“Ant-Man” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12, 2015, according to Rentrak. The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Also starring Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña and T.I. “Ant-Man” received mostly positive reviews and was a big hit at the box office.
“Minions” debuted at No. 2. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he (alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob) ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind from annihilation. “Minions” got mixed reviews from critics but the film was a commercial success.
“Trainwreck” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. Ever since her father drilled into her head that monogamy isn’t realistic, magazine writer Amy (played by Amy Schumer) has made promiscuity her credo. As much as she enjoys an uninhibited life free of commitment, Amy is really in a rut. While writing a profile about charming and successful sports doctor Aaron Conners (played by Bill Hader), she finds herself actually falling in love for the first time. And what’s more, Aaron seems to like her too. Amy starts to wonder if it’s time to clean up her act. “Trainwreck” was well-received by most critics and was a hit at the box office.
“The Transporter Refueled” debuted at No. 4. Frank Martin (played by Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life (or so he thinks) transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (played by Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (played by Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. Most critics disliked “The Transporter Refueled,” which bombed at the box office.
“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” debuted at No. 5. Three friends who are scouts battle zombies and attempt to save their town from the undead. Starring Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman, Halston Sage and Logan Miller. “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” flopped with critics and cinema audiences.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Dec. 7 to Dec. 12, 2015:
1. Ant-Man (debut)
2. Minions (debut)
3. Trainwreck (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Transporter Refueled (debut)
5. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (debut)