“X-Men: Days of Future Past” debuted at No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 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.) The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future. Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters and Omar Sy. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” got rave reviews from critics and was a blockbuster hit in cinemas.
“Godzilla” is No. 2. From director Gareth Edwards comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. Critics gave “Godzilla” mixed reviews, but the movie was a blockbuster hit.
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is No. 3. Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine The WABAC to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history. The voice cast for this animated film includes Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Lake Bell, Zach Callison and Dennis Haysbert. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” got mixed-to-positive reviews and under-performed at the box office.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is No. 4. Hazel and Gus (played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them and us on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. “The Fault in Our Stars,” based upon the best-selling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love. “The Fault in Our Stars” got good reviews from critics and was well-received by audiences in cinemas.
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is No. 5. The action flick “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (directed by Michael Bay) begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of histor, while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, including mechanic Cade Yeager (played by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Also starring Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” was hated by most critics but the movie is one of the biggest blockbusters of 2014.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 2014:
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past*
3. Mr. Peabody and Sherman*
4. The Fault in Our Stars*
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction*
*Rentrak did not publish the chart for the previous week (Sept. 15 to Sept. 21, 2014).