"Frozen" rose from No. 3 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from March 17 to March 23, 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.) In the animated musical “Frozen,” Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and save their kingdom from eternal winter. "Frozen" won two Oscars: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go"). "Frozen" got excellent reviews from critics and was the highest-grossing animated film of 2013.
"American Hustle" jumped from No. 6 to No. 2. "American Hustle" debuted at No. 2. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (played by Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, "American Hustle" defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. "American Hustle," which was a hit with audiences and critics, was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell): a competition that could change Panem forever. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was the biggest movie blockbuster of 2013.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" debuted at No. 4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese) is based on the true story/memoir of Jordan Belfort, the disgraced Wall Street executive who founded the New York firm Stratton Oakmont and led a renegade group of stockbrokers to defraud investors of millions. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort in the movie, which has graphic depictions of Belfort's greed and addictions to drugs and illicit sex. Also starring Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and Rob Reiner. "The Wolf of Wall Street" received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
"Saving Mr. Banks" debuted at No. 5. "Saving Mr. Banks" debuted at No. 4. Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise — one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt (played by Hanks) comes up against Travers (played by Thompson), a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. "Saving Mr. Banks" received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Most critics gave good reviews to "Saving Mr. Banks," which did mediocre business at the box office.
Also noteworthy: "Veronica Mars" (a feature film based on the TV series of the same name) debuted at No. 7.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of March 17 to March 23, 2014:
1. Frozen (No. 3 in the previous week)
2. American Hustle (No. 6 in the previous week)
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Wolf of Wall Street (debut)
5. Saving Mr. Banks (debut)