“Maleficent” debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, 2014, 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.) From Disney comes “Maleficent” — the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal — an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom — and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. “Maleficent” got mixed reviews from critics, but it was a blockbuster at the box office.
“A Most Wanted Man” debuted at No. 2. When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man’s true identity: oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré’s novel, “A Most Wanted” is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright and Daniel Brühl. “A Most Wanted Man” got rave reviews from critics, and the did mediocre business when it had a limited release in cinemas.
“22 Jump Street” fell from No. 1 to No. 3. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Morton Schmidt (played by Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (played by Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on an athletic team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. Also starring Ice Cube. “22 Jump Street” was a big hit with critics and movie-going audiences.
“X-Men Days of Future Past” descended from No. 2 to No. 4. The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future. Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters and Omar Sy. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” got rave reviews from critics and was a blockbuster hit in cinemas.
“Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow” dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. An alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (played by Tom Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside warrior Rita Vrataski (played by Emily Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them one step closer to defeating the enemy in this fun action thriller, which was formerly titled “Edge of Tomorrow.” The movie’s original title was “All You Need Is Kill.” Although the movie got good reviews, it was a disappointment at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, 2014:
1. Maleficent (debut)
2. A Most Wanted Man (debut)
3. 22 Jump Street (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. X-Men Days of Future Past (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (No. 4 in the previous week)