For the third week in a row, "300: Rise of an Empire" was No. 1 for movies on demand from July 7 to July 13, 2014, according to Rentrak. After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro and Eva Green. "300: Rise of an Empire" got mixed reviews from critics, but it was a big hit with movie-going audiences.
"Bad Words" debuted at No. 2. Jason Bateman makes his feature-film directorial debut with the subversive comedy "Bad Words." He stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon (played by Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya Chopra (played by Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. "Bad Words" got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and flopped at the box office.
"Non-Stop" fell from No. 2 to No. 3. Liam Neeson stars in "Non-Stop,"a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (played by Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Also starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy. "Non-Stop" got mixed reviews from critics and was better-than-average business in cinemas.
"The Lego Movie" dropped from No. 3 to No. 4. This original 3-D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared. The movie's voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. "The Lego Movie" was highly praised by critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" fell from No. 4 to No. 5. The comedy film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was well-received by critics and movie audiences.
Also noteworthy: "Snowpiercer" (a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton) debuted at No. 8. The movie was released on VOD two weeks after its release in cinemas.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of July 7 to July 13, 2014:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Bad Words (debut)
3. Non-Stop (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. The Lego Movie (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel (No. 4 in the previous week)