“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” rose from No. 2 to No. 1 in movie digital sales and rentals from March 21 to March 27, 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.) Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson), Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” got mixed reviews from critics but was a major blockbuster at the box office.
“Daddy’s Home” ascended from No. 5 to No. 2. “Daddy’s Home” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (played by Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (played by Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Also starring Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church and Hannibal Buress. “Daddy’s Home” was not well-received by critics, but the movie was a hit with cinema audiences.
“The Revenant” debuted at No. 3. Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. “The Revenant” is directed and co-written by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The film, which was a major hit with critics and movie audiences, won three Oscars: Best Actor (for DiCaprio), Best Director and Best Cinematography.
“The Big Short” dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. 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 critics and cinema audiences.
“Brooklyn” fell from No. 3 to No. 5. “Brooklyn” tells the story of Eilis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The film is directed by John Crowley from a screenplay by Nick Hornby based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. “Brooklyn” also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. “Brooklyn” received three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress (for Ronan). The movie was praised by most critics and did fairly well at the box office in limited release.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of March 21 to March 27, 2016:
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (No. 2 in the previous week)
2. Daddy’s Home (No. 5 in the previous week)
3. The Revenant (debut)
4. The Big Short (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Brooklyn (No. 3 in the previous week)