The sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” replaced “Dark Shadows” in the No. 1 spot for movies on demand for October 8 to October 14, 2012, according to Rentrak. Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green star in this sci-fi thriller that is a prequel of sorts to the 1979 classic film “Alien.” Much of “Prometheus” (directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed “Alien”) explains the origins of the monster that would plague the space travelers in “Alien.” In “Prometheus,” the action also happens in outer space, where a mysterious virus also threatens the lives of the space explorers. “Prometheus” got mixed reviews from critics and was a solid hit at the box office.
“The Avengers” remained at No. 2 for 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.
Dropping from No. 1 to No. 3 is the comedy thriller “Dark Shadows.” 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.
Debuting at No. 4 is the movie version of the “Rock of Ages” stage musical. The movie features 1980s rock hits and an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise (as a rock star), Alec Baldwin (as a financially troubled owner of a rock club) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as a crusader against rock music). It’s a story of a small-town girl (played by Julianne Hough) who moves to Hollywood to become a famous singer, falls in love with a struggling musician (played by Diego Boneta), and encounters some problems along the way. Most critics hated this movie, which bombed at the box office.
“The Raven” debuts at No. 5 for movies on demand. John Cusack stars in the movie as Edgar Allen Poe, who becomes a suspect when a serial killer begins murdering people in ways that are exactly like how people are murdered in Poe’s stories. With the help of a police investigator (played by Luke Evans), Poe goes on a mission to prove his innocence and find the real killer. “The Raven” got mostly negative reviews from critics fared poorly at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week ending October 21, 2012:
1. Prometheus (debut)
2. The Avengers (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Dark Shadows (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Rock of Ages (debut)
5. The Raven (debut)
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