“Admission” debuted No. 1 for movies on demand from July 8 to July 14, 2013, according to Rentrak. 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.
“Dead Man Down” debuted at No. 2. “Dead Man Down” is an action thriller that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as two strangers whose mutual desire for revenge draws them together and triggers an escalating chain of violence. The film, which also stars Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, marks the American theatrical debut of director Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” “Dead Man Down” was a flop with critics and in movie theaters.
“Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” debuted at No. 3. 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.
“The Host” debuted at No. 4. From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide “Twilight” saga phenomenon, comes “The Host.” When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (played by Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. “The Host” is an epic love story co-starring Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Max Irons and William Hurt. “The Host” bombed with critics and flopped in movie theaters.
“The Call” dropped from No. 1 to No. 5. When a veteran 911 operator named Jordan (played by Halle Berry) takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (played by Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, Jordan realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. Other cast members in “The Call” include Morris Chestnut as Jordan’s policeman boyfriend, Michael Eklund as the kidnapper/serial killer and Michael Imperioli as a witness who has an unfortunate encounter with the killer. “The Call” got mostly negative reviews from critics but was a solid hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of July 8 to July 14, 2013:
1. Admission (debut)
2. Dead Man Down (debut)
3. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (debut)
4. The Host (debut)
5. The Call (No. 1 in the previous week)