Oscar-winningdrama/comedy "The Big Short" won the top spot on 's rankings of the top 10video-on-demand titles for the week ended March 20.
Basedon a non-fiction book by Michael Lewis, the film, which picked up the Oscar for"Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay" at the 88th Academy Awards, starsChristian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four denizens inthe world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapseof the mid-2000s.
"TheBig Short" pulled in $70.2 million at the domestic box office and $62.1million overseas, for a worldwide total of $132.2 million, compared to a $28million production budget,according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Rentrak estimated the film's domestic gross at$70 million.
Thefilm garnered praise from both critics and regular audiences. "The BigShort approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention todetail — and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment ofits real-life villains in the bargain," wroteRottenTomatoes.com, giving the film an 88% "fresh" rating and anaudience score of 88% as well. On Metacritic, "The Big Short"received a metascoreof 81 out of 100, based on reviews from 45 critics. The user score on the sitewas an 8.3, while IMDb's score, as of March31, stood at a 7.8.
Claimingthe No. 2 spot on the charts in the measured period was Universal's R-ratedcomedy "Sisters." The movie stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as twosisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents selltheir family home.
"Sisters"made $87 million at the domestic box office and an additional $18 millionoverseas for a worldwide total of $105 million, compared to a production budget of $30million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Themovie did not receive a very positive reception from viewers. "Sisters'sharp blend of pathos and vulgarity, along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler'seffervescent chemistry, are more than enough to make up for the handful oflaughs this coming-of-age comedy leaves on the table," wrote RottenTomatoes.com,giving the movie a 59% "rotten" rating and an audiencescore of 57%. Metacritic's metascorewas a 58 out of 100, compared to a user score of 6.5. IMDb's score stood ata 6.1.
Debutingat No. 3 on the VOD charts was "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip."The fourth installment of the franchise made $85.6million domestically and $146.6 million overseas, for a worldwide take of$232.3 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Rentrak estimated the movie'sdomestic take at $85.4 million.
"TheRoad Chip" received a 16% "rotten" ratingand a 54% audience score on RottenTomatoes.com. Metacritic's metascorewas a 33 out of 100, while the user score on the site was a 3.0. IMDb's score stood at a4.6.
Separately,Walt Disney Co.'sBuena Vista ranked first in the 2016 box office gross chart for the majorstudios analyzed, with a take of about $640 million, according to SNL Kagandata for the year through week 12.
'sTwentieth Century Fox claimed the second position with a box office gross of$630.4 million, followed by ViacomInc.'s Paramount with $314.6 million, 's Universalwith $172.3 million, and TimeWarner Inc.'s Warner Bros. with $82.0 million.