"300: Rise of an Empire" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from June 23 to June 29, 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.
"The Lego Movie" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. 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.
"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.
"Lone Survivor" fell from No. 3 to No. 4. Based on a true story, "Lone Survivor" tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs who get trapped in the mountains of Afghanistan, leading them into an enemy ambush. The all-star cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana. "Lone Survivor" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a hit at the box office.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (played by Chris Pine) from his quiet double life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (played by Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (played by Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (played by Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. Most critics gave "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" mixed reviews, and the movie had mediocre ticket sales.
Also noteworthy: The romantic drama "Winter's Tale" (starring Colin Farrell) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of June 23 to June 29, 2014:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire (debut)
2. The Lego Movie (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Non-Stop (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Lone Survivor (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (No. 4 in the previous week)