For the fourth week in a row, “Trainwreck” was No. 1 for movies on demand from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2015, according to Rentrak. 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.
“No Escape” rose from No. 3 to No. 2. centers on an American businessman (played by Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Also starring Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan. “No Escape” got mostly negative reviews from critics and bombed at the box office
“American Ultra” jumped from No. 6 to No. 3. Small-town stoner Mike Howell (played by Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel. What Mike doesn’t know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend (played by Kristen Stewart) from getting smoked. “American Ultra” was a flop with critics and cinema audiences.
“Ricki and the Flash” ascended from No. 5 to No. 4. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband. “Ricki and the Flash” got mixed reviews and was a box-office bomb.
“Inside Out” fell from No. 2 to No. 5. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. “Inside Out” was a massive hit with critics and movie audiences.
Also noteworthy: The Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” debuted at No. 7.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2015:
1. Trainwreck (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. No Escape (No. 3 in the previous week)
3. American Ultra (No. 6 in the previous week)
4. Ricki and the Flash (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. Inside Out (No. 2 in the previous week)