PORTLAND, Ore., May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the top weekly cross-platform entertainment rankings for May 13, 2015.
Disney/Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" continues to dominate the global movie marketplace, holding strong as the number one movie in many markets and boasting another impressive $68.3 million weekend internationally. It came in ahead of China's opening this week and has a massive global total to-date of $875.3 million. Additionally, Universal reports "Pitch Perfect 2" is off and running with a solid $8.8 million, including number one debuts in Australia and New Zealand this weekend in advance of its North American debut later this week.
In North America, "Ultron" makes it two weekends in a row at the top of the chart, posting the second highest second weekend gross ($77.7 million), surpassing the second weekend of Fox's "Avatar" ($75.6 million), and is topped only by "Marvel's The Avengers" ($103.1 million). Impressively, the movie ties the second place ten-day industry record as the fastest movie to reach the $300 million plateau (ties WB's "The Dark Knight," topped only by the nine-day all-time record held by "Marvel's The Avengers").
On our digital purchases and rentals chart, Warner Bros.' "American Sniper" debuts very strong in its first week of release taking the number one spot. Notably, "Sniper" set a January weekend record in theaters earlier this year. Paramount's "Interstellar," now in its sixth week of release, continues to impress, descending slightly to third. Fox's "Cake," starring Jennifer Aniston in one of her more dramatic roles for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, also had a strong opening week, coming in at number five.
Both our Movies on Demand chart and our DVD & Blu-ray Disc rentals chart is led by Sony's Kevin Hart comedy "The Wedding Ringer" this week, while on the sales side of the DVD and Blu-ray ledger, the well-reviewed and much-loved "Paddington" from Anchor Bay took the top spot and thus found its way home for keeps with enthusiastic families and their kids.
Telemundo's "El Senor de los Cielos" and "Duenos del paraiso" top our broadcast TV engagement chart this week with CBS's "Blue Bloods" coming in third place. Meanwhile, VH1's "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" leads the charge on our cable TV engagement chart with Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" taking second and WeTV's "Mary Mary" in third.
On our combined social media and digital engagement chart for viewers of broadcast and cable telecasts, NBC's "The Voice" regained the top spot this week with only the top 10 contestants remaining. In second, Spike TV's "Lip Sync Battle" continued another successful week of battles with the help of Terry Crews and Mike Tyson. In third place, ABC's long-running "Grey's Anatomy" shocked its fan base with the death of a main character.
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