“Bridge of Spies” debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2016, 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.) “Bridge of Spies” was No. 2. A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. The critically acclaimed “Bridge of Spies” was a box-office hit, and received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Rylance) and Best Original Screenplay.
“The Martian” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, “The Martian” features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover. “The Martian” was a big hit with critics and movie audiences.
“The Last Witch Hunter” debuted at No. 3. The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (played by Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch (played by Julie Engelbrecht), decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Also starring Elijah Wood and Michael Caine. “The Last Witch Hunter” got mostly negative reviews from critics and flopped at the box office.
“Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland” debuted at No. 4. With Blue Mountain State football star Thad Castle (played by Alan Ritchson) recently signing a multi-million dollar NFL contract, his teammates and college life seem like a distant memory. However, when a new school dean threatens to clean up the BMS image by auctioning off the infamous Goat House, Alex, Sammy and the boys must find a way to convince Thad to get involved. Despite his new fortune and fame, there is one small requirement before Thad agrees to save the day: The Goat House must throw the biggest, most epic booze-and-sloot fest in BMS history. This movie is a direct-to-video release.
“The Intern” fell from No. 2 to No. 5. Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (played by Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules. “The Intern” got mostly positive reviews and did solid business at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2016:
1. Bridge of Spies (debut)
2. The Martian (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. The Last Witch Hunter (debut)
4. Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (debut)
5. The Intern (No. 3 in the previous week)