“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” rose from No. 2 back to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from May 5 to May 11, 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.) Ben Stiller directs and stars in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” James Thurber’s classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” got mixed reviews from critics and did mediocre business in cinemas.
“Frozen” jumped from No. 4 to No. 2. 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” remained at No. 3. “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.
“The Legend of Hercules” dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. In the epic origin story “The Legend of Hercules,” Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero: the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. Most critics disliked “The Legend of Hercules,” which bombed at the box office.
“The Monuments Men” debuted at No. 5. 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 respectable hit in theaters.
Also noteworthy: “I, Frankenstein”(starring Aaron Eckhart) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of May 5 to May 11, 2014:
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (No. 2 in the previous week)
2. Frozen (No. 4 in the previous week)
3. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Legend of Hercules (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. The Monuments Men (debut)