“Bad Words” rose from No. 2 to No. 1 for movies on demand from July 14 to July 20, 2014, according to Rentrak. Jason Bateman makes his feature-film directorial debut with the subversive comedy “Bad Words.” He stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. While reporter Jenny Widgeon (played by Kathryn Hahn) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya Chopra (played by Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. “Bad Words” got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and flopped at the box office.
“300: Rise of an Empire” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro and Eva Green. “300: Rise of an Empire” got mixed reviews from critics, but it was a big hit with movie-going audiences.
“The Lego Movie” held steady at No. 3. This original 3-D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared. The movie’s voice cast includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. “The Lego Movie” was highly praised by critics and was a blockbuster in cinemas.
“Rio 2” debuted at No. 4. It’s a jungle out there for birds Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2,” after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. This animated film has an all-star voice cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx. “Rio 2” got mixed reviews from critics but was a big hit in movie theaters.
“Non-Stop” fell from No. 4 to No. 5. Liam Neeson stars in “Non-Stop,”a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (played by Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Also starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong’o and Scoot McNairy. “Non-Stop” got mixed reviews from critics and was better-than-average business in cinemas.
Also noteworthy: “Snowpiercer” (a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton) rose from No. 8 to No. 6. The movie was released on VOD two weeks after its release in cinemas.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of July 14 to July 20, 2014:
1. Bad Words (No. 2 in the previous week)
2. 300: Rise of an Empire (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. The Lego Movie (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. Rio 2 (debut)
5. Non-Stop (No. 4 in the previous week)