The medical thriller "Contagion" was the top selling movie in North America last week, while "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," now out for four weeks, took top spot on the rental charts according to figures published today by Rentrak.

Contagion, whose ensemble cast includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet, follows the rapid progress of a lethal indirect contact transmission virus that kills within days.

As the fast-moving pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than does the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. Their efforts are hindered by a less-than-ethical media sensation who hypes a snake oil as a cure just for money, but plays on fears and collects a large fan base.

Produced for $60 million, Contagion grossed a relatively small $110 million at the box office. The movie received mostly positive reviews from film critics with 84% of them giving the film a positive review according to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus stated, "Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart—and scary—disaster movie."

The Rentrak Top 10 Selling DVDs for the week ending January 7th were:
  • Contagion
  • Dolphin Tale
  • The Help
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • The Hangover Part II
  • Friends with Benefits
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Final Destination 5
The Rentrak Top 10 Renting DVDs for the week ending January 8th were:
  • Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Colombiana
  • Apollo 18
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • The Hangover Part II
  • The Help
  • Warrior (2011)
  • Contagion (2011)
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
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