“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” remained at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from March 9 to March 15, 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.) “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” finds Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (played by Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” got mixed reviews from critics, and the movie was a blockbuster hit.
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” debuted at No. 2. “Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (the third movie in the “Night at the Museum” series) spans the globe, with night watchman Larry (played by Ben Stiller) uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Also starring Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami Malek. Most critics disliked “Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb,” but the movie was a hit at the box office.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” fell from No. 2 to No. 3. “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” was bit hit with critics and movie audiences.
“Big Hero 6” dropped from No. 3 to No. 4. “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax — and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, “Big Hero 6” won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The movie was a smash hit with critics and movie audiences.
“Horrible Bosses 2” fell from No. 4 to No. 5. “Horrible Bosses 2” is the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses.” Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (played by Jason Bateman), Dale (played by Charlie Day) and Kurt (played by Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Also starring Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey. “Horrible Bosses” flopped with critics and movie audiences.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of March 9 to March 15, 2015:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (debut)
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Big Hero 6 (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. Horrible Bosses 2 (No. 4 in the previous week)