"The Monuments Men" debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from May 19 to May 25, 2014, according to Rentrak. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" (directed and co-written by George Clooney, who also stars in the film) is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 — possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. Also starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin. "The Monuments Men" got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a solid hit at the box office.
"3 Days to Kill" debuted at No. 2. In this action thriller (directed by McG), Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission — even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town. Also starring Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. "3 Days to Kill" was a flop with critics and in movie theaters.
"About Last Night" debuted at No. 3. In this comedy remake of the 1986 movie "About Last Night," Bernie (played by Kevin Hart) and Joan (played by Regina Hall) are two fiery flirters who are passionate about everything from hookups to breakups. When he sets up his best friend, Danny (played by Michael Ealy), with her roommate, Debbie (played by Joy Bryant), the sparks soon fly as they try to navigate the relationship minefields from the bar to the bedroom. "About Last Night" got mixed reviews and did modestly well with audiences in movie theaters.
"Pompeii" debuted at No. 4. Set in 79 A.D., "Pompeii" tells the epic story of Milo (played by Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator, who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (played by Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator (played by Kiefer Sutherland). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Also starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris. Most critics disliked "Pompeii," which bombed at the box office.
"That Awkward Moment" dropped from No. 2 to No. 5. Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the comedy "That Awkward Moment" about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been: at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So…where is this going?" Also starring Imogen Poots, Jessica Lucas and Mackenzie Davis. "That Awkward Moment" got mixed reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The horror dramedy "Vampire Academy" debuted at No. 10.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of May 19 to May 25, 2014:
1. The Monuments Men (debut)
2. 3 Days to Kill (debut)
3. About Last Night (debut)
4. Pompeii (debut)
5. That Awkward Moment (No. 2 in the previous week)