“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2015, according to Rentrak. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (played by Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life — and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (played by Jennifer Garner), dad (played by Steve Carell), brother (played by Dylan Minnette) and sister (played by Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Most critics gave “Alexander ….” mixed reviews, and the movie was a modest hit in movie theaters.
“Nightcrawler” debuted at No. 2. “Nightcrawler” is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cutthroat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. “Nightcrawler” got mostly positive reviews and did solid business at the box office.
“John Wick” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) – a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin – they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend. Also starring Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick and Dean Winters. “John Wick” got mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and was a modest hit at the box office.
“The Best of Me” rose from No. 5 to No. 4. Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, “The Best of Me” tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart 20 years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. Starring James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato. “The Best of Me” was poorly received by critics and movies audiences in cinemas.
“The Judge” fell from at No. 3 to No. 5. In “The Judge,” Robert Downey Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (played by Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O’Hare. “The Judge” was poorly received by critics and cinema audiences.
Also noteworthy: The sexy drama “Addicted” (starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe) debuted at No. 9.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2015:
1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (debut)
2. Nightcrawler (debut)
3. John Wick (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Best of Me (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. The Judge (No. 3 in the previous week)