"Divergent" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from July 21 to July 27, 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.) "Divergent" is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (played by Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (played by Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (played by Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. "Divergent" got mixed reviews from critics but was a blockbuster hit.
"Transcendence" debuted at No. 2. Dr. Will Caster (played by Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed — to be a participant in his own transcendence. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Kate Mara. "Transcendence" bombed with critics and in theaters.
"Heaven Is for Real" rose from No. 8 to No. 3. In the drama "Heaven Is for Real" (based on a true story), Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town pastor whose son Colton (played by Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth — things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. "Heaven Is for Real" got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a box-office hit.
Rio 2 fell from No. 1 to No. 4. It’s a jungle out there for birds Blu, Jewel and their three kids in "Rio 2," after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. This animated film has an all-star voice cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx. "Rio 2" got mixed reviews from critics but was a big hit in movie theaters.
"The Lego Movie" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. 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.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of July 21 to July 27, 2014:
1. Divergent (debut)
2. Transcendence (debut)
3. Heaven Is for Real (No. 8 in the previous week)
4. Rio 2 (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. The Lego Movie (No. 4 in the previous week)