"300: Rise of an Empire" rose from No. 7 to reclaim the No. 1 spot for movie digital sales and rentals from June 23 to June 29, 2014, 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.) After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro and Eva Green. "300: Rise of an Empire" got mixed reviews from critics, but it was a big hit with movie-going audiences.
"The Lego Movie" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. This original 3-D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared. The movie's voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. "The Lego Movie" was highly praised by critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" fell from No. 2 to No. 3. The comedy film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was well-received by critics and movie audiences.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" dropped from No. 3 to No. 4. Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (played by Chris Pine) from his quiet double life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (played by Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (played by Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (played by Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. Most critics gave "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" mixed reviews, and the movie had mediocre ticket sales.
"Winter's Tale" debuted at No. 5. Peter Lake (played by Colin Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (played by Jessica Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (played by Russell Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down — winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one. "Winter's Tale" was a flop with critics and in movie theaters.
Also noteworthy: The romantic-comedy satire "They Came Together" (starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler) debuted at No. 8.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of June 23 to June 29, 2014:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire (No. 7 in the previous week)
2. The Lego Movie (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. Winter's Tale (debut)