The action film "Taken 2" debuted at No. 1 debut for movies on demand, from January 14, 2013 to January 20, 2013, according to Rentrak. Liam Neeson is back as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills in this sequel to the action blockbuster "Taken." This time, he's out to rescue not one but two kidnapped members of his family: his ex-wife (played by Famke Janssen) and his daughter (played by Maggie Grace). Despite getting mostly negative reviews from critics, "Taken 2" was a big hit at the box office.
"The Possession" debuted at No. 2. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star in this horror flick as divorced parents whose elder daughter becomes possessed by an evil spirit after it is unleashed from a mysterious box that was purchased during a yard sale. But one of the parents doesn't believe in ghosts and has a hard time time being convinced that an exorcism is needed. "The Possession" was generally disliked by critics, and the movie's box-office revenue quickly decreased after the movie debuted at No. 1 in U.S. theaters.
"Pitch Perfect" dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. A college student named Beca Mitchell (played by Anna Kendrick) reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella singing group named the Bellas, consisting of an eclectic mix of other students. As the Bellas prepare for an international competition, Beca suggests that the Bella try new ideas, but she gets resistance from the group's domineering leader, Aubrey Posen (played by Anna Camp). The movie got good reviews and was a modest box-office hit.
The sci-fi action thriller "Looper" was No. 4 for the second week ina row. "Looper" is a sci-fi thriller that takes place primarily in the year 2044, when time travel is possible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe Simmons, a "looper," which is an assassin hired by the mafia to go back in the past and kill someone. Joe soon finds out that he's the target of his own "looper" hit when his future self from 30 years in the future (played Bruce Willis) has been sent to kill him, in what is known as "closing the loop." It's then a race against time as the older Joe Simmons aims to complete his murderous assignment and young Joe Simmons fights to stay alive. Emily Blunt co-stars as a woman who plays a role in determining Joe Simmons' fate. The movie got high praise from most critics and was a solid but not spectacular hit at the box office.
"Hit & Run" dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. Live-in lovers Charlie Bronson and Annie Bean (played by real-life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell) have a seemingly idyllic life in California when Charlie's past comes back to haunt him. It turns out that he is really a former bank robber named Yul Perrkins, and he had his identity changed under a witness-protection program because he testified against a partner in crime (played by Bradley Cooper), who is now out of prison and seeking revenge. "Hit & Run" got mixed reviews from critics and did lackluster business at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for January 14 to January 20, 2013:
1. Taken 2 (debut)
2. The Possession (debut)
3. Pitch Perfect (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Looper (No. 4 in the previous week)
5. Hit & Run" (No. 3 in the previous week)