“Interstellar” remained at No. 1 for movies on demand from April 13 to April 19, 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.
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” debuted at No. 2. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” follows the continuing antics of friends Lou (played by Rob Corddry) and Nick (played by Craig Robinson) and Lou’s son Jacob (played by Clark Duke). When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (played by Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past, which is really the present. Most critics disliked “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” which was a flop at the box office.
“Big Eyes” debuted at No. 3. From the whimsical mind of director Tim Burton, “Big Eyes” tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane (played by Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered though: Walter’s works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world. A tale too incredible to be fiction, “Big Eyes” centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work. Although “Big Eyes” was critically acclaimed, the movie bombed in cinemas.
“The Imitation Game” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. 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” fell from No. 3 to No. 5. 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.
Also noteworthy: The horror flick “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of April 13 to April 19, 2015:
1. Interstellar (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (debut)
3. Big Eyes (debut)
4. The Imitation Game (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Unbroken (No. 3 in the previous week)