“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from July 13 to July 19, 2015, according to Rentrak. After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart (played by Kevin James) has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Also starring Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough and Shirley Knight. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” got mostly negative reviews and flopped at the box office.
“Get Hard” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. When millionaire James King (played by Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis (played by Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars. Also starring Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie and T.I. “Get Hard” was disliked by most critics, but the movie was a solid hit.
“Ex-Machina” debuted at No. 3. Alex Garland, writer of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller “Ex-Machina.” Caleb Smith (played by Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (played by Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (played by Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated — and more deceptive — than the two men could have imagined. “Ex-Machina” was well-received by critics and was a sleeper hit as an independent movie.
“Woman in Gold” fell from No. 2 to No. 4. Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady in Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (played by Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making. Also starring Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern and Frances Fisher. “Woman in Gold” got mixed reviews and did modestly well in limited release.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” rose from No. 9 to No. 5. Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid (played by Taron Egerton) into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Also starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Strong. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was a critically acclaimed box-office hit.
Also noteworthy: The romantic drama “The Longest Ride” (starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Alan Alda) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of July 13 to July 19, 2015:
1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (debut)
2. Get Hard (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Ex-Machina (debut)
4. Woman in Gold (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Kingsman: The Secret Servicew (No. 9 in the previous week)