"Ride Along" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from April 14 to April 20, 2014, according to Rentrak. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in "Ride Along," a comedy from the director of "Think Like a Man." When the future brother-in-law (played by Hart) joins a tough undercover officer (played by Ice Cube) on an overnight shift, the wisecracking trainee gets accidentally embroiled in the seasoned cop’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he is worthy of his future bride, he must survive the most insane night of his life. Also starring John Leguizamo, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen and Jay Pharoah. "Ride Along" got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a big hit in cinemas.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Also starring Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving and Evangeline Lilly. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" got good reviews from critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
"Frozen" remained at No. 3. 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.
"The Nut Job" debuted at No. 4. In animated 3-D, “The Nut Job” is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. "The Nut Job" was poorly received by critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
"Philomena" debuted at No. 5. "Philomena" is the true story of one mother's search for her lost son, who was put up for adoption without her permission. Judi Dench stars as Philomena, the birth mother. Steve Coogan (who co-wrote the "Philomena" screenplay) plays a journalist Martin Sixsmith who helps Philomena in her search. "Philomena" was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. "Philomena" got rave reviews from critics and was a modest hit, by indie-film standards.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of April 14 to April 20, 2014:
1. Ride Along (debut)
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Frozen (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Nut Job (debut)
5. Philomena (debut)