“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, 2014, according to Rentrak. In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (the first sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans) gets caught up in another top-secret experiment born from corruption, greed and a quest for world domination. This time, Captain America must battle the superhuman powers of the Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan), a mysterious mutant with a connection to Steve Rogers’ past. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was a massive hit in cinemas and was well-received by critics.
“Blended” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (played by Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. Also starring Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe,Terry Crews, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann and Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham. “Blended” was a flop with critics and in movie theaters.
“Brick Mansions” debuted at No. 3. In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. Undercover cop Damien Collier (played by Paul Walker) is determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (played by RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (played by David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. Most critics gave negative reviews to “Brick Mansions,” which bombed at the box office.
“Draft Day” fell from No. 2 to No. 4. On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (played by Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Also starring Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Sean Combs, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn and Frank Langella. “Draft Day” got mixed reviews from critics and was a disappointment at the box office.
“Belle” debuted at No. 5. “Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (played by Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (played by Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (played by Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (played by Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Most critics gave “Belle” mixed-to-positive reviews, and the movie did modest business during its limited release in cinemas.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, 2014:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (debut)
2. Blended (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Brick Mansions (debut)
4. Draft Day (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Belle (debut)