“The Hangover Part III” is No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, 2013, 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.) In “The Hangover Part III,” the Wolfpack of Phil, Stu and Alan (played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) are three buddies who have misadventures in Las Vegas. This time, there is no wedding or bachelor party. But there is the same dilemma of finding their missing friend Doug (played by Justin Bartha). It turns out that Doug has been kidnapped because of a debt owed by gangster Mr. Chow (played Ken Jeong), and it’s up to the Wolfpack to save Doug before he possibly gets murdered. “The Hangover Part III” got mostly negative reviews from critics. And although the movie was a hit at the box office, it was the lowest-grossing movie of “The Hangover” series.
“After Earth” rose from No. 10 to No. 2. A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (played by Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (played by Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. “After Earth” was slammed by critics and flopped at the box office.
“This Is the End” fell from No. 1 to No. 3. The comedy “This Is The End” follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson. “This Is the End” got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a hit at the box office.
“The Croods” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. This is a 3-D animated comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and their outlook is changed forever. The voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Critics has mixed reactions to “The Croods,” which was the first blockbuster animated film of 2013.
“World War Z” descended from No. 4 to No. 5. This tense and thrilling film follows former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. “World War Z” features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the Zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level. “World War Z” got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster at the box office.
Of special note of other movies in the Top 10 this week, “Monsters University” debuted at No. 6. “Monsters University” is not yet available on VOD, but it has been released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, 2013:
1. The Hangover Part III (debut)
2. After Earth (No. 10 in the previous week)
3. This Is the End (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Croods (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. World War Z (No. 4 in the previous week)