"Star Trek Into Darkness" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2013, according to Rentrak. In "Star Trek Into Darkness" (written and directed by J.J. Abrams), a ruthless mastermind known as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one-man war on the Federation. Captain Kirk (played by Chris Pine), Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) and the daring crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time. It will take everything in their arsenal to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s deadly threat. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was a big hit with critics and movie audiences.
"Now You See Me" dropped to No. 2. "Now You See Me" pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against the Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen (played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. "Now You See Me" got mostly negative reviews from critics, but it was a sleeper hit with movie-going audiences.
"The Great Gatsby" held steady at No. 3. “The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (played by Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (played by Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. This version of "The Great Gatsby" got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics but it was a big hit with movie audiences.
"Pain & Gain" held dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. From director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” an action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The movie is based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. "Pain & Gain" got mixed reviews from critics and was a modest hit at the box office.
"Epic" stayed at No. 5. In this animated film, a teenager (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) is transported to a magical world and recruited by a nature spirit, Queen Tara (voiced by Beyoncé Knowles), to help the “Leafmen” save their existence — and ours — from evil warriors. The whole family will love this fast-paced thrill-ride, with its astonishing animation and an all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz and Steven Tyler. "Epic" got mostly good reviews and was a blockbuster in theaters.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2013:
1. Star Trek Into Darkness (debut)
2. Now You See Me (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. The Great Gatsby (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. Pain & Gain (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Epic (No. 5 in the previous week)