For the second week in a row, “The Lego Movie” was No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from May 26 to June 1, 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.) This original 3-D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared. The movie’s voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. “The Lego Movie” was highly praised by critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
“The Monuments Men” held steady at No. 2. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, “The Monuments Men” (directed and co-written by George Clooney, who also stars in the film) is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 — possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. Also starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin. “The Monuments Men” got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a solid hit at the box office.
“Her” remained at No. 3. Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of his marriage, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature — and the risks — of intimacy in the modern world. “Her” got rave reviews from critics but it did not fare well at the box office.
“Frozen” rose from No. 5 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.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” jumped from No. 8 to No. 5. “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.
Also noteworthy: “All Is Lost” (a drama starring Robert Redford) debuted at No. 6. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (a spy thriller starring Chris Pine) debuted at No. 9.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of May 26 to June 1, 2014:
1. The Lego Movie (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Monuments Men (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Her (No. 3 the previous week)
4. Frozen (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 8 in the previous week)