“Home” rose from No. 6 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from July 27 to Aug. 2, 2015, 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.) In the animated film “Home,” Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, and he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (voiced by Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word “home.” “Home got mixed reviews from critics and was a box-office hit.
“Get Hard” remained at No. 2. When millionaire James King (played by Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis (played by Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars. Also starring Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie and T.I. “Get Hard” was disliked by most critics, but the movie was a solid hit.
“True Story” debuted at No. 3. When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (played by Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (played by James Franco) — who has taken on Finkel’s identity — his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. Most critics gave “True Story” negative reviews, and the movie was a box-office flop.
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” fell from No. 1 to No. 4. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) and Four (played by Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” got mostly negative reviews, but was a smash at the box office.
“The Water Diviner” debuted at No. 5. “The Water Diviner” is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (played by Russell Crowe, who also directed the movie) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (played by Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. “The Water Diviner” got mixed reviews and did poorly at the North American box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of July 27 to Aug. 2, 2015:
1. Home (No. 6 in the previous week)
2. Get Hard (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. True Story (debut)
4. The Divergent Series: Insurgent (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. The Water Diviner (debut)