"Despicable Me 2" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, 2013, according to Rentrak. "Despicable Me 2" features the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. The movie's voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier and Moises Arias. "Despicable Me 2" got mostly positive reviews and was a major blockbuster.
"Prisoners" held steady at No. 2. How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello and Paul Dano. "Prisoners" was well-received by critics and movie audiences.
"The Family" remained at No. 3. In the dark action comedy "The Family," a Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield (played by Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Blake (played by Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (played by Dianna Agron) and Warren (played by John D’Leo), can’t help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the “family” way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings, in this subversively funny film by Luc Besson. "The Family" was disliked by most critics and was a flop at the box office.
"Elysium" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (played by Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (played by Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. "Elysium" got mixed reviews from critics and was considered a box-office disappointment, given the movie's budget.
"We're the Millers" re-entered the chart at No. 5 "Despicable Me 2" features the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. The movie's voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier and Moises Arias.
Also noteworthy: The comedy "Don Jon" (starring, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 29, 2013:
1. Despicable Me 2 (debut)
2. Prisoners (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. The Family (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. Elysium (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. We're the Millers (re-entry)