For the second week in a row, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was No. 1 for movies on demand from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2015, according to Rentrak. From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (played by Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was well-received by critics and did solid business at the box office.
“The Age of Adaline” rose from No. 3 to No. 2. After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (played by Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. “The Age of Adaline” got mixed reviews and did solid business at the box office.
“Aloha” fell from No. 2 to No. 3. A celebrated military contractor named Brian Gilcrest (played by Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs — the U.S. space program in Honolulu, Hawaii — and reconnects with his long-ago love Tracy Woodside (played by Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog Allison Ng (played by Emma Stone), who has been assigned to him. From Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer/director behind such films as “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.” Also starring Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin. “Aloha” was a flop with critics and cinema audiences.
“I’ll See You in My Dreams” rose from No. 5 to No. 4. In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (played by June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (played by Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (played by Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (played by Malin Akerman). “I’ll See You in My Dreams” was well-received by critics but did poorly at the box office.
“Love & Mercy” debuted at No. 5. “Love & Mercy” presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of the Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. Paul Dano and John Cusack play Wilson during two different periods in his life: Dano as Wilson during his Beach Boys heyday, Cusack as Wilson during his reclusive years. Also starring Elizabeth Banks as Melinda Ledbetter and Paul Giamatti as Eugene Landy. “Love & Mercy” got mostly good reviews, but the movie was a box-office flop.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2015:
1. Mad Max: Fury Road (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Age of Adaline (No. 3 in the previous week)
3. Aloha (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. I’ll See You in My Dreams (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. Love & Mercy (debut)