For the second week in a row, "Ride Along" was No. 1 for movies on demand from April 21 to April 27, 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 Wolf of Wall Street" rose from No. 7 to No. 2. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese) is based on the true story/memoir of Jordan Belfort, the disgraced Wall Street executive who founded the New York firm Stratton Oakmont and led a renegade group of stockbrokers to defraud investors of millions. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort in the movie, which has graphic depictions of Belfort's greed and addictions to drugs and illicit sex. Also starring Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and Rob Reiner. "The Wolf of Wall Street," which was a hit with audiences and critics, received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
"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 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. 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.
"The Nut Job" fell from No. 4 to No. 5. 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.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of April 21 to April 27, 2014:
1. Ride Along (debut)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 7 in the previous week)
3. Frozen (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. The Nut Job (No. 4 in the previous week)