"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from April 7 to April 13, 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.) From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Also starring Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Evangeline Lilly. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" got good reviews from critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. "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," which was a hit with audiences and critics, received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
"Frozen" remained at No. 3. 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.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" fell from No. 2 to No. 4. In this sequel to 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," egotistical anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) has to start over after losing his job to his wife and co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate). Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Will the world's greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego and his salon-quality hair? Also starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" got mostly positive reviews and was a solid hit at the box office.
"American Hustle" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. 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.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of April 7 to April 13, 2014:
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (debut)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Frozen (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. American Hustle (No. 5 in the previous week)