"Oblivion" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11, 2013, according to Rentrak. Tom Cruise stars in "Oblivion," an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of "Tron: Legacy" and producers of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. "Oblivion" got mixed reviews from critics and was a solid hit at the box office.
"Mud" debuted at No. 2. "Mud" is an adventure about two boys — Ellis and Neckbone (played by Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) — who find a man named Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. "Mud" got mostly positive reviews from critics. The movie was a hit during its limited release in U.S. theaters.
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. In this sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe" movie, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, but they are also forced to content with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. This movie's cast includes starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum. Even though "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" got mostly negative reviews critics, the movie was still a big hit at the box office.
"The Place Beyond the Pines" debuted at No. 4. The movie is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (played by Ryan Gosling) is in constant motion, a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels from town to town with the carnival. Passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (played by Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has in his absence given birth to their son Jason. Luke resolves to forsake life on the road and to provide for his newfound family, taking a job as car mechanic with Robin (played by Ben Mendelsohn). Robin soon discovers Luke’s special talents, and proposes to partner with him in a string of spectacular bank robberies. But it is only a matter of time before Luke will run up against the law, which comes in the form of Avery Cross (played by Bradley Cooper). "The Place Beyond the Pines" got mixed reviews from critics and was a modest hit in limited release.
The baseball drama "42" dropped from No. 2 to No. 5. "42" is the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. "42" stars Harrison Ford as the innovative Dodgers' general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African-American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues. "42" was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Aug. 5 to Aug. 11, 2013:
1. Oblivion (debut)
2. Mud (debut)
3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Place Beyond the Pines (debut)
5. 42 (No. 2 in the previous week)