“The Martian” remained at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, 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.
“The Intern” rose from No. 11 to No. 2. 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.
“Hotel Transylvania 2” dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. 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. 3 to No. 4. 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.
“Goosebumps” rose from No. 6 to No. 5. Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (played by Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (played by Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (played by Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange: He is a prisoner of his own imagination, the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. “Goosebumps” got mixed reviews from critics and did solid business at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, 2016:
1. The Martian (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Intern (No. 11 in the previous week)
3. Hotel Transylvania 2 (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Sicario (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. Goosebumps (No. 6 in the previous week)