Two recent Oscar nominees are Boise's favorite DVD rentals at Redbox's flick-in-a-box kiosks. The most recent DVD stats for the week ending Jan. 22 indicate that Redbox consumers grabbed discs of Moneyball and The Ides of March more than any other available choices.
Moneyball (its second week in the No. 1 slot) is that rare combination of being an audience and critical favorite. Following its September big-screen lease, Moneyball topped $100 million at the box office but also cashed in quite a bit of critical currency while picking up scores of nominations for major awards, including six nods from the Motion Picture Academy. On Sunday, Feb. 26, Moneyball will be up for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zailian).
Sorkin and Zailian will compete against Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon and somebody called George Clooney, who penned the adapted screenplay for The Ides of March, which received significant critical acclaim but generated medium box-office results. Nonetheless, Ides is a crackerjack political thriller with a top-notch cast, including Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. The film was Boise's second-favorite Redbox DVD rental.
Other Oscar nominees on the list for Jan. 22 included No. 5, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (one nomination), and No. 10, The Help (three nominations, including Best Picture).