did mediocre business at the box office.
“Taken 3” remained at No. 4. Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. Most critics disliked “Taken 3,” but the movie did well at the box office.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” dropped from No. 2 to No. 5. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is Peter Jackson’s third and final installment in a three-part film adaptation based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The movie’s cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster with audiences.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of April 6 to April 12, 2015:
1. Interstellar (No. 12 in the previous week)
2. John Wick (No. 14 in the previous week)
3. Wild (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Taken 3 (No. 4 in the previous week)
5. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (No. 2 in the previous week)