For the third week in a row, "Dallas Buyers Club" was No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 17 to Jan. Feb. 23, 2014, according to Rentrak. Matthew McConaughey stars in "Dallas Buyers Club" as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts, including a transgender woman named Rayon (played by Jared Leto) — who he once would have shunned — and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. "Dallas Buyers Club," an indie film hit with critics and audiences, received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. "Dallas Buyers Club" won three Oscars: Best Actor (for McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (for Leto) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
"Ender's Game" held steady at No. 2. In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (played by Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (played by Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. Also starring Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. "Ender's Game" got mixed reviews from critics and fell short of box-office expectations.
"Last Vegas" rose from No. 5 to No. 3. Four best friends (played by Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) decide to escape retirement and throw the ultimate Las Vegas bachelor party for the last member of their group to get married. Also starring Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco and Jerry Ferrara. "Last Vegas" got mostly negative reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
"Captain Phillips" jumped from No. 6 to No. 4. "Captain Phillips" is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is — through director Paul Greengrass' distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain Muse (played by Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. "Captain Phillips," which received six Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), was a big hit with critics and moviegoers.
"The Best Man Holiday" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. After nearly 15 years apart, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their career-launching roles in "The Best Man Holiday," the long-awaited next chapter to 1999's "The Best Man" that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel. "The Best Man Holiday" got mixed reviews from critics, but the movie was a hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, 2014:
1. Dallas Buyers Club (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Ender's Game (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Last Vegas (No. 5 in the previous week)
4. Captain Phillips (No. 6 in the previous week)
5. The Best Man Holiday (No. 4 in the previous week)