For the second week in a row, "World War Z" was No. 1 for movies on demand from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2013, according to Rentrak. This tense and thrilling film follows former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. "World War Z" features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the Zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level. "World War Z" got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster at the box office.
"Iron Man 3" debuted at No. 2. The movie features the return of Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, also known as superhero Iron Man. In "Iron Man 3," a fanatical leader named the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) wages a high-tech war against Iron Man. The movie's cast also includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau. "Iron Man 3" got great reviews from critics and is the highest-grossing movie of 2013.
"Now You See Me" dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. "Now You See Me" pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against the Four Horsemen, a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen (played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. "Now You See Me" got mostly negative reviews from critics, but it was a sleeper hit with movie-going audiences.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" fell from No. 3 to No. 4. In "Star Trek Into Darkness" (written and directed by J.J. Abrams), a ruthless mastermind known as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one-man war on the Federation. Captain Kirk (played by Chris Pine), Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) and the daring crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time. It will take everything in their arsenal to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s deadly threat. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was a big hit with critics and movie audiences.
"The Great Gatsby" dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. “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.
Of special note, the 2009 animated film "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" re-entered the chart at No. 6. The renewed interest in the movie was no doubt because "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Sept. 27, 2013.
A similar thing happened in July 2013, when the 2011 animated movie "Despicable Me" re-entered the Top 10 of Rentrak's chart for movies on demand. The renewed interest in watching "Despicable Me" on demand was a direct result of "Despicable Me 2" opening in U.S. and Canadian theaters on July 3, 2013.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Sept. 23 to Sept. 29, 2013:
1. World War Z (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Iron Man 3 (debut)
3. Now You See Me (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. The Great Gatsby (No. 4 in the previous week)