“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” debuted No. 1 for movies on demand from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, 2015, according to Rentrak. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) and Four (played by Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” got mostly negative reviews, but was a smash at the box office.
“Home” dropped from No. 1 to No. 2. In the animated film “Home,” Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, and he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (voiced by Rihanna), who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word “home.” “Home got mixed reviews from critics and was a box-office hit.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” rose from No. 4 to No. 3. 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.
“The Longest Ride” fell from No. 2 to No. 4. Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, “The Longest Ride” centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, “The Longest Ride” explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. Most critics disliked “The Longest Ride,” which did mediocre business at the box office.
“Get Hard” remained at No. 5. 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.
Also noteworthy: The crime drama “Dark Places” (starring Charlize Theron), which premiered on VOD the same day it was released in cinemas, debuted at No. 7. The romantic drama “Far From the Madding Crowd” (starring Carey Mulligan) debuted at No. 10.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, 2015:
1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent (debut)
2. Home (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service (No. 4 in the previous week)
4. The Longest Ride (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Get Hard (No. 5 in the previous week)