"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from March 3 to March 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.) "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.
"12 Years a Slave" rose from No. 4 to No. 2. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, personified by malevolent slave owner Edwin Epps (played by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (played by Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. "12 Years a Slave" got rave reviews from critics, and it was a solid indie-film hit in cinemas. In addition, "12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
"Gravity" dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (played by Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. "Gravity" received 10 Oscar nominations and ended up winning seven Oscars, including Best Director and Best Visual Effects. The movie was a massive hit with critics and movie audiences.
"Frozen" fell from No. 1 to No. 4. 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.
"Thor: The Dark World" fell from No. 3 to No. 5. 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" got mixed reviews from critics but was a huge hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of March 3 to March 9, 2014:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (debut)
2. 12 Years a Slave (No. 4 in the previous week)
3. Gravity (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Frozen (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Thor: The Dark World (No. 3 in the previous week)