"Runner Runner" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 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.) Princeton grad student Richie (played by Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (played by Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. "Runner Runner" was a flop with critics and in movie theaters.
"We're the Millers" remained at No. 2. A veteran pot dealer (played by Jason Sudeikis) creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. So he recruits a stripper (played by Jennifer Aniston) and two teen misfits (played by Emma Roberts and Will Poulter) to pose as his wholesome family, who call themselves the Millers. "We're the Millers" also stars Ed Helms, Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. "We're the Millers" got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a huge hit at the box office.
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" rose from No. 7 to 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" received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup. The comedy film was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
"Elysium" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. 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" fell from No. 3 to No. 5. 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.
Also noteworthy: "Thanks for Sharing" (a dramedy about recovering sex addicts, starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow) debuted at No. 10.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, 2014:
1. Runner Runner (debut)
2. "We're the Millers (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" (No. 7 in the previous week)
4. Elysium (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Prisoners (No. 3 in the previous week)