For the second week in a row, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was No. 1 for movies on demand from May 11 to May 17, 2015, according to Rentrak. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the bestselling book by E.L. James, tells the S&M love story of billionaire businessman Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) and recent college grad Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Fanning). Also starring Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk and Callum Keith Rennie. Although most critics disliked “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the movie was a blockbuster with audiences.
“Still Alice” debuted at No. 2. In the dramatic film “Still Alice” (based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title), Julianne Moore is Alice Howland, a happily married linguistics professor with three grown children named Lydia, Anna and Tom (played by Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish). When Alice receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice, her husband John (played by Alec Baldwin) and the rest of their family find their bonds thoroughly tested. “Still Alice” is based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title. The movie was directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who also co-wrote the “Still Alice” screenplay. Moore won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the movie. “Still Alice” got mostly positive reviews, but the movie flopped at the box office.
“Black or White” stayed at No. 3. “Black or White” is the story of a grandfather (played by Kevin Costner), who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (played by Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (played by Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. “Black or White” flopped with critics and in movie theaters.
“The Wedding Ringer” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (played by Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. “The Wedding Ringer” was not well-received by critics, and the movie was a modest hit at the box office.
“The Gambler” remained at No. 5. Jim Bennett (played by Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (played by Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (played by Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (played by Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (played by John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (played by Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance. “The Gambler” bombed with critics and in movie theaters.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of May 11 to May 17, 2015:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. Still Alice (debut)
3. Black or White (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Wedding Ringer (No. 3 in the previous week)
5. The Gambler (No. 5 in the previous week)