"Lee Daniels' The Butler" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2014, according to Rentrak. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is a historical drama based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House Butler from 1952 to 1986. The film was directed by Lee Daniels and features an all-star ensemble cast. Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, an African-American who witnessed some of the notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a big hit at the box office.
"Riddick" debuted at No. 2. "Riddick," the latest chapter of the saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film "Pitch Black" and 2004’s "The Chronicles of Riddick" reunites writer/director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel. Diesel reprises his role as the anti-hero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. Most critics hated "Riddick," but the movie did solid business in theaters.
"Carrie" debuted at No. 3. A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (played by Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (played by Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, "Carrie" is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. "Carrie" was a flop with critics and moviegoers.
"Fruitvale Station" debuted at No. 4. Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station" follows the true story of Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of Dec. 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (played by Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve; being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (played by Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late; and being a better father to Tatiana (played by Ariana Neal), their beautiful 4-year-old daughter. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core. "Fruitvale Station" was a small indie hit and got rave reviews from critics.
"Despicable Me 2" dropped from No. 1 to No. 5. The animated comedy "Despicable Me" features the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. The movie's voice cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier and Moises Arias. "Despicable Me 2" got mostly positive reviews and was a major blockbuster.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2014:
1. Lee Daniels' The Butler (debut)
2. Riddick (debut)
3. Carrie (debut)
4. Fruitvale Station (debut)
5. Despicable Me 2 (No. 1 in the previous week)