The police drama "End of Watch" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand, from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27, 2013, according to Rentrak. Los Angeles cop partners Brian Taylor (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (played by Michael Peña) patrol the streets of inner-city Los Angeles while Brian video records their experiences. They get caught up in gang war that puts their lives in danger. Although the movie got mostly positive reviews from critics, it underperformed at the box office.
The action film "Taken 2" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. Liam Neeson is back as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills in this sequel to the action blockbuster "Taken." This time, he's out to rescue not one but two kidnapped members of his family: his ex-wife (played by Famke Janssen) and his daughter (played by Maggie Grace). Despite getting mostly negative reviews from critics, "Taken 2" was a big hit at the box office.
"Pitch Perfect" held steady at No. 3. A college student named Beca Mitchell (played by Anna Kendrick) reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella singing group named the Bellas, consisting of an eclectic mix of other students. As the Bellas prepare for an international competition, Beca suggests that the Bella try new ideas, but she gets resistance from the group's domineering leader, Aubrey Posen (played by Anna Camp). The movie got good reviews and was a modest box-office hit.
"Hit & Run" rose from No. 5 to No. 4. Live-in lovers Charlie Bronson and Annie Bean (played by real-life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell) have a seemingly idyllic life in California when Charlie's past comes back to haunt him. It turns out that he is really a former bank robber named Yul Perrkins, and he had his identity changed under a witness-protection program because he testified against a partner in crime (played by Bradley Cooper), who is now out of prison and seeking revenge. "Hit & Run" got mixed reviews from critics and did lackluster business at the box office.
"The Possession" dropped from No. 2 to No. 5. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star in this horror flick as divorced parents whose elder daughter becomes possessed by an evil spirit after it is unleashed from a mysterious box that was purchased during a yard sale. But one of the parents doesn't believe in ghosts and has a hard time time being convinced that an exorcism is needed. "The Possession" was generally disliked by critics, and the movie's box-office revenue quickly decreased after the movie debuted at No. 1 in U.S. theaters.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for Jan. 21, 2013 to Jan. 27, 2013:
1. End of Watch (debut)
2. Taken 2 (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Pitch Perfect (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. Hit & Run (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. The Possession (No. 2 in the previous week)