"Captain Phillips" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 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.) "Captain Phillips" is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is — through director Paul Greengrass' distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain Muse (played by Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. "Captain Phillips," which received six Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), was a big hit with critics and moviegoers.
"Blue Jasmine" debuted at No. 2. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (played by Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett) moves in with her sister Ginger (played by Sally Hawkins) in Ginger's modest San Francisco apartment to try to pull herself back together again. Also starring Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay. "Blue Jasmine" was nominated for three Oscars. The movie was also well-received by audiences and critics.
"All Is Lost" debuted at No. 3. In this tense drama, Robert Redford stars as a nameless man who is lost at sea. Redford is the only actor in "All Is Lost," which features almost no speaking throughout the entire film. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor. "All Is Lost" was nominated for one Oscar: Best Sound Editing. The movie flopped at the box office, but critics loved the film.
"Enough Said" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. A divorced and single parent, Eva (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (played by James Gandolfini), a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (played by Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex-husband. "Enough Said" got mostly positive reviews and was a small hit at the box office.
"Escape Plan" debuted at No. 5. One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. "Escape Plan" is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles. Co-stars include Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. "Escape Plan" was a flop in theaters and with critics.
Also noteworthy: "In a World ..." (starring Lake Bell, who wrote and directed the movie, which is a comedy about the voiceover professionals) debuted at No. 10. The indie comedy "The Kings of Summer" re-entered the chart at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 2014:
1. Captain Phillips (debut)
2. Blue Jasmine (debut)
3. All Is Lost (debut)
4. Enough Said (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Escape Plan (debut)