"Divergent" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Aug. 4 to Aug. 10, 2014, according to Rentrak. "Divergent" is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (played by Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (played by Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (played by Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. "Divergent" got mixed reviews from critics but was a blockbuster hit.
"Noah" fell from No. 1 to No. 2. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in this film inspired by the epic biblical story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Also starring Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman. Most critics gave "Noah" mixed-to-positive reviews, and the movie was a hit when it was released in cinemas.
"Heaven Is for Real" dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. In the drama "Heaven Is for Real" (based on a true story), Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, a small-town pastor whose son Colton (played by Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth — things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. "Heaven Is for Real" got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a box-office hit.
"Need for Speed" debuted at No. 4. In the action film “Need for Speed” (which is based on the video game of the same title), Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate. Fresh from prison, Tobey joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, who learns about the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. "Need for Speed" was a flop with critics and in cinemas.
"Oculus" debuted at No. 5. In the horror movie "Oculus," siblings Kaylie Russell (played by Karen Gillan) and Tim Russell (played Brenton Thwaites) are haunted by a tragedy from their past: Several years earlier, when Tim was a child, he was found guilty of the brutal murder of their father, Alan (played by Rory Cochrane). After Tim gets out of a psychiatric institution, he goes to live with Kaylie, who is convinced that a big, ornate mirror in the family home was responsible for the murder — and she is determined to prove it. "Oculus" got mostly negative reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The religious drama "God's Not Dead" (starring Shane Harper and Kevin Sorbo) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Aug. 4 to Aug. 10, 2014:
1. Divergent (debut)
2. Noah (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Heaven Is for Real (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Need for Speed (debut)
5. Oculus (debut)