For the second week in a row, “Jurassic World” was No. 1 for movies on demand from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2015, according to Rentrak. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce this long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking “Jurassic Park” dinosaur series. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onfrio are among the cast members. “Jurassic World” got mostly positive reviews and was a blockbuster at the box office.
“The Gift” debuted at No. 2. Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Simon (played by Jason Bateman) and Robyn (played by Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (played by Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? “The Gift” received much critical acclaim, but the movie was a box-office flop.
“Pixels” debuted at No. 3. As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (played by Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (played by Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (played by Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times, at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults. And now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (played by Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. “Pixels” bombed with critics and cinema audiences.
“Southpaw” debuted at No. 4. “Southpaw” tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (played by Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (played by Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (played by Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves. “Southpaw” got mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
“San Andreas” dropped from No. 2 to No. 5. After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (played by Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (played by Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (played by Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over, it’s just getting started. “San Andreas” got mixed reviews and was a massive hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2015:
1. Jurassic World (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Gift (debut)
3. Pixels (debut)
4. Southpaw (debut)
5. San Andreas (No. 2 in the previous week)