“Interstellar” remained at No. 1 for movies on demand from April 6 to April 12, 2015, according to Rentrak. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown. Coop, the pilot of the Endurance (played by Matthew McConaughey), must decide between seeing his children again and the future of the human race. Also starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. “Interstellar” received five Oscar nominations and won for Best Visual Effects. “Interstellar” was a big hit with critics and cinema audiences.
“The Imitation Game” held steady at No. 2. Based on the real life story of Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code, “The Imitation Game” portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on. “The Imitation Game” was nominated for eight Oscars (including Best Picture) and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Imitation Game” was well-received by critics and was an indie hit at the box office.
“Unbroken” stayed at No. 3. Based on a true story and directed by Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” stars Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, an Olympic medalist who ends up as a prison of war during World War II. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro, Alex Russell and Miyavi. “Unbroken” received three Oscar nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. “Unbroken” received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and was a box-office success.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” rose from No. 5 to No. 4. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is Peter Jackson’s third and final installment in a three-part film adaptation based on the novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien. The movie’s cast includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” got mostly positive reviews from critics and was a blockbuster with audiences.
“Into the Woods” fell from No. 4 to No. 5. “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy and Billy Magnussen. “Into the Woods” received three Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress (for Streep), Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Even though “Into the Woods” got mixed reviews, the movie was a hit at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The crime drama “A Most Violent Year” (starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain) debuted at No. 9. The action flick “Last Knights” (starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman) debuted at No. 10; the movie was released in U.S. cinemas on the same day as its VOD premiere.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of April 6 to April 12, 2015:
1. Interstellar (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Imitation Game (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Unbroken (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. Into the Woods (No. 4 in the previous week)