“The Martian” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2016, according to Rentrak. 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.
“Hotel Transylvania 2” debuted at No. 2. In this all-new monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp! The voice cast includes , Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Allen Covert, Asher Blinkoff, Steve Buscemi, Dana Carvey, Molly Shannon, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lyter, Keegan-Michael Key, Sunny Sandler, Ethan Smigel, Luenell, Sadie Sandler, Nick Offerman, Nick Swardson, Chris Parnell, Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, Rob Riggle, Melissa Sturm, Paul Brittain, Doug Daley, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Robert Smigel, Andy Samberg, Rose Abdoo, Jonny Solomon, Roey Smigel, Jared Sandler, Mel Brooks and Megan Mullally. “Hotel Transylvania 2” got mixed reviews from critics, but the movie was a box-office hit.
“Sicario” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (played by Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (played by Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (played by Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. Most critics liked “Sicario,” but the movie under-performed at the box office.
“The Visit” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week-long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. “The Visit” got mostly positive reviews, and the movie was a solid hit at the box office.
“Hitman: Agent 47” rose from No. 10 to No. 5. “Hitman: Agent 47” centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research (and 46 earlier Agent clones) endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. Starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware. “Hitman: Agent 47” bombed with critics and cinema audiences.
Also noteworthy: The horror flick “Sinister 2” (starring Shannyn Sossamon) debuted at No. 7.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2016:
1. The Martian (debut)
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 (debut)
3. Sicario (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. The Visit (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. Hitman: Agent 47 (No. 10 in the previous week)