“Wild” debuted at No. 1. for movie digital sales and rentals from March 30 to April 5, 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 “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.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. “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.
“Into the Woods” fell from No. 2 to No. 3. “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy and Billy Magnussen. “Into the Woods” received three Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress (for Streep), Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Even though “Into the Woods” got mixed reviews, the movie was a hit at the box office.
“Taken 3” debuted 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.
“Big Hero 6” rose from No. 7 to No. 5. “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.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of March 30 to April 5, 2015:
1. Wild (debut)
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Into the Woods (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Taken 3 (debut)
5. Big Hero 6 (No. 7 in the previous week)