“Pixels” debuted No. 1 for movie digital sales and rentals from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 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.) As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (played by Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (played by Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (played by Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (played by Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times, at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults. And now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (played by Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. “Pixels” bombed with critics and cinema audiences.
“San Andreas” fell from No. 1 to No. 2. After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (played by Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (played by Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (played by Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over, it’s just getting started. “San Andreas” got mixed reviews and was a massive hit at the box office.
“Hocus Pocus” jumped from No. 9 to No. 3. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (played by Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend Allison (played by Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. “Hocus Pocus” was first released in 1993 but sales jumped no doubt due to the Halloween season. “Hocus Pocus” received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and was a modest hit at the box office.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” debuted at No. 4. At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (played by Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (played by Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” got mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
“Hotel Transylvania” rose from No. 12 to No. 5. When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort owned by Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis. “Hotel Transylvania” had mixed-to-negative reviews when it was originally released in 2012, but the movie was a big hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2015:
1. Pixels (debut)
2. San Andreas (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Hocus Pocus (No. 9 in the previous week)
4. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (debut)
5. Hotel Transylvania (No. 12 in the previous week)