“Spectre” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 2016, according to Rentrak.* In “Spectre,” a cryptic message from James Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond (played by Daniel Craig) peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. Also starring Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, David Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes. “Spectre” got mostly positive reviews and was a big hit at the box office. The movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (for “Writing’s on the Wall).
“Bridge of Spies” was No. 2. A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. The critically acclaimed “Bridge of Spies” was a box-office hit, and received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Rylance) and Best Original Screenplay.
“The Martian” was No. 3. During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, “The Martian” features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover. “The Martian” was a big hit with critics and movie audiences. The movie received six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (for Damon).
“The Intern” was No. 4. Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (played by Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules. “The Intern” got mostly positive reviews and did solid business at the box office.
“Love the Coopers” debuted at No. 5. “Love the Coopers” follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Marisa Tomei and Alan Arkin. “Love the Coopers” flopped with critics and movie audiences.
Also noteworthy: The horror movie “Crimson Peak” (starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston) debuted at No. 9.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 2016*:
1. Spectre (debut)
2. Bridge of Spies
3. The Martian
4. The Intern
5. Love the Coopers (debut)
*Rentrak did not publish the previous week’s chart.