"Frozen" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from March 17 to March 23, 2014, according to Rentrak. In the animated musical “Frozen,” Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and save their kingdom from eternal winter. "Frozen" won two Oscars: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go"). "Frozen" got excellent reviews from critics and now holds the record for the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
"American Hustle" debuted at No. 2. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (played by Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, "American Hustle" defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. "American Hustle" was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
"12 Years a Slave" debuted at No. 3. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, personified by malevolent slave owner Edwin Epps (played by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (played by Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. "12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars, including Best Picture. In addition, "12 Years a Slave" got rave reviews from critics, and it was a solid indie-film hit in cinemas.
"Saving Mr. Banks" debuted at No. 4. Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise — one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt (played by Hanks) comes up against Travers (played by Thompson), a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. "Saving Mr. Banks" received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Most critics gave good reviews to "Saving Mr. Banks," which did mediocre business at the box office.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" fell from No. 1 to No. 5. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell): a competition that could change Panem forever. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was the biggest movie blockbuster of 2013.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of March 17 to March 23, 2014:
1. Frozen (debut)
2. American Hustle (debut)
3. 12 Years a Slave (debut)
4. Saving Mr. Banks (debut)
5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (No. 1 in the previous week)