“Run All Night” debuted No. 1 for movies on demand from June 15 to June 21, 2015, according to Rentrak. Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (played by Liam Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (played by Ed Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past — as well as a dogged police detective (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (played by Joel Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right. “Run All Night” got mixed-to-negative reviews and flopped at the box office.
“Chappie” debuted at No. 2. Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings — some good, some bad — and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. Starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. “Chappie” got mixed reviews and was a box-office dud.
“The DUFF” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. Bianca (played by Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (played by Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (played by Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush Toby (played by Nick Eversman) and enlists Wesley (played by Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (played by Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. Critics gave “The DUFF” mostly positive reviews, and the movie was a sleeper hit in cinemas.
“American Sniper” fell from No. 2 to No. 4. From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. “American Sniper” received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a major blockbuster. The movie also received six Academy Award nominations and won one Oscar (Best Sound Editing).
“Focus” dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (played by Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame — now an accomplished femme fatale — shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop — and the consummate con man off his game. “Focus” got mixed reviews from critics and did moderately well at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The horror flick “The Lazarus Effect” (starring Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of June 15 to June 21 2015:
1. Run All Night (debut)
2. Chappie (debut)
3. The DUFF (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. American Sniper (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Focus (No. 3 in the previous week)