“Big Hero 6” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2015, according to Rentrak. “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax — and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, “Big Hero 6” won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. “Big Hero 6” was a smash hit with critics and at the box office.
“Horrible Bosses 2” debuted at No. 2. “Horrible Bosses 2” is the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses.” Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (played by Jason Bateman), Dale (played by Charlie Day) and Kurt (played by Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Also starring Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey. “Horrible Bosses” flopped with critics and movie audiences.
“The Theory of Everything” dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. “The Theory of Everything” received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Redmayne) and Best Actress (for Jones). Redmayne won the prize. “The Theory of Everything” got rave reviews from critics and was a hit on the art-house cinema circuit.
“Whiplash” debuted at No. 4. Andrew Neyman (played by Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity. “Whiplash” won three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (for Simmons), Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. “Whiplash” got rave reviews from critics and was a modest hit during its limited release in cinemas.
“St. Vincent” fell from No. 3 to No. 5. St. Vincent is an American comedy film directed and written by Theodore Melfi. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character, a cranky bachelor who ends up babysitting a neighbor’s son and finds more than he expected out of playing the role of caretaker. Also starring Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. “St. Vincent” got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a modest hit at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The romantic drama “Beyond the Lights” (starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker) debuted at No. 7.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 23 to March 1, 2015:
1. Big Hero 6 (debut)
2. Horrible Bosses 2 (debut)
3. The Theory of Everything (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Whiplash (debut)
5. St. Vincent (No. 3 in the previous week)