"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from April 14 to April 20, 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.) Ben Stiller directs and stars in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber's classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" got mixed reviews from critics and did mediocre business in cinemas.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" held steady at 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.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" fell from No. 1 to No. 4. 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.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. 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.
Also noteworthy: "The Legend of Hercules" (an action flick starring Kellan Lutz) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of April 14 to April 20, 2014:
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (debut)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Frozen (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (No. 4 in the previous week)