"Elysium" debuted No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 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.) In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (played by Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (played by Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. "Elysium" got mixed reviews from critics and was considered a box-office disappointment, given the movie's budget.
"Prisoners" rose from No. 8 to No. 2. How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello and Paul Dano. "Prisoners" was well-received by critics and movie audiences.
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" jumped from No. 6 to No. 3. Percy Jackson (played by Logan Lerman) has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp's borders and to save their home is to find the mythical Golden Fleece. And the only ones who can undertake this dangerous quest are Percy and his friends. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" got mostly negative reviews from critics and did poorly at the box office.
"The Lone Ranger" debuted at No. 4. From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” an action/adventure film in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (played by Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (played by Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice — taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption."The Lone Ranger" was a massive bomb with audiences and critics.
"The Wolverine" dropped from No. 1 to No. 5. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. "The Wolverine" got mixed reviews from critics but it was a hit in movie theaters.
Also noteworthy: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which was originally released in 2004, re-entered the chart at No. 7. Interest in the movie was spurred on by the December 2013 release of the sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
"Home Alone" re-entered the chart at No. 8. This classic Christmas comedy from 1990 no doubt had sales boosted because of the Christmas holiday.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 2013:
1. Elysium (debut)
2. Prisoners (No. 8 in the previous week)
3. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (No. 6 in the previous week)
4. The Lone Ranger (debut)
5. The Wolverine (No. 1 in the previous week)