"Dallas Buyers Club" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 3 to Jan. Feb. 9, 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.
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville disguises himself as a senior citizen who behaves badly while on a road trip with his "grandson" (played by Jackson Nicoll), as the camera captures unsuspecting people's reactions. "Bad Grandpa" is nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup. "Bad Grandpa" was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
"Last Vegas" fell from No. 2 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.
"Escape Plan" debuted at No. 4. One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (played by Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. Also starring Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. "Escape Plan" was a flop with moviegoers and critics.
"Captain Phillips" dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. "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.
Also noteworthy: The animated film "Free Birds" (starring the voices of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson) debuted at No. 7. The romantic time-traveling drama "About Time" (starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleason) debuted at No. 8.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2014:
1. Dallas Buyers Club (debut)
2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Last Vegas (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Escape Plan (debut)
5. Captain Phillips (No. 3 in the previous week)