"The Great Gatsby" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, 2013, according to Rentrak. “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" debuted at No. 2. 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.
"Olympus Has Fallen" dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning¹s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President (played by Aaron Eckhart), and avert an even bigger crisis. "Olympus Has Fallen" got mixed reviews from critics, but the movie was a solid hit at the box office.
"Epic" fell from No. 2 to No. 4. 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.
"The Big Wedding" dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (played by Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra-conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, including Don's former mistress/current girlfriend (played by Susan Sarandon), the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. "The Big Wedding" was a big flop with movie critics and in movie theaters.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, 2013:
1. The Great Gatsby (debut)
2. Pain & Gain (debut)
3. Olympus Has Fallen (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Epic (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. The Big Wedding (No. 3 in the previous week)