“The Good Dinosaur” debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 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.) “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of doing. The voice cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa and Jack Bright.
“The Big Short” debuted at No. 2. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis, and directed by Adam McKay, “The Big Short” stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. “The Big Short” won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie was a hit with audiences and critics.
“The Martian” held steady at No. 3. 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.
“Bridge of Spies” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. 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, who won the Oscar) and Best Original Screenplay.
“Black Mass” fell from No. 1 to No. 5. In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (played by Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. “Black Mass” received mostly positive reviews and was a hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 2016:
1. The Good Dinosaur (debut)
2. The Big Short (debut)
3. The Martian (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Bridge of Spies (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. Black Mass (No. 1 in the previous week)