“Django Unchained” debuted at No. 1 for movies on demand from April 15 to April 21, 2013, according to Rentrak. Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz). Django and Schultz team up as bounty hunters, but Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing his wife, Broomhilda (played by Kerry Washington), who is enslaved by an evil plantation owner named Calvin Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Meanwhile, Candie’s conniving house slave Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson) could threaten Django’s plans to free Broomhilda. “Django Unchained,” written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, won two Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (for Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay. The movie was a smash hit with critics and audiences who saw “Django Unchained” in cinemas.
“This Is 40” (available in two versions: rated R and unrated) rose from No. 3 to No. 2. Written and directed by Judd Apatow, “This Is 40” is a spinoff to the movie “Knocked Up.” In the comedy “This Is 40,” married couple Pete and Debbie (played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) are coping with financial stresses, turning 40, discontent in their relationship and conflicts over how they parent their two daughters. The movie got mixed reviews from critics and did mediocre business at the box office.
“Lincoln” dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” is a revealing drama that focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. “Lincoln” won two Oscars: Best Actor (for Day-Lewis) and Best Production Design. “Lincoln” was a smash hit with critics and movie audiences.
“Parental Guidance” sunk from No. 1 to No. 4. Old-fashioned grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old-school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend (and not holding your ground) that binds a family together. “Parental Guidance” was a small hit at the box office and got mostly terrible reviews from critics.
“Zero Dark Thirty” dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. “Zero Dark Thirty” reunites the Oscar-winning team of director/producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer/producer Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. “Zero Dark Thirty” was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress (for Jessica Chastain), and ultimately won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. The movie got rave reviews from critics and was a solid hit at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for April 15 to April 21, 2013:
1. Django Unchained (debut)
2. This Is 40 (No. 3 in the previous week)
3. Lincoln (No. 2 in the previous week)
4. Parental Guidance (No. 1 in the previous week)
5. Zero Dark Thirty (No. 4 in the previous week)