For the second week in a row, "World War Z" is No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2013, according to Rentrak.(Rentrak's chart for movies on demand is a chart that ranks movies rented through traditional TV outlets.) 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" rose from No. 9 to No. 2. 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.
"The Hangover Part III" debuted at No. 3. In the comedy "The Hangover Part III," the Wolfpack of Phil, Stu and Alan (played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) are three buddies who have misadventures in Las Vegas. This time, there is no wedding or bachelor party. But there is the same dilemma of finding their missing friend Doug (played by Justin Bartha). It turns out that Doug has been kidnapped because of a debt owed by gangster Mr. Chow (played Ken Jeong), and it's up to the Wolfpack to save Doug before he possibly gets murdered.
"Now You See Me" dropped from No. 3 to No. 4. "Now You See Me" pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against the Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen (played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. "Now You See Me" got mostly negative reviews from critics, but it was a sleeper hit with movie-going audiences.
"This Is the End" fell from No. 4 to No. 5. 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.
Of special note of other movies in the Top 10 this week, "After Earth" debuted at No. 6, while the independent dramedy "The Kings of Summer" entered the Top 10 at No. 9.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2013:
1. World War Z (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Iron Man 3 (No. 9 in the previous week)
3. The Hangover Part III (debut)
4. Now You See Me (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. This Is the End (No. 4 in the previous week)