"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from March 3 to March 9, 2014, according to Rentrak. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell): a competition that could change Panem forever. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was the biggest movie blockbuster of 2013.
"Gravity" dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (played by Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. "Gravity" (which was a big hit with critics and audiences) received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The movie ended up winning seven Oscars: Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
"Dallas Buyers Club" held steady at No. 3. Matthew McConaughey stars in "Dallas Buyers Club" as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts, including a transgender woman named Rayon (played by Jared Leto) — who he once would have shunned — and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. "Dallas Buyers Club," an indie film hit with critics and audiences, received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. "Dallas Buyers Club" won three Oscars: Best Actor (for McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (for Leto) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
"Thor: The Dark World" fell from No. 2 to No. 4. Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) battles to save all the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. However, a shadowy race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to descend the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman), enlist the help of his imprisoned brother Loki (played Tom Hiddleston), and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice. "Thor" got mixed reviews from critics but was a huge hit at the box office.
"12 Years a Slave" debuted at No. 5. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty, personified by malevolent slave owner Edwin Epps (played by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (played by Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. "12 Years a Slave" got rave reviews from critics, and it was a solid indie-film hit in cinemas. In addition, "12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of March 3 to March 9, 2014:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (debut)
2. Gravity (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Dallas Buyers Club (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. Thor: The Dark World (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. 12 Years a Slave (debut)