“John Wick” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 2 to Feb. 8, 2015, according to Rentrak. 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.
“Dracula Untold” debuted at No. 2. Almost an entire century after the world’s first cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters. Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in “Dracula Untold,” the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula. Also starring Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance. Most critics disliked “Dracula Untold,” but the movie was a sizeable hit.
“The Judge” fell from at No. 2 to No. 3. 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.
“Fury” dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (played by Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Also starring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaccs, Scott Eastwood. “Fury” received mostly positive reviews and was a hit at the box office.
“The Best of Me” debuted at No. 5. 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.
Also noteworthy: The horror movie “Oujia” debuted at No. 7. The Western drama “The Homesman” (starring Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones) debuted at No. 8.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 2 to Feb. 8, 2015:
1. John Wick (debut)
2. Dracula Untold (debut)
3. The Judge (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Fury (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. The Best of Me (debut)