Rentrak Announces Top Ten Digital Movie Purchases & Rentals for the First Half of 2014


Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the top ten digital movie purchases and rentals of the first half of 2014 based on consumer transaction rate. The report includes Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and electronic sell-through (EST), for both standard-definition and digital HD movie purchases and rentals.

Disney’s “Frozen,” which won an Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film, was the number one digital download for the first half of 2014. Lionsgate’s highly successful film and franchise “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” landed at the second position. Although Universal titles are excluded from the charts, Universal ranked as the number one studio for movies purchased and rented digitally in the first half of 2014 based on overall transactions and retail revenue.

“Electronic sell-through and Internet Video on Demand continued to see notable growth in the first half of 2014, largely driven by highly popular films which are demonstrating strong and unwavering performance in the first six months of 2014 via the digital download platform,” says Chris Roberts, Rentrak’s Senior Vice President of Sales, OnDemand Everywhere.

According to the company’s Digital Download Essentials® Industry service, here are the top ten purchased and rented movies for the first half of 2014, per data collected from week ending Jan. 5 through June 29, 2014:

1 Frozen (2013) Disney (NYSE: DIS)
2 Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF)
3 Wolf of Wall Street, The Paramount (NYSE: VIA & VIA.B)
4 Captain Phillips Sony (NYSE: SNE)
5 Gravity (2013) Warner (NYSE: TWX)
6 12 Years A Slave Fox
7 American Hustle Sony (NYSE: SNE)
8 Thor – The Dark World (2013) Disney (NYSE: DIS)
9 Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug Warner (NYSE: TWX)
10 Bad Grandpa Paramount (NYSE: VIA & VIA.B)

*Excludes NBC Universal and Independent Studio Content at this time.

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About Digital Download Essentials®
Rentrak’s Digital Download Essentials is the industry’s only service that collects, verifies, consolidates and reports on all content digitally downloaded and streamed via the Internet including electronic sell-through (EST), Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and subscription-based (sVOD) streaming transactions. Digital Download Essentials lets clients know the exact performance of their digital content across multiple providers allowing them to make effective and informed decisions regarding their Internet-based movie and television content. Learn more.

About Rentrak
Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is the entertainment and marketing industries’ premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with advanced demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit

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