“The Martian” jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 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.) 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.
“Hotel Transylvania 2” rose from No. 5 to No. 2. In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp! The voice cast includes , Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Allen Covert, Asher Blinkoff, Steve Buscemi, Dana Carvey, Molly Shannon, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lyter, Keegan-Michael Key, Sunny Sandler, Ethan Smigel, Luenell, Sadie Sandler, Nick Offerman, Nick Swardson, Chris Parnell, Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, Rob Riggle, Melissa Sturm, Paul Brittain, Doug Daley, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Robert Smigel, Andy Samberg, Rose Abdoo, Jonny Solomon, Roey Smigel, Jared Sandler, Mel Brooks and Megan Mullally. “Hotel Transylvania 2” got mixed reviews from critics, but the movie was a box-office hit.
“Sicario” fell from No. 1 to No. 3. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (played by Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (played by Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (played by Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. Most critics liked “Sicario,” but the movie under-performed at the box office.
“The Last Witch Hunter” debuted at No. 4. 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 Critics” flopped with critics and movie audiences.
“Black Mass” debuted at 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. Most critics liked “Black Mass,” which was a solid hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2016:
1. The Martian (No. 2 in the previous week)
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 (No. 5 in the previous week)
3. Sicario (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Last Witch Hunter (debut)
5. Black Mass (debut)