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'Argo' is No. 1 in movie of 2013 in digital sales/rentals; 'World War Z' No. 2

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"Argo" was the No. 1 in movie in digital sales/rentals in 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.)

"Argo" won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The movie was released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD the same week that it won at the Oscars. "Argo" told the true story of Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck, who produced and directed "Argo"), a CIA operative who hatched a plan to free American hostages in Iran by pretending that they were Canadians working on a movie called "Argo." Other stars of the movie included John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Clea DuVall, Rory Gallagher, Tate Donovan and Scoot McNairy.

"World War Z," the zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt, was No. 2 on the list. Even though the movie notoriously went over budget and changed its original ending (and some people thought the movie would flop), "World War Z" turned out to be one of the biggest hits of Pitt's career. He was one of the producers of the film.

"Star Trek Into Darkness," a sequel to 2009's "Star Trek," was No. 3 on the list. The movie featured returning "Star Trek" headliners Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, as well as new cast members Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve.

"We're the Millers," No. 4 on the list, is one of only two comedies on the list. In the movie, Jason Sudeikis plays a marijuana dealer who recruits a stripper (played by Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (played by Emma Roberts) and a misfit teen (played by Will Poulter) to pretend to be his straight-laced wife and children as they take a road trip to Mexico to smuggle marijuana across the border.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first movie in a trilogy based on the book "The Hobbit." Oscar winner Peter Jackson, who co-wrote and directed "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, co-wrote and directed "The Hobbit" trilogy, which stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellen

In terms of movie studios, Warner Bros. and Paramount dominated the Top 10. Warner Bros. had four movies: "Argo," "We're the Millers," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Man of Steel" (No. 9 on the list). Paramount had three movies: "World War Z," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Flight" (No. 8 on the list).

The magician heist caper "Now You See Me" (from Summit Entertainment) is the only independent film on the list, where it landed at No. 6. "Now You See Me" stars include Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman. A "Now You See Me" sequel is in the works.

20th Century Fox's "The Heat" (the cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy) was No. 7 on the list, while Columbia Pictures' "Zero Dark Thirty" (about the capture of Osama bin Laden), starring Jessica Chastain, landed at No. 10 on the list.

Here are the Top 10 movies in digital sales/rentals in 2013:

1. Argo

2. World War Z

3. Star Trek Into Darkness

4. We're the Millers

5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

6. Now You See Me

7. The Heat

8. Flight

9. Man of Steel

10. Zero Dark Thirty


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