"Elysium" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 2013, according to Rentrak. 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.
"Prisoners" debuted 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" debuted 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.
"The Wolverine" debuted at No. 4. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. "The Wolverine" got mixed reviews from critics, but the movie was a big hit.
"Fast & Furious 6" dropped from No. 1 to No. 5. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in "Fast & Furious 6." Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano. Since the Rio heist led by Dom (played by Diesel) and Brian (played by Walker) toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (played by Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (played by Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (played by Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. Universal Pictures has announced that a portion of the home-video proceeds from "Fast & Furious 6" will go to Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide. "Fast & Furious 6" was a hit with critics and audiences.
Also noteworthy: The superhero action flick "Kick-Ass 2" debuted at No. 7, and the action-adventure movie "The Lone Ranger" debuted at No. 10.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 2013:
1. Elysium (debut)
2. Prisoners (debut)
3. The Family (debut)
4. The Wolverine (debut)
5. Fast & Furious 6 (No. 1 in the previous week)