The horror flick "House at the End of the Street" bumped "Looper" from the top spot and debuted at No. 1 debut for movies on demand, from January 7 to January 13, 2013, according to Rentrak. Long before she made the first "Hunger Games" movie, Jennifer Lawrence made the horror flick "House at the End of the Street." She plays a teen who moves to a neighborhood that is haunted by a murderer who may still be on the loose. The movie was a flop with critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
"Pitch Perfect" is No. 2 for the fourth week in a row. 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 hit.
"Hit & Run" debuted at No. 3. 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 sci-fi action thriller "Looper" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. "Looper" is a sci-fi thriller that takes place primarily in the year 2044, when time travel is possible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe Simmons, a "looper," which is an assassin hired by the mafia to go back in the past and kill someone. Joe soon finds out that he's the target of his own "looper" hit when his future self from 30 years in the future (played Bruce Willis) has been sent to kill him, in what is known as "closing the loop." It's then a race against time as the older Joe Simmons aims to complete his murderous assignment and young Joe Simmons fights to stay alive. Emily Blunt co-stars as a woman who plays a role in determining Joe Simmons' fate. The movie got high praise from most critics and was a solid but not spectacular hit at the box office.
"Dredd" debuted at No. 5. "Dredd" is a remake/reboot of the 1995 movie "Judge Dredd" that starred Sylvester Stallone in the title role. In 2012's "Dredd," Karl Urban plays the stern law enforcer in a futuristic world. And this time, he's after a gang of drug dealers, and he's mentoring a reluctant trainee (played by Olivia Thirlby), who has psychic powers. "Dredd" flopped at the box office, even though it got better reviews than the "Judge Dredd" movie.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for January 7 to January 13, 2013:
1. House at the End of the Street (debut)
2. Pitch Perfect (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Hit & Run (debut)
4. Looper (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Dredd (debut)