"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was No. 1 for movies on demand from April 7 to April 13, 2014, according to Rentrak. 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.
"August: Osage County" debuted at No. 2."August: Osage County" (based on Don Letts' award-winning play) tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin and Chris Cooper. Streep and Roberts received Oscar nominations for their performances in "August: Osage County." The movie got mixed reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
"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 Wolf of Wall Street" dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. "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.
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" fell from No. 2 to No. 5. In this sequel to 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," egotistical anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) has to start over after losing his job to his wife and co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate). Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Will the world's greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego and his salon-quality hair? Also starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a box-office hit.
Also noteworthy, the boxing drama "Grudge Match" (starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) debuted at No. 6. The horror flick "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" debuted at No. 10.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of April 7 to April 13, 2014:
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (debut)
2. August: Osage County (debut)
3. Frozen (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Wolf of Wall Street (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (No. 2 in the previous week)