For the second week in a row, "The Wolverine" was No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15, 2013, 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.) Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. "The Wolverine" got mixed reviews from critics but it was a hit 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.
"Red 2" held steady at No. 3. In "Red 2," the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process. Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox and Neal McDonough. "Red 2" got mixed-to-negative reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
"Mud" re-entered the chart at No. 4. "Mud" is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and Neckbone (played by n, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland), who find a man named Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. Also starring Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard. "Mud" was highly praised by critics and was a hit as an independent art-house movie.
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" rose from No. 6 to No. 5. Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (played by Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series. Also starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" flopped with critics and movie audiences in theaters.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Dec. 9 to Dec. 15, 2013:
1. The Wolverine (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. We're the Millers (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Red 2 (No. 3 in the previous week)
3. Mud (re-entry)
5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (No. 6 in the previous week)