Star-Studded Action Films, Rom-Coms Top iTunes' Most Downloaded Day-and-Date Movies of 2015 (Exclusive)
Chris Evans' 'Before We Go,' Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan's film version of the cult-favorite musical 'The Last 5 Years' and Charlize Theron's 'Dark Places' were all popular picks from Apple's digital store this year.
Casual moviegoers likely don't remember Ethan Hawke's Predestination. The sci-fi thriller hit theaters on Jan. 9 and only made $68,372 at the domestic box office.
But the movie, which was also released on iTunes the same day it arrived on the big screen, was a hit on Apple's digital download store. The pic tops iTunes' list of 2015's most downloaded day-and-date movies (films released on iTunes the same day they hit theaters), which The Hollywood Reporter is debuting exclusively.
Beyond Predestination, the top 10 most downloaded day-and-date titles are star-studded fare. Chris Evans' directorial debut Before We Go, in which he co-starred with Alice Eve, is the second most-downloaded title of the year. The film, from Radius-TWC, was released on Sept. 4 and grossed $37,151 at the domestic box office. Samuel L. Jackson's Big Game, a June release from EuropaCorp that made $24,572 at the domestic box office, finished third.
Two starry romantic films round out the top 5: Hugh Grant's The Rewrite, which was an iTunes exclusive for a week, and Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan's movie version of the cult-favorite musical The Last 5 Years finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Two more rom-coms made it onto iTunes' list: another Evans film, Playing It Cool, co-starring Michelle Monaghan, and Lily Collins and Sam Claflin's Love, Rosie, which earned more than $4 million at the overseas box office.
Films from Kurt Russell (horror-Western hybrid Bone Tomahawk), Adam Sandler (dramedy The Cobbler) and Charlize Theron (the movie version of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn's Dark Places) also landed in iTunes' top 10.
The full list, which differs significantly from 2015's top 10 most downloaded movies overall and top 10 most downloaded indies, follows.
Top 10 Most Downloaded Day-and-Date Movies of 2015
2. Before We Go
3. Big Game
4. The Rewrite
5. The Last Five Years
6. Bone Tomahawk
7. The Cobbler
8. Playing It Cool
9. Love, Rosie
10. Dark Places