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'Escape Plan' No. 1 in movie digital sales/rentals; 'Thor:The Dark World' No. 2

After three weeks in release, "Escape Plan" re-entered the chart to take the No. 1 spot for the first time for movie digital sales and rentals from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 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.) 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 (played by Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. "Escape Plan," which is the first pairing of Stallone and Schwarzenegger in leading roles, also co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. The movie bombed with critics and in movie theaters.

"Escape Plan"
Summit Entertainment

"Thor: The Dark World" debuted at No. 2. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) battles to save all the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. However, a shadowy race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to descend the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman), enlist the help of his imprisoned brother Loki (played Tom Hiddleston), and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice. "Thor: The Dark World" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a big hit at the box office.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" remained 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.

"Captain Phillips" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. (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" fell from No. 2 to No. 5. 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.

Also noteworthy: The direct-to-video animated flick "Justice League: War" debuted at No. 7.

Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2014:

1. Escape Plan (re-entry)

2. Thor: The Dark World (debut)

3. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (No. 3 in the previous week)

4. Captain Phillips (No. 1 in the previous week)

5. Last Vegas (No. 2 in the previous week)

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