For the second week in a row, "Captain Phillips" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 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.
"Last Vegas" re-entered the chart at No. 2. Four best friends (played by Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) decide to escape retirement and throw the ultimate Las Vegas bachelor party for the last member of their group to get married. Also starring Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco and Jerry Ferrara. "Last Vegas" got mostly negative reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" re-entered the chart at No. 3. "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville disguises himself as a senior citizen who behaves badly while on a road trip with his "grandson" (played by Jackson Nicoll), as the camera captures unsuspecting people's reactions. "Bad Grandpa" is nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup. "Bad Grandpa" was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" rose from No. 8 to No. 4. In the animated comedy "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,'" inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention: a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals: "foodimals!" Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world again. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" got mostly positive reviews and was a blockbuster hit.
"Ender's Game" debuted at No. 5. In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (played by Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (played by Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Also starring Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. "Ender's Game" got mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The crime thriller "The Counselor" (starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz and Brad Pitt) debuted at No. 8.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2014:
1. Captain Phillips (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Last Vegas (re-entry)
3. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (re-entry)
4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (No. 8 in the previous week)
5. Ender's Game (debut)