The comedy thriller “Dark Shadows” bumped “The Avengers” from the No. 1 spot for movies on demand from October 8 to October 14, 2012, according to Rentrak. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green star in “Dark Shadows,” directed by Tim Burton and based on the TV series of the same name. Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins who escapes from his graveyard prison after centuries of captivity, only to find himself feeling out of place in a 1970s world. Barnabas goes back to his family home and discovers that his relatives are embroiled in a battle against an old enemy of his, and Barnabas must decide if or how he is going to settle the score. “Dark Shadows” got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, and the movie was a box-office flop, but it seems as if people are more willing to watch the movie on demand.
“The Avengers” dropped from the No. 1 spot to No. 2 for movies on demand for the week ending October 14, 2012, according to Movies On Demand. The all-star superhero flick is the biggest box-office hit of 2012 and has been getting rave reviews from critics. “The Avengers” is currently No. 3 in the list of biggest box-office movies worldwide of all time, behind only “Avatar” (No. 1) and “Titanic” (No. 2), according to Box Office Mojo. In “The Avengers,” several superheroes gather to do battle against an evil Norse god named Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) that has assembled an army of space aliens to help him take over modern-day Earth. The ensemble “Avengers” cast also includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Stever Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor (Loki is Thor’s adopted brother), Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Naturally, an “Avengers” movie sequel has been already announced by Marvel Studios. “The Avengers 2” will be released on May 1, 2015.
The family drama “People Like Us,” which got mixed reviews from critics, debuts in the No. 3 spot. After the death of his father, corporate businessman Sam (Chris Pine) is tasked with personally delivering a large inheritance to a half-sister he did not know existed until his father’s will was read. His half-sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) is a single mom and a bartender who does not know about Sam or the inheritance when Sam decides to befriend her and her son while Sam keeps his true identity a secret. It’s a secret that Sam finds harder to keep as he gets closer to Frankie, who might be developing romantic feelings for him.
Dropping from No. 2 to No. 4 is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which is proving to be more popular with movie consumers than with film critics. Based loosely on the Snow White fairly tale, the film got mostly negative reviews when it was released in the U.S. on June 1, 2012. More recently, movie also got publicity for the cheating scandal of Kristen Stewart (who plays Snow White) and “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders (who is married with two kids) having an affair. Paparazzi photos exposed the affair in July 2012. Stewart and Sanders issued separate apologies to the people hurt by the scandal, and they have reportedly been trying to repair their relationships with their significant others. Stewart’s longtime boyfriend Robert Pattinson broke up with her after her infidelity was made public but they have now reportedly reconciled. A sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman” is being planned. Stewart and Chris Hemsworth (who plays the Huntsman) are expected to return for the sequel. Sanders presumably won’t be directing it.
Hemsworth is also a star of “The Cabin in the Woods,” the No. 5 movie in the week’s Top 5 movies on demand. He made the movie back in 2009, two years before the release on his 2011 breakout movie, “Thor.” Problems with distribution and financing delayed the release of this horror flick, which was co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, who would go on to direct Hemsworth in the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” “The Cabin in the Woods” got mixed-to-good reviews from critics, who noted that the film’s originality made up for its flaws.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week ending October 13, 2012:
1. Dark Shadows (debut)
2. The Avengers (No. 1 in the previous week)
3. People Like Us (debut)
4. Snow White and the Huntsman (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. The Cabin in the Woods (No. 3 in the previous week)
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