“Mad Max: Fury Road” rose from No. 4 to No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 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.) From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (played by Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was well-received by critics and did solid business at the box office.
“The Age of Adaline” rose from No. 6 to No. 2. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (played by Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. “The Age of Adaline” got mixed reviews and did solid business at the box office.
“Aloha” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. A celebrated military contractor named Brian Gilcrest (played by Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs — the U.S. space program in Honolulu, Hawaii — and reconnects with his long-ago love Tracy Woodside (played by Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog Allison Ng (played by Emma Stone), who has been assigned to him. From Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer/director behind such films as “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.” Also starring Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin. “Aloha” was a flop with critics and cinema audiences.
“Spy” debuted at No. 4. Susan Cooper (played by Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (played by Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (played by Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster. Most critics gave “Spy” positive reviews, and the movie was a hit at the box office.
“Interstellar” dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop (played by Matthew McConaughey), the pilot of the Endurance, must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. Also starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. “Interstellar” was a big hit with critics and movie audiences.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2015:
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (No. 4 in the previous week)
2. The Age of Adaline (No. 6 in the previous week)
3. Aloha (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Spy (debut)
5. Interstellar (No. 3 in the previous week)