"This Is the End" rose from No. 5 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 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.) The comedy "This Is The End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson. "This Is the End" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a hit at the box office.
"The Croods" rose from No. 8 to No. 2. This is a 3-D animated comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and their outlook is changed forever. The voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Critics has mixed reactions to "The Croods," which was the first blockbuster animated film of 2013.
"Pacific Rim" debuted at No. 3. From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes the sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed-up former pilot (played by Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (played by Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. "Pacific Rim" got mixed reviews and was a hit at the box office, especially in countries outside the United States.
"World War Z" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. This tense and thrilling film follows former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. "World War Z" features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the Zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level. "World War Z" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster at the box office.
"Iron Man 3" fell from No. 2 to No. 5. The movie features the return of Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, also known as superhero Iron Man. In "Iron Man 3," a fanatical leader named the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) wages a high-tech war against Iron Man. The movie's cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau. "Iron Man 3" got great reviews from critics and is the highest-grossing movie of 2013.
Of special note of other movies in the Top 10 this week, "The Heat" debuted at No. 6, while "The Internship" debuted at No. 8. Both comedies are from 20th Century Fox and have not yet premiered on VOD for television.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2013:
1. This Is the End (No. 5 in the previous week)
2. The Croods (No. 8 in the previous week)
3. Pacific Rim (debut)
4. World War Z (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Iron Man 3 (No. 2 in the previous week)