“Creed” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 29 to March 6, 2016, according to Rentrak. “Creed” reunites writer/director Ryan Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. Adonis Johnson (played by Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks down Rocky (played by Stallone) and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo — the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring? Also starring Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and Anthony Bellew. Stallone received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Creed.” The movie was a hit with critics and moviegoers.
“Spotlight” held steady at No. 2. “Spotlight” tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed and co-written by Academy Award nominee Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” is a tense investigative dramatic thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. Starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup. “Spotlight” was nominated for six Oscars and won two: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. “Spotlight” was not a hit at the box office, but it was almost universally praised by critics.
“The Good Dinosaur” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of doing. The voice cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa and Jack Bright. “The Good Dinosaur” was a hit with critics and movie audiences.
“Room” fell from No. 3 to No. 4. Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, “Room” is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (played by Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (played by Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all: his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, “Room” received four Oscar nominations and won one: Larson took the prize for Best Actress. Even though “Room” flopped at the box office, the movie got mostly positive reviews.
“The Night Before” debuted at No. 5. Ethan (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (played by Seth Rogen) and Chris (played by Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball: the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. “The Night Before” got mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
Also noteworthy: The drama “The Danish Girl” (starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander) debuted at No. 6.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 29 to March 6, 2016:
1. Creed (debut)
2. Spotlight (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. The Good Dinosaur (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Room (No. 4 in the previous week)
5. The Night Before (debut)
5. Secret In Their Eyes (debut)