The baseball drama “42” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from July 15 to July 23, 2013, according to Rentrak.”42″ is the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42” stars Harrison Ford as the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African-American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues. “42” was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
“Evil Dead” debuted at No. 2. In this remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 film “The Evil Dead,” a group of college-age friends are once again in a remote cabin, where a Book of the Dead is found that unleashes an evil spirit that causes murder and mayhem. Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas are among the stars of this “Evil Dead” movie. This “Evil Dead” remake got mostly negative reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
“Admission” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in “Admission,” a comedy films about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness. Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (played by Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (played by Rudd). Pressman has surmised that his gifted yet unconventional student named Jeremiah (played by Nat Wolff) might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted, but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having. “Admission” got mixed reviews from critics, and the movie bombed at the box office.
“Bullet to the Head” debuted at No. 4. After watching their respective partners die, a hit man (played by Sylvester Stallone) and a cop (played by Sung Kang) form an reluctant alliance in order to bring down their common enemy (played by Jason Momoa). “Bullet to the Head” is directed by Walter Hill, who is best known for directing “48 Hrs.” “Bullet to the Head” bombed with critics and movie-going audiences.
“Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. An explosive romance about forbidden desires, “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” tells the provocative story of Judith (played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell), an ambitious married woman whose temptation by a handsome billionaire (played by Robbie Jones) leads to betrayal, recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. Other members of the movie’s cast includes Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Renee Taylor and Brandy Norwood. The movie was critically panned but was a modest hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of July 15 to July 23, 2013:
1. 42 (debut)
2. Evil Dead (debut)
3. Admission (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Bullet to the Head (debut)
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (No. 1 in the previous week)